Internship in Phytosanitation and Biosecurity 2021
The Forestry and Agriculural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) Internship Programme provides interns with a period of experiential learning during which previously acquired knowledge and theory are integrated with practical application and skills development in the plant health research environment or professional setting.
This is a one-year internship with a monthly stipend of at least R8000, depending on the student’s academic qualifications.
By the end of this one-year internship, successful candidates will be acquainted with and able to practically apply the knowledge gained on all of the following:
Plant health and pest/disease threats
Global trade; Pathways of introduction and spread; Examples and case studies; Biosecurity; Quarantine and exclusion
International Plant Protection Convention; International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures; Pest and disease risk analysis; Phytosanitary certification; Phytosanitary import/export regulatory systems
Pest and disease diagnostics
Identification of insects, fungi, bacteria and viruses; Field- and laboratory-based identifications; Pest and disease reporting and communication
Disease and pest surveillance
Importance of surveillance; How and why surveillance is implemented; Strategies and methodologies
Pest and disease risk analysis and management
Assessing risk; Commodity-specific management options; Pre- and postharvest practices; Integrated management systems; Biological Control; Systems approaches
Concept and practice of extension; Target groups and their needs; Stakeholder engagement and awareness; Communication media
A BSc Hons degree or a four-year BSc Agric degree. This may include fields in the biological and agricultural sciences such as:
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