Dr. Wilma Augustyn is a senior lecturer in Analytical Chemistry at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria. She obtained her DTech in the field of metabolomics in 2011, thereby gaining extensive knowledge of chromatography and multivariate data analysis.
Her doctoral study focussed on the identification of biomarkers associated with the attraction of the mango gall fly, an important insect pest on mango from a commercial aspect, to susceptible cultivars.
Her research interests include plant-insect and plant-pathogen interactions inagricultural applications. Currently she is involved in a project aimed at identifying biomarkers associated with resistance to citrus black.
Metabolomics will serve as a tool to this end and aid in elucidating the infection, development and plant-virus interaction of this important South African export commodity. Metabolomic studies at TUT utilise various analytical methods and technologies including, multidimensional chromatography, NIR and MIR as well as NMR platforms.