Ndiko Ludidi, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Ndiko Ludidi completed his PhD on the role of plant natriuretic peptides and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) in regulating Arabidopsis thaliana responses to osmotic and salt stress at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa (PhD awarded in 2006). In 2006, he moved to the University of the Witwatersrand as Lecturer to initiate a research programme on the role of nitric oxide in regulating soybean tolerance to salt and drought stress, which he continued when he joined Stellenbosch University as Lecturer in 2007. He took up an Associate Professorship in the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape in January 2011 and has been Professor in the same department since November 2015. His research focus is on the genetic control of plant responses to salinity and drought stress, with soybean and maize as the main crop species used in his research. He is the group leader of the Plant Biotechnology Research Group (PBRG) and current Head of the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape.
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