Applied ecological research with regard to nematodes in agro-ecosystems
BSc (1989) and MSc (1998) - North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa
PhD (2005) – the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in Nematology, involving work on the in vivo evaluation of resistance to Meloidogyne incognita race 2 and identification of genetic markers for this trait in soybean.
Principle research responsibilities include development of nematode management strategies on crops such as potato, maize, soybean and vegetables. This research has an interdisciplinary approach whereby disciplines such as plant and animal biodiversity, botany and zoology are integrated in research projects. Research functions include basic studies addressing the ecology and pathogenicity of economically important nematode species, particularly root-knot nematodes, and research on control mechanisms such as host plant resistance and integrated management strategies.
Dr. Fourie has published 15 scientific publications, contributed to talks and poster presentations at 72 local and 27 international congress/symposia, acted as Project Leader and Co-Leader for 11 and four projects, respectively, acted as promoter of five MSc-students who successfully finalized their studies, currently acts as study leader for 2 Honours, 4 MSc student and 2 PhD students.
In 2007 she was nominated "Agriculturalist of the Year for North West Province" by Agricultural Writers, SA; and in 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Bayer CropScience Trophy "for the advancement of Nematology in Southern Africa", received during 19th NSSA Symposium, Casa Do Sol, Hazyview.