Dr. Michael Ignatius Ferreira
Upon completion of his studies in weed science at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Dr Ferreira commenced his career in agricultural research at the Agricultural Research Councils’ (ARC) Institute for Industrial Crops in Rustenburg. This was followed by research at the ARC’s Grain Crops Institute in Potchefstroom where he completed his Master’s degree at the University of Pretoria on biological and control aspects of Commelina benghalensis in maize. After taking up a position at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture he finished his PhD studies in 2011 with a thesis titled: Allelopathic interactions between wheat, selected crop species and the weed Lolium multiflorum x L. perenne. Following on this, his current research centres around smother cropping and mulching and include the topics of integrated and environmentally friendly weed management; weed suppression in rooibos production systems and sustainable weed management of Echium plantagineum L. During his career Dr Ferreira has completed 16 peer reviewed scientific articles and presented 34 papers at national and international congresses.