Professor Jeffrey Finnie
Prof Finnie completed his PhD in Botany in 1989 specializing in plant biotechnology using Clivia, Gloriosa and Sandersonia as his research subjects. Since joining the University of Natal in 1990, he has co-authored over 100 research papers and 6 book chapters, primarily about plant tissue culture and ethnobotany. He has supervised or co-supervised over 30 completed MSc and PhD students.

He is a reviewer for approximately 20 international journals.The majority of his research entails the use of some form of plant tissue culture technique or the evaluation of medicinal plants. Initial research entails the establishment of suitable protocols and the development, refining and application of suitable techniques. Once established the principles of tissue culture are applied to a number of plants and other systems.

He has been involved in the culturing of approximately 50 different species of plants. Emphasis is also placed on the culture, evaluation and extraction of secondary metabolites, from indigenous plants, especially those that are either threatened or contain valuable chemicals that are used by the local populations and may be of commercial importance.

Position:   Associate Professor
Qualifications:   MEd
BSc (Hons)
Discipline:   Biodiversity/Evolutionary Biology, Botany, Plant Physiology, Ethnobotany
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5151
 Research Areas:   Biotechnology, Ethnobotany, Medicinal plants, Ethnoveterinary medicine, Botany, Plant Physiology, Science education, Hormone physiology, Plant tissue culture
Recent Publications:

  Papenfus, H.B., Kumari, A., Kulkarni, M.G., Finnie, J.F. & Van Staden (2014) Smoke-water enhances in vitro pollen germination and tube elongation of three species of Amaryllidaceae. South African Journal of Botany 90: 87–92

Aremu, A.O., Bairu, M.W., Doležal, K., Finnie, J.F. & Van Staden, J. (2012) Topolins: A panacea to plant tissue culture challenges? Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 108: 1-16.

Ndhlala, A.R., Finnie, J.F. & Van Staden, J. (2011) Plant composition, pharmacological properties and mutagenic evaluation of a commercial Zulu herbal mixture:Imbiza ephuzwato Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 133: 663-674

Fawole, O.A., Amoo, S.O., Ndhlala, A.R., Light, M.E., Finnie, J.F. & Van Staden, J. 2010. Anti-inflammatory anticholinesterase, antioxidant and phytochemical properties of medicinal plants used for pain-related ailments in South Africa. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 127: 235-241.

Finnie, J.F., van Staden, J. (1989) In vitro propagation of Sandersonia and Gloriosa. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 19 : 151-158

Finnie, J.F., van Staden, J. (1985) Effect of seaweed concentrate and applied hormones on in vitro cultured tomato roots. Journal of Plant Physiology 120 : 215-222

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