Sershen Naidoo

Sershen Naidoo is a lecturer in Plant Ecophysiology. He has a BSc Honours in Plant Physiology, an MSc in Seed Biology and a PhD in Cryobiology and Plant Physiology. He is a previous co-chair of the South African Young Academy of Sciences and Clinton Democracy Fellow and his research pedigree is evidenced by >50 conference presentations and >25 research articles in ISI-rated journals. His research focuses on Plant Responses to Climate Change and he presently supervises/ co-supervises >15 post-graduate students.

 Quote:   "Science is at its best when its best when it has purpose."
Position:   Lecturer
Qualifications:   BSc Honours, MSc, PhD (UKZN)
Plant Ecophysiology
Campus:   Westville

 Research Areas:   Plant Ecophysiological Responses to Climate Change; Seed and Whole Plant Physiology; Environmental Effects of Air pollution; Urban Ecology.
 Recent Publications:  
SERSHEN, BERJAK, P. and PAMMENTER N.W. (2010) Effects of cryopreservation of recalcitrant Amaryllis belladonna zygotic embryos on vigour of recovered seedlings: a case of stress ‘hangover’? Physiologia Plantarum 139, 205-219.

SERSHEN, PAMMENTER, N.W., BERJAK, P. and WESLEY-SMITH, J. (2012) The effects of various parameters during processing for cryopreservation on the ultrastructure and viability of recalcitrant zygotic embryos of Amaryllis belladonna. Protoplasma 249, 155-169.

SERSHEN, PERUMAL, A., VARGHESE, B., GOVENDER, P., RAMDHANI, S, AND BERJAK, P. (2014) Effects of elevated temperature on germination and subsequent seedling vigour in recalcitrant Trichilia emetica seeds. South African Journal of Botany. 90, 153-162.

BALLESTEROS, D., SERSHEN, VARGHESE, B., BERJAK, P. AND PAMMENTER, N.W. (2014) Uneven drying of zygotic embryos and embryonic axes of recalcitrant seeds: challenges and considerations for cryopreservation. Cryobiology. 69, 100-109.

RAMLALL, C., VARGHESE, B., RAMDHANI, S., PAMMENTER, N.W., BHATT, A. AND SERSHEN. (2015) Physiological and biochemical studies on recalcitrant Trichilia dregeana seeds exposed to simulated acid within their native seed bank. Physiologia Plantarum. 153: 149–160


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