Dr Mariette Jackson
Plant Sciences
Plant Science
IB 62
051 4013044
Biology Building 151

Short CV

Mariëtte Jackson (maiden name Bezuidenhout) was born on 19 January 1978 in Rustenburg, North West province. She matriculated in 1996 from Jim Fouchè High School in Bloemfontein. She obtained her B.Sc (Genetics, Zoology and Human physiology) (2001), B.Sc Hons. (2003), M.Sc (2005) and Ph.D. (Genetics) (2008) from the University of the Free State. She started her career as a post doctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria working on a multi aspect project which involved the molecular cloning of rose cultivars. She was appointed as lecturer at the University of the Free State in 2010 in the field of plant molecular systematics. Since then she has been establishing this field of study in the Department Plant Sciences by teaching second, third year and honors level courses. She is currently focusing on the systematics of different groups and genera within the Asteraceae.



Publications (Short List)


Systematics of genus Senecio (Asteraceae)

Systematics of genus Garuleum (Asteraceae)

Systematics of genus Crabbea (Acanthaceae)


Area(s) of Interest

The field of Systematics is to study the evolutionary history of a plant group. With this, information can be gained to the diversity of a group and the history of its dispersal. Hypothesis can then be made as to what the future holds for such a group. The genus Senecio (Asteraceae) is currently being studied using specimens from species collected in southern Africa. The hypothesis is that Senecio had its origin in southern Africa, and by doing a DNA analysis of the specimens, it can contribute to the a greater picture of the history of its evolutionary events. These findings can then be applied to conserve a specific species or lead to certain environments in which species occur that should be conserved.


Courses Presented

BTNY2616 (Plant adaptations: Molecular biology)

BTNY3714 (Evolution and taxonomy of higher plants) (in second quarter)

BTNY6834 (Plant molecular systematics)


Community Service

Service Learning



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