According to a report by the online publication, Allafrica.com, Ghaneshree Moonsamy a Biotechnology Master’s Degree student at the Durban University of Technology has had her Master’s degree thesis converted upwards into a PhD thesis due to its high quality. She becomes the first student at the university to be accorded such an extraordinary acknowledgement of her great work.
It was her supervisor who upon seeing the quality of her Master’s Degree work encouraged her to apply to be considered for the upper degree of a PhD.
Moonsamy is a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Her thesis was based on a study for the development of a production process for a probiotic micro-organism that is used in abalone (or “Perlemoen” as it is called in South Africa) aquaculture.
The report says, “Abalone is a seafood delicacy that is cultivated primarily in land based aquaculture systems. The South Africa Abalone industry is under severe pressure due to illegal harvesting and poaching of this seafood delicacy.” Additionally, there is high demand globally for this food against low supply impacted by extremely slow growth. Thus Moonsamy in her study has developed a probiotic to enhance and speed up the growth of the abalone.