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microbiologist , plant pathologist , researcher

Willem Adriaan Smit, South African plant pathologist, microbiologist, researcher. Achievements include initiating 1st South African Mushroom Research Center.


Smit, Willem Adriaan was born on October 27, 1960 in Virginia, South Africa. Son of Johannes Petrus and Hester (SchreĆ¼der).


Bachelor of Science, Stellenbosch University, South Afric, 1981. Bachelor of Science with honors, Stellenbosch University, South Afric, 1982. Master of Science in Plant Pathology, Stellenbosch University, South Afric, 1988.

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, University Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1995.


Research technologist Aigams Center Limnology, Windhoek, Namibia, 1984-1985. Agricultural researcher Fruit Technology Research Institute, Stellenbosch, 1986-1988, senior agricultural researcher, 1989-1991, University Free State, 1992-1993. Research coordinator Fruit, Vine and Wine Research Institute, Stellenbosch, 1994-1998, research manager, since 1999.

Head Mushroom Research Center American Red Cross Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, South Africa, since 2000. Consultant Eon Corporation (Proprietary ) Ltd., Paarl, South Africa, 1997-1900. Chairman organizing committee Mont Fleur Biotechnology Symposium, Fruit Technology Research Institute, Stellenbosch, 1991, chairman organizing committee Gourmet/Medicinal Mushroom Conference, Franschhoek, South Africa, 2001.


  • Achievements include initiating 1st South African Mushroom Research Center.


With Namibian (South West African) Territory Force, 1985. Initiator, pioneer 1st South African Mushroom Research Center, Stellenbosch, since 2000. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Phytopathol.

Society, New York Academy of Sciences, International Society Plant Pathology, International Society Mushroom Science, Southern African Society Plant Pathology (regional chairman 1988).


Son of; married Louise Carstens, December 24, 1988. 1 child, Werner Antonio.

Johannes Petrus Son

Hester (SchreĆ¼der) Son

Louise Carstens

Werner Antonio Smit