No evidence that food is a source or transmission route for COVID-19, says UP scientist
Posted on June 07, 2020
There is no evidence to date that the new coronavirus which causes COVID-19 can be transmitted by food. The association of transmission with the wet food market in Wuhan, China, has led to much misinformation about COVID-19 being spread in food. The virus, it needs to be emphasised, is...
Fashion forward: UP PhD grad advocates for new clothing consumption practices for better sustainability
Posted on June 05, 2020
Dr Hanri Taljaard, a lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Department of Consumer and Food Sciences in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, is one of 11 000 UP graduates who were awarded their qualifications in absentia during a virtual ceremony necessitated by the...
Good gut health could be a key line of defence against viral infections – UP food science academics
Posted on May 28, 2020
Although there is no specific research that shows the positive effects of high-fibre foods in helping to fight against COVID-19, some existing research has suggested its beneficial effects against viral infection.
UP PhD graduate makes fascinating findings about millennial men’s fashion choices
Posted on May 26, 2020
In its report on apparel retail in South Africa, market research company MarketLine suggests that for the first time in decades, the menswear segment has a larger share of the market than that of womenswear – and that the vast majority of these purchases are made by male millennials.
Replacing fat in food without compromising sensory properties leads to PhD for UP student
Posted on May 22, 2020
You don’t have to sacrifice taste for less fat in your favourite mayonnaise, and Dr Joyce Agyei-Amponsah has proven it scientifically, earning a PhD in Food Science from the University of Pretoria (UP) in the process.
Master’s student in Food Science won prestigious Brian Koeppen scholarship
Posted on April 07, 2020
Nomzamo Magano, a master’s degree student in Food Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) recently received the Brian Koeppen Memorial Scholarship from the South African Association of Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST).
NATHouse scooped up more than a handful of awards
Posted on October 25, 2019
Not only did NATHouse win six awards at the annual Day and Faculty House Awards Ceremony hosted by the Division of Student Development (DSD) recently, but their Faculty Guardian, Dr Quenton Kritzinger, was also awarded as the Faculty Guardian of the Year. He also received this award in 2017.
Clothing retail management students explore sustainability with Mapula Embroideries
Posted on October 23, 2019
How can local embroiders contribute to clothing retail management students’ understanding of sustainability and community engagement? By linking Clothing Retail Management students in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences with a local community engagement initiative, Mapula...
Prof Barend Erasmus appointed as new Dean for NAS
Posted on October 02, 2019
Professor Barend Erasmus has been appointed as the Dean in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) from 1 October 2019.
Ms Oluyimika wins the SAAFoST Dreosti Best Oral Presentation Award
Posted on September 30, 2019
Ms Oluyimika Y Adetola, a PhD Nutrition student in the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences at the University of Pretoria, recently won the Dreosti award given to the best student oral paper presenter at the 23rd Biennial 2019 South African Association for Food Science & Technology...
Meet Mphokuhle Ncube, winner of the Ginsburg prize for best poster at the SA Food Science & Technology congress
Posted on September 16, 2019
Mphokuhle Ncube, an MSc Food Science student at the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences, University of Pretoria, recently attended the SAAFoST 23rd Biennial Congress held in Johannesburg from 1-4 September 2019.
Consumer and Food Sciences hosts Future Africa Dinner
Posted on August 20, 2019
On the 7th of August, the final year Hospitality Management students hosted a dinner in celebration of the Indigenous plants found at the Future Africa campus.
How combining and fermenting grains can help nutrition in Africa
Posted on May 27, 2019
With the emergence of climate change, alternative solutions are needed to improve the availability of food. This is particularly true in Africa where most countries rely on rain to water their plants. Consequently, food becomes scarce during periods of drought.
Consumer and Food Science Masters degree student chosen to give live presentation at MasterCard Baobab Summit in Kigali, Rwanda
Posted on May 15, 2019
Anesu Magwere is a MasterCard scholar currently doing a Masters degree under the supervision of Dr Janet Taylor and Prof John Taylor. She recently won a contest to participate in the MasterCard Baobab summit to be held in Rwanda later this year.
First Soapbox at NAS with two renowned academics
Posted on April 05, 2019
Two seasoned academics from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS), Prof Jan Verschoor (Biochemistry) and Prof Wentzel Schoeman (Chemistry) recently gave their own unique flavour to the term ‘soapbox’.
Short course at University of Pretoria: Consumer Research with Food and Other Products
Posted on April 03, 2019
A not to be missed, once in a lifetime, training opportunity at the University of Pretoria. The short course will be presented by world-renowned Sensory and Consumer Scientist, Dr Herbert L. Meiselman from the USA.
UP celebrates Goût de France with French embassy
Posted on March 28, 2019
The Department of Consumer and Food Sciences at the University of Pretoria recently partnered with the French embassy and well-known celebrity chef, Nataniël, to prepare a meal for invited guests to celebrate Goût de France on the Hatfield campus.
TUKS Consumer and Food Sciences student doing well overseas!
Posted on March 25, 2019
We are very proud of our Alumna Helet Linde who was awarded the Star of Sevice Award by the American Hospitality Academy at the Ventana Big Su in California where she is training.
Two Scientists from ICRISAT, India visit the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences
Posted on March 12, 2019
Dr Saikat Datta Mazumdar, Chief Operating Officer of the NutriPlus Knowledge Program (NPK) and Dr Gopalakrishnan Subramaniam, Principal Scientist (Microbiology), both from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, visited the department...
TuCFoST guest lecture highlight the importance of the texture of vegetables for food intake
Posted on March 08, 2019
On 6 March 2019, Dr Ingrid Appelqvist, the Client Director for Manufacturing at Aurecon presented the first TuCFoST lecture of 2019.