6 NSTF ‘brilliants’ studying at UP join astronomy tour
Posted on July 10, 2019
Six University of Pretoria (UP) first-year students recently went on a weeklong tour arranged by the National Science and Technology Forum as part of its Brilliants Programme for first-year students who excelled in grade 12 in 2018.
Microbiology PhD student wins international prize
Posted on July 10, 2019
A University of Pretoria (UP) PhD student in microbiology, Itumeleng Baloyi, was recently awarded the first prize for the best poster presentation at the Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE) and Young Scientist Meeting (YSM) 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
Dipuo and Khanimamba participates in the "Food Security 2050" discussion at IFAMA
Posted on July 09, 2019
On the 20th of June 2019 two of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development’s MSc(Agric) students, Dipuo Boshomane and Khanimamba Hlungwani, nervously but excitedly, boarded their plane to Hangzhou, China. Dipuo and Khanimamba attended the International Food...
67% of seals are at risk of entanglement in oceanic plastic pollution, UP review of global data suggests
Posted on July 08, 2019
Researchers at UP have conducted a global review of studies on the entanglement of pinnipeds in oceanic plastic pollution, and found that 67% of these aquatic mammals are at risk of entanglement. Pinnipeds have front and rear flippers, and the group includes seals, sea lions and walruses.
UP academic innovators rewarded for creative excellence
Posted on July 04, 2019
University of Pretoria (UP) students and staff responsible for the creation of acclaimed commercially viable inventions were granted 40% rights to the first R1 million of revenues that have accrued to the University.
The Chameleon: Improving water use, food supply and incomes
Posted on July 02, 2019
Globally 1.1 billion people lack access to water and 2.7 billion experience water scarcity for at least one month of the year. Agriculture takes up 60% of freshwater usage. A typical farmer spends a significant amount of time and money irrigating their plots. They often do not realise that they...
Ten years on and beyond: How UP's Mamelodi Campus is leading the way
Posted on July 01, 2019
UP's Mamelodi Campus is celebrating 10 years of extended curriculum programmes. However, there is much more afoot at the campus than the University’s flagship programmes.
UP scientists warn southern Africa will lose much of its desert bird life in coming decades
Posted on June 25, 2019
Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) predict that the arid western parts of southern Africa will lose much of its bird life by the end of the century as a result of climate change.
‘Loss of species is an existential threat to humans’ – UP academics respond to UN extinction report
Posted on June 18, 2019
Wild spaces and the animals in them are disappearing at an alarming rate, according to the recent United Nations (UN) report on the extinction of species.
NAS researchers lead the way in 2019 NSTF finalists’ list
Posted on June 13, 2019
Five of the eight researchers at the University of Pretoria that made it to the finals of the National Science and Technology Foundation (NSTF) 2018/2019 Awards hail from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS). They are Prof Robin Crewe (finalist in two categories), Prof Serena...
World Food Safety Day: UP researcher calls for high-tech food safety tracking
Posted on June 07, 2019
It takes just three or four days for a lamb chop to travel from a farm in the Northern Cape, via an abattoir, a wholesaler or meat packer, to a local butcher or retailer, and ultimately on to a plate in a city.
VC thanks NRF-rated researchers for overall contribution to UP’s research output
Posted on June 06, 2019
The University of Pretoria (UP) Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Tawana Kupe, thanked researchers who are rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) at levels A, B and C for their contribution to the University’s overall research output, at two recent events.
UP study on ant behaviour offers insight into how climate change could impact humans
Posted on June 05, 2019
A University of Pretoria (UP) study on ants that inhabit various mountain sites across the world has found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue on the current trajectory, the planet faces major ecosystem changes.
CEEPA’s 2nd training on choice and controlled experiments a roaring success
Posted on May 31, 2019
The Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development is gaining momentum in becoming the regional centre of choice. To reach this objective, CEEPA provides quality degree and non-degree training, research...
UP academics’ work on African mole-rat research could pave way for new painkillers for humans
Posted on May 30, 2019
Three University of Pretoria (UP) scientists are part of a team whose research on African mole-rats has led to a discovery that may hold the key to pain management in humans.
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.
UP honours its top researchers at Academic Achievers’ Awards dinner
Posted on May 22, 2019
The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) 2019 Academic Achievers’ Awards dinner was held on Tuesday to honour more than 110 academics who have shown exceptional achievement in their disciplines, as well as National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researchers.
UP PhD student scoops top award at international conference in San Francisco
Posted on May 20, 2019
Doctoral student Lazarus Takawira of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) recently won the Best Student Poster award at the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute’s 14th annual Genomics of Energy & Environment...
UP postgraduate student one of three award winning wood scientists in global competition
Posted on May 17, 2019
A recent MSc graduate from the University of Pretoria (UP), Martin Wierzbicki, is one of three global winners of the 2018-2019 Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has recently announced Martin along with Elina...
‘We learn from students as much as they learn from us’ – UP prof on his 101 PhD graduates
Posted on May 15, 2019
Professor Mike Wingfield of the University of Pretoria (UP) has acted as an advisor or supervisor to an impressive 101 PhD graduates, as of April 2019.