Research News

  • Prestigious award inspires Renaan to achieve more

    Posted on January 29, 2018

    “Receiving this award has tremendous significance by not only motivating me to keep pushing and doing better, but also proving to myself that I can achieve more than what I deem possible. This is the first award of such calibre that I received.” Mr Renaan Shane Thompson, a PhD...

  • Forests are living on the edge – and this is not a good thing

    Posted on November 22, 2017

    The University of Pretoria's Dr Pieter Olivier is part of an international collaboration whose work was recently published in Nature. The study highlights how biodiversity is changing as a result of deforestation.

  • Prof Bernard Slippers appointed as Director of FABI

    Posted on November 17, 2017

    Prof Bernard Slippers has officially been appointed as Professor and Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria from 1 January 2018.

  • UP ready to address challenges in agriculture for next hundred years

    Posted on November 14, 2017

    Not only did the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) celebrate a hundred years of agriculture at a prestigious event earlier this month, but it also recognised Dr Johan van Zyl, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP and current CEO of African...

  • Interdisciplinary spring course on solar energy and photosynthesis

    Posted on November 01, 2017

    The Department of Physics hosted a highly successful postgraduate interdisciplinary course on solar energy and photosynthesis at the University of Pretoria during the October recess.

  • Prof Mike Wingfield receives Chinese Government Friendship Award

    Posted on October 13, 2017

    Prof Mike Wingfield, Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, recently received the Chinese Government Friendship Award for 2017.

  • CMEG student awarded a Gauteng Biotech Fundi Award

    Posted on October 03, 2017

    Storme de Scally, an MSc student at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG) at the University of Pretoria, was awarded the Best Performing Student at the 2017 Gauteng Biotech Fundi Awards.

  • Indigenous knowledge-based cosmeceuticals for natural and green cosmetics

    Posted on August 31, 2017

    The vast traditional knowledge of South Africa's plants is still untapped and there is much work to be done to verify this knowledge and determine how traditional remedies and local plants actually work.

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