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  • New study reveals mechanism for formation and discovery of fairy circles in Kalahari Desert

    Posted on February 05, 2021

    The hundreds of thousands of bare circular patches in the arid grasslands in the Namib Desert, commonly referred to as fairy circles, have puzzled the scientific community for decades. The fairy circles are mostly confined to a narrow strip, about 50 to 100 km inland from the Atlantic Ocean,...

  • Plant pathologists are excellent problem solvers

    Posted on February 02, 2021

    Plant pathologists are excellent problem solvers Scarce skills in Natural and Agricultural Sciences Focus on a plant pathologist: Dr Mahlane Godfrey Kgatle (Department of Plant and Soil Sciences) Postdoctoral fellow, FABI

  • Wetlands play a vital role in our daily lives

    Posted on February 02, 2021

    2 February is World Wetlands Day. This year’s theme is Wetlands and Water. The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) also celebrates this day and wants to increase awareness and support for the vital role that wetlands play in our daily lives.

  • Natural success: TuksNovation helps UP students turn passion for medicinal plant science into skincare business

    Posted on January 28, 2021

    A start-up company founded by two postgraduate UP students, incubated by UP’s TuksNovation, is starting to turn heads in the natural skincare products market.

  • Big year for forestry at UP

    Posted on December 09, 2020

    Not only did the Forestry Programme at the University of Pretoria (UP) celebrate ten years in 2020, but Prof Paxie Chirwa, the incumbent of the South African Forestry Companies Limited (SAFCOL) Forestry Chair, co-edited a book on the Miombo Woodlands.

  • MSc student attends international Plant Breeders congress

    Posted on December 03, 2020

    Ms Ingrid Marais, an MSc Biotechnology student in the Molecular Plant Pathogen Interactions research group in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, was recently selected to attend the National...

  • Latest T&[email protected] Bulletin (2020) now available

    Posted on February 06, 2020

    Latest T&[email protected] Bulletin (2020) now available

  • International Year of Plant Health

    Posted on January 10, 2020

    The division of Plant Pathology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is proud to join in celebrating 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health.

  • NAS celebrates excellence in teaching

    Posted on December 16, 2019

    What started off as a departmental initiative grew exponentially and culminated in an awards ceremony where excellence in teaching was celebrated at Faculty level. At the last [email protected] event for 2019, cluster awards in all four clusters (Biological Sciences, Food and Agricultural Sciences,...

  • University of Pretoria: Striving to Feed 10 Billion People by 2050

    Posted on December 05, 2019

    One year ago United Nations Academic Impact announced the inauguration of the UNAI SDG Hubs, UNAI member institutions selected as exemplars for their innovative scholarship and engagement related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) who serve as resources for best practices for the UNAI...

  • Third successful interdisciplinary training school on solar energy and photosynthesis held at UP

    Posted on November 27, 2019

    A very unique postgraduate spring school on solar energy and photosynthesis recently took place at the University of Pretoria (UP). This annual event, which attracts overwhelming interest, is unlike any other around the world due to three key elements: the African focus, the truly...

  • University of Pretoria to host UN Week of Science and Peace Conference on 12 November

    Posted on November 11, 2019

    The University of Pretoria is set to host a UN Week of Science and Peace Conference on 12 November in Pretoria, with the title African Innovative Solutions to Sustainable African Peace and Development.

  • 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.

  • Beating hunger: How aeroponics could provide the solution to feeding 10 billion people

    Posted on October 16, 2019

    By 2050, we will need to produce at least 50% more food than we do currently to feed 10 billion people. However, over half the land in the world is already used to produce food, and agriculture has a significant negative impact on the environment.

  • 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.

  • Global award a ‘career highlight’ for UP seed scientist

    Posted on July 23, 2019

    Prof Terry Aveling from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria recently won the award for the best paper presentation at the 32nd International Seed Testing Association Congress in Hyderabad, India.

  • 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’.

  • Master’s student in Horticulture off to Australia

    Posted on March 29, 2019

    Ms Elmien Coetser, an MSc Agric(Horticulture) candidate at the University of Pretoria (UP) has been chosen by the member delegates at the recent International Plant Propagator's Society (IPPS) Southern Africa Region’s Annual Conference to go to Australia on the Australia/Southern Africa...

  • President’s Award for Dr Eyob Tesfamariam

    Posted on February 14, 2019

    Dr Eyob Tesfamariam, from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), recently received the President’s Award from the Soil Science Society of South Africa (SSSSA) for the best oral presentation at the Combined Congress of the SSSSA, the South African...

  • PhD student awarded for her presentation at annual botanist congress

    Posted on February 07, 2019

    A PhD student in Medicinal Plant Sciences Ms Analike Blom van Staden was recently awarded for the best oral presentation by a PhD student at the 45th Annual Congress of the South African Association of Botanists.

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