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  • Best poster award for Ofentse Mathibela

    Posted on February 05, 2019

    Ms Ofentse Mathibela, an honours student in plant science at the University of Pretoria (UP), was named as the winner of the Best poster in Physiology/Ecophysiology/Biotechnology at the 45th Annual Congress of the South African Association of Botanists in early January 2019.

  • Latest T&[email protected] Bulletin (2019) now available

    Posted on February 04, 2019

    The second issue of the 2019 NAS T&L Bulletin was officially launched on 1 February 2019. According to Dr Rory Biggs from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, one of the editorial members of the Bulletin, "The T&[email protected] Bulletin aims to be a forum for sharing thoughts,...

  • Danielle Roodt awarded a DST fellowship for her PhD

    Posted on October 02, 2018

    ‘First I was overjoyed when I received the email informing me that I had been nominated for the Department of Science and Technology (DST) doctoral fellowship, and then absolutely thrilled to be a winner of this prestigious award.’ These were the words of an elated Ms Danielle...

  • Plant blindness is a real thing: why it’s a real problem too

    Posted on September 27, 2018

    If you lived in London at the height of William Shakespeare’s fame, in the 15th century, you probably knew a fair amount about plants. The famous playwright often alluded to potions and poisons derived from plants, and most of his audience would have recognised them. By comparison, research...

  • Official launch of the NAS T&L Bulletin - Wednesday 1 August 2018

    Posted on July 31, 2018

    Official launch of the NAS T&L Bulletin - Wednesday 1 August 2018

  • Aloe Walks on Hillcrest Campus

    Posted on June 07, 2018

    Due to the late rains and favorable temperatures this year we are having an unparalleled Aloe flowering season. The Curator of our Botanical Garden would like to invite you to join him in enjoying the display and learning more about these amazing plants and the water wise gardening drive of UP.

  • Collaboration key to success in science

    Posted on April 09, 2018

    ‘Science is not a solitary journey and collaborations should start from as early as possible.’ These are the words of PhD student in Medicinal Plant Science in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), Carel Oosthuizen, who was recently awarded the...

  • Exploring Marama - a potential indigenous crop

    Posted on March 29, 2018

    Prof Nigel Barker, Dr Quenton Kritzinger and MSc student Lizo Masters (Department of Plant and Soil Sciences) are studying the systematics of the genus Tylosema. Species in this group are drought and produce nutritious seeds, making the "elandsboontjie" a potentially important indigenous crop if...

  • Plant science students fly UP flag high

    Posted on February 26, 2018

    Climate change, food scarcity, drought and increasing food prices are some of the challenges facing the world today. As young academics come face-to-face with these global challenges, they are determined to take charge by taking up careers that are aimed at making a lasting impact.

  • 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.

  • Bright Medicinal Plant Science student inspired to do more

    Posted on August 08, 2017

    Murunwa Madzinga, a master's student in Medicinal Plant Science at the University of Pretoria, recently won first prize for a poster presentation at the 2017 Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF) conference.

  • FABI research opens up a world of science for learners

    Posted on August 07, 2017

    The Forestry and Agricultural Biodiversity Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria recently took science to the community of Philippi.

  • PhD student in Medicinal Plant Sciences wins coveted prize for best paper

    Posted on July 31, 2017

    Carel Basson Oosthuizen, a PhD student in Medicinal Plant Sciences in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), was awarded the prize for the best paper at the recent annual conference of the Indigenous Plant Usage Forum (IPUF).

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