Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change
Posted on June 26, 2017
Professor Frans Swanepoel from the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, discusses the possibilities that science offers for the future of farming and food security in Africa.
UP joins worldwide research project to fight bacteria affecting tropical and subtropical crops
Posted on June 22, 2017
The University of Pretoria (UP) has become a partner in the TROPICSAFE project, an initiative to fight three economically important bacterial diseases of citrus plants, grapevines and palms.
Science affords you the opportunity to ask questions
Posted on May 25, 2017
More than 60 prizes and trophies were awarded to the top students in the Faculty at the Annual Outstanding Achievers Function for students of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, which took place earlier this month.
Three UP students excel at DST/NRF National Global Change Conference
Posted on January 30, 2017
Three students from the University of Pretoria were recognised for their excellent presentations at the third DST/NRF National Global Change Conference hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban in December 2016.
UP researchers unravel gene networks driving wood formation in trees
Posted on January 26, 2017
A team of researchers in the Department of Genetics at the University of Pretoria together with collaborators in Belgium, Canada and the USA, are reporting one of the first large-scale, integrated analyses of 10 000s of genes profiled in the developing wood of plantation trees.
We need your help to inspire the scientists of tomorrow!
Posted on January 20, 2017
Cape Citizen Science, a project that enlists the help of the public to identify organisms that are killing some of the fynbos species in the Western Cape, has launched a crowd funding campaign to provide youth from a local township with an opportunity to spend a day learning and taking part in...
New project to address issues at water-plant-food public health interface
Posted on January 09, 2017
A three-year grant under the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program by the USAID and the South African Department of Science and Technology was recently awarded to Prof Lise Korsten and her research team from the Department of Plant and Crop Sciences at the University of...
Best first-year lecturer in NAS awarded
Posted on December 13, 2016
A lecturer who inspires and motivates students ... This encompasses Mr Carel Oosthuizen, the first-year co-ordinator for Animal Diversity in the Department of Zoology and Entomology who received the Best First-year Lecturer Award in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) on 2...
Dr Jongman wins GlobalGAP Best Poster Award
Posted on December 09, 2016
Dr Gape Jongman, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, recently won an award for the best poster at the GlobalGAP Summit 2016.
MSc student wins Best Oral Presentation Award at International Conference
Posted on December 06, 2016
Ms Samantha Jamison, a master's student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, recently won the prize for the Best Student Oral Presentation at the 2016 Seed Ecology Conference, organised by the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Dr Michelle Greve selected as a TWAS Young Affiliate
Posted on November 01, 2016
A dynamic young lecturer from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, Dr Michelle Greve, was recently selected as a Young Affiliate of the World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS ROSSA).
Join the hunt for pathogens in the fynbos!
Posted on October 31, 2016
To do his part in helping to conserve the South African fynbos, Mr Joey Hulbert, a PhD student at UP, has initiated a citizen science project to identify pathogens that may be killing some of these unique plants.
Young UP scientists win in Einstein Language Competition
Posted on October 20, 2016
Two students from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences recently walked away with prizes in the LitNet Akademies Einstein Competition.
Five PhD graduates for Prof Lise Korsten
Posted on September 09, 2016
A record number of five Plant Pathology PhD students under the supervision of Prof Lise Korsten graduated at the recent Spring graduation ceremony. This was the highest number of PhD students graduating under one researcher's supervision in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, at a...
Research Matters: Focus on forest health
Posted on August 22, 2016
Visit our brand new Research Matters website to find out more about how researchers at the University of Pretoria are making today matter through projects that support pest management in our forests and plantations.
A true Bioscience ambassador for UP and Southern Africa
Posted on July 19, 2016
Thokozani Sikhosana, an MSc Biochemistry student at the University of Pretoria (UP) was recently selected as the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) student ambassador for Southern Africa.
UP Biotechnologist one of the Next Einsteins
Posted on July 06, 2016
Pelly Malebe, a Biotechnology PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, was recently selected as the Next Einstein Forum Ambassador for South Africa and represented the Next Einstein Forum and her country at the 2016 global gathering.
Prof Dave Berger receives NSTF Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security
Posted on July 01, 2016
Prof Dave Berger from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has been awarded the Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security at the 2015/2016 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards.
UP celebrates hybrid model of teaching and learning with a unique fair
Posted on June 24, 2016
The first-ever hybrid fair was recently hosted at the University of Pretoria (UP) to celebrate the hybrid model of teaching and learning.
2016 Open Day
Posted on June 13, 2016
2016 Open Day at the University of Pretoria