Mapping trade networks in the Mapungubwe state is revealing complex political and social structures and changing researchers’ ideas of how the Great Kingdom was structured and operated.
New research and excavations in the Limpopo Valley are providing an unprecedented understanding of the 13th century Mapungubwe state and turning Western ideas about political structures in Africa on their heads along the way.
New techniques, new attitudes and new perspectives mean that the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria is blazing a new trail and setting the standard for how archaeology should be done in southern Africa.
The food safety research team at the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security has proposed changes to current pesticide control that would help bring the standard of local fresh produce to the same level of compliance as exported fresh produce.
Unlike restaurants or conference venues that must be formally licensed to prepare and serve food, catering for local church weddings or funerals does not need to comply with specific health and safety standards.
When consumers see fresh produce on the market shelf or on their plate, they often have very little idea of the losses incurred on the journey from the farm.
Leaving no door handle un-swabbed, mushroom detectives sift through potential crime scenes looking for clues that might cause some of our most nutritious food to spoil before it reaches your table.
In an ideal world, a farmer might sell a harvest of fresh produce to families nearby, who would eat that produce within the week.
UP undergraduate Aqil Jeenah cares about animals and humans, and the impact climate change has on their environment. Despite his youth, his work already helps bring health, veterinary and ecological disciplines together to solve global health challenges.
UP aims to improve human and animal health in rural farming communities at the interface with the Kruger National Park through research, student training, and community engagement.
Rabies and tick-bite fever can be transmitted from animals to humans - UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science helps farming communities near wildlife manage these diseases through research.
Recent disease outbreaks like Ebola and bird flu occurred largely because humans and animals share an environment in which disease can spread from one to the other.
Psychological assessments for employees have been controversial in South Africa because of the country’s troubled past.
A biological phenomenon known as “polyploidy” may hold the key to how species adapt to climate change and how we can improve farm yields and cancer drugs.
The University of Pretoria (UP) was recently ranked second in the world in the study of fungi - or mycology - by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR).
Whales off the south-western coast of South Africa are behaving in a new way, prompting experts in the field to ask more questions about these giants. Humpback whales have started to change their normal feeding behaviours,
Rhinos' response to anaesthesia has proved to have complications, but Prof Leith Meyer from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at UP is constantly working to better understand how these iconic animals respond to immobilisation.
Understanding how and when animal species use their environment is a fundamental ecological question and one that can be surprisingly difficult to answer, particularly when working in the marine environment.
Dr Katelyn Faulkner and Prof Mark Robertson, from the Centre for Invasion Biology at the University of Pretoria, looked at the risks posed by alien species transported as stowaways on ships traveling to South Africa.
Professor Andrew McKechnie, is part of an international study looking at the effects of climate change on birds, particularly those living in very hot deserts. Their findings reveal that these birds are going to be under great strain in the future.