Research

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Complying with international safety standards for pesticides will make our fresh produce safer

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.

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Fresh produce from informal traders: Is it safe to eat?

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.

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Managing food losses from farm to table

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.

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Pathogen hunters fight mushroom spoilage

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.

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How safe is the food on your plate?

In an ideal world, a farmer might sell a harvest of fresh produce to families nearby, who would eat that produce within the week.

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Young student carries torch for UP OneHealth on international board

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.

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One Health supports rural farming communities at the interface with wildlife conservation

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.

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Fighting zoonoses in Mnisi, Mpumalanga

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.

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Vets and other experts collaborate for human, animal and environmental health

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.

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A new indigenous personality test for South Africa

Psychological assessments for employees have been controversial in South Africa because of the country’s troubled past.

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Rare genetic event could unlock climate, agri and health challenges

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.

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UP researchers on top of the world over fungi research

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).

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Groups of whales in the hundreds astonish experts

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,

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Understanding the intricacies of rhino immobilisation

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.

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Scientists use statistics to differentiate African dolphin 'dialects'

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.

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Alien invasion - the threat is real

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.

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Lethal dehydration – a ticking clock for desert birds

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.

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Genome of prostate cancer tumour mapped for the first time

A collaborative study by researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP), the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the University of Sydney in Australia, have mapped the entire genome of a prostate cancer tumour for the first time.

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Information sharing vital for tourist industry

How one UP researcher is improving access to information within the tourist industry to create jobs and make the sector more internationally competitive.

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How to measure holiday memories - @UPresearch aids SA #tourism

A new tool developed at the University of Pretoria to measure memorable tourism experiences is helping tourist attractions around South Africa draw new visitors and improve the quality of their visit.

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