Research

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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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Attractive research: how SA tourist sites can attract more visitors #UPResearchMatters

Five major tourist attractions around South Africa have benefitted from UP research looking at how to make tourism experiences more memorable.

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UP researchers help government boost local #tourism #UPResearchMatters

UP researchers are working with the National Department of Tourism to improve tourist experiences at attractions around SA and contribute to a more competitive tourism industry.

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Memorable moments: what makes a tourist experience?

Tourism is one of the few sectors of the economy that is growing in South Africa, thanks in part to our unique and world-class natural and cultural resources.

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Death is temporary - the resurrection of the naked mole rat

Prof Nigel Bennett and Dr Heike Lutermann, of the University of Pretoria's Department of Zoology and Entomology, are involved in an exciting study on the naked mole rat that has been featured in Science.

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Africa's protected areas have only a quarter of the elephants they should

A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria provides an estimate of the number of elephants that should be present in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries.

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UP study addresses issues of violence and loss among South African children

Drs Miemsie Steyn and Melanie Moen from the Faculty of Education at UP, undertook an Early Childhood Education study of young children aged between six and nine years in order to identify predominant themes prevailing in the early school-going phase.

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UP project to support South African dairy industry

A project by researchers from the Department of Production Animal Studies tackles some of the big unanswered questions regarding mastitis treatment failure at South African dairies.

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New compounds show promise for the treatment of tuberculosis

A study by Prof Tahir Pillay and Dr MA Islam from the Department of Chemical Pathology at UP, has identified three compounds that may have potential for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB).

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From conveyor belts to insulation, CNES at UP is improving energy efficiency

The School of Engineering at the University of Pretoria is home to many important groups dedicated to improving the national electric grid.

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New innovations at UP spark modernisation of SA electrical grid

The South African electrical grid system has gone from the once world-class energy infrastructure of the 1980’s to a steadily deteriorating and barely maintained service today.

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Power vs energy vs old age: what’s been plunging SA into the dark?

South Africa’s national electrical grid system is under increasing strain due to aging infrastructure, insufficient maintenance, and a lack of real-time monitoring.

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UP partners with government and private sector to boost SA’s electrical grid

South Africa’s national electrical grid system is under increasing strain due to aging infrastructure and insufficient maintenance.

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Power UP: Research for an energy-efficient SA #UPResearchMatters

South Africa’s national electrical grid system is under increasing strain due to aging infrastructure, insufficient maintenance and a lack of real-time monitoring. Several research groups at UP’s Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineeri

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