The Department of Zoology and Entomology has specialised equipment and facilities to permit a wide range of field and laboratory-based research. Arrangements can be made for postgraduate students, postdocs and visitors to the Department to make use of these facilities. Enquire with the relevant contacts for further information.
Small Animal Physiological Research Facility
The Small Animal Physiological Research Facility consists of 10 temperature- and humidity-controlled rooms, plus several additional rooms for storage, food preparation and research activities. The temperature, humidity and lighting in the rooms are fully programmable and controlled via custom-written software. Five of the rooms are capable of maintaining any temperature between zero and 50˚C.
Contacts: Prof. Nigel Bennett, Prof Andrew McKechnie
Insect rearing and research facilities
The Department has various climate-controlled rooms and incubators dedicated to insect rearing and research. These include the recently renovated Bateman Building Insect Rearing and Research Facility. The Bateman Building has eight rearing rooms with temperature, relative humidity and lighting control, two glass houses for growth of host plants and experiments under natural lighting, a laboratory, and cleaning and sterilisation facilities.
Contact: Prof. Chris Weldon
Molecular genetics laboratory
Contacts: Prof. Armanda Bastos, Dr. Catherine Sole, Mrs Stokana Mahapa (First Technical Assistant)
Histology laboratory/Microscopy and imaging
Contacts: Prof. Nigel Bennett, Mrs Marna Ferreira (Control Technical Assistant), Mrs Stokana Mahapa (First Technical Assistant)
Behaviour tracking and analysis equipment
We have video-recording equipment to observe animal behaviour in a range of arena types, as well as licenses for Noldus The Observer and Ethovision XT (base and multi-arena module).
Contacts: Prof. Nigel Bennett, Dr. Marietjie Oosthuizen, Prof. Chris Weldon
Chemical ecology equipment
We have equipment for headspace and volatile entrainment techniques, Y-maze and four-choice olfactometers, and access to GC-MS and GC-EAD.
Contacts: Prof. Christian Pirk, Prof. Abdullahi Yusuf
The Department houses equipment for the study of animal energetics, insect flight, nutrition, water and thermal relations, and endocrine and neuroendocrine function.
Contacts: Prof. Nigel Bennett, Prof Andrew McKechnie, Prof. Chris Weldon
Contact: Mr Thlogi Selaledi (Control Technical Assistant)