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Department of Plant Science

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                Department of Plant Science


  
The new Plant Sciences Complex
Photo taken by Lourens Uitenweerde, EYEscape Studios
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The Department of Plant Science has a long and proud tradition and is well known for its research expertise. South Africa has a very rich flora with a large variety of endemic plant species, which are adapted to flourish in diverse habitats. Therefore, South Africa is a paradise to anyone wishing to study the variety of indigenous plants, as well as their uses and lifestyles.

 

News

A new generation of research-driven leaders in agriculture - 28/08/2014
South Africa is a fertile land, so how is it that we have to date been unable to effectively feed our people? According to Mr Shaun Berry of BASF-Becker Underwood, a company involved in a joint research grant partnership with the University of Pretoria and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), not enough research is currently being done to develop new technology for South African farmers.
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Ethical Research Workshop - 25/08/2014
On 18 August 2014, Professor Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at UP, hosted a seminar focusing on ethically responsible research. The theme of the seminar was ‘Human research participants and the ethically responsible advancement of science’. A paper was presented at the event by Dr Felice J Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association.
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Taking the battle against disease into the family home - 25/08/2014
The fight for the health and wellbeing of South Africans should be taken into the homes of the neediest individuals and families, believes Professor Jannie Hugo, Head of the Department of Family Medicine at UP.
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Two UP staff members elected to SABCP board - 25/08/2014
Two staff members from UP’s Department of Pharmacology have been elected to the board of the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP). Prof Vanessa Steenkamp, who currently oversees the Phytomedicine unit in the department, was elected as Vice-President of the society and Dr André Marais, a senior lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, was elected as treasurer.
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Celebrating 15 years of music therapy training at UP - 21/08/2014
On Saturday 16 August the Music Therapy Unit of the Department of Music hosted a vibrant celebration to showcase the work of current students, past graduates and staff members. This event was held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Music Therapy training at the University of Pretoria. The UP MMus (Music Therapy) training programme is the only master’s training programme of its kind on the African continent.
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UP food scientist receives international award for leadership in his field - 21/08/2014
Dr Patrick Njage of the Department of Food Science at UP and postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), was a recipient of the International Union of Food Science and Technology's (IUFoST) Young Scientist Award for 2014. Alongside seven other outstanding young food scientists from across the world, Njage received the award at the IUFoST’s 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), held in Montreal, Canada from 17 to 21 August.
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UP PhD student receives prestigious award for best research in basic pharmacology - 21/08/2014
Mr Werner Cordier, who is currently doing a PhD under the supervision of Prof Vanessa Steenkamp from the Department of Pharmacology at UP, was awarded the prestigious IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa) award for best research in basic pharmacology for his research titled ‘An in vitro mechanistic evaluation of the hepatotoxic properties of Solanum aculeastrum’.
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Wooden cabinet for the Plant Science Department 
The Department of Plant Science received a wooden cabinet gift from the Woodworking Association of Pretoria. The cabinet contains a must see wooden items. 
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The Living Laboratory
 
The establishment of a rain garden on the University of Pretoria's main campus turned out to be a cost effective and innovative solution to a conventional engineering problem. [Read more]