The Department of Plant Production and Soil Science is a multidisciplinary department and consists of four broad disciplines:
To provide high-quality teaching, research and community service in order to play a significant role in the advancement of the agricultural sciences as the basis for prosperity of the peoples of South Africa and the African continent.
To prepare graduate and undergraduate students in agronomy, horticulture, pasture science, and soil science for fulfilling careers in academia, industry or government
Develop thorough research, new knowledge and techniques that are relevant to the production and management of economically important plant species, and the management of soil and water resources on a sustainable basis
Communicate research findings through scholarly publication and educational programmes of value to stakeholders
Support the scientific community and serve the broader public through outreach activities such as problem-oriented research and extension.
Unifying pathology and laboratory medicine in the era of P4 medicine - 30/09/2014
The 54th International Congress of the Federation of South African Societies of Pathology, which was proudly co-hosted by the University of Pretoriaís Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently took place at the purpose-built CSIR International Convention Centre. The organising committee was mindful of the prestige of the conference and put together a superb programme for this forum and gathering of pathologists and scientists in laboratory medicine from both the public and the private sector.
Mail and Guardian chooses UP scientists as the voices of science - 29/09/2014
The newspaper Mail & Guardian (M&G) is running a six-month project called Science Voices, which aims to help postgraduate science students to present their academic writing in a language that is understandable and enjoyable for the general public to read. Postgraduate students submitted their articles to M&G and top articles were selected and published. Two PhD candidates and one MSc candidate from UPís Institutional Research Theme (IRT) on Food, Nutrition and Well-being were selected for this prestigious profile supplement published by M&G.
Mammal Research Institute Annual Southern Right Whale Survey - 29/09/2014
The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria will start flying their 36th annual helicopter survey of the Southern Capeís right whale population on 29 September this year; a survey that will be generously sponsored by four offshore oil and gas companies namely; ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, Impact Africa Limited, The Petroleum Oil And Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd, and Thombo Petroleum Limited.
Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands - 19/09/2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy Ė Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UPís Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africaís rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.