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Department of Plant Production and Soil Science

The Department of Plant Production and Soil Science is a multidisciplinary department and consists of four broad disciplines: 

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Agronomy

Horticultural Science

Pasture Science

Soil Science

 

Our vision

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.
 

Our mission

  • 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.  
 

News

A drone is not a cop – UN rights expert concerned about technologies that depersonalise the use of force - 23/10/2014
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has raised concern about the increasing use of technologies that depersonalise the use of force –including armed drones– not only on the battlefield, but also in domestic law enforcement.
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Centre for Natural Hazards relaunched - a new model - 23/10/2014
A new model of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Natural Hazards in Africa (formerly known as Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa) was recently launched with the objective of accommodating the changes in its strategy
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UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.
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Centre for Intellectual Property Law hosts Faculty's second annual Prestige Lecture - 22/10/2014
Prof Esmé du Plessis, former partner and currently senior consultant at Adams & Adams and extraordinary professor in the Department of Private Law at the University of Pretoria, presented the Faculty's second annual Prestige Lecture on “Dynamics of Intellectual Property Law: Interfaces with other areas of law”.
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Research published on challenges in South Africa’s rural education - 22/10/2014
An article about research partnerships in the South African rural education community, co-authored by four staff members in the Faculty of Education of the University of Pretoria (UP), will appear in the January 2015 edition of the acclaimed journal, Teaching and Teacher Education.
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Social Development Month (October) - 22/10/2014
Pro-poor strategies such as social grants, the national school nutrition programme and the expanded Public Works Programme, amongst others, reflect a better understanding in that the most vulnerable are assisted to break the poverty trap.
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Living Lab for Innovative Teaching Research established in UP’s Faculty of Education - 21/10/2014
The Living Lab for Innovative Teaching Research at the University of Pretoria (LLITUP), a research unit aimed at interdisciplinary research collaboration in teaching and learning, was launched at UP’s Groenkloof Library Research Commons on 17 October 2014.
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