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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

UP’s Dr Phatho Cele Zondi to be Chief Medical Officer for Team SA at 2014 Commonwealth Games - 23/07/2014
Dr Phatho Cele Zondi, lecturer in Sports Medicine at UP, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer for Team South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. These games will take place from 23 July to 3 August.
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Nobel Prize Laureate celebrated science on Mandela Day - 22/07/2014
‘Scientists love what they do and every day there is the possibility that they might discover something new and exciting,’ said Prof Martin C Michel, welcoming everybody to the Mandela Day Public Lecture on 18 July 2014.
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Photographs speak louder than words - 22/07/2014
Rory du Plessis, Visual Cultural Studies lecturer in the University of Pretoria (UP)'s Department of Visual Arts, has just returned from a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin. The awarded fellowship forms part of his interdisciplinary doctoral studies and was in the research cluster 'Encounters between Medicine, Literature, Philosophy and their Circulation in Public Debates'.
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University of Pretoria celebrated Mandela Day in Hammanskraal - 22/07/2014
On Friday 18 July, staff from the University of Pretoria (UP) and members of the Morokolong community, Hammanskraal, converged at the Tshedimosetso Community Development Centre to celebrate Mandela Day. At the beginning of June, the Department of Facilities Management, in collaboration with the Department of University Relations, embarked on various projects to renovate the Centre.
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UP-Yale team receives international excellence award for child-related research - 22/07/2014
The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Irma Eloff, received an international excellence in research award on 22 July 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, on behalf of the team of UP-Yale researchers which were led by herself and Dr Brian Forsyth from Yale University.
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Damage will rest where it falls if fracking goes ahead, UP professor of law warns - 21/07/2014
Prof Birgit Kuschke is talking about an issue few lawyers in South Africa focus on. Kuschke is one of a handful of legal academics who are working on issues regarding insurance against environmental damage. Having already worked on issues around genetically modified organisms, electromagnetic fields and toxic mould, her attention has now shifted to the legal effects of fracking. While many have voiced concern about the grievous effects fracking has on the environment, such as water damage and the migration of pollution, few have discussed the massive legal and financial ramifications, especially for the insurance industry.
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UP Choirs excel at World Choir Games - 21/07/2014
The UP Youth Choir and the UP Camerata Choir participated in the World Choir Games, also known as the ‘Olympics for Choirs’, that was held in Riga, Latvia, from 9 to 14 July. Both choirs performed exceptionally well, bringing back a total of five gold medals between them.
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