The Phytomedicine Programme is a multidisciplinary and collaborative research programme investigating therapeutically useful compounds present in plants growing in South Africa. The programme was started in 1995 in the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pretoria by Prof J N Eloff. It was transferred to the Department of Paraclinical Sciences, University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science, in 2002. In 2007 it was designated as a National Research Foundation Developed Research Niche Area. The programme has delivered many publications, MSc and PhD graduates from many countries in Africa and Europe and several patents and two products in the market.
Sedibeng Water and UP - 15/09/2014
On 9 September 2014, UP’s Department of Chemical Engineering hosted the launch of the Sedibeng Water Chair in Water Utilisation Engineering. This is a research collaboration initiative between UP and Sedibeng Water. It was attended by key industry players and UP staff. Key addresses were delivered by UP’s Prof Roelf Sandenbergh, Prof Philip de Vaal, Prof Evans Chirwa and Mr R Takalani, Director: Corporate Services and Acting Chief Executive from Sedibeng Water.
UP to collaborate on project to address hunger and undernutrition - 12/09/2014
The University of Pretoria (UP) will be one of the institutions collaborating in a series of projects representing the best ideas and strategies from around the world to address hunger and undernutrition in some of the world’s most unforgiving agricultural regions. The selected projects, which will be funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, will contribute towards improving food security, household resilience and private-sector growth in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger through the enhancement of production and value-added product development.
Sensory food science research that resonates in Africa - 11/09/2014
Prof Riëtte de Kock, from the Department of Food Science at the University of Pretoria (UP), delivered a plenary lecture, titled ‘Sensory food science research that resonates in Africa’, at the World Food Science and Technology Congress of the International Union for Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) held in Montreal, Canada, in August. In the lecture, Prof De Kock explained why sensory food science is critical for food security and economic development in the developing world, particularly in Africa.