• Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
    Discovery in Scorpius constellation may signify clean energy for Earth
    Earlier this year, a group of international astronomers announced the discovery of an exotic binary star system, AR Scorpii.
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  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
    Research eradicates bacteria from avocado facility
    “The aim of the project was to identify and characterise the contamination problem in an avocado-processing facility and then to find a solution.”
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  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
    Prof Danie Vermeulen, new Faculty Dean
    The Council of the UFS approved the appointment of Prof Danie Vermeulen as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences during its meeting on 11 March 2016.
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  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
    Lithium-Ion Batteries Research Improving Ordinary Lives
    The future of scientific research at the Qwaqwa Campus is in good hands. Dr L Koao is one of the members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme (PSP) on this Campus.
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Plant Sciences Home

The University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Plant Sciences consists of the following divisions:

  • Botany,
  • Plant Breeding and
  • Plant Pathology.

These divisions are multi-disciplined and cover plant-related teaching subjects and research. Some subjects of interest include:

  • molecular biology,
  • chromosome studies,
  • molecular plant breeding (protein quality),
  • conventional plant breeding
  • physiology and biochemistry,
  • plant pathogens,
  • ecology,
  • ecophysiology,
  • taxonomy,
  • ultrastructure and many more.

Students and researchers have access to the most modern laboratories and scientific equipment.

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