Latest Happenings:



1. Dr van der Merwe & Chinese soybean breeders

Dr van der Merwe visiting soybean trials in KwaZulu Natal with visitors from Chian. From right to left: Armand Smit (PhD Student), Dr Rouxléne van der Merwe (front) and Chinese soybean breeders from the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2. Dr Visser  & postgraduate students UJ 2015

Staff and postgraduate students attending the 11th Annual Postgraduate Symposium hosted by the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg. From left to right: Williams Esuma, Linde de Jager, Jared Osando, Palesa Mmereki, Rinette Labuschagne, Dr Botma Visser and Dr Rouxléne van der Merwe.

3. DrCronje, Marieta,Bianca

Dr Marieta Cawood assisted Ms Bianca Hamilton on a project presented at the Regional Expo for young scientists. From left to right: Dr Marieta Cawood, Bianca Hamilton and Dr Cronje.

4. PJduPW & K 15-1399

Prof. Johann du Preez (right) received a Medal of Honour from the South African Academy for Science and Arts for a book co-authored with Profs. JG van As (sedond from the left), LR Brown and NJ Smit.

5. Prof JUG Novagreen Juelich 2015

Prof Johan Grobbelaar visited the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - IBG-2 at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH to conduct research on algae to replace fossil fuels for the aviation industry in Germany.

6. Prof Labaschagne Maryke1

Prof Maryke Labuscagne received to excellence awards in 2015



2014 University of Johannesburg symposium delegation


Ms J Adendorff (PhD student) at the NULANDIS Company (20/10/14) in Gauteng describes how plant activators protect plants against insects.


Mr Obed Mwenye (PhD student) studies soybean drought tolerance

NM with postgrads

Prof. Neal McLaren and post graduate students meeting with local and international collaborators associated with the Limpopo sorghum pathology study. From left to right Ms Lisa Coetzee (MSc student) Dr Medson Chisi (Zambia) Ms Danelle van Rooyen van Heerden (PhD student), Mr Michael Chung (PhD student), Prof Neal McLaren (UFS), Dr Gary Peterson (Texas AgriLife, Lubbock) and Prof John Taylor (University of Pretoria)

LC and DvH in sorghum

Post graduate students Lisa Coetzee and Danelle van Rooyen van Heerden inspecting sorghum research plots in Limpopo with project manager Mr Randy Bow (Texas AgriLife).


Gert Marais and Violet Simataa visiting Ovamboland in Namibia standing at a storage container for millet


Anthracnose on a pecan from Vaalharts

Main and Qwa qwa PLK personeel

Botany staff of Bloemfontein campus visited the botanists at QwaQwa campus

ML and angie

Dr. van Biljon, and profs. Maryke Labuschagne and Stefania Masci in the proteomics laboratory at the University of Tuscia, Italy.


Ben erik van wyk and L Saba

Mr Lubabalo Saba (left) together with Prof Ben-Erik van Wyk (University of Johannesburg). Lubabalo received an award for best presentation by a Young Scientist at the IPUF conference in Nelspruit, South Africa (July 2013).


Postgraduate students in ecophysiology.


Dr Lize Joubert processing specimens in the pollination biology laboratory, University of KwaZulu-Natal.


Prof Zakke Pretorius with participants at the 2013 SAARC Wheat Rust Training Course, Kathmandu, Nepal (picture DRRW project, Cornell University).

Chinese acadamy of science

Prof Zakkie Pretorius with delegates from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. They visited field trials at Pannar Research Station in Greytown.


Prof Liezel Herselman, Dr Botma Visser, Prof Zakkie Pretorius, Dr Francois Koekemoer (Sensako), Dr Toi Tsilo and Prof René Prins attended the 5th BGRI Technical Workshop in New Delhi, India.


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