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Prof Ashafa
Prof Ashafa’s research documents plants used by the Basotho in the management of different ailments.

The Phytomedicine and Phytopharmacology Research Programme (PPRP) in the Department of Plant Sciences on the Qwaqwa Campus researches the biological effects of medicinal plants used in the folkloric medicine of the Eastern Free State, particularly to explore the values and contribution of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) towards broader scientific research. This is according to the programme’s principal investigator and researcher, NRF C2-rated researcher, Professor Anofi Ashafa. 

 “Our research is mainly aimed at documenting plants used by the Basotho in the management of different ailments and to further discover, isolate, and purify active phytoconstituents that are responsible for disease curation or amelioration, thereby assisting in the global promotion of accessible and affordable medication in developing countries,” said Prof Ashafa. 

Since 2012, the PPRP has worked extensively on Basotho medicinal plants (BMP) used as antimicrobials, antioxidants, antidiabetics, antitubercular, anticancer, anthelmintic, and antidiarrheal agents, starting from biological activities up to the  evaluation of the toxicity of these plants for the kidney, liver, and heart functions in order to establish safe dosage parameters. These activities have led to the discovery of four potent antidiabetic biomolecules that are awaiting the processes of patency and commercialisation. Additional outputs include 104 published peer-reviewed articles , 7 postdoctoral fellows, 6 PhDs, 9 master’s, and 16 honours graduates. 

“Our research informs teaching and the development of expertise in ethnobotany, 
phytomedicine, and phytopharmacology in order to contribute to the National Development Plan (NDP) through human capacity development, skills, and knowledge transfer.

The group is also investigating some medicinal plants on the endangered red list of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), through micropropagation and field trials as well as proposing conservation strategies to preserve these valuable species.

The PPRP consists of postdoctoral fellows, PhD, master’s, and honours students and research is done in collaboration with several local and international universities as well as the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. 


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Well-known academic dedicates book to the UFS
2008-10-15

Prof. Wilhelm Neuser, world-renowned Calvanist, dedicated his latest book about Calvyn to the University of the Free State (UFS). Prof. Neuser (from Germany), who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the UFS in 2005, has undertaken to also dedicate his next book to the UFS. The book, "Johannes Calvin - Leben und Werk in seiner Frühzeit 1509-1541", was handed to the Acting Rector, Prof. Teuns Verschoor, during the gala dinner of the Eight South African Calvyn Research Congress. The event was also used to launch an important new addition to the series UFS Theological Studies: The Afrikaans translation of Calvyn’s comment on the letter to the Romans. The comment was translated by Prof. S Postma. The Calvyn Research Congress was presented by the Institute for Classical Reformation Studies at the UFS, in cooperation with the Faculty of Theology at the UFS. Here are, from the left: Prof. Dolf Britz, Department of Church History and Polity at the UFS, Prof. Neuser, and Prof. Verschoor.
Foto: Stephen Collett

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