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South Africa’s first in vitro conceived Holstein calves born

The application of in vitro embrio production (IVEP) has recently led to the birth of South Africa’s first two Holstein calves.What makes this unique is the use of a supportive reproduction technique that is not commonly used in the dairy industry. (Complete English version to follow) Die versies, wat albei blakend gesond is, is op die plaas […]

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Kassier Bursary Fund to be launched at Maties AgriSciences alumni function

Respected agricultural economist Prof Eckart Kassier will be the guest of honour at the launch of a postgraduate scholarship bearing his name on 3 May. The scholarship will be awarded to top achievers in agricultural economics at Stellenbosch University (SU). The function is hosted as joint event between the Faculty of AgriSciences and the Alumni […]

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Agri fair to highlight careers in the fruit and veg sector (25 April)

Do you want to know how to grow a new apple cultivar or develop different yogurt or fruit bar flavours, or do you want to work in the horticultural or viticulture sectors? Then you need to visit Stellenbosch University on Thursday 25 April when a career and bursary fair focusing on job opportunities in the […]

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Student success at SU celebrated at FYA’s prestige evening

The special and important relationship between students and lecturers was celebrated on Tuesday at the Rector’s Dinner for Top-Performing Students, hosted by the First-year Academy (FYA) of Stellenbosch University (SU), during which the 30 top performing first-years of 2012 were honoured. Special recognition was also given to the lecturers who these students felt had made the greatest contribution to […]

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Winemakers believe own experience is most important source of knowledge

Own experience is the most important way of gaining knowledge, say winemakers. It plays a bigger role than the results received from wine laboratories and is rated even more important than formal training. This is the conclusion of Nelius Boshoff, researcher at the Centre of Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (SREST) at Stellenbosch University. […]

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Media statement – red meat study

Stellenbosch University (SU) received two requests under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to make detailed information available about the sources of the test subjects in an independent scientific study done by Stellenbosch University researchers. The aim of the study was to provide a snapshot of the level of compliance nationally with legislation […]

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New SARChI chairs in AgriSciences focus on meat and wine quality

Wine and meat are the respective focusses of two research chairs to which scientists of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University have recently been appointed, as part of the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI). Prof Florian Bauer of the Institute for Wine Biotechnology has been appointed as the SARChI Chair in Integrated Wine […]

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How DNA analysis can reveal what’s in your meat

Identifying the species contained in a piece of droëwors or burger patty is not as simple as pulling it apart and examining it under a microscope. Stellenbosch University used established DNA sequencing technologies as one of the methods to unravel the extent of mislabelling in the South African meat market. DNA sequencing is the process […]

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‘Put the global spotlight on your creativity’

As an official bid partner, Stellenbosch will in 2014 be part of the Cape Town World Design Capital (WDC) celebrations, and staff and students of the University have been invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the year-long programme. Successful projects will receive official WDC 2014 recognition, endorsement and promotion. “This is your opportunity to […]

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Biofuel technologies ready for take-off on commercial scale

The United States is now ready to take second generation biofuel technologies, such as cellulosic ethanol production, to the market on the same scale and level as the Brazilian model, Dr James McMillian from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announced Tuesday during the second day of the 20th International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels […]

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Development of bioenergy in Africa should be synonymous with food security and rural transformation

While NEPAD’s bioenergy policy is geared towards the increased use of renewable energy and the development of mega energy infrastructure for the African continent, Africa cannot afford development models where growth is not synonymous with economic inclusivity. This was the message from NEPAD’s chief executive officer, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, at day one of the International […]

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Conference briefed on problems with land reform in SA

South Africa’s agrarian reform project is seriously lagging behind the stated target of putting 30% of land in the hands of black owners, participants in the Land Divided Conference heard on Monday (25 April 2013). Research findings presented showed that only 10% of land has so far been transferred, and that many transfer projects are […]

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SU joins thousands across the world in walking for the right to safe water

Stellenbosch University (SU) joined thousands of people from Africa and across the world in a “World Walks for Water and Sanitation” event to raise awareness of each and everyone’s right to safe water (video). Organised by the Stellenbosch University Water Institute and the NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (SANWATCE), more than […]

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PhD student’s insights help fledgling pomegranate industry

The arrival of this season’s first consignment of pomegranates from the Porterville region on British supermarket shelves this week serendipitously coincided with Dr Oluwafemi Caleb receiving his doctorate from Stellenbosch University (SU). After all, advice leading from his studies have helped pomegranate producer Mr Fan Olivier decide on the best possible packaging for his export produce. Dr […]

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Most graduates to date for Africa Centre

The popularity of postgraduate courses at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Africa Centre for HIV and AIDS Management seems to be on the increase, judging by the 67 MPhil and more than 300 Postgraduate Diplomas in HIV/AIDS Management awarded at SU’s second March graduation ceremony. These students were among the 926 from the Faculties of AgriSciences and Economic […]

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