Teaching Grade 12 learners at Bloemhof Girls High
Author: Monique Waso
On Friday (20 March 2015), Brandon Reyneke and Monique Waso (current MSc students in the Department of Microbiology) had the privilege of teaching the Grade 12 class of Bloemhof Girls High about DNA extractions and the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). This was a special practical demonstration to explain the application of all […]
BioEnergy Seminar series – Prof Lee Lynd
Professor Lynd is an expert on the production of energy from plant biomass and conducts leading research on microbial cellulose utilization. Professor Lynd’s H-Index of 52 (Google Scholar) is among the highest of researchers with primary activity in the bioenergy field. Lynd has authored over 150 papers, book chapters, and reviews spanning both laboratory […]
Honours Braai 2015
The 2015 Honours year planned the annual Honours braai with a sporty twist. The theme was Lab Olympics which had all the competitiveness of the real thing but with a whole lot more fun! We divided the Microbiology department into countries and made them participate in the first ever Microbiology inspired Olympic games. The games […]
Microorganisms not all bad
Author: Alec Basson
If you mention the word bacteria, chances are that most people would think about infections. What we often fail to realise is that some of these micro-organisms are actually good for us.
This was the view of Prof Gideon Wolfaardt of the Department of Microbiology at Stellenbosch University on […]
Mervin Koopman – 25 Years service to the University
Congratulations to Mervin Koopman and thank you for 25 years service to the Department of Microbiology.
Microbial Ecology (MKB 364) poster session – 16 October 2014
Authors: Karin Jacobs, Kathryn Wirth
We asked our third year students to run their own research projects… This is the result!
Former dean of agriculture at SU dies
Author: Wiida Fourie-Basson
Prof Hennie Louw (85), a former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Stellenbosch University (SU), passed away in his sleep on Tuesday 30 September 2014 in Somerset West. He had recently undergone heart surgery.
Prof Louw has been associated with SU since 1949, when he was the first student to […]
Profs. Willie Perold and Leon Dicks on KykNet
Prof. Leon Dicks and prof. Willie Perold, both from Stellenbosch University, talks on the morning show “Dagbreek” on KykNet about the development of a microchip for the detection of pathogens as a diagnostic tool. The interview is in Afrikaans, but read about it here:
Honours class visits SAB
The Honours group of 2014 had the privilege of visiting SAB Maltings Caledon and SAB Newlands, with Prof. Barry Axcell- the former Global Chief Brewer of the SABMiller Group. On Tuesday (19 Aug) the honours group visited SAB Maltings Caledon, where the processing of Barley for brewing was explained and some of the vessels […]
Nano-chip in a capsule identifies bacterial infections within minutes
Author: Wiida Fourie-Basson
A microbiologist and an electronic engineer from Stellenbosch University have developed a proof-of-concept nanowire biological sensor that can identify any of the major disease-causing bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella or Vibrio cholera within ten to fifteen minutes.
In the not too distant future, this combination of nanotechnology and microbiology could make the diagnosis of patients […]
- World experts to discuss biobased economy
- Post-Graduate Programme in Biofuels
- PhD Student Winschau Fayghan van Zyl Wins Best Poster Award @ the 9th Biotechnology Congress of America
- MSc student Steffi Davison tutoring primary school learners at Lynedoch Primary School
- Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Solar Pasteurization Treatment Systems in Enkanini Informal Settlement (Stellenbosch)