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Announcement of new B.1.1.529 variant
Stellenbosch University (SU) notes with concern criticism expressed mainly on social media about the announcement of the new B.1.1.529 Covid-19 variant (Omicron) by SU researcher, Prof Tulio de Oliveira. De Oliveira, a world-renowned bioinformatician and professor in Bioinformatics in the SU School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, together with... Read more
Biofilters with indigenous plants more effective in removing pollutants from stormwater
Biofilters with indigenous South African plants such as palmiet, mat sedge, soft rush, cobra lily and vleibiesie are more efficient than unvegetated soils in removing pollutants from urban stormwater which can have a detrimental impact on aquatic systems, posing a major human and environmental health risk. This is one... Read more
SU academics named Highly Cited Researchers
Three eminent academics at Stellenbosch University (SU) have been named Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Highly Cited Researchers™ 2021 list from the Web of Science Group, released on Tuesday (16 November). Professors Oonsie Biggs (cross-fields), Umezuruike Linus Opara (Agricultural Sciences) and Dave Richardson (Environment and Ecology) are among the world’s most cited... Read more
Malaria affects millions of people, educating South Africans is important
Though the majority of South Africans have been largely spared the devastation of malaria – which killed almost half a million Africans in 2019 – teaching South Africans about this deadly disease will play a critical role in the future, because with global warming, there is a good chance... Read more
WSU granted R3.5 million to develop COVID-19 vaccine
A Memorandum of Agreement between Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHEITA) was signed in November 2021 to conduct pre-clinical trials to test the efficacy of candidate COVID-19 vaccines which have been already developed. This comes after CHIETA boosted the university and the... Read more
CHIETA invests R3.5 million in Pan African vaccine development platform
A number of locally made candidate vaccines – including one for COVID-19 – received a boost recently after a landmark grant was awarded by the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA). R3.5 million has been invested in much-needed research and skills transfer at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and... Read more
UFS urges COP26 to make bold decisions on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The University of the Free State (UFS) calls on all higher education institutions, business, the private and public sector, and the South African community to confirm their commitment towards climate change and to contribute to climate change interventions. “The UFS is committed to contributing meaningfully through research, innovation, policy... Read more
How ancient pollen can predict our future climate and what we need to do to conserve SA’s rich biome
Ancient pollen grains found in sediment cores dating back thousands of years are helping scientists to shed light on the earth’s past and future climates. Dr Lynne Quick, a palynologist at Nelson Mandela University, who is currently working on the development of new paleoenvironmental records in Southern Africa says... Read more
Pioneering research advancements by Nelson Mandela University during COVID-19
Universities have been a source of reliable information and instrumental in providing pioneering solutions to the challenges facing society, since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. This, despite research activities and facilities grinding to a halt by the closure of campuses, due to lockdown and social distancing restrictions. Universities... Read more
UNIZULU researchers solved the six decades old mystery of the evolution of electron transfer proteins
The University of Zululand (UNIZULU) researcher in collaboration with international researchers from the USA and Europe (Germany and Poland) have now solved the six decades old mystery of the evolution of these electron transfer proteins using ferredoxins as an example. Electron transfer proteins such as iron-sulfur cluster proteins are... Read more

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