Genetic blueprint for extraordinary wood-munching fungus from the Northern Cape
A relatively unknown fungus, accidentally found growing on an Acacia tree in the Northern Cape, has emerged as a voracious wood-munching organism with enormous potential in industries based on renewable resources. The first time someone took note of Coniochaeta pulveracea was more than two hundred years ago, when the... Read more
Successful treatment of MDR-TB in DRC
​​Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a form of TB that is resistant to at least two of the most potent antibiotics used to treat TB (isoniazid and rifampicin). Compared to drug-susceptible TB, MDR-TB treatment takes longer (2 years versus 6 months), is less effective (only about 50% of patients are... Read more
Pneumonia-causing bacteria lurk in water heater
Bacteria that could cause severe pneumonia (Legionnaires’ disease) may be lurking in your water heater or geyser, a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU) found. “Our research highlights the connection between heating regimes (when and for how long a heater is switched on) and the increase in Legionella, specifically... Read more
SciMathUS opens door for NRF researcher
When Gerald Maarman was in high school, he dreamed of becoming a medical doctor. However, when he completed his matric in 2002, his final Grade 12 results were not good enough to get him into university. But although his dream seemed like an impossible one at the time, Stellenbosch... Read more
Matia Mukama to represent SU at national FameLab competition
Matia Mukama, a doctoral student in Food Science at Stellenbosch University (SU), won the SU heat of the 2019 FameLabscience communication and public speaking competition on Friday (1 February). Carla Snyman, a doctoral student at the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, and George Teke, a Master’s student in Process Engineering, finished... Read more
First-year students commence a ‘transformative journey’
“Expect to have a life-changing experience.” With these words Professor Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University welcomed approximately 477 new first-year medicine and health sciences students at the faculty’s annual welcoming ceremony recently held at the university’s Tygerberg campus. “By... Read more
Stellenbosch, UKRI help African teens achieve their full potential
Stellenbosch University (SU) is involved in a long-term initiative championed by the UK Research and Innovation Council (UKRI) that aims to significantly improve the health and life prospects of a generation of Africa’s youth. The project is being led by Professor Lucie Cluver of Oxford University, and consists of... Read more
English-speaking, non-English-speaking Grade Rs have same short-term memory skills
Grade R learners whose mother tongue isn’t English perform just as well as their English-speaking peers when it comes to storing and processing small amounts of information needed for, among others, learning, problem solving and performing calculations. What does hold them back, however, is their lack of proficiency in... Read more
Stellenbosch University welcomes newcomer Maties
More than 5 000 newcomer students, accompanied by their parents, were welcomed by Stellenbosch University (SU) during the official welcoming event held at Danie Craven Stadium on Thursday, 24 January 2019. The important event on the University’s annual calendar consisted of fun, music, a formal welcoming, a human display... Read more
SAMS award to young mathematician
Prof Stephan Wagner from Stellenbosch University is the recipient of the South African Mathematical Society’s (SAMS) Award for Research Distinction in 2018. The SAMS award is only made to an individual in South Africa who has made an important research contribution to Mathematics or the application thereof. It is in... Read more