Pathogen hunters fight mushroom spoilage
Leaving no door handle un-swabbed, mushroom detectives sift through potential crime scenes looking for clues that might cause some of our most nutritious food to spoil before it reaches your table.
How safe is the food on your plate?
In an ideal world, a farmer might sell a harvest of fresh produce to families nearby, who would eat that produce within the week.
Young student carries torch for UP OneHealth on international board
UP undergraduate Aqil Jeenah cares about animals and humans, and the impact climate change has on their environment. Despite his youth, his work already helps bring health, veterinary and ecological disciplines together to solve global health challenges.
One Health supports rural farming communities at the interface with wildlife conservation
UP aims to improve human and animal health in rural farming communities at the interface with the Kruger National Park through research, student training, and community engagement.
Fighting zoonoses in Mnisi, Mpumalanga
Rabies and tick-bite fever can be transmitted from animals to humans - UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science helps farming communities near wildlife manage these diseases through research.
Vets and other experts collaborate for human, animal and environmental health
Recent disease outbreaks like Ebola and bird flu occurred largely because humans and animals share an environment in which disease can spread from one to the other.
A new indigenous personality test for South Africa
Psychological assessments for employees have been controversial in South Africa because of the country’s troubled past.
Rare genetic event could unlock climate, agri and health challenges
A biological phenomenon known as “polyploidy” may hold the key to how species adapt to climate change and how we can improve farm yields and cancer drugs.
UP researchers on top of the world over fungi research
The University of Pretoria (UP) was recently ranked second in the world in the study of fungi - or mycology - by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR).
Groups of whales in the hundreds astonish experts
Whales off the south-western coast of South Africa are behaving in a new way, prompting experts in the field to ask more questions about these giants. Humpback whales have started to change their normal feeding behaviours,