Archive for January 2019

Invasive alien plants in South Africa pose huge risks


but they can be stopped There is a massive army marching across South Africa. It’s silent and looks harmless, but it’s growing by the day. It’s depleting the country’s water supply, intensifying wildfires, reducing agricultural productivity and threatening globally significant biodiversity. This unwanted army of invasive alien plants in South Africa pose huge risks, but…

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Managed bees versus wild bees?

Honey bees

It’s not that simple in South Africa There’s widespread concern about the global decline of honey bees and the associated loss of pollination services. Should it be managed bees or wild bees? The honey bee is the most important single species for crop pollination. This is because they are easily managed and can be moved…

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Salt-free drinkable water comes at a cost

Drinking water

Two thirds of the world worries about water for at least a month annually. One successful source of salt-free drinkable water leaves a bitter aftertaste. Around the arid world, some 16,000 desalination plants are now purifying seawater and brackish aquifers, producing 95 million cubic metres of fresh, salt-free drinkable water daily. This is almost half…

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Nine vital signs found for forest health

Forest health

Forests help to moderate climate change, which can itself affect forest health. Researchers still puzzle over how the canopy affects the global carbon exchange. It is a given of climate science that forest health, the consequence of protected and biodiverse forests, will play a vital role in containing global warming. Now a new study for…

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‘Bloublommetjies’ – a blessing or a curse?


  One of the most prominent sights in the landscape over the spring and summer season, and sometimes scattered throughout the year, are the bright purple-blue flowers of Echium plantagineum, also known as ‘bloublommetjies’, ‘Paterson’s curse’ and ‘Salvation Jane’. As its name suggests, opinions as to the usefulness of this species are greatly divided between…

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Looking ahead to 2019

Roelof Pienaar

based on the trends and lessons of the past Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing is looking ahead to 2019 based on the trends and lessons of the past. It was Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, today the largest exporter of South African apples and pears, that first decided that future success in the deciduous industry depended on two things:…

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Faculty of AgriSciences grows from strenght to strenght

Faculty of AgriSciences

Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of AgriSciences grows from strenght to strenght.During the December graduation ceremony, a total of 247 students in the faculty received their first degree, 10 received post-graduate diplomas and 13 students received HonsBSc degrees. Furthermore, 31 Masters degrees and 15 PhDs were awarded in the faculty. Dr Lara Alexander, a food scientist, investigated…

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Prof Nick Vink earns coveted Chancellor’s Award

Prof Nick Vink

Eminent agricultural economist, Professor Nicholas (Nick) Vink, earns the coveted Chancellor’s Award after two decades of eminent for community interaction and research. He is the Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics in the Faculty of AgriSciences at the university. Vink is acknowledged for his continuously excellent achievements and research outputs over the years. He…

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More vegetables, less meat for all our sakes

More vegetables

Researchers are clear: the healthy diet for a healthy planet is more vegetables, less meat. What matters is the food that’s served, and the way it’s produced too. An international panel of health scientists and climate researchers has prescribed a new diet for the planet: more vegetables, less meat, fresh fruit, wholegrains and pulses, give…

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Chicken à La King Recipe


This Chicken a La King Recipe is a classic. Serves 4 YOU WILL NEED 4 chicken breast fillets, each cut across the grain into 5-6 slices or 400g whole mini fillets Ina Paarman’s Chicken Spice 1 T (15ml) butter 2 T (30ml) olive or canola oil 200g button mushrooms, sliced 2 T (30ml) Ina Paarman’s…

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