Pomegranates

Sometimes you must think outside the box to solve a problem. This is exactly what Dr Matia Mukama from the Postharvest Technology Research Laboratory at Stellenbosch University (SU) did when he designed new multi-layer ventilated cartons that could soon help increase pomegranate export volumes per unit container, reduce packaging material needs, lower energy costs for…

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Plants face extinction

More than a third of the world’s plants are so rare they face extinction. In a warmer world, that would leave supplies of food at risk. Botanists have made a new census of terrestrial plants – only to find that with nearly 40% of them rare, or extremely rare, this may put food at risk. And…

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Rift Valley Fever

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease most observed in domesticated animals (such as cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, and camels), with the ability to infect and cause illness in humans. In animals, mosquitos are the transmitters. Mosquitoes will feed on viraemic (virus circulating in the bloodstream) animals and then transmit the virus…

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Dairy breeds in South Africa originated in the British Isles and Western Europe. These countries have a cool to cold climate. In comparison, in South Africa, it is much warmer and drier with more sunshine hours because of less cloud cover. Dairy cows are well adapted to a cold climate, making them sensitive to hot…

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Shade house

A Shade house is a structure enclosed by nets or any other woven material to allow required sunlight, moisture and air to pass through. It creates an appropriate micro-climate conducive to the plant growth. It is also referred to as shade net house or net house. What is shade cloth? Shade cloth was developed over…

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