Kovsie Prof to head up crop Research Chair

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Kovsie Prof to head up crop Research Chair | News Article
Research into crop quality breeding and disease resistance has received a boost after the University of the Free State’s Department of Plant Sciences was awarded a Research Chair by the SA Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI).

The Chair will be headed by Professor Maryke Labuschagne. According to a statement, she believes food security is key to stability and prosperity in Africa. She says research by her and her students focuses on genetic improvement of food security crops in Africa by bettering yields, drought tolerance, disease and insect resistance, and nutritional value.

Acclaimed wheat-rust researcher, Professor Zakkie Pretorius, is meanwhile expected to head up the Chair’s disease resistance research.

According to the National Research Foundation (NRF) website, the SARChI was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the NRF. It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years.

Source: Statement.

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