Alana Kuys - CenGen
Kelly Breeds - CenGen
Elsabet Wessels - CenGen
Lizaan Rademeyer - CenGen
Renée Prins - CenGen
Corneli Smit - CenGen
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Debbie Snyman - CenGen

CenGen - Plant & Pathogen Genomic Services

CenGen offers various genomic related services to plant breeders, producers and agricultural-related industries. The focus is to implement and utilise high-throughput molecular technologies in various applications involving crop and horticultural plants as well as fungi (e.g. wheat, barley, maize, grapevine, citrus, deciduous fruit- and nut trees, truffles and a range of plant pathogens).

CenGen customises each experimental layout in terms of size and specificity according to every client’s needs.

Applications include:

  • Cultivar identity determinations and purity testing using DNA fingerprinting techniques
  • Confirmation of the presence or absence of specific genes to assist in selection of breeding lines (marker-assisted selection)
  • Confirmation of correct species’ identity in the case of Tuber (truffles) before inoculating trees for truffle production.
  • CenGen is also involved in Research and Development through their involvement in various academic research projects.

Latest News, Events & Articles

Brave Englishman visits the CenGen herd

Brave Englishman visits the CenGen herd

In the week ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019 final in Japan, the whole of South Africa is swept up with Bok-fever for our clash with the English Roses on Saturday, 2 November. At CenGen we had the pleasure to host Mr Harry Bennett, service engineer from LGC, UK, to perform the first annual… Continue Reading

Connecting over a cold one

Connecting over a cold one

This September saw Kelly Breeds and Daniël de Klerk (breeder at South African Barley Breeding Institute) travel to Perth, Western Australia, to attend the 19th Australian Barley Technical Symposium. It was Kelly’s first and Daniël’s third attendance at this symposium, which is held on a biennial basis. This year’s symposium boasted world-renowned scientists, Drs Nils… Continue Reading

New Voices Symposium 2019

New Voices Symposium 2019

The Cereal Science and Technology-SA (CST-SA) association annually hosts a conference for young and upcoming scientists working on cereals. At this conference, postgraduate students are invited to present their research at a national level, thereby providing them with the opportunity to gain experience in delivering a scientific paper in front of an audience. The third… Continue Reading

Exciting learning opportunity at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Exciting learning opportunity at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

A new and exciting learning opportunity arose at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. The internship: Professor Simon Krattinger’s research group has opened a call via the visiting student’s research program for a talented student to gain hands-on training in cereal genomics. This internship offers training in cutting-edge genomics… Continue Reading

Producers’ days and trial visits in 2019

Producers’ days and trial visits in 2019

September typically is an extremely busy month for the grain programmes at CenGen. During this month, rust season peaks in Greytown, Natal, where our wheat trials are planted at the Corteva AgriscienceTM trial site, and at the same time the producers’ days season kicks off in the Western Cape with the flowering of the grains.… Continue Reading

Research Specialist joins CenGen

Research Specialist joins CenGen

Dr Shane Murray joined the CenGen Team on the 1st of September 2019. Whilst maintaining her link to the Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR), also a DIPLOMICS partner, she will share her expertise in advanced genomic technologies and project management. CenGen is looking forward to utilising her strengths to expand their services to… Continue Reading

RSG Landbou gesels met CenGen

RSG Landbou gesels met CenGen

Op 30 Augustus 2019 het Eloise Pretorius van RSG Landbou met Renée Prins oor CenGen se suksesverhaal gesels. Laai gerus die opname hier af: http://www.rsg.co.za/Program-Potgooi/321/RSG-Landbou Continue Reading

CenGen continues to grow

CenGen continues to grow

On August 1st 2019, Mignon de Jager joined the CenGen team as an intern to assist the barley- and commercial projects with data generation and administrative duties. She is currently completing a 4 year BSc degree in Plant Pathology at Stellenbosch University. We are happy to welcome Mignon to the team and trust that she… Continue Reading

Something for everyone to learn during Dr Lance Maphosa’s visit

Something for everyone to learn during Dr Lance Maphosa’s visit

Dr Lance Maphosa (Crop Physiologist with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Australia) visited CenGen on the 15th of July 2019. Although Lance currently focusses his attention and research primarily on pulses such as chickpeas and lentils, he has been involved in several projects that focused on the performance of wheat under drought… Continue Reading