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Corneli Smit - CenGen
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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

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

A Fab introduction to R

A Fab introduction to R

In May 2019, as part of their partnership with CenGen, DIPLOMICS, an initiative of the Department of Sciences and Technology (DST), has generously arranged for Dr Fabian Grandke, field applications specialist in bioinformatics from ThermoFisher Scientific, to present a two day introductory course in the software package R to the CenGen team. R is free… Continue Reading

Hosting the future generation

Hosting the future generation

The CenGen team recently hosted three honours students from Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Department of Genetics. The three ladies (pictured from left to right: Keshia Holster, Sasha-Leigh Maart and Bianca Kruger) visited the lab as part of their practical training for a course module in plant breeding. CenGen shared with them the exciting research and applied… Continue Reading

A new team member!

A new team member!

In March 2019 CenGen was privileged to gain a new team member, Ms Kirsty Botha. Kirsty completed a master’s degree at the University of Pretoria in 2017, specialising in plant physiology and biotechnology. She has the mammoth task of being responsible for all aspects of the wheat research projects (internationally & nationally funded) that are… Continue Reading

UK Science and Innovation Network in South Africa reaches out to SA Wheat Industry

UK Science and Innovation Network in South Africa reaches out to SA Wheat Industry

Funding provided by the UK Science and Innovation Network in South Africa enabled the hosting of the highly successful Bioinformatics and Wheat Genomics II workshop in Worcester (SA), which focused on the discipline-specific training in bioinformatics and wheat genomics of scientists from the African continent. This workshop also effectively built on the networks established through… Continue Reading