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White headed wheat = smiling scientists

White headed wheat = smiling scientists

For crop producers the presence of any disease is a dreaded and much unwelcome situation. But for researchers like us, disease is the one thing that you want most in a disease resistance trial. In fact, most trials are inoculated with the pathogen in question to ensure that resistant and susceptible plants in the trial… Continue Reading

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Pruning out the genetics of plums

Pruning out the genetics of plums

We are always excited when we get requests for something “new” that we haven’t worked on before. One such request was from Provar, an independent cultivar evaluation company, who wanted to see whether there was a genetic reason for low fruit set observed in some local Japanese plum orchards. Together with Carl Hörstmann, we could determine… Continue Reading

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DIPLOMICS connects SA Agri-industry with Omics

DIPLOMICS connects SA Agri-industry with Omics

CenGen gratefully acknowledges the role that the DIPLOMICS network plays in strengthening our service capacity to the SA Agri-industry. They recently filmed footage at our laboratory and at our collaborators at SABBI and Sensako to create a profile of CenGen as part of the DIPLOMICS Network Partner Profile Series. Please click on the link below… Continue Reading

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Surveying Ramularia (in the lab)

Surveying Ramularia (in the lab)

At CenGen we strive towards doing relevant research that can be applied directly to benefit the agricultural industry. One such project is the development of a molecular tool for the rapid identification of the seed borne fungus Ramularia collo-cygni (Rcc). This will enable producers to make quick decisions about the treatment of their barley fields.… Continue Reading

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No lockdown on knowledge transfer

No lockdown on knowledge transfer

With the COVID pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, many events had to be postponed or even cancelled. In other cases, innovativeness and technology made it possible for the event to continue, albeit in a different format. September usually is one of the busiest months at CenGen, with field trials, producers’ days and meetings at the… Continue Reading

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Budding new intern technician joins CenGen on Spring day

Budding new intern technician joins CenGen on Spring day

On September 1st, with snow-capped mountains in the background, Benny Leriba has put down his roots in Worcester to work at CenGen as an intern, sponsored by the South African Cultivar & Technology Agency (SACTA). Already on his first day he had to spring into action with Alana showing him the ropes on entering accessions… Continue Reading

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New SACTA intern joins CenGen

New SACTA intern joins CenGen

CenGen is excited to announce that Katlego Bennet Leriba will be joining the team at the start of September. He will assume the role of an intern laboratory technician, specifically working alongside Kelly Breeds on the Barley research and commercial projects. This position is made possible through funding kindly provided by SACTA. CenGen had hoped… Continue Reading

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From Cape Town to Queensland: SA Wheat Voyages Down Under

From Cape Town to Queensland: SA Wheat Voyages Down Under

Another milestone was reached this month in our mission to explore Fusarium Crown Rot (FCR) resistance in wheat. The South African doubled haploid population used in this study was sent to our Australian collaborators late in 2018. After some time spent in quarantine, the population was released and has made it to the field. The… Continue Reading

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Cold fronts and quarantine? The field work must go on!

Cold fronts and quarantine? The field work must go on!

Last year, we at CenGen were excited to announce the planting of the first field trial for our research project exploring the genetics behind Fusarium Crown Rot (FCR) resistance in wheat.  By combining disease scoring information (resulting from the 2019 trial) with high throughput genotyping data we were able to gain some preliminary information about… Continue Reading

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Data Carpentry course and (re)connecting with collaborators

Data Carpentry course and (re)connecting with collaborators

In early March, Kelly Breeds (CenGen Barley Research Lead) attended a Data Carpentry course at the Earlham Institute (EI), where she benefitted from the tutelage of Dr Robert Davey and other members of EI’s Data Infrastructure and Algorithms Group. Topics covered during the course included data organisation in spreadsheets, data cleaning in OpenRefine, data analysis… Continue Reading

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