PANNAR wheat breeder visits CenGen

PANNAR wheat breeder visits CenGen

On 21-22 January 2019, André du Toit, wheat breeder from PANNAR, visited CenGen for an annual project meeting. As part of the molecular service laboratory (MSL), CenGen delivers a service to the wheat breeding programmes of PANNAR and Sensako by screening their breeding lines for genes that they’re interested in. This molecular marker service for… Continue Reading

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Designing Future Wheat

Designing Future Wheat

In November 2018 Elsabet Wessels had the opportunity to attend the Designing Future Wheat (DFW) Course in Wheat Genetics at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich, UK. She was one of only 16 participants from all over the world selected to attend this course. We are grateful towards Grain South Africa’s Winter rainfall regions… Continue Reading

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Bioinformatics with Burger

Bioinformatics with Burger

As a result of a partnership agreement between CenGen and DIPLOMICS, three staff members of CenGen along with Marizanne Horn (Sensako) received a week of intense onsite bioinformatics training from Mr Burger van Jaarsveld, bioinformatics field applications specialist at ThermoFisher Scientific. The participants were taught basic operations in writing scripts in Linux, MySQL and Python.… Continue Reading

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Some more travelling, meeting and learning

Some more travelling, meeting and learning

From 23 to 26 September 2018, four CenGen members (Renée Prins, Corneli de Klerk, Kelly Breeds and Lizaan Rademeyer) along with Marizanne Horn (Sensako) attended the 15th International Cereal Rusts and Powdery Mildews Conference 2018 in Skukuza. The conference focused on these two diseases in barley and wheat and was attended by leading researchers in… Continue Reading

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“We’re here for the beer” at SABBI

“We’re here for the beer” at SABBI

Lizaan Rademeyer and Kelly Breeds attended the AB InBev Grower’s Appreciation day at the SA Barley Breeding Institute (SABBI) at Caledon on 20 September. It is an annual event aimed at recognising the partnership between AB InBev and local barley producers, as well as at showcasing the South African barley breeding and malting processes, bearing… Continue Reading

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Travelling, presenting and connecting in September

Travelling, presenting and connecting in September

CenGen’s staff hit the road to quite a number of diverse commitments in September. Corneli de Klerk presented a talk at the SANSOR Recapping Workshop on Wheat in Napier on 4 September. She informed the attendees about marker-assisted selection (MAS) – how it works and what value it adds to breeding programmes. On 10 September,… Continue Reading

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CenGen joins SABBI and Sensako at Roodebloem producers’ day

CenGen joins SABBI and Sensako at Roodebloem producers’ day

The second producers’ day of the Western Cape season was hosted by Overberg Agri at Roodebloem, Caledon, on 30 August. CenGen was represented by four team members: Lizaan Rademeyer and Kelly Breeds were stationed at SABBI’s field trial calling point with Rens van der Watt, newly appointed barley breeder at SABBI, while Corneli de Klerk… Continue Reading

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