Category Archives: General

Revisiting his African roots: Dr Lance Maphosa shares his knowledge with former colleagues

Revisiting his African roots: Dr Lance Maphosa shares his knowledge with former colleagues

CenGen is very excited to announce the upcoming visit of Dr Lancelot Maphosa to our laboratory in Worcester on 15 July 2019. Dr Maphosa, who, during his early career, was a research assistant at Sensako, is currently a Crop Physiologist with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries in Australia. Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
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.
Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
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 visited the lab as part of their practical training for a course module in plant breeding. Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
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.
Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
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.
Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
DIPLOMICS increases capacity at CenGen to serve Agri-sector

DIPLOMICS increases capacity at CenGen to serve Agri-sector

DIPLOMICS, an initiative of the Department of Sciences and Technology (DST), recently placed a QuantStudio 5 Real-Time PCR System along with two other instruments at CenGen. This is part of DIPLOMICS’ goal to strengthen infrastructure capacity at service laboratories in South Africa.
Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
The principal components of population genetics

The principal components of population genetics

Four CenGen staff members (Renée Prins, Lizaan Rademeyer, Kelly Breeds and Elsabet Wessels) and Marizanne Horn (Sensako) were privileged to receive training in population genetics in the comfort of their own laboratory on 29 January 2019.
Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
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.
Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
Attending Plant & Animal Genome: The largest Ag-Genomics Meeting in the World

Attending Plant & Animal Genome: The largest Ag-Genomics Meeting in the World

Renée Prins had the opportunity to attend PAGXXVII in January 2019 in San Diego, California. This meeting brings together more than 3000 leading plant and animal geneticists and researchers and boasts more than 130 exhibits, 150 workshops and 1 100 posters.
Continue Reading

Published: | Author:
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.
Continue Reading

Published: | Author: