Rare genetic event could unlock climate, agri and health challenges
A biological phenomenon known as “polyploidy” may hold the key to how species adapt to climate change and how we can improve farm yields and cancer drugs.
UP researchers on top of the world over fungi research
The University of Pretoria (UP) was recently ranked second in the world in the study of fungi - or mycology - by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR).
Groups of whales in the hundreds astonish experts
Whales off the south-western coast of South Africa are behaving in a new way, prompting experts in the field to ask more questions about these giants. Humpback whales have started to change their normal feeding behaviours,
Understanding the intricacies of rhino immobilisation
Rhinos' response to anaesthesia has proved to have complications, but Prof Leith Meyer from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at UP is constantly working to better understand how these iconic animals respond to immobilisation.
Scientists use statistics to differentiate African dolphin 'dialects'
Understanding how and when animal species use their environment is a fundamental ecological question and one that can be surprisingly difficult to answer, particularly when working in the marine environment.
Alien invasion - the threat is real
Dr Katelyn Faulkner and Prof Mark Robertson, from the Centre for Invasion Biology at the University of Pretoria, looked at the risks posed by alien species transported as stowaways on ships traveling to South Africa.
Lethal dehydration – a ticking clock for desert birds
Professor Andrew McKechnie, is part of an international study looking at the effects of climate change on birds, particularly those living in very hot deserts. Their findings reveal that these birds are going to be under great strain in the future.
Genome of prostate cancer tumour mapped for the first time
A collaborative study by researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP), the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the University of Sydney in Australia, have mapped the entire genome of a prostate cancer tumour for the first time.
Information sharing vital for tourist industry
How one UP researcher is improving access to information within the tourist industry to create jobs and make the sector more internationally competitive.
How to measure holiday memories - @UPresearch aids SA #tourism
A new tool developed at the University of Pretoria to measure memorable tourism experiences is helping tourist attractions around South Africa draw new visitors and improve the quality of their visit.