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Agricultural Research

Agriculture is a dynamic field and being a natural science, it is ever changing and evolving.  Staff of the department is involved in ongoing research regarding a range of relevant issues and scientific findings are regularly published.

Prof. F.B. Lewu

Publication list:

  • Sneha Mohan, Oluwatobi. S. Oluwafemi, Soney. C. George, V. P. Jayachandran,  Francis B.Lewu, Sandile P. Songca, Nandakumar Kalarikkala,   Sabu Thomas, 2014. Completely green synthesis of dextrose reduced silver nanoparticles, its antimicrobial and sensing properties, Carbohydrate Polymers, 106: 469-474 
  • Nanyonga, AR. Opoku, FB. Lewu, OO. Oyedeji, MS., AO. Oyedeji Antioxidant Activity and Cytotoxicity of the Leaf and Bark Extracts of Tarchonanthus camphoratus. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: 12 (3): 377-383 2013
  • Mavengahama and FB Lewu*, 2012. Comparative evaluation of the germination capability of three morphologically different wild accessions of Corchorus olitorius from northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, African Journal of Biotechnology: 11 (22): 6050-6054
  • FB Lewu*, and AJ Afolayan, 2011. Plant Growth Regulators, light and Temperature Influenced Micropropagation and successful establishment of Vernonia amygdalina Del. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology B Vol. 1 (2) 216-222
  • FB Lewu* and Yoseph Assefa, 2010. Influence of farmers’ practice on sustainable food production in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Aspects of     Applied Biology 96, Agriculture: Africa’s “engine for growth”- Plant science & biotechnology hold the key, pp.  25-32
  •  FB Lewu*, DS Grierson and AJ Afolayan, 2010. Influences of seed source, pre-chilling, light and temperature on the germination of South African Pelargonium sidoides. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology  4 (3): 18-23
  • FB Lewu* and AJ Afolayan, 2009. Ethnobotany in South Africa: the role of weedy species. African Journal of Biotechnology. 8 (6): 929-934
  • FB Lewu, DS Grierson and AJ Afolayan, 2007. Micropropagation of Pelargonium  sidoides: a South African herb. International Journal of Environmental  Sciences. CATRINA 2 (1): 77-78
  • Lewu, PO. Adebola and AJ. Afolayan, 2007. Commercial harvesting of Pelargonium sidoides in the Eastern Cape: striking a balance between resource conservation and sustained rural livelihood. Journal of Arid Environment. 70 (2): 380-388
  • FB Lewu, DS Grierson and AJ Afolayan, 2007. Morphological diversity among  accessions of Pelargonium sidoides in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 54 (1): 1-6

 

Dr M. Fanadzo

Publication list:

    • Ernest Dube, Toi John Tsilo, Nondumiso Zanele Sosibo and Morris Fanadzo (2020). Irrigation wheat production constraints and opportunities in South Africa. South African Journal of Science 116(1/2), Art. #6342, 6 pages. https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2020/6342
    • Morris Fanadzo and Ernest Dube (2019). Best management practices boost yields in smallholder irrigation schemes. Water Wheel 18: 30 –34.
    • Fanadzo and B. Ncube (2018). Challenges and opportunities for revitalising smallholder irrigation schemes in South Africa: A review. Water SA 44(3): 436-447. https://doi.org/10.4314/wsa.v44i3.11
    • Morris Fanadzo, Mvuselelo Dalicuba and Ernest Dube (2018). Application of Conservation Agriculture Principles for the Management of Field Crops Pests. In: Gaba S., Smith B., Lichtfouse E. (eds) Sustainable Agriculture Reviews 28. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, Volume 28. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland. Pp. 125-152. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90309-5_4
    • Morris Fanadzo and Ernest Dube (2018). Recognising the differences between farmers key to smallholder development.  Water Wheel 17 (6): 12-15.
    • Goitsemodimo Moswetsi, Morris Fanadzo and Bongani Ncube (2017). Cropping Systems and Agronomic Management Practices in Smallholder Farms in South Africa: Constraints, Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Agronomy 16 (2): 51-64. https://doi.org/10.3923/ja.2017.51.64
    • Ernest Dube, Julia Sibiya and Morris Fanadzo (2014). Early planting and hand sorting effectively controls seed-borne fungi in farm-retained bean seed. South African Journal of Science 110 (11/12): 75-80. https://doi.org/10.1590/sajs.2014/20130342
    • Dube and M. Fanadzo (2013). Maximising yield benefits from dual-purpose cowpea. Food Security 5(6): 769-779. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12571-013-0307-3
    • Tarwireyi and M. Fanadzo (2013). Production of indigenous chickens for household food security in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: A situation analysis. African Journal of Agricultural Research 8 (6): 5832-5840. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR11.1786
    • Dube, C. Chiduza, P. Muchaonyerwa, M. Fanadzo and T.S. Mthoko (2012). Winter cover crops and fertiliser effects on the weed seed bank in a low-input maize-based conservation agriculture system. South African Journal of Plant and Soil 29:3-4, 195-197. https://doi.org/10.1080/02571862.2012.730637
    • Everson, T.M. Everson, A.T. Modi, D. Siwila, M. Fanadzo, V. Naiken, R.M.B. Auerbach, M. Moodley, S.M. Mtshali & R. Dladla (2011). Sustainable techniques and practices for Water harvesting and conservation and their effective application in resource-poor Agricultural production through Participatory adaptive research. WRC Report No. 1465/1/11. Water Research Commission, Pretoria, South Africa, 163 pages.
    • Fanadzo (2012). Revitalisation of smallholder irrigation schemes for poverty alleviation and household food security in South Africa: A review. African Journal of Agricultural Research 7 (13): 1956-1969. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJARX11.051
    • Fanadzo, C. Chiduza, P.N.S. Mnkeni, I. Van Der Stoep and J. Stevens (2010). Crop production management practices as a cause for low water productivity at Zanyokwe irrigation scheme. Water SA 36 (1): 27-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/wsa.v36i1.50904
    • Fanadzo, C. Chiduza and P.N.S. Mnkeni (2010). Comparative performance of direct seeding and transplanting green maize under farmer management in small-scale irrigation: a case study of Zanyokwe, Eastern Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research 5 (7): 524-531. http://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR09.279
    • Fanadzo, C. Chiduza and P.N.S Mnkeni (2010). Effect of inter-row spacing and plant population on weed dynamics and maize (Zea mays L.) yield at Zanyokwe irrigation scheme, Eastern Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research 5 (7): 518-523. http://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR09.246
    • Fanadzo, D.T. Zireva, E. Dube and A.B. Mashingaidze (2010). Evaluation of various substrates and supplements for biological efficiency of Pleurotus sajor-caju and Pleurotus ostreatus. African Journal of Biotechnology 9 (19): 2756-2761. http://doi.org/10.5897/AJB09.1259
    • Fanadzo, C. Chiduza and P.N.S. Mnkeni (2010). Pre-plant weed control and optimum N rate and plant densities increase butternut (Cucurbita moschata) yield under smallholder irrigated conditions in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research 5 (16): 2192-2199. http://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR10.188
    • Fanadzo, C. Chiduza and P.N.S. Mnkeni (2010). Reduced dosages of atrazine and narrow rows can provide adequate weed control in smallholder irrigated maize (Zea mays L.) production in South Africa. African Journal of Biotechnology 9 (45): 7660-7666. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJB09.1628
    • Fanadzo, C. Chiduza and P.N.S. Mnkeni (2010). Overview of smallholder schemes in South Africa: relationship between farmer crop management practices and performance. African Journal of Agricultural Research 5(25): 3514-3523. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR10.001

Dr. H. Theron

Publication list:

    • Cloete, H., Archer, E. & Hunter, J.J. 2006. Shoot heterogeneity effects on Shiraz/R99 grapevines. I. Vegetative growth. S.Afr.J.Enol.Vitic. 27, 68-75. ISSN 0253-939X
    • Cloete, H., Archer, E., Novello, V. & Hunter, J.J. 2008. Shoot heterogeneity effects on Shiraz/R99 grapevines. III. Leaf chlorophyll content. S.Afr.J.Enol.Vitic. 29(1), 9-12. ISSN 0253-939X
    • Cloete, H., Archer, E., Novello, V. & Hunter, J.J. 2008. Shoot heterogeneity effects on Shiraz/R99 grapevines. II. Physiological activity. S.Afr.J.Enol.Vitic. 29(1), 1-8. ISSN 0253-939X
    • Fourie, J.C., Theron, H. & Ochse, C.H. 2015. Effect of irrigation with diluted winery wastewater on the performance of two grass cover crops in vineyards. S.Afr.J.Enol.Vitic. 36(2), 210-222. ISSN 0253-939X

Mr. N. Madolo

Publication list:

  • Jiang H.L.1,Cai B.W.1, Tyasi T.L.2, Mugwabana T.J. 3, Madolo N. 4, Sossah L.F.5, Tlabela C.P. 1* .The Nutritional Impacts of Dietary Flammulina velutipes on Performance, Digestibility and Immunity of Weaned Piglets. Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, Jilin Agricultural, 2888 Xincheng Street. Changchun City, 130118, China. Department of Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction.
  • Thobela Louis Tyasi a*, Siposethu Siyotula , Nkosikhona Madolo and Masibonge Gxasheka. A review of antibiotic growth promoters as alternatives on intestinal health and growth performance of broiler. Department of Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction, College of Animal Science and Technology.
  • Madolo Nkosikhona ,1 Zhao Jing1, Lv Wenfa1, M.J. Bringans3,Wang Quankai1, 2, 4, Super-ovulated Chinese sika deer (Cervus Nippon) .Assessment of embryo transfer at developmental stages International Journal of Genetics and Genomic 2014; 2(2): 13-18 .Published online April 30, 2014 (http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/j/ijgg doi:10.11648/j.ijgg.20140202.11

Mr. A.P. Nel

Publication list:

  • The influence of different winemaking techniques on the extraction of grape tannins, AP Nel, Stellenbosch: University of Stellenbosch
  • The Influence of Different Winemaking Techniques on the Extraction of Grape Tannins and Anthocyanins, AP Nel, P van Rensburg, MG Lambrechts, South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture 35 (2)
  • The extraction of anthocyanins through different winemaking techniques (Part 1), A Nel, P van Rensburg, M Lambrechts
  • The extraction of anthocyanins through different winemaking techniques (Part 2), A Nel, P van Rensburg, M Lambrechts
  • Monopigments (MP), small polymeric pigments (SPP) and large polymeric pigments (LPP)(Part 3), A Nel, P van Rensburg, M Lambrechts
  • Die geskiedenis van die oudste onderstok moederblok in Suid-Afrika: research news, A Nel, Agriprobe 3, 14-15
  • Die'fight'vir groen uitnemendheid: news snippets, A Nel, Agriprobe 10 (1), 7-7
  • The history of the oldest rootstock mother block in South Africa, A Nel
  • Using tannin measurements as a tool to optimise winemaking decisions., AP Nel
  • A comparison between two tannin precipitation methods–BSA and MCP (Part 4), A Nel, P van Rensburg, M Lambrechts
  • The impact of different winemaking techniques on the mouthfeel of Shiraz wine (Part 5), A Nel, L Louw