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Research Programmes

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PROTEOMICS AND
RESEARCH SERVICES
SOIL AND WATER SCIENCE
VITICULTURE

SOUTH AFRICAN DECIDUOUS FRUIT CULTIVARS

Our mandate is to conduct research, development and technology transfer on the breeding, cultivation and post-harvest technology of deciduous fruit, viticulture, alternative crops (eg berries and olives) and indigenous herbal teas.

Post-harvest activities include wine and brandy production, cold storage and other forms of shelf-life extension (drying, canning, juicing and jam). These activities are aimed at commercial farmers and resource-poor farmers as well as communities. Increasing attention is focused on stabilising food security and turning waste into value-added product.



ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij is building on previous successes obtained by Infruitec and Nietvoorbij, such as:

  • the proud record of new fruit and table grape cultivars released as a result of the local breeding programmes

  • excellent soil and water management practices, and

  • integrated production for environment-friendly pest and disease management

This division maintains excellent partnerships with its relevant industries to ensure the future of the South African fruit, vine and wine industries. It comprises seven units, each specialising in different aspects of fruit and wine production. The division also boasts a Sterile Insect Technique Programme. ​ ​ ​

Commodities

  • Deciduous fruit: Apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines

  • Grapes: Wine, table and raisin

  • Alternative temperate climate crops: Cherries, honeybush and rooibos teas, olives, and strawberries

  • Wine

  • Brandy

  • Dried fruit

  • Processed fruit

Research priorities are driven by producer needs and market demands. All projects are determined in conjunction with these industries.