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Research Programmes

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SOIL AND WATER SCIENCE

VITICULTURE
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PROTEOMICS
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RESEARCH SERVICES

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POST HARVEST AND
AGRO-PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES (PHATs)
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SOUTH AFRICAN DECIDUOUS FRUIT CULTIVARS (Stone &
Pome fruit Database
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SERVICES

ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, a member of the Crop Sciences Cluster of the ARC, is located in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Our mandate is research and development as well as technology transfer on the breeding, cultivation, protection and post-harvest technology of deciduous fruit, grape vines, alternative crops and indigenous herbal teas.

The Campus has six divisions, each focusing on different aspects of fruit and wine production. The major portion of research and development is focused on improved crop production and mitigation of agricultural risks, but food security as well as the sustainable use of natural resources are also addressed. The Campus is the custodian of grapevine, deciduous fruit and wine yeast genebanks that preserve genetic resources for breeding purposes, training and comparative descriptions. It also boasts a Sterile Insect Technique Programme.

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.

We render research and support services to producers of the following commodities:

  • Deciduous fruit (apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines)

  • Grapes (wine, table and raisin)

  • Alternative temperate climate crops (cherries, honeybush & rooibos teas, olives, pomegranates, figs, aloe and strawberries)

  • Wine

  • Brandy

  • Dried fruit

  • Processed fruit

  • Fruit juice

This campus maintains excellent partnerships with its relevant industries to ensure the future of the South African fruit, vine and wine industries.

Our campus has various meeting rooms and lecture halls for hire. The old Nietvoorbij cellar and Lapa area on site, can be used for functions and events. Our beautiful Heritage Garden is also available should you wish to visit and/or have wedding photos taken. For more information please contact our Public Relations Officer. Derusha Crank, CrankD@arc.agric.za, 021 809 3100.

​Postal Address
​Physical Address
​General Enquiries

​ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij

Private Bag X5026, Stellenbosch, 7599

ARC Infruitec: Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch

ARC Nietvoorbij: Corner of Helshoogte Road and the R44, Stellenbosch

Tel: +27 (0)21 809 3100
Fax: +27 (0)21 809 3400
Email: infocape@arc.agric.za