Bridging the knowledge gap: new insights published on optimal honeybush harvesting by Brigitte du Preez, 18 February 2021

Until recently, little was known about optimum harvesting practices of honeybush plantations that would ensure a quality product. High quality honeybush plants should have leaves that produce an herbal tea with a good aroma and taste, as well as extracts with high bioactivity such as antioxidant properties.  In her PhD study on the impact of harvest season on the quality of honeybush tea, Ms Gugu Mabizela, who studied at ARC Infruitec–Nietvoorbij, identified Summer as the optimum season to harvest Cyclopia subternata plantations.   Read full article...


New pamphlet takes stock of some honeybush diseases by Engela Duvenage, 28 January 2021

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) has compiled a new pamphlet containing know how and photographs about the most common diseases that cause dieback, pruning wounds and young shoot infections in plantations of Cyclopia. Control measures are also highlighted. Read full article...


Trio of PhD degrees for project's students by Engela Duvenage, 14 December 2020

Any investment in research and the creation of new knowledge is at its heart also an investment in the people who perform the studies, and who try to make sense of what they experience and find in the process. It is to this end that the DSI/ARC Honeybush Project is proud of three doctoral students funded through the initiative who have all successfully completed their PhD studies in 2020. They are Dr Jenifer Koen, Dr Brigitte du Preez and Ms Gugu Mabizela. Read full article...


Food Label Study lands PhD Student Top Honours at Symposium by Engela Duvenage, December 2020

PhD student Melvi Todd was recognised by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) after the 10th annual Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform (BRIP) Symposium. Todd received the award for the best PhD oral presentation. The online event was hosted online from 19 to 20 October 2020. Read full article....


Nursery owners hone their skills by Engela Duvenage, December 2020

Such was the interest in a short course about various aspects related to the management of honeybush nurseries that it was fully booked within a week. The one-day course was held on 25 November 2020 at the Thornham Community Hall, close to Storms River in the Eastern Cape, and attracted beginners as well as more experienced honeybush nursery managers. Read full article ...


An explosion of aromas at “Woordfees” honeybush Science Café by Grethe Bestbier, March 2020

Sweet, floral or spicy. Rosy, fruity or woody. This science café at the 2020 Woordfees at Stellenbosch University, was all about the magic of honeybush tea. With its exciting variety of aromas, this indigenous tea is more than just a soothing drink.
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Communicating honeybush science by Marina Joubert, December 2019

During 2019, researchers and students who participate in the DSI/ARC Honeybush Project, attended a series of science communication training events. The series kicked off with an introduction to science communication on 13 June 2019.
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