The three research focus area of the department are plant, animal and human genetics which include research in the fields of quantitative (breeding and biometry), molecular (biotechnological) and population genetics.
In Animal Genetics research is conducted on various aquatic and other live-stock animals and involves determining genetic diversity and population dynamics for
better management and conservation of these species.
In Human Genetics research focuses on identification and molecular characterisation of the genes involved in schizophrenia, tuberculosis, iron regulation and cancer;
as well as pharmacogenetic application in diseases which occur in the South African population.
In Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, research includes, among others: molecular characterisation of grapevine virus diseases and development of virus resistance,
rye and triticale breeding, cereal genomics and plant-insect interactions as well as fruit breeding and germplasm characterisation.
Also have a look at the research facilities available at our department.