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agricultural economics​​

Institute for Plant Biotechnology (IPB)

The IPB specializes in the characterization and manipulation of primary carbon metabolism in plants. The ultimate goal is to manipulate the relevant metabolic pathways to either improve yield and/or quality, or to produce novel, high-value products in plants. 



Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT)

The Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT), part of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology, was established at Stellenbosch University in 1995. The IWBT is an internationally recognised postgra-duate training and research institute offering visionary training and innovative research to support the South African wine and grapevine industries.



















African Wildlife Economy Institute (AWEI)

The mission of the African Wildlife Economy Institute (AWEI) is to strengthen the governance of wildlife economies in Africa in support of biodiversity conservation and inclusive, sustainable development. It supports and facilitates multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on the ethical context, governance, and functioning of wildlife economies. AWEI aims to become the leading institute for research, outreach, and engagement on wildlife economies on the continent.

SARChi Postharvest Technology​

The South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology​ at the University of Stellenbosch was established in 2009 under the DST-NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI). The pri​mary goal of the Chair is to undertake cross-cutting innovative research and human capacity development to support South Africa's agricultural and horticultural postharvest industries.