Soil Science
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Department of Soil Science Research Projects

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​​​​PhD Research Projects​​ ​ ​

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Soil geomorphology relationships in KwaZulu-Natal​

PhD student: Mr J Atkinson
Supervisor: Dr WP de Clercq
Co-supervisor: Dr A Rozanov
Funding: NRF​

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Soil and Crop Yield Dynamics: Implications for Land Assessments and Natural Resources Management

PhD student: Mr K Barichevy
Supervisor: Dr CE Clarke
Co-supervisor: Dr A Rozanov
Funding: KZN Dept. Agriculture

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The potential contribution of regolith to the nutrient supply of Eucalyptus, Highflats, KZN

PhD student: Mr GD Cooper
Supervisor: Dr A Rozanov
Co-supervisor: Prof J Hughes (UKZN)
Funding: NRF

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Digital soil mapping and Land Type disaggregation across varying spatial scales

PhD student: Mr T Flynn
Supervisor: Dr CE Clarke
Co-supervisor: Dr A Rozanov, Dr WP de Clercq
Funding: NRF

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Deficit irrigation and canopy management practices to improve water use efficiency and profitability of wine grapes

PhD student: Mr EL Lategan
Supervisor: Dr JE Hoffman
Co-supervisor: Dr PA Myburgh (ARC-Nietvoorbij)
Funding: Winetech

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Soil fertility management in rooibos tea production​​

PhD student: Mr JFN Smith
Supervisor: Dr AG Hardie
Co-supervisors: Dr JE Hoffman
Funding: Rooibos Ltd., SU
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Apple root development as controlled by irrigation scheduling

PhD student: Ms A Stofberg
Supervisor: Dr JE Hoffman
Co-supervisors: Dr J van Zyl
Funding: Hortgro Science
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​Evaluation of soil covers on old mine dumps to improve and predict their performance for the rehabilitation of coal mines on the Highveld of Mpumalanga, South Africa​

PhD student: Ms R van Schalkwyk​
Supervisor: Dr JE Hoffman
Co-supervisors: Dr A van Zyl
Funding: WRC

​​MSc Research Projects​ ​

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Evaluation of mineral N-enriched dairy manure slurry on wheat production and soil quality at Fair Cape Farm, Durbanville

MSc student: Mr SW du Plessis
Supervisor: Dr AG Hardie
Co-supervisors: Dr P Swanepoel (Agronomy)
Funding: Private Company
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​Effect of lime source, fineness and granulisation on soil neutralisation and Ca permeation​

MSc student: Mr DJJ du Toit
Supervisor: Dr AG Hardie
Co-supervisors: Dr P Swanepoel (Agronomy)
Funding: Protein Trust, AB-INBEV
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Organic matter dynamics in forestry and agricultural systems of the Southern Cape


MSc student: Mr AE du Toit
Supervisor: Dr A Rozanov
Co-supervisors: Dr WP de Clercq
Funding: NRF 
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Assessing the potential of using computerized tomography to determine the physical and hydraulic properties of different textured soils​

MSc student: Ms E Hartnick
Supervisor: Mr V Lategan
Co-supervisors: Dr A du Plessis
Funding: SU
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​The use of micronized lime as plant nutrient source, soil ameliorant and its suppressive effect on Phytophthora in citrus

MSc student: Mr P Janse van Rensburg
Supervisor: Dr PJ Raath (CRI)
Co-supervisors: Dr AG Hardie, Dr J van Niekerk (Plant Pathology)
Funding: CRI
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​Effect of domestic greywater on soil quality

MSc student: Ms N Madubela
Supervisor: Dr AG Hardie
Co-supervisors: Dr CE Clarke, Mr V Lategan
Funding: NRF, SU
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Soil spectral characteristics and their spatial variability in relation to wheat yield

MSc student: Ms N Ngejane
Supervisor: Dr A Rozanov
Co-supervisors: Dr CE Clarke
Funding: NRF, SU
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​Effect of soil physical properties on rooibos growth patterns in Niewoudtville area

MSc student: Mr K Olifant
Supervisor: Dr JE Hoffman
Co-supervisors: Dr AG Hardie
Funding: Northern Cape Department of Agriculture
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​Investigating the effect of different soil textures on different soil hydraulic properties

MSc student: Mr J Opperman
Supervisor: Mr V Lategan
Co-supervisors: Dr JE Hoffman
Funding: Winetech
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​Co-amendment of water treatment residuals and compost to improve the rooting environment in sand soils

MSc student: Mr JG Steytler
Supervisor: Dr CE Clarke
Co-supervisors: Dr AG Hardie 
Funding: University of Durham, UK 
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​Continuous drip irrigation on citrus : investigation of water distribution and root growth 

MSc student: Mr JH van der Merwe
Supervisor: Dr JE Hoffman
Co-supervisor: Dr J van Zyl
Funding: Netafim Pty Ltd.