Soil Science
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Department of Soil Science Research Projects

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​​​​PhD Research Projects​​ ​ ​

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Mineral-catalyz​​ed humification of hydrophobic and hydrophilic biomolecules into stabilized organic matter

PhD student: Mr A Adams
Supervisors: Dr CE Clarke
Co-supervisor: Dr AG Hardie
Funding: NRF​, SU

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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: Dr AG Hardie, Prof J Hughes (UKZN)
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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​Digital soil mapping of soil organic carbon in​​ventories in the upper reaches of the Mvoti River, KZN​

PhD student: Ms L Wiese ​
Supervisor: Dr A Rozanov
Co-supervisors: Prof T Seifert, Dr WP de Clercq
Funding: NRF

​​MSc Research Projects​ ​

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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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​Digital soil mapping in the Sandspruit catchment

MSc student: Mr T Flynn
Supervisor: Dr CE Clarke
Co-supervisors: Dr A Rozanov
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 effect of winery wastewater irrigation hydraulic properties of soils commonly found in the Western Cape

MSc student: Ms K Hoogendijk
Supervisor: Dr JE Hoffman
Co-supervisors: Dr P Myburgh (ARC-Nietvoorbij)
Funding: Winetech
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​NIR characterisation of the lithological origin of soils and baseline metal concentrations in soils of different lithology

MSc student: Ms L Louw
Supervisor: Dr Anton du Plessis
Co-supervisors: Dr CE Clarke
Funding: NRF
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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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​Organic and mineral fertilization of rooibos tea under Northern Cape field conditions

MSc student: Mr S van Heerden
Supervisor: Dr AG Hardie
Co-supervisors: Dr W Hoffman (Agricultural Economics), Dr JE Hoffman
Funding: N Cape Dept Agriculture
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​Improving P fertilizer recommendations  using soil P buffer capacity and comparison of various P extraction tests on a variety of South-African soils

MSc student: Mr V White
Supervisor: Dr AG Hardie
Co-supervisor: Dr P Raath (CRI, Stellenbosch)
Funding: CRI, Stellenbosch, Bemlab (Pty) Ltd. Somerset West