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SA Research Chair in Integrated Wine Sciences

​The Chair, linked to the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, focuses on a better understanding of the microbiological transformation of natural raw materials into value added products such as wine. The Chair uses an extensive international network of collaborators to support a multidisciplinary research programme. This programme is more specifically tuned to the needs of the SA wine industry, but also investigates fundamental cellular and molecular processes of relevance to the broader life sciences. The assessment and exploitation of natural microbial biodiversity, the understanding of population dynamics within natural and industrial ecosystems, and the application of evolutionary engineering to individual organisms or ecosystems are also​ researched.

Prof Florian Bauer