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Student researcher acknowledged at Science Awards

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Department of Crop Sciences Doctoral degree student, Bevly Mampholo, was honoured as one of the finalists at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) South African Women in Science Awards 2014 .

Bevly is currently registered for a DTech in Agriculture (Postharvest Technology). Her research is focused on determining the effect of nitrogen fertilisation on food safety and nutrition composition, as well as the overall quality of selected fresh-cut lettuce cultivars during post-harvest storage.

According to Bevly, minimising postharvest losses in perishable products like lettuce, forms an important part of the sustainable agricultural development efforts to increase food availability. “I have been trained in the profiling of aroma volatile compounds from fresh produce using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). Currently my research also links up with the ”Health and Wellness program” of postharvest technology research at the Department of Crop Sciences.

In 2012, Bevly was selected as a leader for the Postgraduate Research programme and appointed as the laboratory manager to train new postgraduate students on safety and good laboratory practices.

The South African Women in Science Awards encourage and reward women scientists and researchers, and also profile them as role models for younger women. The theme for the 2014 Awards was 20 years of democracy and freedom: The changing landscape of women’s participation in science and technology education, training, and employment.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, encouraged more women to participate in science.  She said, “The WISA finalists and winners will be invited to participate in science awareness campaigns, led by DST, to serve as role models for other women, particularly young girls.”