Research Centres & Units

Research Centre for African Parrot Conservation (

The parrot family contains the largest number of threatened and endangered species of birds in the world. While their ecology and conservation biology was relatively well studied in Australia and South America, and less so in Asia, they were virtually ignored in Africa.   Under Professor Mike Perrin, registered postgraduate students have studied the biology of and threats to African parrots and lovebirds, not only in South Africa, but also in Mocambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Uganda. In addition to field studies, laboratory research has addressed issues of eco-physiology, behaviour and systematics, leading to many scientific publications and conference presentations.

Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development (

The Centre for Plant Growth and Development is associated with the School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. A major function and aim of the Research Centre is to foster high quality research and excellence in: Tissue Culture, Plant Physiology, Plant Molecular Biology, Seed Germination and Ethnobotany.  The driving force is to extend Postgraduate Research and Training at the MSc and PhD levels on an interactive basis between plant-based disciplines. The Centre is directed by Professor Johannes van Staden. 

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