Research

A Drive for Finding Solutions

A love for nature and a conversation with her uncle about his career path are what steered Meagan Vermeulen towards a career in Plant Pathology. Growing up in a small farming community in the Swartland also brought agriculture to her doorstep.

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Die-back of young olive shoots – Elleunorah Allsopp

If you are finding larvae boring into younger shoots showing signs of wilting or die-back, it is probably the sombre twig pruner affecting your trees.

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‘How to Produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ Course

The presenter of the course, Pablo Canamasas from Argentina, has a veritable 360-degree view of the global olive oil production industry.

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Ellen Segopa – on the road to great things

Ellen Segopa is one of those people that will quietly take over the world and make a good job of it. Like most children, Ellen dreamt far and wide about what she wanted to become and only in high school realised that science is her career home.

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Olive Oil Tasting Workshop

On a rainy day at the end of March, I made my way to Tulbagh to attend my first event as the newest member of the SA Olive team.  The Tulbagh Valley is beautiful any day of the year, but with water-heavy clouds gently clinging to the mountain slopes, it’s magical.

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Table Olive Workshop

It was the perfect weather for a Table Olive Workshop on Tuesday 24 Apr 2018 – it was raining and therefore no one could harvest olives and had no excuse to miss the workshop!

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Olive Curing

Olives need to undergo a curing process before they’re ready to eat, due to the bitterness of oleuropein. If you’ve accidentally bitten into a raw olive, you are familiar with the bitterness that follows.

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Olive Colours

The colour of an olive indicates its ripeness. The darker the olive, the riper it was when it was plucked from the tree. Olives transform from green to light pink to red and finally black.

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Harvesting Methods

For the olive industry, the harvest is about to begin and one cannot help to wonder what flavours the 2018 fruit will have locked in them. Will it be another bitter season or will mother nature be kind enough to grant a slow even harvest?

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Monitoring a Comparison of Two Trap Types for Olive Fruit Fly

The Mediterranean olive industry experiences significant losses due to the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae: Diptera: Tephritidae), which negatively affects the production of table olives, as well as olive oil.

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