Every year Hortgro Science awards the top researchers in the industry at its Researcher Thank You Breakfast. This year’s accolades went to Dr Antoinette Malan, Dr Elke Crouch, Dr Shelley Johnson and Prof Karen Theron. The Hortgro Science/Daan Strydom Award for Best Student in Horticulture 2017 went to CP van der Merwe.

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Hortgro Science Research Award winners pictured here with Stephen Rabe (Hortgro Science chairperson) and Hugh Campbell (Hortgro Science general manager) from left are, Dr Nomakholwa Stokwe (on behalf of Dr Antoinette Malan), Dr Shelley Johnson, Prof Karen Theron and Dr Elke Crouch.

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Dr Elke Crouch, pictured here with Stephen Rabe (left, Hortgro Science chairperson) and Hugh Campbell (Hortgro Science general manager), was one of this year’s recipients for Hortgro Science’s Top 3 Final Reports 2017. Her winning report is titled “Post-harvest ‘Forelle’ mealiness development, detected at harvest by CT x-ray scanning and semi-commercial colour pre-sorting influenced by canopy position at harvest as well as pollination”.

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Dr Shelley Johnson, pictured here with Stephen Rabe (left, Hortgro Science chairperson) and Hugh Campbell (Hortgro Science general manager), was one of this year’s recipients for Hortgro Science’s Top 3 Final Reports 2017. Her winning report is titled “CATTS as a postharvest treatment for chill-sensitive plum cultivars and associated phytosanitary insect pests”.

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Dr Antoinette Malan (absent) was one of this year’s recipients for Hortgro Science’s Top 3 Final Reports 2017. Dr Nomakholwa Stokwe (middle), pictured here with Stephen Rabe (left, Hortgro Science chairperson) and Hugh Campbell (Hortgro Science general manager), accepted the award on her behalf. The winning report is titled “Bioprospecting of agriculture and natural ecosystems for entomopathogenic nematodes.”

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Prof Karen Theron, pictured here with Stephen Rabe (left, Hortgro Science chairperson) and Hugh Campbell (Hortgro Science general manager), was awarded Hortgro Science Best Semi-Scientific Article 2017 for “A new chemical thinner for plums on the horizon” (co-authors: Human Steenkamp, Gustav Lotze, Schalk Reynolds and Wiehann Steyn).