Jill M. Farrant

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About Jill Farrant

On the surface, Jill Farrant looks more rock’n roll than science. Farran...

 

Research

Professor Farrant's research involves investigation of the mechanisms of d...

 

Plant desiccation tolerance

Desiccation tolerance in plants refers to the ability to withstand or endur...

Serious injury did not stop this feisty professor

Leader.co.za - When Professor Jill Farrant sustained severe head injuries four years ago, resulting in short-term memory loss, no one ever imagined that she would one day scoop an international science award and R780 000 for her ground-breaking research.

The University of Cape Town academic, who slipped and banged her head in the bath tub, also lost her sense of smell and ability to taste. Read more...

   

Jill Farrant: The Resurrection Plant - and Woman

dailymaverick.co.za - Professor Jill Farrant has just been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in international science. Her work deals with plants you probably haven’t heard of, but they could be the key to preventing famine in Africa.

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Jill FARRANT (South Africa): helping crops against the drought

starafrica.com - We met Jill Farrant in Paris in March of 2012. She was one of five top female scientists from all continents, chosen as laureates by the “L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science” programme, in recognition for the importance of their work. She is the laureate for Africa.

Jill Farrant, a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, holds the research chair in Plant Molecular Physiology. She studies plants which enter a dormant state when deprived of water and, upon watering, become functional again.

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Four incredible African women scientists honoured in Paris

African Science Heroes - African women scientists…its not often that you hear those three words together and to add to that “award”. It makes me so damn proud that the achievements of four remarkable women are being recognized internationally by the UNESCO-L’Oreal For Women in Science (FWIS). Johannie Spaan from South Africa, Peggoty Mutai from Kenya and Gladys Kahaka from Namibia are the three successful African candidates who will be awarded fellowships in 2012 and most notably South African Professor Jill Farrant, has been selected as one of only five laureates worldwide to receive the prestigious 2012 L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Award.

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Who is Jill Farrant?

Agora. For women in science community. -  Jill Farrant, professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is the world’s leading expert on resurrection plants, which ‘come back to life’ from a desiccated, seemingly dead state when they are rehydrated. Professor Farrant is investigating the ability of many species of these plants to survive without water for long periods of time from a number of angles, from the molecular, biochemical and ultrastructural to the whole-plant ecophysiological, using a unique comparative approach and working with many different species of resurrection plants and a variety of tissues. The ultimate goal is to find applications that will lead to the development of drought-tolerant crops to nourish populations in arid, drought-prone climates, notably in Africa, and her research may have medicinal applications as well.

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