Jill M. Farrant

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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.

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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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Who is Jill Farrant ? (L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards 2012)

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.

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Jill Farrant wins major global award for her contribution to life sciences

theearthisround.co.za - Professor Jill Farrant of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UCT has become the third UCT woman scientist - and the fourth from South Africa - to win a L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award in Life Sciences.

Plant physiologist Professor Jill Farrant from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UCT has added another feather to her cap: the L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award in Life Sciences. On 8 November, she was named one of five women from around the world to win a 2012 L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award in Life Sciences.

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Raising the dead: SA scientist honoured for drought-tolerant crop research

foodstuffsa.co.za - An earlier article on UCT's Professor Jill Farrant notes that in 40 years time, as people sit down to a bowl of cornflakes at breakfast time, they might just want to close their eyes and offer thanks to this South African scientist. Farrant's work on developing drought-resistant plants could have a profound impact on the world as climate change affects agriculture - and it is for this reason that Farrant has been selected as the African/Arab laureate for the 2012 L’Oréal-Unesco Awards in Life Sciences. Every year it recognises five exceptional women scientists from around the world, from hundreds of nominations.

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Unesco Honors Five Women for Scientific Research

passblue.com - Scientists from Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Britain and the United States working in research fields connected to health issues have been chosen the 2012 winners of the Women in Science Award given jointly by Unesco and the L’Oreal cosmetics company.

The scientists who were chosen, each to receive a $100,000 prize, were selected by an independent panel of leading global scientists. The awards, which have been given annually since 1998, will be presented in March in Paris.

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The key to life revealed in her 'Lazarus plants'

timeslive.co.za - South African scientist praised for unlocking secrets to drought-surviving crops, writes Rowan Philp

AT the age of nine, Jill Farrant noticed a plant on her family farm which had somehow come back to life a day after looking shrivelled and dead.

Writing in her journal, she described how her father did not believe her about the bobbejaanstert shrub's revival: "Went to flat rocks and the ded [sic] plant was alive. Dad said it was too soon after the rain."

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Tapping into the secrets of plants

mg.co.za - Jill Farrant, holder of a research chair in plant molecular physiology in UCT’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and UCT’s first woman A-rated scientist, is finding out how the secrets of drought-resistant plants can be tapped to boost agriculture in drought areas.

Jill Farrant’s work on drought-tolerant plants is winning her accolades, left, right and centre. Earlier this year, she was the winner of the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award, and in August was named the Distinguished Woman Scientist in the Life Sciences in the South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).

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Resurrection plant could save us

mg.co.za -When you sit down to a bowl of cornflakes one breakfast time 40 years from now, you might just want to close your eyes and offer thanks to Professor Jill Farrant.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation predicts that climate change will force many countries to abandon crop farming by 2050. But ground-breaking work by Farrant could save the day.

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