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The Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT) was established at Stellenbosch University in 1995 as part of a knowledge partnership and strategic alliance between Stellenbosch University, the wine industry (Wine Industry Network of Expertise and Technology: Winetech) and the SA government in particular through Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP). Prof Sakkie Pretorius was the first director of the IWBT, which forms part of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology in the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University.
Vision and mission
To be a nationally and internationally competitive centre of excellence in wine and grapevine biotechnology that, by means of visionary training and innovative research, provides the South African grapevine and wine industry with
The IWBT is situated in the JH Neethling building [MAP]. In addition to offices, lecture rooms, a board room and an auditorium, the Institute has well-equipped cellular and molecular biology laboratories for the investigation of grapevine and wine microorganisms (yeast and bacteria). Other facilities include a chemical analytical laboratory, a laboratory for tissue cultures, a greenhouse for transgenic plants and an experimental wine cellar.
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