Research Focus

Research Focus

The Research, Development and Innovation programme at SASRI is clustered within four multidisciplinary programmes, namely Variety Improvement, Crop Protection, Crop Performance & Management, and Systems Design & Optimisation.

Research Manager

Research Staff


Research Manager
Principal Agronomist
Senior Crop Physiologist
Senior Varieties Scientist
Weed Scientist
Assistant Agrometeorologist
Agricultural Engineer
Agricultural Engineer
Principal Biotechnologist
Assistant Biotechnologist
Assistant Biotechnologist
Assistant Biotechnologist
Assistant Biotechnologist
Assistant Biotechnologist
Assistant Biotechnologist
Principal IPM Scientist
Senior Entomologist
Senior Entomologist
Assistant Entomologist
Senior Plant Breeder
Plant Breeder
Assistant Plant Breeder
Senior Plant Pathologist
Plant Pathologist
Assistant Plant Pathologist
Assistant Plant Pathologist
Assistant Plant Pathologist
Senior Soil Scientist
Senior Soil Scientist
Assistant Soil Scientist
Assistant Soil Scientist
Assistant Soil Scientist
GIS Specialist
Data Support Manager
Scientific Programmer

Science Mentorship

Post-Graduate programme

To promote innovation in South African sugarcane agriculture, SASRI hosts a dynamic post-graduate programme on its campus in Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal. The research is conducted under the supervision of SASRI scientists who are affiliated with several leading South African universities, including the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Pretoria, University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University.

Degree/Diploma programme

SASRI runs an internship programme for candidates with a Diploma or a Degree in the biological and agricultural sciences, with a specific focus on optimising crop growth.

Initially, participants are offered a one year contract, which may be extended if the project is extended, provided there is funding available and the intern performs well. There are opportunities for further studies for students who excel and contribute significantly. After a two-year internship, students may be considered for our Post-Graduate Student Programme.

We normally look for applicants in the following disciplines: Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pathology, Entomology, Analytical Chemistry, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science and Safety & Environmental Health.

Please visit our online application portal or our mobi application portal.

R&D Partnerships and Collaborations

SASRI seeks out new, and fosters established, partnerships to enhance research and development capacity to the benefit of the industry.

The quality of SASRI’s research is evident through its qualified and experienced staff, many of whom serve on committees of international scientific organisations, and as honorary members of various academic institutions.

SASRI currently maintains formal R&D partnerships or collaborations with:

Trade Industry
Science and technology south africa
Mondi Wetlands
Witwater Uni
Kzn Uni
ucl company
Sugar Industry Research
Pretoria Uni
Aus SUgar
Stallenbosch uni