The online version of The Link, January 2024 has just been published.
In this edition:
• The SASRI Director’s message touches briefly on:
o climate predictions for a dry spell ahead;
o SASRI’s efforts in encouraging technology adoption in the small-scale sector;
o discovery of longhorn beetle in previously infested farms in Entumeni, and further afield in Melmoth.

• Timely farming advice for:
o controlling pests and diseases;
o keeping soils healthy;
o managing important off-season operations.

• Enhancing sugarcane resilience to environmental stresses such as drought and heat through mutation breeding.
• An innovative method for assessing eldana resistance in genetically modified sugarcane.
• Weather: an overview of recent events, and an outlook for the near future.

Read The Link online


Until now, SASRI has been publishing and distributing both electronic and printed copies of The Link. We have now decided to discontinue the printed version, due to difficulties associated with distributing printed copies through the South African Post Office. Also, in a recent survey, most recipients have indicated a preference for the online digital version.

The move away from costly printing and posting also provides an opportunity to publish more frequently. Instead of the usual three editions per year (January, May and September), we will now publish an edition every second month, beginning in January.

An email alert will be sent out whenever a new edition is available. All editions (past and future) will always be available on our website.