The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. It undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.
For years, the tea plant Camellia sinensis has been growing on the Tshivhase Tea Estates near Sibasa in Limpopo. In efforts to boost the local economy, the CSIR became part of a collaboration to produce botanical extracts from this tea crop and to test the viability of value-added products based on these extracts.
CSIR scientists are using state-of-the-art equipment to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange and related factors on land and sea. This information helps researchers to more accurately predict the rate of (CO2) build-up that could lead to high risk and costly climate change.
The CSIR is working to develop paper-based diagnostic sensors that are affordable, sensitive, specific, user friendly, rapid and robust, equipment free and deliverable to end users - ideal for low-resource areas.