South African Young Academy of Science

Lembe Magwaza

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Lembe Magwaza is an Associate Professor in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has more than 15 years of research experience and eight years of lecturing at institutions of higher learning, seven of which were with the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research interests are in Postharvest Biology and Technology, which involves developing methods and protocols for preserving fruits and vegetable quality and reducing losses from harvest until these products reach the consumers’ table. His research includes characterisation, improving quality and quality of food products from farm to fork. It also includes identifying appropriate genotypes that can withstand the inevitable changes in climate. His secondary interest is in Plant Physiology, in an attempt to understand the mechanisms of how food crop plants respond to the environment. Due to the complexity of the issues involved, his main belief is in establishing and sustaining collaborations to develop sustainable agricultural practices and influence policies in this field. Magwaza is a Y-rated researcher by the National Research Foundation. He has published more than 85 articles in peer-reviewed journals, five book chapters and presented more than 20 papers in international conferences. Magwaza has supervised and graduated eight PhDs, twelve  MSc and six Honours students. In 2018 and again in 2019, Magwaza was presented with the awards for being in the Top 10 Young Published Researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2019, he was also presented with the Top 30 Most Published Researcher Award by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.