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Botswana College of Agriculture
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Gaborone, Botswana
Phone: +267 - 3650100
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The Department of Basic Sciences is made up of five units, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Herbarium, Mathematical Sciences and Physics



Basic Science Research

    The Department of Basic Sciences has two major research teams, the Biological Sciences Research Team (BSRT) and the Mathematical Sciences Research Team (MSRT), although the staff continues to do individual based research in areas of specialization and some collaborative research.

    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH TEAM (BSRT)
    COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

    Mathematical Sciences Research Team (MSRT)

    The Mathematical Sciences group is a multi-disciplinary group comprising of expects from the fields of Mathematics, Biometry, Physics and Computer studies. The following are the groups’ key research areas:

    a) Environmental Physics (or Modeling)

    The research involves the use of naturally occurring (and anthropogenic) radionuclides as tracers of atmospheric aerosols (pollutants). The monitoring of Lead (Pb-210), Beryllium (Be-7) and Cesium (Cs-137) in the lower troposphere is of paramount importance. Lead and beryllium are continuously being produced and washed away from the atmosphere, hence the knowledge of their concentrations in the atmosphere may lead to proper quantification of load of pollutants that are being deposited, as the two do attach to the same accumulation mode as the sulphates and nitrates. Particular problems involve: (i) the investigation of water induced erosion or sedimentation, (ii) determining the quality of agricultural products to ensure that the products meet the bureau of standards settings, (iii) studies on urban and maritime aerosols under varying conditions of humidity and (iv) studies on environmental aerosol deposition on the plant leaves.

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