The Science Faculty is proud to announce the election of four new Royal Society Fellows.
Researchers findings show that plants are better able to defend themselves against fungal pathogens when inoculated at dawn, rather than at night.
A plant with seeds that look and smell like antelope droppings to attract dung beetles, which then disperse and bury the seeds, is described in a paper published online this week in Nature Plants. The study suggests that since the seeds are hard and offer no reward to the dung beetles, this represents a rare example of deception in plant seed dispersal. Professor Jeremy Midgley, together with his MSc student Joseph White and UCT small mammal expert Dr Gary Bronner from the Department of Biological Sciences, are the team that investigated whether the nut seeds of Ceratocaryum argenteum - which give off a pungent smell reminiscent of antelope droppings, serve as a disguise to aid their dispersal.
A new study, recently published in PLOS 1, in which UCT researcher Dr Domingo Carlos Salazar Garcia, from the Department of Archaeology, participated, reveals a 9000 year old case of decapitation, found in a rock shelter in Brazil. The researchers think this may be the oldest case of decapitation found in the New Word, leading to a re-evaluation of the previous interpretations of this practice, particularly with regards to its origins and geographic dispersion.