Developing smart crops in Africa is critical in an era of climate change with extended periods of drought, says UCT plant molecular physiologist Professor Jill Farrant from the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at UCT.
Increasingly prolonged periods of severe hot and dry weather during the first summer after wild fires is inhibiting vegetation recovery and causing loss of plant diversity in the fynbos, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. Jasper Slingsby, from the Department of Biological Sciences, abiodiversity scientist at SAEON and research associate at UCT’s Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation group is one of the authors of the study
Dr Sheetal Silal, senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Statistical Sciences in the Faculty of Science at UCT was first runner up in the Famelab national heat.
Katherine Bunney, who recently completed her MSc with Professor William Bond, in the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT, have just published a paper together in Biotropica, an international journal of tropical biology and conservation. The article examines dispersal distances achieved by the African savanna elephant and indicates that these elephants may transport seeds farther than any other land animal.