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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.

Dr Sheetal Silal a senior lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences at UCT is one of 10 finalists who has made it through to the finals of the science communication competition, FameLab SA,where she will represent UCT and the Western Cape province. 

Professor Mark New, holder of the recently launched AXA Chair in African Climate Risk, warns that climate change is loading the dice in favour of more extreme weather.

Faculty of Science ecologist and MSc student Gabriella Leighton has won a British Ecological Society (BES) Young Investigator prize.  The prize recognises the best research papers published in BES journals by early career scientists.

Dr Miguel Lacerda, from the Department of Statistical Sciences, approaches complex content creatively, which is one of the reasons he is a 2016 Distinguished Teacher Award winner.

Dr David Erwin, senior lecturer from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, is one of six UCT scholars to receive the 2016 Distinguished Teacher Award.

The current Cape drought offers opportunities to fast track integrated, innovative, water cost-effective solutions that can be introduced over the next 12 months.  Dr Kevin Winter from the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science and the Future Water Institute considers the lessons learned.

UCT has partnered with BGM Pharma and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation to develop GluCAB, a breakthrough in cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Professor Roger Hunter from the Department of Chemistry at UCT is part of the team involved in developing the molecule for the next generation chemotherapy.

Dr Jonathan Shock of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is one of six UCT scholars who won the 2016 Distinguished Teacher Award.

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