The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Desale Okubamichael, Megan Griffiths and David Ward in the open-access journal, AoB Plants. The article is entitled: Host specificity in parasitic plants - perspectives from mistletoes. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.
Elelwani Nenzhelele has started collecting field data for the thesis component of her MSc. Elelwani is a student with the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute’s Conservation Biology MSc programme but will be doing her thesis with the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU). She will be working at the PCU’s long-term research site at Paulshoek village in Namaqualand where she will be following up on the research begun by Simon Todd, exactly 20 years ago. Read the full article for more information.
Plant Conservation Unit Masters student Hana Petersen, along with Sam Jack, completed another field data collection trip last week in the prospective shale gas exploration area of the central Karoo. Read the article for more information and to see some pictures from their trip.
Springtime in the Cape never disappoints the enthusiastic flower hunter. Even the most uninteresting patch of veld will contain a smorgasbord of colours, shapes and sizes as Timm Hoffman and friends, Robin and Patricia Burnett, discovered on Saturday 3rd June 2016 when visiting a relatively disturbed area near the Westlake Golf Course. Have a look at a some of the flowers that captured their attention!