New field identification guide aids research through showcasing Limpopo’s botanical riches
With excellent colour photographs and distribution maps that indicate where the plants occur, the guide facilitates accurate identification of nearly 800 plant species. The content advances taxonomy and biogeographic research and will contribute to the description, mapping, assessment and improved management of plants and plant communities in South Africa.
Developing a positive space for locusts in the anthropogenic world
Earlier this year, ten institutions, including NRF-SAEON, discussed forming a brown locust research working group to plan a research programme in coordination with farmers, other stakeholders and the government.
Five years of benthic monitoring in the Sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean
Launched in 2013, the study was designed to monitor long-term variation in the pristine benthic communities around the Prince Edward Islands, using the Egagasini Node’s SkiMonkey III benthic camera system.
Towards a unified African voice on strengthening ocean-based actions
A special workshop was organised to produce Africa’s views on strengthening ocean-based actions. These will be presented at the Bonn meeting and will hopefully result in highlighting the importance of the ocean in the COP27 discussions.
Exploring SAEON territory and forging new connections
SAEON Managing Director Dr Mary-Jane Bopape says she is looking forward to continued engagements on national, regional, continental and global platforms that SAEON has been contributing to, and new ones that will be forged going forward.
SAEON’s Graduate Student Network to host the first in-person Indibano since the Covid-19 pandemic
The Indibano talks will be in three sub-themes – terrestrial, marine/aquatic and socio-ecological studies – to accommodate a broader spectrum of research work in line with the EFTEON and SAEON mandates.
The public has a distorted view of science because children are taught in school that science is a collection of firmly established truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries.
~ Freeman Dyson
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