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Baobab Blitz 24 & 25 November and 2 & 3 December 2017

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Do you know what pollinates baobab flowers?  Bet you thought it was bats, but scientists have never seen bats visiting baobab flowers in Southern Africa.  We have a theory that both hawk moths and bats play a role in pollination.  But we need to find out if this is true. This year we will be […]

SARChI participates in 2017 conference on African mountains

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The Afromont Research Network on Global Change in African Mountains (Dr Sue Taylor) and the “Kili” Research Group on Mt Kilimanjaro (Drs Andrea and Claudia Hemp) hosted an international conference at Moshi near Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania from 22 to 26 Feb 2017. Entitled “African mountain ecosystems under global change:  Linking biodiversity, biotic interactions and […]

SARChI Postdoc publishes a new endemic tree from the Soutpansberg

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Dr Norbert Hahn, SARChI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, recently published in the journal Phytotaxa a description of a proposed new Senegalia species (previously Acacia) endemic to the Soutpansberg. Senegalia montis-salinarum (the specific name meaning “salt-pan mountain” is only known from two widely separated localities where it grows on rocky scree slopes along the hot, dry northern […]

Chair visit to University of Florida Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Department

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In September, the Chair was invited by Dr Bob McCleery of the Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Department of the University of Florida (Gainesville) to give a seminar on the topic “Demonstrating biodiversity value & change in Afromontane small mammals: a perspective from the Soutpansberg Mountains”. Bob McCleery’s vibrant group of faculty members, postgraduates and postdocs […]

Second Annual Workshop of the Limpopo Living Landscapes (LLL) project, Bonn, Germany.

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The SARChI Chair leads a sub project of the LLL project entitled “Functional Biodiversity”. Five researchers from the University of Venda (representing the Chair as well as the Zoology Department and School of Agriculture) travelled to Bonn in September to report progress at the second annual workshop of the project and to network with partners […]

PHD award to SARChI student

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Aluwani Nengovhela received an AESOP+ PHD scholarship award (www.aesopplus.eu/) and will travel in November to University Paul Sabatier-Toulouse in France to pursue her PHD under Prof Jose Braga. Prof Braga will host Aluwani in Toulouse for the next three years. She will be jointly registered at the University of Venda and the University of Toulouse. […]

SARChI AfroMont article

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The Research Network on Global Change in African Mountains (AfroMont) is a network of scientists and environmental and resource specialists that promotes research into and implementation of sustainable livelihoods in mountain areas of Africa within the context of long term climate change. The network has publicized the research areas of SARChI in a recent post […]

Birds and bats across the tropics – understanding global patterns and how they benefit people

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The SARChI Chair in Biodiversity Value & Change (Peter Taylor) was involved as a coauthor in this review paper. Ongoing collaboration between the Chair and another coauthor, Prof Teja Tschartke from University of Göttingen in Germany, involves setting up exclusion trials to determine the economic impacts of birds and bats on biological control of pest […]

StopRats Field School

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From 1-8 March 2015, 18 students from Germany, South Africa, Madagascar, Swaziland and Namibia participated in a field ecology field school at Lajuma Research Centre in the western Soutpansberg Mountains of Limpopo hosted by the University of Venda’s SARChI Chair and funded by the StopRats project. Field activities and lectures led by various experts centered […]

StopRats Stakeholder workshop for Ecologically-Based Rodent Management (EBRM) in South Africa

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StopRats (Sustainable Technology to Overcome Pest Rodents in Africa Through Science) partners from the University of Venda’s SARChI Chair and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) organised a two-day workshop (16-17 February 2015) to bring together stakeholders from affected rural communities in Limpopo Province (18 residents of Vyeboom and Ka-Ndengeza villages where StopRats activities are taking […]

Popular article on the SARChI biodiversity working group

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Become a Vhembe citizen scientist by reading the recent article by Isabel Venter in the Zoutpansberger and Mirror newspapers (click here to visit Zoutnet) or download the expanded Zoutpansberger SARChI article. To contribute or find out more please contact Peter Taylor at peter.taylor@univen.ac.za.

2015 bursary positions finalised

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A total of 32 applications were received, some from as far afield as India, for the advertised 2015 positions which included one  Postdoctoral Fellow, Honours, MSc and PhD bursaries. This was a substantial increase in the number of applications compared to last year and is a result of our growing recognition as a high quality […]

SARChI hosts international research workshop: Limpopo Living Landscapes project tackles climate change in Limpopo

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As a broad inter-disciplinary consortium involving agronomists and ecologists from seven partner institutions from South Africa and Germany, the Limpopo Living Landscapes (LLL) project was launched a year ago under the auspices of the SPACES (Science Partnerships for the Assessment of Complex Earth Systems) and ACCESS (Applied Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science) programmes. The three-year project will undertake multi-disciplinary agronomic, ecological and socioeconomic research to understand the dynamics of ecological and cultural landscapes, in the face of global change, in the northern Limpopo region of South Africa. South African partners include the Universities of Venda, Limpopo and Wits whilst the German partners include the Universities of Bonn, Frankfurt, Gӧttingen and Cologne. The first annual meeting of LLL was hosted by University of Venda from 29 September to 02 October 2014.