RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Baobab Blitz

        2017 Blitz dates are 24 & 25 November and 2 & 3 December 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.  […]

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  • Ecosystem services of bats in macadamias.

    Bats are major predators of crop pests worldwide. Our research in collaboration with the South African Macadamia Growers’ Association has shown that the diet of bats roosting or feeding in macadamia orchards in Levubu frequently contain pest green vegetable stinkbugs (Nezara viridula). Stinkbugs cause losses of R50 million annually to the macadamia industry. Almost certainly, […]

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  • Drivers of Biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

    The Soutpansberg Mountains of northern South Africa run from west to east for some 210 km, ranging in altitude from 200 m to 1748 m (at Mt Lejuma); together with the Blouberg Mountains (which rise to 2050m) and the Makgabeng Plateau they form the core of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Rainfall varies from 367 mm […]

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  • Combining effective rodenticide application with an understanding of predator prey dynamics: Implications for ecologically based rodent management in summer rainfall maize production areas

    The long term objective of this study is to provide small holder and commercial farmers with cost effective and sustainable technologies for ecological rodent pest management in crop fields. This is because rodents can inflict considerable economic damage in agricultural activities because of their abundance, diversity and their ability to quickly multiply. Losses are largely […]

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  • SPACES Limpopo Living Landscapes

    SPACES North Limpopo Living Landscapes – Understanding the dynamics of ecological and cultural landscapes, in the face of global change, in the northern Limpopo region of South Africa. Within the agricultural landscapes of Limpopo Province, the Limpopo Living Landscapes project aims to understand and predict the combined effects of land use and climate change processes […]

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  • StopRats: Sustainable Technology to Overcome Pest Rodents in Africa Through Science.

    The Chair is one of the Southern African partners in this project initiated and led by Dr Steven Belmain from the University of Greenwich Natural Resources Institute and working in Namibia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.  The overall objectives of the project are to strengthen science, technology and innovation about rodent biology […]

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  • Spatial Biodiversity Assessment of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve

    The Department of Environmental Affairs are appointing consultants to undertake an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (Vhembe District and Blouberg Local Municipality) which will include an analysis of the current zonation (core conservation areas and buffer zones), suggest future conservation areas and publish land use guidelines. The objective of the EMF […]

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  • Insect diversity and conservation

    Colin Schoeman is studying beta diversity and turnover of ants, beetles and spiders across five longitudinal transects in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, representing the different vegetation units in the region. The rate of turnover in species diversity over large geographic areas differs not only between vegetation units, but within them as well, which has important […]

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  • Samango monkey conservation

    Distribution, population status and conservation of samango monkeys in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

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  • Rivers and wetlands

    Chair members, Professors Paul Fouche, Irene Barnhoorn and Stefan Foord from the Zoology Department, Dr Jabulani Gumbo from the Hydrology Department in the School of Environmental Sciences and their students and collaborators, made significant contributions towards a better understanding of anthropogenic impacts on the water quality, nutrient status and biodiversity of selected rivers, dams and […]

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