Effects of a lucerne cover crop on the performance of eucalypts

Post authored by Jenna Roseveare Agroforestry systems provide the opportunity to diversify products, mitigate risks and contribute to biodiversity conservation. These are some of the main motivations for Jenna’s project. Eucalypts are generally fast growing, high nutrient demanding trees. This study will investigate the effects…

A new paper in Southern Forests

Post authored by Dr Letitia Schoeman Recently Brian Mandigora, a PhD candidate, published his first paper titled “Enhancing predictive precision of dominant height projection equations for eucalypts by incorporating rainfall and temperature terms” in the Southern Forests journal. Well done Brian! Short-rotation forest stands are sensitive…

Investigation of an alternative method of measuring the vibrations of plants, using a Laser Doppler Vibrometer

Post authored by Dr Letitia Schoeman Ms Frances Steyl, from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University, recently completed her Mechatronic Project 478 where she investigated an alternative method of plant vibration measurements. During drought conditions water loss through a plant’s stomata…

Letitia presents at conference in Germany

Post authored by Dr Letitia Schoeman Letitia Schoeman presented her X-ray CT research at the Fifth Xylem International Meeting (XIM5), held in Würzburg, Germany from the 19th to 21st of September 2022 (https://xim5.de/). She presented a poster (Figure 1) on her research entitled “Advanced imaging and…

Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Hans Merensky

Post authored by Dr Michelle Eckert EucXylo had the privilege of joining our sibling groups (also funded by the Hans Merensky Foundation) to celebrate the legacy that Dr. Merensky left behind over the course of a 3-day trip. On arrival, we took an amazing tour of…

EucXylo hosts its annual HMF research day!

Post authored by Dr Letitia Schoeman This year, the Hans Merensky Research Chair in Advanced Modelling of Eucalypt Wood Formation, also known as EucXylo, hosted its annual Hans Merensky Foundation (HMF) Research Day on the 3rd of October 2022. The meeting was held as a semi-hybrid…

Dr Saunders attended Berlin conference in July

Alta Saunders attended the Sixth international conference on Plant Vascular Biology (held from July 17th to 21st) in Berlin, Germany (https://www.pvb2022.org/abstract-book/). She presented a poster on her research entitled “Modelling drought responses of Eucalyptus using photosynthetic gain and hydraulic risk”. The poster can be…

EucXylo Writing Retreat

Post authored by Yenziwe Mbuyisa I recently read an article by the Enago Academy that spoke of the prevalent loneliness experienced by academics. The long hours that academics spend alone reading, writing, and analyzing a niche interest can easily lead to many academics feeling…

University of Freiburg collaboration continues!

Post authored by Ph.D. candidate Rafael Keret In light of the recent success in achieving high quality microsections from E.grandis stem segments (see “Embedding and sectioning success” blog), Eucxylo were ready to continue the collaboration with the University of Freiburg to find the best method…

New paper in Current Forestry Reports

Prof Drew was the lead author of a new review entitled “A Review of Progress and Applications in Wood Quality Modelling” in Current Forestry Reports, a leading journal with an impact factor of 10.975 (2021). In addition to Dave Drew, the authorship team consisted…