Tag Archives: Department of Botany and Zoology
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SU botanists contribute to magnum opus on Cape orchids

The who’s who of South Africa’s botanical research community gathered in Kirstenbosch recently for the launch of a hefty 6,7kg book on the Cape’s orchids, to which researchers from Stellenbosch University also contributed. The two volumes of The Cape Orchids: a regional monograph of the orchids of the Cape Floristic Region was authored by William […]

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Marine biologist’s new children’s book now available

Did you know that a sea-star feeds by pushing its stomach out through its mouth and placing it directly over its prey? Or that octopuses are quite clever? Or that Columbus’ crabs are sky blue? These are some of the facts contained in a new marine guide for children by Stellenbosch University marine biologist Dr […]

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Conservation Biology student receives prize in Scotland

A doctoral student in zoology, Bernard Coetzee, came up trumps at the recent Third European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB), which was held in Glasgow in Scotland. He won the award for the best oral presentation by a student. It was the first time that a student award for oral presentations was made at the […]

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SU zoologist helps compile comprehensive family tree for mammals

A Stellenbosch evolutionary geneticist has added his knowledge of Africa’s most ancient mammals to an international study in which the most comprehensive family tree for mammals yet has been compiled. The study, which shows just how different families of mammals relate to one another, was published in the leading academic journal Science. Prof Terry Robinson […]

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SU biotechnologist, zoologist among NSTF finalists

Two researchers of the Stellenbosch University Department of Botany and Zoology in the Faculty of Science, invertebrate zoologist Prof Savel Daniels and medicinal plant biotechnologist Dr Nox Makunga, have been named as finalists in the annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) awards. The winners will be announced on May 26 at a gala banquet in Gauteng, […]

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How bees and fungi made orchids

South African orchids and bees have helped a Stellenbosch University botanist, Dr Anton Pauw, and his international collaborators to shed light on the question of how one ancestral orchid species managed to spawn the 22 500 kinds of orchids that exist today. The multinational research team worked for the past ten years in amongst others […]

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Botzoo, CIB students share knowledge at National Science Week

Botzoo, CIB students share knowledge at National Science Week

Students from the Department of Botany and Zoology and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) at Stellenbosch University took part in the National Science Week festivities at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town, by sharing information about their research fields with local learners. The students acted as mentors during the “Speed date […]

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C•I•B celebrates International Year of Biodiversity with lecture series

In celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity, the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) at Stellenbosch University is hosting a series of public lectures, starting on 18 August 2010, that will see a selection of local and international speakers take the stage on matters relating to biodiversity decline, climate change, invasive species […]

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Evolutionary geneticist recognised as world leader

Prof Terry Robinson, a zoologist from Stellenbosch University searching for genetic clues about the most primitive of African mammals, the Afrotheria, has been awarded an A2 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) which recognises him as a world class scientist in his field.

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Panel discusses climate change at BotZoo research meeting

How serious must we take climate change and what can be done about it? These questions were raised when the topic of climate change was debated during a special session of the Annual Research Meeting of the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University.

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SU scientist receives Molteno Award

SU scientist receives Molteno Award

Dr Ted Oliver, an honorary research fellow of the Department of Botany and Zoology, has been honoured with a Molteno Gold Medal from the Cape Tercentenary Foundation for his lifelong research on the plant family Ericaceae

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Another harmful whitefly establishes itself in South Africa

Another harmful whitefly establishes itself in South Africa

The exotic Pomegranate or Ash whitefly, which can severely damage garden shrubs, apple and pear trees, olive trees, citrus and pomegranate trees, was noticed recently for the first time in South Africa by Prof Jan Giliomee, a research associate at the Department of  Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University.   After this it was identified […]

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New citrus pest discovered in the Western Cape

Two researchers, one of them a research fellow at the Department of Botany and  Zoology at Stellenbosch University, were the first to recognise a plague affecting plants in the Western Cape and has recently submitted their findings for publication in a scientific journal. Prof Jan Giliomee, with the assistance of Mr Ian Millar of the […]

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