Precision dendrometers are logging high-quality data for Mpilo’s Ph.D.

Post authored by Ph.D. candidate Mpilo Khumalo Dendrometers are frequently used instruments in ecological and forest science research, and are used to measure the diameter of the trees. High-precision dendrometers are one type of sensor in use in Ph.D. candidate Mpilo Khumalo’s ongoing research….

Effects of water availability on eucalypt xylogenesis

Post authored by Ph.D. candidate Rafael Keret Water availability is a major abiotic component which can drastically influence plant growth and development. Our goal is to determine what differences in stem morphology and cellular features may arise in response to different levels of water…

PhD opportunity in eucalypt wood property variation

EucXylo is currently recruiting for a funded PhD position at Stellenbosch University; the successful candidate will investigate wood property variation in eucalypts as a function of fine-scale growth and ecophysiological responses to environment in the context of an ongoing long-term monitoring study. The study…

The beginning of our “phenomenological” trial

Last week we reached a EucXylo milestone: we finally planted the 12 trees which will for our so-called “phenomenological” trial!  This is a longitudinal-type experiment in which we’ll be intensively monitoring tree growth and responses to environment in four different Eucalyptus species and hybrids…

When trees get thirsty

Post authored by Ph.D. candidate Alta Saunders An increase in drought due to climate change can have a significant effect on trees. It is important to understand the strategies used by trees to avoid drought-induced mortality. This has become an interesting topic being investigated…

Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity in advanced imaging of developing xylem!

The EucXylo Research Chair at Stellenbosch University has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral researcher to work on advanced imaging of developing xylem. Interested candidates are invited to apply to lead research into non-destructive methods for observing and quantifying developmental processes in differentiating xylem…

Funded PhD position to study aspects of modelling wood formation!

Are you a MSc student with an interest in plant physiology, xylem development and modelling? Are you looking for a PhD study that is not only interesting, but also challenging and multidisciplinary? Then look no further! Interested candidates are invited to apply to join…

Return to life after lockdown. What has been happening in our laboratory?

Post authored by Ph.D. candidate Alta Saunders With the easing of lockdown regulations, life has started to return back to normal in our laboratory. Some students have been allowed to return back to campus (following stringent health and safety protocols) and research projects have…

Visit to Belgium

An update from Dave, who has spent the last week in Belgium, and it has been already a most satisfying visit… First I spent the day (last Monday) at the Africa museum in Tervuren with Prof Hans Beeckman and Melissa Rousseau.  The xylarium is…

New Research Paper on “Systems Biology View” of Wood Formation in Eucalypts

A paper recently published by Ployet et al. (2019) in New Phytologist provides insights into regulatory mechanisms of wood formation under stressful conditions, particularly elucidating regulator co‐opting by K‐fertilization and/or water limitation that may potentially promote adaptive wood traits. Their integrated network‐based approach enabled…