Gugu Gama attends ESI-UNAM Joint School 2022

Post authored by Gugu Gama Gugu Gama from EucXylo attended a scientific communication workshop in Namibia from 13-17 June 2022. This workshop was organized by Stellenbosch University as part of their Emerging Scholars Initiative (ESI). The program runs as joint school with the University of…

EucXylo attends a very informative public speaking workshop

Post authored by Lucy Nevhungwili Public speaking is one of the most important skills in science, however it is often difficult for the speakers to present a talk that is interesting and more receivable by the audience. To tackle that problem, the EucXylo research group…

We’re still looking for a new post-doc!

Towards developing a new series of such sites in South Africa, tentatively named the “Open Air Forest Laboratories”, we are still seeking a post-doc candidate to design a forest research experiment to support future forest research, with a particular focus on managed eucalypt plantation…

A summary of some key lessons from the fourth Q-NET meeting

Author: Mpilo Khumalo The EucXylo group is a frequent participant in the network of scholars using Quantitative Wood Anatomy called Q-NET. A key activity of Q-NET are virtual workshops, which acts as “idea markets” profiting from an interdisciplinary network for developing and elaborating new collaborative ideas,…

Calling prospective PhD students!

We’re looking for applicants for 2023 for Ph.D. studies in the EucXylo program!  If you have completed M.Sc. level studies (or possibly honours level under some circumstances) in forest science, computational biology, plant physiology, plant ecology, perennial horticulture or other related fields, please do…

Embedding and sectioning success

Author: Rafael Keret The sectioning and visualization of plant stems under a microscope can prove quite challenging. These challenges arise due to the complex tissue structure present in plant stems, that comprise of diverse cell types that all possess different structural and chemical characteristics….

We’re looking for a new post-doc!

The EucXylo team is actively seeking applications from post-doctoral candidates interested in taking up a fellowship from July or August 2022.         See the advert here for more info and details on how to apply. Contact drew (at) sun (dot) ac…

HMF and MT visit: 11 April 2022

On Monday the 11th of April, the EucXylo team was thrilled to be able to host three special guests. These were Dr. Khotso Mokhele and Mr. Chris Pienaar, the President and Vice-President respectively of the Board of Trustees of the Hans Merensky Foundation, and…

Alta and Tiza have graduated!

Today was a momentous occasion. Two EucXylo students graduated at the University of Stellenbosch April 2022 graduation ceremony. Dr. Alta Saunders was awarded her Ph.D. degree (pictured below with Prof Dave Drew). Mr. Tiza Mfuni was awarded his M.Sc. degree cum laude. Great job…

Update on Rafael’s RNA sequencing experiment

Post authored by Ph.D. candidate Rafael Keret In an effort to further explore the secondary growth responsiveness of Eucalyptus grandis to xeric environments, an experiment was developed to subject E. grandis juvenile trees to a period of drought. As part of a greater investigation, the…