Research Projects

The FBIP funds research grants in the foundational biodiversity discipline through a competitive process and independent peer review.  Since 2013, the programme committed R15 million to fund over 90 small projects and surveys from 30 institutions in South Africa. The FBIP also committed R18 million to fund three large integrated projects. Links to all previously awarded and currently active grant-funded activities are below.

Large Integrated Projects

SeaKeys Project

Unlocking Foundational Marine Biodiversity Knowledge
         
DESCRIPTION

PROJECT PERIOD

2013-2016

PROJECT OVERVIEW AND AIMS

The SeaKeys Project is a large collaboration that aims to collate and increase marine biodiversity information and translate this information into products to support decision making and the development of new benefits for South African society. SeaKeys was the first large collaborative project funded through the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme. The project is three year collaboration, co-ordinated through SANBI, and involves more than 30 team members with representatives from more than 17 different organisations including multiple government departments, research institutes, universities, citizen scientists and industry.

LEAD ORGANISATION AND PARTNERS

PROJECT LEADER:

Dr Kerry Sink, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS:

Dr Lara Atkinson, South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON);

Dr Wayne Florence, Iziko Museums of Cape Town; Dr Charles Griffiths, University of Cape Town;

Dr Samaai Toufiek, Department of Environmental Affairs (Oceans and Coast);

Prof Colin Attwood, University of Cape Town; Dr Sophie von der Heyden, Stellenbosch University;

Prof Mark Gibbons, University of the Western Cape; Dr Monica Mwale, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB);

Dr Robert Anderson, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries;

Dr Angus Macdonald, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Westville Campus);

Dr Tamara Robinson, Stellenbosch University; Prof John Bolton, University of Cape Town; Dr Carl van der Lingen, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Ms Georgina Jones, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Dr Gavin Gouws, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB); Dr Linda Harris, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University; Dr Shirley Parker-Nance, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University; Dr Deon Durholtz, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Ms Phumla, Petroleum Agency SA; Mr Lindelani Mudau, Department of Environmental Affairs (Oceans and Coast); Mr Xola Mkefe, Department of Environmental Affairs (Oceans and Coast); Dr Eleanor Yeld-Hutchings, WORLD WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (SA); Mr Sean Fennessy, Oceanographic Research Institute (SAAMBR); Dr Jean Harris, Ezemvelo Kwazulu-Natal Wildlife; Dr Kevin Christison, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

PROJECT ABSTRACT

South Africa lacks comprehensive marine biodiversity databases and the description, assessment and understanding of marine biodiversity lags behind that of other environments. These shortfalls hamper monitoring of marine biodiversity, global change understanding, provision of evidence-based policy and management advice, marine spatial planning and the ability of South Africans to derive sustainable benefits from our rich marine biological diversity.

This 3 year national project aims to unlock knowledge to remedy this situation. The large team from 15 institutions will provide for the collation, consolidation, generation and dissemination of foundational information to support sustainable resource use, spatial planning and development in South Africa’s marine and coastal environment. Large existing marine data sets will be made available and citizen scientists will be empowered to add to this, providing at least 193 000 new records and first inventories for seaweeds and 14 new animal groups. Targeted genetic research will provide a minimum of 250 barcodes and unlock key information for management. The diverse project team will address research gaps with a focus on habitat forming, resource, indicator and biosecurity species and ecosystems that deliver key services or are sensitive to impact. The knowledge will be applied in the assessment of stocks and species conservation status; ecosystem description, mapping and assessment; monitoring; invasive and disease species research; environmental impact assessment and marine spatial planning. This is important for management relevant to fisheries, mining, energy, trade, aquaculture and global change. Data will be disseminated through online databases, species pages, guides and maps along with publications and sector-specific guidance to ensure products support sustainable use and development. This project will unlock new capacity in terms of post graduate students, citizen scientists, EIA practitioners and decision makers.]

DATA SETS

Data sets can be downloaded below.

Data set 1: SAEON: Historical Research Survey Database (1897-1949)

Data set 2: Marine species pages

 

Eastern Cape Forest Project

The effect of habitat fragmentation on faunal diversity of Eastern Cape forests
DESCRIPTION

PROJECT PERIOD

2016-2018

PROJECT OVERVIEW AND AIMS

The creepy crawlies and other animals which inhabit the misty forests of the Eastern Cape will be the subject of this three-year research project funded by the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP).  The proposed study area form part of the Maputoland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot and involves scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU) and four other South African universities, as well as Harvard University in the US and six museums. Prof. Michael Cherry, from the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University and project leader, says that their data and findings could inform decisions on proposed dry gas and titanium mining operations in the area, as well as the new dam planned at Mzimvubu and the N2-Wild Coast Highway. And should SANParks proceed with the proclamation of the Pondoland National Park, the project could assist with determining the boundaries, he adds.

LEAD ORGANISATION AND PARTNERS

Project leader: Prof Michael Cherry, Stellenbosch University.

Participating institutions: The core investigators on the project are Prof Michael Cherry, Prof Nox Makunga, Prof Savel Daniels and Dr Victor Rambau, all from Stellenbosch University.  Other collaborators are from Walther Sisulu and Rhodes universities in the Eastern Cape, the universities of Pretoria and Cape Town, and Harvard University in the United States. No fewer than six museums are involved including four from the Eastern Cape (Amathole, Albany, Port Elizabeth and East London) plus Iziko Museums of Cape Town and the Durban Natural History Museum. Researchers from the South African Environmental Observation Network, the Agricultural Research Council, Birdlife Southern Africa, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Forestwood CC make are also working together with the team.

PROJECT ABSTRACT

Forests make up only 0.56% of SA, but display unusually high biodiversity. Naturally patchy, they have been further fragmented by human activities: nearly 50% of indigenous forests are estimated to have experienced anthropogenic fragmentation, which together with the introduction of alien plantations, has led to range changes in dependent faunal species. Recent work has shown that half of SA forest dependent bird species have experienced range declines since 1992, mostly in the former Transkei and Ciskei homelands of the Eastern Cape. Two primary causes of these declines are habitat loss due to deforestation and forest degradation. In terms of global change, significant deforestation has taken place between 1990 and 2013/4, as indicated by National Land Cover data. Forests are important in terms of the bio-economy as they have traditionally been harvested by local rural communities, but post-democracy have experienced increased pressure for fuel wood and building material collection, grazing, burning for cultivation and collection of plants for medicine. Further degradation occurs where utilization of particular tree species by humans leads to declining forest condition, although boundaries may remain intact. Legal logging of indigenous trees takes place in only two forests in SA (Knysna and Pirie), but recently, larger scale illegal logging and harvesting of other plant material by commercial interests has been increasing, creating a potential conflict between these operations and communities which are partially dependent on forests for their livelihood. Our proposed area of study forms part of the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany (MPA) Biodiversity Hotspot. Eastern Cape forest diversity has been well-documented only in terms of trees; and faunal diversity has been conspicuously poorly documented. As such, this area represents an excellent candidate for a FBIP, particularly as the Eastern Cape contains 46% of SA’s natural forests.]

DATA SETS

Data sets will be made available once the project is concluded

 

BioGaps Project

Filling biodiversity information gaps to support development decision making in the Karoo
DESCRIPTION

PROJECT PERIOD

2016-2018

PROJECT OVERVIEW AND AIMS

Currently the Karoo is poorly surveyed for biodiversity and there are large gaps in our understanding of which species occur in which parts of the Karoo. This hampers efforts to determine priority habitats that may be sensitive to future proposed changes in landuse. The Karoo is seen as an important development area for South Africa, and there needs to be responsible decision-making around developments such as shale gas exploration, farming, mining, renewable energy infrastructure and the Square Kilometre Array. SANBI has led a consortium of institutions to a successful funding grant from the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP), so that we can advance our scientific understanding of valuable Karoo ecosystems and contribute to informed decision-making

Under the BioGaps Project, the current paucity of biodiversity data will be addressed through:

1) integrating and upgrading existing data for target taxa located in museums and herbaria around South Africa, and

2) conducting detailed surveys for 12 representative taxonomic groups (plants, mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles, as well as six invertebrate groups: bees, dragonflies, grasshoppers, scorpions, butterflies and spiders) in areas targeted for shale gas exploration.

LEAD ORGANISATION AND PARTNERS

PROJECT LEADER:

Ms Domitilla Raimondo

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS:

  • The Agricultural Research Council’s Plant Protection Research Institute (ARC PPRI) – both fieldwork and collections relating to several invertebrate taxa.
  • The American Museum of Natural History – for species identification and overseeing digitisation of 8000 scorpion specimens.
  • The Lepidopterists’ Society of Southern Africa (‘LepSoc’) – fieldwork and identifications of species for butterflies.
  • The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) – fieldwork and monitoring of permanent plots.
  • The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) – fieldwork and threat assessments for fish species.
  • BirdLife South Africa – fieldwork and threat assessments for bird species.
  • Collections institutions that will be involved in digitisation and surveys: Albany Museum, Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld, Bews Herbarium (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Bolus Herbarium (University of Cape Town), Compton Herbarium (SANBI), Ditsong Museum, Iziko Museum, and National Museum.
  • Universities that will be involved in surveys and co-supervising postgraduate research: KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, North West and Pretoria.
  • DNA barcoding work will be a joint effort between SANBI, the National Zoological Gardens and the University of Johannesburg.
  • Species threat assessment work will be supported by the NGOs the Botanical Society of South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
PROJECT ABSTRACT

In this project, existing & new biodiversity data will be mobilised to support government decision-making for infrastructure development associated with exploitation of shale gas in the Karoo. South Africa, as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity has committed to protect the environment, thus shale gas exploration & extraction must be achieved responsibly. Currently, the Karoo is poorly surveyed and existing data have major gaps, especially in the area targeted for shale gas exploration. In recognition, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as part of a Shale Gas Exploration Strategic Environmental Assessment (SGE SEA) has commissioned bioblitzes to improve data and foundational knowledge. The timeframe and funding of the bioblitzes are however insufficient, and 70-80% of the fracking domain will remain undocumented. Additional resources are therefore necessary to comprehensively survey the area to ensure increased geographic & taxonomic coverage that will allow us to map species ranges, identify important habitats, and classify wetlands & rivers, all of which will support decision-making. The project is led by a young female researcher, involves a consortium of researchers and institutions, provides research opportunities for 11 young scientists, and will train at least 8 students. It also pilots novel approaches in engaging and developing citizen scientists. Delivery of preliminary occurrence data sets and at least 20,000 records for 9 of the 11 taxa will occur in the 1st phase of the project to inform the SGE SEA. By the end of the project 200,000 new primary occurrence records will inform species occupancy and habitat richness models which, along with 300 Red List assessments of species of conservation concern, will be served to decision makers via SANBI’s Land Use Decision Support (LUDS) tool.

DATA SETS

Data sets will be made available once the project is concluded

Small Projects

2013

View list of projects funded by the FBIP in 2013
Project TypeGrantholderInstituteProject TitlePreview Abstract *
Survey (2 years)Prof Balkwill, K University of the WitwatersrandEstablishing a case for a Malolotja to Kruger Biodiversity CorridorView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Prof Barker, NRhodes UniversityFloristic survey of the StormbergView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Dr Chakona, ASouth African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)Nation-wide inventory and distribution of freshwater fishes and frogs of South AfricaView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Prof Matthee, CStellenbosch UniversityDiversity and distribution of fleas on rodents in South AfricaView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Assoc Prof Jacobs, KStellenbosch UniversityLinking ecosystem processes and soil microbial diversity in Rooibos and HoneybushView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Prof Kerley, G Nelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityIdentifying plant species in the diets of herbivoresView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Dr Kirby, B University of the Western CapeActinobacterial diversity associated with rooibos plantsView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Chakona, A South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)Cryptic diversity and phylogenetic structuring in southern African mountain catfish, Amphilius spp.View Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Dames, J Rhodes UniversityFungal Root Endophytes of Selected Erica speciesView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Assoc Prof Goodman-Cron, G University of the WitwatersrandCryptic species in Helichrysum Group 4 due to polyploidy: taxonomic and ecological implications?View Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Assoc Prof Jacobs, KStellenbosch UniversityMycorrhizal associations of Erica hair roots in South African fynbosView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Meyers, PUniversity of Cape TownMolecular signatures to define members of the actinobacterial family StreptosporangiaceaeView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Moleleki, L University of PretoriaGenetic diversity of soft rot enterobacteriaceaeView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Muasya, AM University of Cape TownPsoralea pinnata complexView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Mr Muller, BKwaZulu-Natal MuseumCybertaxonomic Literature Markup of the journal African InvertebratesView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Roodt-Wilding, R Stellenbosch UniversityScallop population geneticsView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Thompson, DI SAEON: South African Environmental Observation Network Population genetic diversity and clonality in the endangered Pepper-bark, Warburiga salutarisView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Underhill, LUniversity of Cape TownUsing Citizen Science to Generate Foundational Biodiversity InformationView Abstract
Small Project (1 year) Dr Valverde, AUniversity of PretoriaUnveiling endophytic bacterial communities in the fynbos biomeView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Van Der Linde, E Agricultural Research Council (SA), Plant Protection Research InstituteEstablishment of a fully data-based and barcoded collection of mushroom pathogens for South AfricaView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Van Noort, S Iziko Museums of Cape TownSystematics of South African Ichneumonidae (in part) (Hymenoptera) including production of interactiView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr von der Heyden, SStellenbosch UniversityIdentifying critical biodiversity areas through phylogenetic and species diversityView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Witkowski, EUniversity of the WitwatersrandOne mainland African baobab species or two? Implications for productivity and sustainable useView Abstract

2015

View list of projects funded by the FBIP in 2015
Project TypeGrantholderInstituteProject TitlePreview Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Bytebier, BLGUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalUnlocking biodiversity information for the orchid genus HolothrixView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Curry, CJUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalMobilising foundational information on medicinal / ethno-botanical collections in Bews HerbariumView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Prof Daniels, SRStellenbosch UniversitySurvey of freshwater prawns in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-NatalView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Mr Dold, AP (Prof Barker, NP and Dr Clark, VR)Rhodes UniversityGreat Escarpment Biodiversity Research Programme data mobilisationView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Prof Dorrington, RARhodes UniversitySurvey of invertebrate and microbial diversity of the Prince Edward Islands systemView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Prof Du Preez, LHNorth-West UniversityAmphibian biodiversity and eco-tourismView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Gazendam, MAgricultural Research Council (South Africa) - VOPIIdentification of viruses infecting indigenous ornamental bulbous plants in South Africa using NGSView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Jacobs, AAgricultural Research Council (South Africa) - PPRIBarcoding of the national collection of Fungi: with special emphasis on Hypocrealean FungiView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Dr James, HMAlbany MuseumTemporal and spatial variation in macro-invertebrate diversity in Kruger national Park riversView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Le Roes-Hill, MCape Peninsula University of TechnologyActinobacterial diversity associated with South African peatlandsView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Maake, PAAgricultural Research Council (South Africa) - PPPRIArachnid biodiversity of the Tshivhase and Makumbani Tea Plantations, Limpopo ProvinceView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Makhalanyane, TPUniversity of PretoriaWhat are the impacts of global climate change on arid soil microbial communities?View Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Miss Makhubo, BGNational MuseumPhylogenetics of the Pachydactylus capensis species complexView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Maneveldt, GWUniversity of the Western CapeThe genus Spongites (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) in South AfricaView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Mr Millar, IMAgricultural Research Council (South Africa) - PPRICatalogue of type specimens in the South African National Collection of InsectsView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Penzhorn, BLUniversity of PretoriaIdentification of Babesia, Theileria, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma spp from SA mammals (small grant)View Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Peter, CIRhodes UniversityGrowing OrchidMap: citizen science generating contemporary orchid distribution dataView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Prof Pietersen, GAgricultural Research Council / Universiy of PretoriaTaxonomy and Candidatus Liberibacter status of South African buchu plantsView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Prof Robertson, MPUniversity of PretoriaSurveys to enhance effectiveness of ants as indicators of changeView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Dr Van Asch, BJKStellenbosch UniversityGenetic diversity of olive insect pests and their natural enemies in the Western CapeView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Van der Bank, MUniversity of JohannesburgA phylogenetic analysis of the origin and assembly of forbs in South African grassy biomes using DNAView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr van der Merwe (Bester), AEStellenbosch UniversityBiodiversity aspects of endemic catsharks- a genetic assessmentView Abstract
Survey (2 years)Dr Van Noort, SIziko Museums of South AfricaSurvey and systematics of South African Hymenoptera (wasps, bees and ants)View Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Villet, MHRhodes UniversityRevision of the endemic barbine fishes of the Western CapeView Abstract

2016

View list of projects funded by the FBIP in 2016
Project TypeGrantholderInstituteProject TitlePreview Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Buschke, FTUniversity of the Free StateThe effect of land-use on the butterfly diversity of ecological refugia within an agricultural landscapeView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Edwards, SRhodes UniversityMountain ranges are phylogeographic breaks for South African reptile and spider speciesView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Florence, WKIziko Museums of South Africae-Taxonomy of BryozoansView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Gryzenhout, MUniversity of the Free StateNext field guide for southern African macrofungiView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Le Roux, MMSANBI: South African National Biodiversity InstituteA taxonomic study of the grassland species of Thesium L. (Santalaceae)View Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Makhalanyane, TPUniversity of PretoriaWhat are the impacts of global climate change on biodiversity and carbon functionality in areas subject to increased aridity?View Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Mr Mlambo, MCAlbany MuseumInvertebrates community dynamics in temporary wetland ecosystemsView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Muasya, AMUniversity of Cape TownSchoenus clade (Cyperaceae): taxonomy, DNA barcodes and genome evolutionView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr O'Brien, GCUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPopulation diversity and wellbeing of southern Africa’s socio-ecologically important Anguillid Eels in KZN riversView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof O'Connor, TGSAEONGlobal change impact on Drakensberg grassland diversityView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Parker, DMUniversity of MpumalangaInsectivorous bat monitoring in the Kruger National ParkView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Porri, FSAIABIdentification of marine fish and invertebrate larvae using DNA barcodingView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Ramond, JBUniversity of PretoriaDiversities of microbiomes from South African arid and natural soilsView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Simon, CAStellenbosch UniversityIdentification of polychaetes used as baitView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Van der Bank, MUniversity of JohannesburgA systematic study of the southern African endemic genus Sisyranthus (Apocynaceae)View Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof Villet, MHRhodes UniversityWhite grub (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) pests of pineapple, sugarcane and black wattle in South AfricaView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Prof von der Heyden, SStellenbosch UniversityHopping to extinction? - Distribution and species delineation of sandy beach isopodsView Abstract
Small Project (1 year)Dr Voua Otomo, PUniversity of the Free StateSurvey and DNA barcoding of vermicomposting earthwormsView Abstract

2016

View Accelerated Data Mobilisation Grants awarded in 2016
Project TypeGrantholderInstituteProject TitlePreview Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Dr Carbutt, C Ezemvelo KZN WildlifeDigitisation of plant specimens in the Killick Herbarium (CPF)View Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Dr Cole, MEast London MuseumConversion of East London Museum Malacology database to Specify6View Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Prof Haddad, CUniversity of the Free State, BloemfonteinGenerating Encyclopaedia of Life pages for endemic South African spiders (Arachnida: Araneae)View Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Dr James, HAlbany MuseumExpansion of digitisation of Albany Museum Freshwater Invertebrate Collection and associated informationView Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Dr Kearney, TDitsong National Museum of Natural HistoryUnlocking barcode sequence and morphological information of Chiroptera type material in the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History collectionView Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Dr Marais, DHermanus Botanical SocietyBasic data capture of botanical species collected in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve housed in the Hermanus Botanical Society Herbarium (HER)View Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Assoc Prof Peter, CRhodes University, Department of BotanyDigitizing and georeferencing ecologically important Eastern Cape flowering plantsView Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Prof Robertson, MUniversity of PretoriaDevelopment of Specify database, supervision of technicianView Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Prof Scholtz, C University of Pretoria, Department of EntomologyAn atlas of South African dung beetle species (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae)View Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Prof Sole, Catherine University of PretoriaIdentification, digitisation and georeferencing of baboon spiders in South African museum collectionsView Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Mr Taylor, MBirdLife South AfricaUploading of bird species accounts contained in the 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland to the http://www.sanbi.org/information websiteView Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Mr Trinder-Smith, Terry H University of Cape Town, Bolus Herbarium, Ericaceae and Bryophyte data processing projectView Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Prof van der Bank, M University of Johannesburg, African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB)DNA barcoding of native and non‐native aquatic plants to complement biodiversity management of freshwater ecosystems in South AfricaView Abstract
SANBI/FBIP Grant 2016Prof von der Heyden, SStellenbosch UniversityIdentifying critical biodiversity areas through phylogenetic and species diversityView Abstract

2017

View list of projects funded by the FBIP in 2017
Project TypeGrantholderInstitutionProject TitlePreview Abstract
Small grantProf Cowling, RNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityInventory of the flora and vegetation of the calcareous dunes of the Cape south coastView Abstract
Small grantProf Jacobs, KStellenbosch UniversityCladosporium spp in indoor environments: Biodiversity boost or silent killerView Abstract
Small grantProf Ellis, AStellenbosch UniversityDiversity and life-cycle requirements of keystone fly pollinators in the Succulent Karoo biodiversity hotspot.View Abstract
Small grantDr Visagie, CMARC, Plant Protection Research InstituteUpdating the taxonomy of Penicillium in South AfricaView Abstract
Small grantDr Visagie, CMARC, Plant Protection Research InstituteUpdating the taxonomy of Aspergillus in South AfricaView Abstract
Small grantProf Farrant, JUniversity of Cape TownEndophytes of resurrection plantsView Abstract
Small grantProf Parker, DUniversity of MpumalangaInsectivorous bat monitoring in the Kruger National ParkView Abstract
Small grantDr Jacobs, AARC, Plant Protection Research InstituteFusarium spp associated with soils in the greater Karoo area of South AfricaView Abstract
Small grantProf Dames, JRhodes UniversityAssessing orchid mycorrhizal associations and fungal diversityView Abstract
Small grantProf Roodt-Wilding, RStellenbosch UniversitySouth African red seaweed barcodingView Abstract
Small grantProf Oosthuizen, MUniversity of PretoriaCataloguing zoonotic tick-borne bacterial pathogen strain diversity in wild rodent species in rural South AfricaView Abstract
Small grantDr Hoareau, TUniversity of PretoriaDNA barcoding of South Africa's linefishesView Abstract
Small grantMr Mahlanza, TARC, Plant Protection Research InstituteA Survey of Viruses of Wild Solanum Species in South AfricaView Abstract
Small grantDr Henschel, JSouth African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)Branchiopoda of the Northern Cape ephemeral pansView Abstract
Small grantDr Sethusa, MSouth African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)Citizen scientists contributing to biodiversity records and monitoring in selected rural areas of Mopani and Sekhukhune, Limpopo Province View Abstract
Small grantDr Haddad, CUniversity of the Free StateDiversity of Collembola and Araneae along an environmental gradientView Abstract
Small grantDr Deyzel, SSouth African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)DNA barcoding of coastal zooplankton for species identification and recognition (Algoa Bay, South Africa)View Abstract
Small grantDr Ndlovu, MUniversity of the Free StateA barcode guide of the avian haemosporidians of the Kruger National Park and the surrounding areasView Abstract
Small grantDr Koopman, TA Agricultural Research Council (South Africa), Infruitec-NietvoorbijSurvey and identification of honeybush diseases in the areas of plantationsView Abstract