Can fracking and birdlife coexist in the Karoo?

Can fracking and birdlife coexist in the Karoo?

During dry times, birds in the Karoo descend to water and drinking troughs sometimes in their hundreds. But now competition between sheep and birds for access to this essential ingredient to life has another competitor: mining and industry, the most controversial of...
Stable Eastern Cape forests shielded bats from icy extermination

Stable Eastern Cape forests shielded bats from icy extermination

Forest bats were spared from an icy extermination during the Last Glacial Maximum, holding lessons for present threats and conservation management. The Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) is a notorious period in the recent history of the earth (about 25 000 years ago)...
SA study reveals ten ‘cryptic’ snake species in one

SA study reveals ten ‘cryptic’ snake species in one

Cape Town – A small team of herpetologists have uncovered a treasure trove of snake biodiversity as part of the FBIP’s Eastern Cape Forests Project. The findings were published in the Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research and forms part of a...
INVITATION: Biodiversity Research and Evidence Indaba

INVITATION: Biodiversity Research and Evidence Indaba

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries invites you to the 5th Annual Biodiversity Research and Evidence Indaba to take place as follows: The main theme of the 5th Annual Indaba is intended to support the post 2020 Biodiversity Agenda, for the onset of...
Biodiversity students win with FBIP funding awards

Biodiversity students win with FBIP funding awards

By Dr Lita Pauw The FBIP is proud to have awarded 111 postgraduate student bursaries from 2014, including 43 Honours students, 42 Masters students, 22 Doctoral students and 4 Postdoctoral fellows. The main mechanism is through Grant-linked bursaries but the FBIP has...
FBIP data streaming in and ready for uptake

FBIP data streaming in and ready for uptake

By Mahlatse Kgatla Data from projects related to the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) have started streaming in. FBIP funded projects need to generate and deliver primary biodiversity data sets or contribute to the compilation of species pages or...
SnapshotSafari South Africa: conservation continues during COVID

SnapshotSafari South Africa: conservation continues during COVID

By Dr David Marnevick South Africa is a biodiversity hotspot, boasting important mammal species globally. To assist with species conservation, we are continuing with our project to provide a multi-scale inventory of South Africa’s mammals using cutting edge...
Characterisation of microbiomes: progress on the project

Characterisation of microbiomes: progress on the project

By Prof Karin Jacobs The large FBIP project on the characterisation of microbiomes of wheat and maize under conventional and conservation agricultural has been running for 18 months. The goal of the project is to characterise the microbial communities associated with...