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...
Interesting, unexpected results from Soil Microbiome Project

Interesting, unexpected results from Soil Microbiome Project

It is increasingly recognised that soil microbiomes play crucial roles in nutrient cycling, soil formation, plant growth and ultimately the production of food – understanding the microbiome has clear and very practical applications. The FBIP large project on the...
Biodiversity students win with FBIP funding awards

Biodiversity students win with FBIP funding awards

By Dr Lita Pauw Capacity building initiatives are vital to achieve excellence and to sustain and grow the foundational biodiversity research and information sector. One of our main initiatives to enable capacity development is through providing scholarships to...
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...
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...