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

Snapshot Safari South Africa Project

A country-wide occupancy assessment and monitoring of mammals
DESCRIPTION

PROJECT PERIOD

2018-2020

PROJECT OVERVIEW AND AIMS

The Snapshot Safari-South Africa research project is a large collaboration project including an unprecedented network of camera trap grids in several protected areas in South Africa, aiming to provide continuous monitoring of mammal species population sizes and trends. The project was launched in response to a need of more accurate assessments of mammal occupancy and populations in South Africa and is a continuation of the previous highly successful project ‘Snapshot Serengeti’. With the help of accurate camera trap censuses, and innovative mapping approaches we will be able to identify which sites are being managed successfully – and hence which conservation strategies should be incorporated into a toolbox for effective wildlife management. The project will also use several other scientific methods to ensure an extensive and accurate dataset. The methods include: DNA barcoding of small mammals; traditional mammal surveys; participatory mapping through conducting interviews with locals in the adjacent community; and using DNA to identify prey from scats (i.e. faecal droppings).

Once the project is concluded, the full ‘developed’ data set will be an important resource for future researchers and managers to study or gain information on “environmental change, species dynamics, biodiversity patterns, species red-listing, conservation management, biodiversity planning and protected area monitoring”.

Snapshot Safari-South Africa will enable the public to make a useful contribution to biodiversity science and conservation through the online classification of photographs taken by camera traps. Citizen scientists should create a profile on the ‘Zooniverse’ website and keep their eyes open for the South African parks that will be uploaded. The project’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are already live and broadcasting.

Project objectives:

  1. To generate knowledge on mammal occupancy and distribution patterns in a country-wide survey of key protected expansion areas.
  2. To supply a baseline set of mammal occupancy and population data of several key protected areas in South Africa.
  3. To test novel ways of assessing mammal occupancy and distribution in key biodiversity areas under different land tenure.
  4. To develop a methodology to measure protected area effectiveness in protecting mammal biodiversity.
  5. To contribute barcodes to the current South African mammal DNA Barcode of Life Data System.
LEAD ORGANISATION AND PARTNERS
PROJECT LEADER:

Dr Jan Adriaan Venter

Nelson Mandela University

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS:

Co-investigators: Prof Craig Packer, University of Minnesota(International); Prof Michael Somers, University of Pretoria; Prof Colleen Downs, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg); Prof Rob Slotow, University of KwaZulu-Natal ( (Westville); Dr Mike Peel, Agricultural Research Institution (South Africa); Dr Herve Fritz, Nelson Mandela University / University Lyon (International); Dr Lourens Swanepoel, UNIVEN; Dr Sandi Willows-Munro, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg)

Collaborators: Dr Craig Tambling University of Fort Hare; Dr Mark Keith, University of Pretoria; Dr Nokubonga Mgqatsa (Rhodes University); Prof Dan Parker, University of Mpumalanga; Prof Aliza Le Roux, University of the Free State (Qua-qua)

Research Associate Conservation Authority: Dr Charlene Bissett, SANPARKS; Dr Angela Gaylard, SANPARKS; Mr Piet Nel, North West Parks Board

PROJECT ABSTRACT
South Africa is considered to be rich in biodiversity compared to the rest of the world. This wealth of biodiversity plays a significant role in a large proportion of the economy and the livelihoods of many urban and rural South Africans. Human alteration of the global environment has triggered the Anthropocene, a major extinction event, in the history of life, which is causing widespread changes in the global distribution of biodiversity. Biodiversity data is critical in monitoring the effect of change on species and populations. In response to the urgent need for more accurate assessment of mammal occupancy and populations, we will be launching a new research project called Snapshot Safari – South Africa where over 130,000 citizen scientists worldwide will help to classify millions of photographs collected from various camera trap grids all over South Africa. Snapshot Safari-South Africa will include an unprecedented network of camera trap grids in dozens of protected areas and protected area expansion areas in South Africa. We will eventually set out hundreds of cameras to provide continuous monitoring of population sizes and trends of mammal species at each site. Our project will survey 38 different properties covering 16 protected area priority expansion areas and two trans-frontier parks in all the provinces of South Africa. We expect the survey to produce > 2 million usable photographic species records. Our project will cover four important aspects: 1) collection of important foundational biodiversity data; 2) the barcoding of a number of mammal species in BOLD; 3) development and testing of various methodologies of collecting mammal data; and 4) development of methodology on measuring effectiveness in conservation management efforts. All four these aspects could potentially have long term benefits in our efforts to conserve biodiversity in South Africa.
DATA SETS
Data sets will be made available once the project is concluded

Functional biomes of two major crops in SA for improved productivity

Project aiming to uncover the intricacies of life in the soil rhizosphere
DESCRIPTION

PROJECT PERIOD

2019-2021

PROJECT OVERVIEW AND AIMS

Agriculture significantly contributes to the South African economy and has been recognized as a sector, which could potentially drive economic growth. However, less than 12% of the country’s land mass is suitable for use as arable land. Alarmingly, substantial proportions of soils are subject to increased desertification, reducing the proportion of productive lands. Given South Africa’s increasing population, increasing the productivity of arable lands is crucial for sustenance.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant demand on the farming sector to alter agricultural practices while simultaneously improving yield. It is increasingly recognized that soil microbiomes play crucial roles in nutrient cycling, soil formation, plant growth and ultimately in the production of food.  Understanding the microbiome has clear and very practical applications. It provides us with a tool to measure and monitor changes. Knowledge of microbiome dynamics, will allow stakeholders to assess practices that may encourage or disrupt these communities. It will allow for precision/smart farming on a micro scale to better manage inputs and practices. Developments in analytical approaches, such as high throughput sequencing and culture methods, helped to reduce the knowledge deficit around microbial diversity and their specific roles. The power of this approach has been evident in the study of the human microbiome, which revolutionized our perception, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

This study has a direct impact on the bioeconomy as it informs managing inputs and practices, and optimising yields. Working towards sustainable agriculture, will alleviate the effect of global environmental change. This project is novel and in addition to providing key foundational biodiversity data, successful completion of this project is likely to result in a number of publications in reputable international journals, and aid in the development of a measuring tool for soil health

The main objectives of the study are as follows:

  1. Determine the taxonomic and functional diversity of the microbial communities in the rhizosphere and bulk soils of wheat and maize under conventional and conservation agriculture, using metabarcoding methods as well as selected gene expression assays.
  2. Determine the effect of farming practices such as till and no-till, crop intensification (particularly the increase in fertiliser application) as well as crop rotation and the use of cover crops on the different rhizosphere microbiomes.
  3. Isolate selected fungal and bacterial groups which are known to have positive effects on crop production or are implicated in key soil nutrition processes. This will allow for the identification of species that can serve as potential bio-fertilisers or biological applications tailored to the South African system.
  4. Determine the keystone species and indicator species associated with each crop, based on bioinformatic analysis of data generated in objective 1.
  5. Initiate a national database for the rhizosphere microbial communities of different crop systems, to add value to current tests for biological soil characteristics, including an assessment of current soil health tests in terms of their value added to conservation agriculture. The outputs in this case will be in the form of a popular paper, addressing the different tests and their relative contribution, but also as a set of recommendations to various role players, such a regulatory bodies.
LEAD ORGANISATION AND PARTNERS
PROJECT LEADER:

Prof Karin Jacobs

Stellenbosch University

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS:

Co-investigators: Prof Shayne Jacobs, Stellenbosch University; Dr Marcellous Le Roux, Stellenbosch University///; Prof Hugh Patterton, Stellenbosch University; Dr Jan Greyling, Stellenbosch University, Dr Johann Strauss, Elsenburg Agricultural Research Centre, Dr Thulani Makhalanyane, University of Pretoria; Prof Angel Valverde, University of the Free State (Bloemfontein); Dr Riana Jacobs-Venter, Agricultural Research Council; Prof Joanna Dames, Rhodes University, Dr Bronwyn Kirby-McCullough, University of the Western Cape.

Collaborators: Dr Noma Stokwe, Stellenbosch University///; Dr Willem Hoffmann, Stellenbosch University; Prof Sabrina Claassens, North West University; Dr Hendrik Smith, Grain SA; Mr Carel Van Heerden, Stellenbosch University; Mr Casper Brink, Stellenbosch University; Ms Lientjie Visser, Agricultural Research Council.

 

PROJECT ABSTRACT
Agriculture significantly contributes to the South African economy and has been recognized as a sector, which could potentially drive economic growth. However, less than 12% of the country’s land mass is suitable for use as arable land. Alarmingly, substantial proportions of soils are subject to increased desertification, reducing the proportion of productive lands. Given South Africa’s increasing population, increasing the productivity of arable lands is crucial for sustenance.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant demand on the farming sector to alter agricultural practices while simultaneously improving yield. It is increasingly recognized that soil microbiomes play crucial roles in nutrient cycling, soil formation, plant growth and ultimately in the production of food. Understanding the microbiome has clear and very practical applications. It provides us with a tool to measure and monitor changes. Knowledge of microbiome dynamics, will allow stakeholders to assess practices that may encourage or disrupt these communities. It will allow for precision/smart farming on a micro scale to better manage inputs and practices. Developments in analytical approaches, such as high throughput sequencing and culture methods, helped to reduce the knowledge deficit around microbial diversity and their specific roles. The power of this approach has been evident in the study of the human microbiome, which revolutionized our perception, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

This study has a direct impact on the bioeconomy as it informs managing inputs and practices, and optimising yields. Working towards sustainable agriculture, will alleviate the effect of global environmental change. This project is novel and in addition to providing key foundational biodiversity data, successful completion of this project is likely to result in a number of publications in reputable international journals, and aid in the development of a measuring tool for soil health.

DATA SETS
Data sets will be made available once the project is concluded
Waterberg mountain complex

Biodiversity of the Waterberg Mountain Complex

A multidisciplinary foundational baseline biodiversity data gathering project focused on the Waterberg Mountain Complex (WMC) in the Limpopo Province.
DESCRIPTION

PROJECT PERIOD

2021-2023

PROJECT OVERVIEW AND AIMS

The Waterberg Mountain Complex (hereafter WMC) is a discrete geological entity situated in Limpopo Province. Previously an agricultural area, there have been considerable changes in land use to conservation and eco-tourism activities, and one third of the region has been declared a UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR). In addition, the Marakele National Park is also situated in the
WMC and is part of theWBR, as are some of the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) reserves. While thus enjoying some environmental protection, proposed coal mines and related infrastructure projects on the northern borders of this area represent a
major potential environmental conflict, and will impact the ecological integrity of the WMC.
The WMC is a region of special conservation concern. However, despite being situated a mere 2 to 3 hours from Pretoria where there is a hub of plant and animal biodiversity scientists, and the fact that it includes a large part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, there has never been a comprehensive and
structured biodiversity survey of the WMC.
Here we propose the establishment of a multidisciplinary foundational baseline biodiversity data gathering project in the WMC, which will provide much needed data and information for the management of the various Waterberg conservation areas and bordering regions. The data generated through this project will support the conservation and management activities of numerous stakeholders in the region.

The main objectives of the study are as follows:

1. To liaise and collaborate with the various stakeholders and organisations dedicated to the conservation and management of biodiversity of the Waterberg Mountain
Complex in order to workshop and determine biodiversity assessment and conservation priorities. This is the “SCOPING PHASE”, has been initiated by means of the
FBIP funded workshop with funds obtained from the successful concept note application. A workshop to this end was held on the 6th November at the Living Museum
north of Vaalwater, and attended by most of the stakeholders (see attendance register details uploaded as an attachment). It is intended that these workshops will be
held twice a year (possibly pre – and post- field season) so as to ensure sustained and continued engagement with stakeholders.
2. As a consequence of this collaboration with stakeholders it is anticipated that a database that contains much of the stakeholders so-called grey literature can be
established and made accessible to researchers in this project and beyond. This grey literature will include unpublished species lists from management plans of reserves and related documents.
3. To undertake baseline biodiversity surveys in areas and / or habitats recognised by the stakeholders as being important or priority. This will focus in particular on the10 Quarter Degree Squares that are known to be the most poorly sampled. This will include botanical, entomological, mammalian, avian, fish, and herpetological assessments. These baseline surveys will provide a massive amount of biological specimens and material collected for future DNA studies and augment various
databases on the national biodiversity of these taxa.
4. To undertake multiyear surveys in selected reserves in the Waterberg region such as Marakele National Park, designed in a manner to provide biodiversity data that is
specific to their needs (for example, sampling altitudinal and rainfall gradients.
5. To assess species and habitats of special concern in terms of their continued conservation and management. This will include an assessment of among other things
invasive species, and the recovery of old lands and other disturbed areas.
6. To undertake DNA barcoding on samples collected of over 1000 samples of specific taxa, including fish, aquatic macroinvertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, bats, rodents, beetles and other selected arthropod taxa. Standard DNA barcoding procedures will be followed for this aim (www.barcodinglife.org).
7. To provide data and information to all stakeholders so that regional and provincial conservation plans can be improved or nuanced. The interaction between the
researchers and the stakeholders is key to the success of this project. To date these interactions have been positive and constructive and the stakeholders are
extremely supportive of what is proposed in this document. Communication between the researchers and stakeholders will be ongoing and essential if this project is to
be successful. The general needs of the various stakeholders consulted are a common requirement for biodiversity information. Private reserves and provincial and
national parks are all stakeholders in this regard and the information obtained will be shared freely amongst all of these institutions and organisations.
8. Perhaps one of the most important components of this project, although not necessarily in terms of funding requirements, is the involvement of the local Waterberg
communities, in particular school teachers and learners. There are several environmental education organisations in the Waterberg with whom we will collaborate and it
is anticipated that the researchers and the dedicated science education specialist in this project will be able to provide these organisations as well as the various
schools in the area with educational aids that will assist in the teaching of environmental awareness and biological content at primary and senior schools.
9. An additional aim, which will probably not be achieved during the 3 year project phase, is the floristic and faunistic analyses of endemism and biogeographic affinities.
These analyses will have to await the identification of the specimens collected, but will comprise comparisons between the Waterberg biodiversity and the biodiversity of
other nearby mountain systems such as the Magaliesburg, Soutpansberg, Blouberg and Mpumalanga escarpment (see for example Hahn 2017). These analyses will
use the data gathered from the three year program outlined here, and be augmented by data from various databases and publications for these other regions.

    LEAD ORGANISATION AND PARTNERS

    KennethKennethPROJECT LEADER:

    Prof Nigel Barker

    University of Pretoria

    COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS:

    Co-investigator: Prof Catherine Sole, University of Pretoria; Dr Darragh Woodford, University of the Witwatersrand; Dr Albert Chakona, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB); Mr Werner Conradie, Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld; Prof Peter le Roux, University of Pretoria; Mr Pieter Bester, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI); Dr Teresa Kearney, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History; Prof Dan Parker, University of Mpumalanga; Prof Martin Potgieter, University of Limpopo; Dr Angelique Kritzinger, University of Pretoria; Prof Paulette Bloomer, University of Pretoria; Dr Mark Keith, University of Pretoria.

    Collaborators: Dr Kenneth Oberlander; Mr Arnold Frisby, University of Pretoria; Prof Mark Robertson, University of Pretoria; Dr Samuel Motitsoe, Rhodes University; Dr Hanlie Engelbrecht, University of the Witwatersrand; Dr Werner Strumpher, Ditsong Museum of Natural History; Mr Arrie Klopper, University of Pretoria; Dr Chevonne Reynolds, University of the Witwatersrand; Prof Emma Archer, University of Pretoria; Prof Michael Somers, University of Pretoria; Dr Tharia Bird, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Ms Mpho Malematja, Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History; Mr Erich van Wyk, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI); Dr Wilbert Kadye, Rhodes University; 

    Research associates: Dr Krystal Tolley, SANBI;

     

    PROJECT ABSTRACT

    The Waterberg Mountain Complex (hereafter WMC) is a discrete geological entity situated in Limpopo Province. Previously an agricultural area, there have been considerable changes in land use to conservation and eco-tourism activities, and one third of the region has been declared a UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR). In addition, the Marakele National Park is also situated in the
    WMC and is part of theWBR, as are some of the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) reserves. While thus enjoying some environmental protection, proposed coal mines and related infrastructure projects on the northern borders of this area represent a
    major potential environmental conflict, and will impact the ecological integrity of the WMC.

    The WMC is a region of special conservation concern. However, despite being situated a mere 2 to 3 hours from Pretoria where there is a hub of plant and animal biodiversity scientists, and the fact that it includes a large part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, there has never been a comprehensive and
    structured biodiversity survey of the WMC.

    Here we propose the establishment of a multidisciplinary foundational baseline biodiversity data gathering project in the WMC, which will provide much needed data and information for the management of the various Waterberg conservation areas and bordering regions. The data generated through this project will support the conservation and management activities of numerous stakeholders in the region.

    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, IAgricultural 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

    2018

    View list of projects funded by the FBIP in 2018
    Project TypeGrantholderInstitutionProject (Short) TitlePreview Abstract
    Small GrantGryzenhout, MUniversity of the Free StateDNA barcoding of 40 macrofungi from KwaZulu/NatalView Abstract
    Small GrantHammerbacher, AUniversity of PretoriaIdentification of mycorrhizae associated with South African orchidsView Abstract
    Small GrantMahlanza, TAgricultural Research CouncilA survey of viruses of selected Lepidopterans in South AfricaView Abstract
    Small GrantMuasya, MUniversity of Cape TownIndigofera taxonomy & evolutionView Abstract
    Small GrantReva, OUniversity of PretoriaAfrican microalgae biodiversityView Abstract
    Small GrantSpies, CAgricultural Research CouncilDiversity of culturable soilborne oomycetes in Cape Point Nature ReserveView Abstract
    Small GrantTolley, KSANBIUnexplored Corner: Herpetological SurveysView Abstract
    Small GrantVan der Merwe (Bester), AStellenbosch UniversityTowards the integrated biodiversity conservation of endemic catsharksView Abstract
    Small GrantVan der Merwe (Bester), AStellenbosch UniversityDo threatened Rhynchobatus in South Africa comprise a single species or a species complex? Molecular genetic resource development.View Abstract
    Small GrantVan Noort, SIziko Museums of South AfricaCollembola diversity of South AfricaView Abstract
    Small GrantVisagie, CARC, Plant Protection Research InstituteDiscovering Alternaria diversity in South AfricaView Abstract
    Small Grantvon der Heyden, SStellenbosch University(Meta)barcoding of seagrass communities: comparative approaches for biodiversity planningView Abstract
    Small GrantWillows-Munro, SUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalClarifying taxonomy of South African basils (Plectranthinae, Ocimeae, Lamiaceae) View Abstract
    Small GrantHernandez, CUniversity of Free StateUnexplored bacterial diversity and metabolic potential within South African scalding springsView Abstract
    Small GrantMagoswana. LSANBITowards a revision of Othonna (Asteraceae: Senecioneae): Taxonomy of the Othonna auriculifolia and O. fruticosa groups and relationships within the suView Abstract
    Small GrantManeveldt, GUniversity of the Western CapeThe genus Phymatolithon in South AfricaView Abstract
    Small GrantQuick, LNelson Mandela UniversityShifting SA palynology into the digital age: Establishment of an Electronic Pollen Reference DatabaseView Abstract
    Small Grantvan der NietUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDiscovery and identification of new, potential keystone pollinator species: Nemestrinid flies of the summer rainfall region in South AfricaView Abstract

    2019

    View list of projects funded by the FBIP in 2019
    GrantholderProject TypeInstitutionProject (Short) TitlePreview Abstract
    Prof Teske, PRSmall GrantUniversity of JohannesburgDNA barcoding of macroinvertebrates in south-eastern African estuariesView Abstract
    Dr Van Asch, BJKSmall GrantStellenbosch UniversityEdible insects of South AfricaView Abstract
    Prof Von der Heyden, SSmall GrantStellenbosch UniversityBiogeography, biodiversity and barcodes: accounting for seagrass associated biodiversityView Abstract
    Dr Greve, MSmall GrantUniversity of PretoriaFilling the gaps: plant biodiversity in mining hotspots.View Abstract
    Prof Du Preez, LHSmall GrantNorth-West UniversityAnuran diversity and habitat utilisation in the Vhembe biosphere.View Abstract
    Mr Hawkes, PGSmall GrantUniversity of VendaEnhancing the value of ants as an indicator group for global change monitoring in South AfricaView Abstract
    Prof Hedderson, TAJSmall GrantUniversity of Cape TownBryophytes in south coast renosterveld.View Abstract
    Dr Steenhuisen, SLSmall GrantUniversity of the Free StateReferencing botanical treasures of the Dragon's lairView Abstract
    Dr Weldon, DrSmall GrantUniversity of PretoriaIncidence and diversity of Wolbachia infection in fruit flies (Diptera: TephritidaeView Abstract

    2020

    View list of projects funded by the FBIP in 2020
    GrantholderProject TypeInstitutionProject (Short) TitlePreview Abstract
    Cherry, MSmall GrantStellenbosch UniversityBarcoding of Forest Birds of the Eastern CapeView Abstract
    Haddad, CSmall GrantUniversity of the Free StateDiversity and DNA barcodes of Succulent Karoo spidersView Abstract
    Heyns-Veale, ESmall GrantKwaZulu-Natal MuseumMarine molluscs from KwaZulu-NatalView Abstract
    Janion-Scheepers, CSmall GrantUniversity of Cape TownRevision of two ecologically and economically important ant groups in South AfricaView Abstract
    Kirby, BSmall GrantUniversity of the Western CapePhylogenetic analysis of Aloe and Sutherlandia root microbiomeView Abstract
    Moteetee, ASmall GrantUniversity of JohannesburgSystematics of the genus EriosemaView Abstract
    Oosthuizen, MSmall GrantUniversity of PretoriaZoonotic disease burdens in rural communities: Rodent microbiome surveillance and cataloguing emerging rickettsial species diversityView Abstract
    Pretorius, MSmall GrantNorth-West UniversityDNA barcoding of ectotherm blood parasites from Southern Africa to provide a genetic and evolutionary perspective.View Abstract
    Setati, MSmall GrantStellenbosch UniversityBiogeographical patterns of Pinotage grape microbiomes in South African wine regionsView Abstract
    Stafford, GSmall GrantUniversity of PretoriaReclaiming the guernsey lilies: Phylogeny and vulnerability of endemic bulbous monocotsView Abstract
    Visagie, CSmall GrantUniversity of PretoriaCharacterizing fungal diversity associated with maize produced in the Eastern CapeView Abstract
    Singh, SSmall GrantOceanographic Research Institute (SAAMBR)DNA barcoding zooplanktonView Abstract
    Cedras, RSmall GrantUniversity of the Western CapeAn integrative morphological-molecular taxonomic study of marine copepods: building a DNA reference library of metabarcoding studiesView Abstract
    Samaai, TSmall GrantUniversity of Cape TownE-Taxonomy of spongesView Abstract
    Williams, KirstinSmall GrantKwaZulu-Natal MuseumHorse fly taxonomy: an integrated approachView Abstract
    Moloney, CSmall GrantUniversity of Cape TownMicrobial diversityView Abstract
    Spies, CSmall GrantAgricultural Research Council (South Africa), Plant Protection Research InstituteOomycete diversity in three coastal reserves in the Cape Floristic RegionView Abstract
    Cowan, DSmall GrantUniversity of PretoriaEffects of grassland fire intensity on soil microbial ecologyView Abstract
    Clarke, DSmall GrantIziko Museums of South AfricaHistorical DNA barcoding library of Polychaete wormsView Abstract