7 secrets that forests are keepings from you
31 August, 2018
Where would you find the world's largest recreation center and the
most natural supermarket? Forests wouldn't have been your first answer,
would it? That's the thing about forests. They keep secrets. For too long we have seen trees as purely functional or ornamental...
Australian Forestry Company Uses Drone to Spot Koalas Before Cutting Down Trees
28 August, 2018
The Latrobe Valley-based Hazelwood Forestry company in Victoria,
Australia is using unmanned aerial vehicles to keep an eye on the local
koala population. According to the Latrobe Valley Express
, the implementation of camera drones is helping Eloise and Russel Cluning spot the animals...
Expect more wildfires, experts warn
24 August, 2018
As the world gets hotter and drier, and alien plant species thrive, more wildfires are inevitable, experts have warned. The world is getting hotter and drier, and there are more wildfires than ever. All over the world, from Portugal to California, Mexico, Australia,
Indonesia and South Africa.
Ethiopia’s new forestry law: A win for landscapes and livelihoods?
22 August, 2018
The Ethiopian government has a big dream: restoring 22 million hectares
of degraded lands and forests by 2030. By doing so, the country aims not
only to increase tree cover and restore degraded forests, but also to
significantly enhance the forestry sector's contribution...
What will climate change mean for SA agriculture?
21 August, 2018
What are the small shifts that mean big changes, particularly for agriculture, in a changing climate? Mandi Smallhorne finds out. Tshwane 2014. A meeting of commercial farmers from across South Africa. A middle-aged man stands to ask a question.
New research demonstrates a strong positive benefit to native trees following invasive species removal
20 August, 2018
New research published in PLOS ONE this week demonstrates dramatic
positive benefits for native trees following rat removal at Palmyra
Atoll, a magnificent National Wildlife Refuge and natural research
laboratory located about 1000 miles south of Hawaii.
Trees and climate change: Faster growth, lighter wood
15 August, 2018
Trees are growing more rapidly due to climate change. This sounds like
good news. After all, this means that trees are storing more carbon
dioxide from the atmosphere in their wood and hence taking away the key
ingredient in global warming.
All abuzz about bees
14 August, 2018
The Department of Agriculture, working with bee associations in the
Western Cape, has released a new strategy aimed at ensuring the
sustainability of the bee population in the province. The honeybee is as important to agriculture as water, land and air.
This tiny worm has saved South African companies more than R400 million
10 August, 2018
Every Monday, scientists at the University of Pretoria's biological
control facility send small plastic sandwich bags containing a cloudy
liquid and more than 6-million microscopic worms, called nematodes to
pine plantations all over the country.