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CSIR waste experts contribute to landmark regional waste report
27 February, 2019
CSIR
Contributing to the landmark Africa Waste Management Outlook report is a feather in the cap for the CSIR. The Africa Waste Management Outlook report was launched during Sustainability Week earlier this month at the CSIR, in Pretoria. read more
Shot Hole Borer Projects Launched In Forests Of The Southern Cape
27 February, 2019
FABI
During the past week,Prof. Wilhelm de Beer of FABI and Prof. Francois Roets from Stellenbosch University, visited the southern Cape to launch two research projects on the impact of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB)on native trees in the area. read more
JCPZ says its too early to classify the outbreak of shot-hole-borer as a disaster
21 February, 2019
JCPZ says its too early to classify the outbreak of shot-hole-borer as a disaster
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo said that it is too early to classify the outbreak of polyphagous shot-hole borer (PSHB) in Joburg as a disaster. City Parks continues to meet with their counterparts for urban forestry in government. read more
Moving artificial leaves out of the lab and into the air
21 February, 2019
Moving artificial leaves out of the lab and into the air
Artificial leaves mimic photosynthesis -- the process whereby plants use water and carbon dioxide from the air to produce carbohydrates using energy from the sun. But even state-of-the-art artificial leaves, which hold promise in reducing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. read more
Forest fires as an opportunity for ecosystem recovery
21 February, 2019
Forest fires as an opportunity for ecosystem recovery
Great forest fires are ever more frequent globally and their consequences more severe and destructive. Climate change and human activity are influencing the capacity of ecosystems and the life forms that inhabit them to recover from forest fires. read more
"Timber" dating app matches tree lovers with trees
21 February, 2019
Swedish outdoor power product maker Husqvarna's new "dating" app matches those who love trees with what they love. The Timber app, just like Tinder, allows users to "swipe left or right" on their smartphones to accept or reject different tree species... read more
Butterflies thrive in grasslands surrounded by forest
21 February, 2019
Butterflies thrive in grasslands surrounded by forest
For pollinating butterflies, it is more important to be close to forests than to agricultural fields, according to a study of 32,000 butterflies by researchers at Linköping University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala. read more
Australia to Plant 1 Billion Trees in the Next 11 Years, Bringing the Country Closer to Paris Agreement's Goals
20 February, 2019
Australia to Plant 1 Billion Trees in the Next 11 Years, Bringing the Country Closer to Paris Agreement's Goals
This weekend, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a plan to plant 1 billion trees as part of nine forestry hubs across the country by 2030. He made the announcement while visiting a forest nursery in the town of Somerset, Tasmania, which will be a site of one of the hubs. read more
Africa’s first Earth system model to provide African-derived projections of climate change
20 February, 2019
CSIR
For the first time, the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, due for release in 2019, will contain African-derived projections of future global climate change. The projections will be made possible by a new coupled climate model. read more
Machine learning detects importance of land stewardship in conservation policy
19 February, 2019
Machine learning detects importance of land stewardship in conservation policy
At the southern tip of the Himalayas, farmers in the Kangra region of India's Himachal Pradesh graze cattle among rolling hills and forests. The forests, under management by the state or farmer cooperatives, are thriving. But a new University of Illinois study shows... read more
Clever eucalypts remember heatwaves
19 February, 2019
Clever eucalypts remember heatwaves
A species of Australian eucalypt can not only remember heatwaves but help its offspring cope with extreme temperatures. Eucalypts are some of the cleverest Australians around. Some have developed thick, tough bark to protect against fire, while their leaves typically hang vertically... read more
The plastid and mitochondrial genomes of Eucalyptus grandis
19 February, 2019
FABI
Land plant organellar genomes have significant impact on metabolism and adaptation, and as such, accurate assembly and annotation of plant organellar genomes is an important tool in understanding the evolutionary history and interactions between these genomes. read more
Conclusions on waste disposal
13 February, 2019
Dolphin Bay
Dolphin Bay has been investigating the best methods of processing and disposing of our clients' CCA waste in instances when the concentrations of contaminants in the leachate surpass the limits accepted by licenced landfill sites. read more
A Standardized Synthetic Eucalyptus Transcription Factor and Promoter Panel for Re-engineering Secondary Cell Wall Regulation in Biomass and Bioenergy Crops
1 February, 2019
FABI
Re-engineering of transcriptional networks regulating secondary cell wall formation may allow the improvement of plant biomass in widely grown plantation crops such as Eucalyptus. However, there is currently a scarcity of freely available standardized biological parts. read more
Ten new species of Calonectria from Indonesia and Vietnam
1 February, 2019
Vietnam and Indonesia have rapidly growing and extensive plantation forestry programs, especially of Acacia & spp. and Eucalyptusspp. As these plantations expand, the threat from pests and diseases also increases Calonectriaspecies are among those pathogens causing disease. read more

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