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Local antagonism and resource partitioning between two invasive pine plantation pests
19 March, 2019
FABI
The woodwasp Sirex noctilio Fabricius, native to Eurasia and North Africa, regularly co‐occurs with a North American origin Pissodes sp. on Pinus trees in South Africa. The nature of this co‐occurrence and potential impacts on either of the species is unknown. read more
One step closer to separating waste at source
19 March, 2019
CSIR
Municipalities across South Africa are considering implementing separation of recyclable waste at source. A number of municipalities across South Africa used the first version of a CSIR-developed support tool to assess and compare the costs and benefits of different options... read more
Fieldwork To Understand The Emerging Ceratocystis Threat To Eucalyptus In South Africa
15 March, 2019
FABI
From 17-19 February, some members of the Ceratocystis team, Dr Irene Barnes, and TPCP students and Postdocs, Arista Fourie, Dr FeiFei Liu and Granny Hlongwane, went on a field trip to Kwambonambi, KwaZulu-Natal to observe the Ceratocystis infection on Eucalyptus hybrid clones... read more
Experts pinpoint eight unique lakes in SA
14 March, 2019
CSIR
Eight South African lakes with unique characteristics have been identified in the course of the National Biodiversity Assessment 2018. Experts emphasise the need to protect these wetlands from environmental and other pressures that threaten to degrade them. read more
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

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