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Invasive beetle is killing SA’s trees. Here’s how to spot the signs
7 June, 2019
Invasive beetle is killing SA’s trees. Here’s how to spot the signs
Cape Town residents have been urged to be on the lookout after an invasive beetle was spotted in Somerset West. The Polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) beetle is native to Asia and has a symbiotic relationship with ambrosial fungi, which kills trees. read more
Research identifies alternative uses for fly ash from pulp and paper mills
4 June, 2019
CSIR
CSIR researchers have found that fly ash, a by-product of the South African pulp and paper industry, can be used as a supplementary cementitious material in the production of cement concrete. The South African pulp and paper industry is under pressure to find alternative options... read more
Seeing the forest, not just the trees
4 June, 2019
Seeing the forest, not just the trees
Nature-based solutions such as ecosystem restoration will play an indispensable role in addressing climate change, but a strong economic case will need to be made to convince policymakers, investors and business leaders to place them higher on the agenda. read more
Eni to focus on saving African forests to offset CO2 emissions
29 May, 2019
Eni to focus on saving African forests
Eni's plan to offset emissions from its oil and gas operations will focus on working with African communities to prevent deforestation.The project is part of the Italian energy giant's goal of removing the equivalent of 20 million tons a year of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2030. read more
A global map to understand changing forests
29 May, 2019
Changing Forests
An international collaboration of hundreds of scientists-led in part by the Forest Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence(FACAI) Laboratory in Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources-has developed the world's first global map of tree symbioses. read more
Brazilian pulp industry announces record reduction in water use
15 May, 2019
IBA
Veracel has announced its best result, breaking the internal record in reducing the use of water. The marker was 23.6 cubic meters of water for each ton of pulp produced. Previously, the best annual mark had been 25 cubic meters for each one ton produced. read more
Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches a new fiber-based solution for paper straws
15 May, 2019
IBA
Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches CelluStrawTM,a new fiber-based solution for drinking paper straws. Paper-based materials will enable key players of the food industry, such as fast-food chains, to demonstrate their high level of commitment to better protection of the environment... read more
Meeting Ethiopia’s growing demand for starch using mango seeds
3 May, 2019
CSIR
Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia currently imports 45% of its starch needs and, with the demand for starch expected to increase, this figure could become much higher. "A local supply of starch that does not compete with the food market is needed. read more
CSIR informs water requirements of SA’s multi-billion rand deciduous fruit industry
24 April, 2019
CSIR
With exports raking in billions of rand annually, South Africa's apple growers form an important part of the country's economic development. However, their heavy dependence on water in a country facing growing water challenges, demands an enhanced understanding of the water requirements... read more
Tree sleuths are using DNA tests and machine vision to crack timber crimes
19 April, 2019
Tree sleuths are using DNA tests and machine vision to crack timber crimes
When 420 tonnes of deep crimson logs arrived at a Sri Lankan port in April 2014, customs officers cast a suspicious eye over them. The wood was en route from Zanzibar in Tanzania to Hong Kong, where it would probably be crafted into expensive furniture for the Chinese market. read more

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