Useful Links: Plant Science

UCT Library Resources for Biological Sciences

Minimise the amount of time spent on searching for articles and get alerted when the area of your interest gets published. Find out online resources other than Google Scholar. Get the best out of library resources for your research. Database resources for biological sciences 2013 from Jen Eidelman Subject Librarian at University of Cape Town.

Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Biodiversity & Ecology Resource Links

Cape Action for People and Environment (CAPE)

Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE) is a 20 year partnership of government and civil society aimed at conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region.

The rationale of the CAPE partnership is to create linkages between government, the private sector and civil society so that we all work together with a common strategy, avoiding duplication, addressing gaps and uniting to leverage resources and to tackle agreed common priorities in terms of a shared vision.

Cape Nature

Scientific Services

The mission of the Scientific Services Division (SSD) of CapeNature is to provide professional scientific services to support biodiversity conservation programmes in the Western Cape Province.

Conservation scientists and technical assistants aim to:

  • provide an inventory and assist in the monitoring of the natural heritage of the Western Cape
  • do research or have research done to understand natural systems and processes
  • provide new and revise current policies
  • ensure technology transfer and capacity building towards effective conservation management

Members of the SSD supply expert advice on indigenous aquatic systems, plants, invertebrates, freshwater fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals to top management, they liaise with outside academic and non-governmental organizations, represent CapeNature at corporative level, and facilitate the flow of conservation biology information to and from the management division.


Conservation at Work

Conservation at Work is a Non-Profit Organisation that promotes and supports the conservation of private land in the Western Cape. This is primarily achieved by sharing information with landowners, formalising partnerships with stakeholders and mobilising resources for conservation initiatives. A further core function is the representation of all conservancies in the Western Cape at the National Association of Conservancies/Stewardship South Africa (NACSA). Conservation at Work shares information with the members through their website where you can access fact sheets, conservation guidelines and documents relating to natural resource management, relevant legislationsustainable farming and conservation best practice. The website and Facebook page also aim to support landowners by providing an online platform for members to share news and articles of interest and stimulate discussion and further promote the importance and impact of private sector conservation.

Conservation Biology

Conservation South Africa

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Information Resources

Wide Area Monitoring Information System

The Wide Area Monitoring Information System (WAMIS) portal consists of a collection of satellite-based information services providing near real-time monitoring and mapping capabilities of natural events such as fires, floods, and droughts occurring within Southern Africa. The Terra and Aqua MODIS polar orbiting satellites as well as the geostationary Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite provide continuous data streams captured and processed by the South African National Space Agency (formerly CSIR – Satellite Application Centre) at Hartbeeshoek, as well as by the CSIR Meraka Institute in Pretoria.

Botanical Links

International Plant Names Index (IPNI)

The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data are freely available and are gradually being standardized and checked. IPNI will be a dynamic resource, depending on direct contributions by all members of the botanical community.

IPNI is the product of a collaboration between The Royal Botanic Gardens, KewThe Harvard University Herbaria, and the Australian National Herbarium.

International Association of Bryologists (IAB)

Databases, Publishers

Botany Libraries

California Plants & Habitats

Fijnbosch Farmer

Grassland Society of Southern Africa

National Botanical Institute

Plant Conservation Bibliography

Wildflowers of the Western Cape

Conservation Herbaria


Cell Biology



Model Organisms