Climate-change-induced drought is threatening the world's biodiversity hotspots; but a new, standardisable system to describe drought strategies in plants will help conservationists understand the impact of future drought, says a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
As devastating as the ongoing fires around the Peninsula have been to property and tracts of nature reserve, regular fires every 15 years are critical to the rebirth of fynbos-dominated ecosystems, says fynbos ecologist Dr Adam West.
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The 2015 theme is "Wetlands for our Future."
Recently a group from the Botanical Artists Association of South Africa (BAASA) enjoyed an opportunity to view the paintings of Arabella Elizabeth Roupell (1817-1914) in Special Collections and Archives, Jagger Library, UCT.