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The well-being of pollinators like bees have a direct impact on our lives. Vida van der Walt

How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators

Pollination in South Africa's ecosystems is extremely complex. However new advances such as pollen metabarcoding help us understand interactions between pollinators and pollen.
Bees living in cities often have to seek out green space like parks, ravines and gardens. Green roofs could offer them some habitat. (Shutterstock)

Bees in the city: Designing green roofs for pollinators

Urban bees deal with what's known as "habitat patches," discontinuous patches of green like gardens, parks and ravines. Green roofs could offer relief to bees dealing with habitat fragmentation.
After the storm … Researchers are working together to predict future outbreaks of thunderstorm asthma. from www.shutterstock.com

Keeping one step ahead of pollen triggers for thunderstorm asthma

Researchers from a range of disciplines need to work together if we are to predict and prepare for the next thunderstorm asthma event.
Genetic techniques can help make pollen useful for cracking criminal cases. Karen L. Bell

Pollen genetics can help with forensic investigations

Pollen is all around us, is extremely durable and can provide clues about where someone's been. A new genetic technique will make it easier to use pollen evidence in criminal investigations.
Allergies are becoming more frequent in the western world. Al Fed/Flickr

What are allergies and why are we getting more of them?

Allergies are reactions caused by the immune system as it responds to environmental substances that are usually harmless. But we don't yet have a cure or the ability to prevent them from developing.
Hay fever affects one in six Australians. Ed Newbigin

Pollen counting is not something to be sneezed at

Ah, spring, the sun shines again, the birds sing and - ach-hoo! Airborne grass pollens trigger bouts of hay fever and episodes of asthma in people with pollen allergies. But there is a way we could mitigate…

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