Biobank samples can be used to support research in a range of disciplines.
The research conducted through biobanks can help to address challenges like climate change and food security.
The banded rubber frog. Biodiversity research is heavily regulated in South Africa.
There are calls for measures to reduce the burden of red tape and promote and facilitate biodiversity research in South Africa.
Cape Honeybee gathering pollen from a rock rose flower - South Africa.
Honeybees are crucial for pollinating crops and plants. They need good forage resources to do this and these resources are under threat in South Africa.
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The decline of forest creatures like the Chapman’s chameleon are warning signs that forests are losing integrity.
Fynbos, the biodiverse shrubland in Cape Town, is thought to have the third highest carbon stored per square metre for any biome in South Africa. It must be protected.
Cape Town’s new climate strategy is a good start. But it falls short when it comes to nature.
A fire rages through wetlands close to Cape Town in February 2017.
The danger of fires in the Cape region this season is partly dependent on how the Fynbos has been managed over the past few decades.
Honey bees are the most important single species for crop pollination.
Research shows that managed honey bees may pose a threat to free roaming honey bee populations.
Berzelia stokoei, one of the 3% of plants in South Africa that are found nowhere else in the world.
There is good news for plant conservation in South Africa and internationally.
Rose’s mountain toadlets mate in small puddles. Here is a male with a string of eggs in the water.
The Rose’s mountain toadlet adapts its breeding habits according to the weather.
Managing trout is a contentious issue with conflicting views about whether they pose a risk, or are beneficial.
Regulating species in South Africa is difficult. But identifying those creating the greatest tension, would shift focus on the most destructive species.
Beekeeping cannot depend on a single forage source. This makes the business of ensuring bees have what they need to stay healthy a precarious business.