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Cycads on the edge

Cycads on the edge

History of Cycads The genus Cycas is considered as one of the primitive plant groups (having naked seeds) and is botanically classified under Gymnosperms, existing for about 300 million years. All the members of the order Cycadales are commonly and collectively called Cycads. Scientists believe that the Cycads might have been a favourite food for the herbivorous giant Dinosaurs, which became extinct during the Jurassic Period, about 145 million years ago in the geological time scale. Dinosaurs have become entirely…

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Mangroves – a weapon against climate change

Mangroves – a weapon against climate change

What are Mangrove forests Occurring in 123 countries mangrove forests are the only woody salt-tolerant plant that lives in salt water along the world’s subtropical and tropical coastlines. Mangroves are typical regions of transition between two biological communities, having some components of both marine and terrestrial biomes, but have also developed several unique structural and functional adaptations, such as physiological mechanisms to tolerate salt and aerial roots that enable the plants to respire in anoxic, waterlogged soils. They support many…

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The Dominance of Palm Oil

The Dominance of Palm Oil

Palm oil is encroaching on some of the worlds most biodiverse tropical forests in the world. It has become such a popular ingredient in products that football fields of natural forest are being destroyed. One of the main reasons for this growing demand is due to the increasing human population growth over the last couple of decades. What is Palm Oil? African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is a tropical crop grown predominantly for the production of palm oil. It is…

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Getting fired up for Fynbos

Getting fired up for Fynbos

Hi there, There is a very special and unique area at the southern tip of Africa with a catchy title called the Cape Floristic Region.  The vegetation is comprised of  fynbos which is made up of a hard leaved shrubland, with the average plant reaching 1-3 meters tall and a number of other taller bushes  dispersed among the lower vegetation. Cape Floristic Region The Cape Floristic Region is the smallest of the six floral kingdoms as well as being one…

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Arbor Day – a breathe of fresh air

Arbor Day – a breathe of fresh air

Can you feel it, spring is in the air. Well spring in South Africa that is. The 1st of September is known as the first day of spring, however more importantly it’s Arbor Day. Arbor Day literally translated means tree day and it was put in place for us to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of trees. This day has become more and more important over the years as deforestation increases and huge tracts of land are turned into farmland….

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Endangered Forests! Are we too late

Endangered Forests! Are we too late

  Forests are an incredibly complex, constantly changing environment made up of a wide range of living things (wildlife, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, mosses, lichens, fungi and microscopic soil organisms) and non-living things (water, nutrients, rocks, sunlight and air). Trees are the main emphasis as its coverage in the community allows varied types of biodiversity to coexist in their natural habitat. The overall link between forests are a physical space with rich bio-diverse characteristics and livelihood. A lot of efforts…

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Alien invasive plants -Aliens that live among us

Alien invasive plants -Aliens that live among us

History of alien invasive plants No not Star Wars or M.I.B  but rather  alien invasive plants … If you take a living organism such as a plant and put it in a new location, thousands of km/miles away even on a separate continent it will either die due to certain obstacles such as dying on route to its new location, being preyed upon by certain animals, it may not acclimatize to the different weather patterns or even may not get…

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