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2017 Fynbos Forum
31 July- 3 August 2017
Organised by the Fynbos Forum Committee
2017 Fynbos Forum
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2017 Fynbos Forum Presentations - Nine Sessions
Session 1: Diversity & Coexistence: Past present future
Kristen Nolting: Functional Trait Divergence and Eco-physiological Convergence in Protea Species in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa
Lara Kaiser: Cross-generation interactions between overstorey and understorey plants in Fynbos
Genevieve Theron: Testing pollinator-mediated floral evolution of Ferraria (Iridaceae)
Marike Louw: Listen up! Eavesdropping on a Cape Peninsula Endemic
R. M Cowling: A coastal adaptation in the Cape flora: does it exist?
Session 2: Aliens
Tineke Kraaij: Seed bank and growth comparisons of native (Virgilia divaricata) and invasive alien (Acacia mearnsii and A. Melanoxylon) plants: implications for conservation
Mlungele Nsikani: Acacia saligna’s soil legacy effects: what do they do and for how long?
Alistair Galloway: The impact of pine plantations on fynbos above-ground vegetation and seed soil bank composition
Roderick Juba: Assessing ecological impacts of alien clearing methods along WC riparian zones, implications for ecosystem recovery.
Kelby English: Potential factors influencing the establishment success of Dicomada rufa, a biological control agent for Hakea sericea in SA.
Candice Lyons: Update to biocontrol endeavours against Hakea sericea in the Western Cape– Aphanasium australe and Dicomada rufa.
Thembelihle Mlokoti: Mortality of the leaf-mining moth, Aristaea thalassias (Lepidoptera: Myrtaceae), a biological control agent of Leptospermum laevigatum
Jan-Hendrik Keet: Assessing the impacts of invasive legumes on soil conditions and microbial community composition in a biodiversity hotspot.
Staci Warrington: Testing major plant-microbial mutualism hypotheses in invasion ecology: a case study using Australian acacias and rhizobia
Session 3: Fire
Jasper Slingsby: Postfire regeneration in the Cape Floristic Region
Glenn Moncrieff: Trait controls on post-fire recovery in the fynbos biome
Hannah Simon: Unpacking a pixel: drivers of seasonality in vegetation greenness in fynbos
Nyasha Magadzire: Role of fire in the distribution of vegetation in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem
Nasiphi Ntshanga: Assessing the threat of landscape transformation and habitat fragmentation for ecosystems in the Fynbos Biome of South Africa
Lena Alice Schmidt: An experimental study of plant-pollinator interactions along a post-fire succession gradient
Session 4: Pathogens
Joey Hulbert: Indigenous plant pathogens and their contributions to plant community diversity
Nicolas Louw: A diminishing silver lining in the Cape Floristic Region : re-evaluating the decline of Leucadendron argenteum
Nombuso Ngubane: Long-distance dispersal characterises the population structure of Protea-associated fungi
Mashudu Nndanduleni: Can fire be used in a garden to cleanse the disease in the flowerbed?
Caroline Gelderblom: Fynbos Forum- the way forward
Session 5: Ecological Restoration
Stephen Cousins: Testing for fire-dependency in critically endangered renosterveld shrublands and soil seed banks in the Swartland, South Africa
Zoe Poulsen: Conserving Living Landscapes: Investigating impacts of livestock grazing and assessing rangeland restoration potential in Overberg renosterveld
Stuart Hall: Implications for management of lowland fynbos ecosystems resulting from restoration experiments in Cape Flats Sand Fynbos
Johann van Biljon: Lessons learnt in implementing the Berg and Breede River Riparian Rehabilitation Programme (DEADP)
Dean Impson: Moving forward with rotenone projects: rapid removal of non-native fishes from two farm dams and strong recovery of threatened fishes in a priority river for fish conservation
Wessel Vermeulen: Planning for the rehabilitation of plantation “exit” areas in the Garden Route National Park
Thabang Sibiya: Long-term monitoring of the recovery of fynbos in clearfelled pine plantations in the Garden Route, Western Cape
Petro Botha: Taking urban conversation by the horns-the four legged approach.
Johann van Biljon: An ecological approach to landscaping
Stephanie Midgley: Using restoration of ecological infrastructure as an approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation for agriculture in the Fynbos Biome
Bongani Mnisi: THE IINGCUNGCU PROJECT: Restoring nectar feeding birds, building biodiversity leadership.
Session 6: Sustainable use and cultivation
Martina Treurnicht: Spatial variation in sensitivity of serotinous Proteaceae to wildflower harvesting inferred from large-scale demographic data in the Cape Floristic Region
Timothy Macqueen: Re-opening the case for wild Frankenflora: testing Protea species for hybidization using DNA and HRM analysis
Nicholas Galuszynski: How can farmers help in conserving the evolutionary potential of Honeybush (Cyclopia spp)?
Session 7: Climate Change
Edmund February: Collapse of an iconic conifer: Long-term changes in the demography of Widdringtonia cedarbergensis using repeat photography
Andrew Turner: Climate, fire and frogs: a sign of things to come?
Tanisha Williams: Predicting Plant Responses to Climate Change in a Biodiversity Hotspot
Pam Booth- The Knysna Fires
Session 8: Planning and Management
Alana Duffell-Canham: The 2017 Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan
Julia Wood: The doughnut of protected areas management in the city of Cape Town
Kerry Maree: TMFs contribution towards implementing the Western Cape Protected Area Expansion
Odette Curtis: Gains and Losses in the Renosterveld: are we winning or losing?
Clive McDowell: Lowland Natural Corridors in Greater Cape Town: the M3 Road Verge, Constantia as a Case Study
Fezile Mathenjwa: Thinking ahead: making sure we have an insurance policy for our threatened plant species
Rupert Koopman: Marasmodes : a Canary in the donut
Ismail Ebrahim: Hands off! Identifying critical habitat sites for threatened plant species
Dale Wright: Bird-friendly: Habitat Management Guidelines for the endemic birds of the Fynbos Biome
Louis Van Wyk: Living alongside meso-predators on an eco-sensitive estate
Felicia Magutywa: Effects of various Wastewater Effluent Discharge on Environmental and Biological Conditions of the Vygekraal and Kuils Rivers downstream of Athlone and Zandvliet WWTWs respectively.
Joshua Gericke: Estuary mouth breaching as an emergency control measure for Prymnesium parvum: A Zandvlei case study
David Le Maitre: Protecting the Strategic Water Source Areas of the Fynbos Biome for water security under climate change
Maya Beukes: PRESENCE: Using knowledge to build a living landscape
Julia Wood: Biodiversity planning forum
Session 9: Citizen Science
Sophia Turner: How the Ant taught Scholars about Science – a story by Iimbovane Outreach Project
Georgina van Biljon: Environmental education opportunities in aftercare facilities in the Cape Winelands.
Randall Josephs: Citizen scientist at work: Collecting long-term monitoring data.
Joey Hulbert: Revealing hidden threats to fynbos biodiversity with citizen science
Louise Matschke: Changing lives through nature- Reconnecting people to nature; the CEET creche to career model explained
Boitshekwane Kgantsi: Table Mountain Fund (TMF) Small Grant Programme