Featured Research: Environment

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    SA is breaking more high-temperature records than expected

    A study by a PhD student at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology reveals that South Africa is experiencing more maximum temperature records than expected and that this trend seems to be accelerating.

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    Novel immobilising drug combinations

    A team from UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, in collaboration with the Brain Function Research Group at Wits University and the SANParks Veterinary Wildlife Services team, conducted research in the Kruger National Park to find new combinations of drugs for immobilizing animals.

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    UP scientist co-authors study on biodiversity loss index

    A study co-authored by Dr Bernard Coetzee, a senior lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria (UP), has detailed how chance events could alter the Living Planet Index (LPI), a measure of the world’s biological diversity based on population trends.

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    More drought, dust storms and heavy rains expected to spread disease

    Climate change in South Africa has major health risks associated with it, such as new vector-borne diseases emerging from heavy rainfall, malnutrition from poor food security caused by drought, and respiratory diseases caused by dust storms and air pollution.

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    Bees find it easier to drink warmer nectar

    Warmer weather makes feeding time much easier, and more effective, for honeybees, according to Professor Sue Nicolson of the University of Pretoria (UP) and colleagues from Chinese universities, who made this discovery after analysing high-speed videos. The results were published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

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    A brief history of bees

    Once upon a time there was a world without bees, but we would not have liked this world. It was a dark world without flowering plants competing to attract buzzing bees for pollination—a world without colourful fruits and berries. Even after solitary bees emerged, it took many millennia before bees became social and a colourful and sweet world, a place with nectar, emerged.

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