JOINT CONGRESS OF THE 45th ANNUAL SAAB, AMA AND SASSB – 2nd announcement

The Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg invites you to the 45th Annual Congress of the South African Association of Botanists. This congress will be affiliating with the African Mycological Association and the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology. The congress will be held at the University of Johannesburg Kingsway campus in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. On campus accommodation will be available within walking distance of the congress venue and there are additional lodging available off campus.

The meeting will provide an exciting opportunity to present new research, interact with colleagues in respective fields and attend workshops linked to the congress. The congress theme is ‘Conserving biodiversity to ensure our future’. There is still time to submit ideas/proposals for workshops, special sessions or symposia around this theme or in a related field.

An exciting evening programme is planned to allow attendees the opportunity to interact in a relaxed atmosphere. The evening programme includes a welcoming function that will allow delegates to mix and meet-up with acquaintances, vibrant poster sessions that will benefit students through interaction with other delegates and a gala dinner with entertainment at the Randpark Golf Club.

The following confirmed speakers will present at the congress/associated workshops:

Professor Emerita Elisabeth Wheeler (North Carolina State University, USA)
Professor Emeritus Pieter Baas (Emeritus Professor, National Herbarium of the Netherlands)
Professor Jeffrey Doyle (Cornell University, USA)
Professor Luke Harmon (University of Idaho, USA)
Dr Paul Hills (SAAB President, University of Stellenbosch)

The following sessions are considered:

Invasion Biology
Ecology
Plant Conservation
Savannah ecology
Ecophysiology, Physiology and Biotechnology
Plants interacting with other organisms
Systematics and taxonomy
Ethnobotany and medicinal plants
Plant anatomy, development and structure
Mycology

Associated Workshop:

Phylogenetics in R
6th – 7th January 2019
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa
Deadline for workshop registration: October 2018
The University of the Witwatersrand will host the workshop under the auspices of the SASSB. Professor Luke Harmon from the University of Idaho will present this workshop. The aim of the workshop is the facilitation of analytical skills to benefit taxonomy and systematics research in South Africa.
For more detail, please contact Kelsey Glennon (Kelsey.Glennon@wits.ac.za).

Associated Symposium with dedicated sessions at the combined congress:

Wood anatomy: an African perspective
University of Johannesburg
South Africa.
This symposium will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the annual Congress of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB). The program will include different topics of wood and bark anatomy such as structural diversity, formation, functions, evolution and identification of these tissues with the focus on the exploration of African woody plants. The symposium will be associated with IAWA.
For more detail, please contact Alexei Oskolski (aoskolski@uj.ac.za).

Accommodation

The Congress Organisers will strive to make accommodation available at the University of Johannesburg located close to the Auckland Park campus. Additional Bed and Breakfast/Self-catering accommodation is available around the University of Johannesburg campus. Please see the congress website for additional information.
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Postdoctoral fellowship at UFS, Qwaqwa – Plant reproductive ecology

The Afromontane Research Unit and Department of Plant Sciences of the University of the Free State is pleased to announce the call for a postdoctoral fellowship based at the Qwaqwa campus in the Northern Maloti-Drakensberg. This fellowship is aimed at candidates working in the broad fields of plant ecology and evolutionary biology, with a focus on plant-animal interactions and functional floral trait evolution, with opportunities to work on a diversity of both indigenous and invasive flora in the Eastern Free State and Drakensberg mountains.
The position is open to both South African and non-South African International candidates.
All correspondence, applications and queries may be directed to steenhuisens@ufs.ac.za or alternatively sandysteenhuisen@gmail.com.
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Author: Dr Sandy-Lynn Steenhuisen, Senior Lecturer: Plant Sciences, Faculty Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State

What plant is this?

This plant was spotted in Robertson by Ryno Botha in August 2018.

Hyobanche sanguinea

Dr Paul Hills, the current SAAB President helped us with the identification.

Dr Paul Hills: “From your photographs, I am fairly confident it is Hyobanche sanguinea.  This is a very interesting plant as it is completely parasitic on other plants, it has no leaves of its own at all and therefore cannot photosynthesize.  It produces an underground haustorium which infects the root system of a neighbouring plant and which allows it access to the host plant’s nutrient resources.  The only time one generally sees the plant at all is when the flowers emerge, which is what you photographed.  Obviously this means you will only see it if you are lucky enough to come across it during flowering time, so it is rather a special find!  I was also fortunate enough to spot several examples a few years ago at the Agulhas National Park”.

This species is on the Red List of South African plants (Threatened Species List). Want to know more about this plant? Click here to go to the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) website.

Anche Louw (SAAB Executive Secretary), 13 September 2018.

Nominations due for medals and award

All corporate members are invited to nominate candidates for the following:

The South African Gold Medal for Botany

The medal is the premier award for Botany in South Africa and will be awarded on the grounds of outstanding research in Botany, Plant Sciences or related disciplines and contributions to the advancement of Botany, Plant Sciences or related disciplines. The medal will only be awarded to outstanding candidates.

The SAAB Silver Medal for Botany

The medal will be awarded on the grounds of outstanding research and/or other contributions to the advancement of Botany, Plant Sciences or related disciplines in South Africa.

The SAAB Certificate of Merit

The certificate will be awarded for outstanding contributions in the scientific, technical, artistic, educational or any other botanically allied field, made by persons not in possession of a university degree in Botany, Plant Sciences or related disciplines.

Nominations: The Curriculum Vitae of the proposed candidate must be submitted, together with a complete list of publications and an evaluation of the candidate’s scientific contribution to Botany, Plant Sciences or related disciplines.

Please refer to the SAAB constitution for further information.

Nominations must reach the secretary by email (SAABsecretary@gmail.com) by 31 August 2018.

These awards will be presented at an awards ceremony in January 2019.

 

Anche Louw (SAAB Executive Secretary), 29 August 2018

45th Annual SAAB, AMA AND SASSB Joint Congress – First Announcement

Johannesburg 8 – 11 January 2019

Congress Theme:  Biodiversity and conservation for a better tomorrow

The Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg invites you to the 45th Annual Congress of the South African Association of Botanists. This congress will be affiliating with the African Mycological Association and the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology. The congress will be held at the University of Johannesburg Kingsway campus in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. On campus accommodation will be available within walking distance of the conference venue and there are additional lodging available off campus.

The meeting will provide an exciting opportunity to present new research, interact with colleagues in respective fields and attend workshops linked to the congress. The conference theme is ‘Conserving biodiversity to ensure our future’. We would like to invite you to submit ideas/proposals for workshops, special sessions or symposia around this theme or in a related field.

An exciting evening programme is planned to allow attendees the opportunity to interact in a relaxed atmosphere.

The following sessions are considered:

  • Invasion Biology
  • Ecology
  • Plant Conservation
  • Savannah ecology
  • Ecophysiology, Physiology and Biotechnology
  • Plants interacting with other organisms
  • Systematics and taxonomy
  • Ethnobotany and medicinal plants
  • Plant anatomy, development and structure
  • Mycology

Associated Symposia:

Wood anatomy: an African perspective

Date of this symposia to be announced soon.

University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

This symposium “Wood anatomy: an African perspective” will be held on 7-10 January 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB). The program will include different topics of wood and bark anatomy as structural diversity, formation, functions, evolution and identification of these tissues with the focus on the exploration of African woody plants. The symposium will be associated with IAWA.

For more detail, please contact Alexei Oskolski (aoskolski@uj.ac.za).

Accommodation

Accommodation will be made available at the Sophiatown residence located next to the Auckland Park campus. Additional Bed and Breakfast/Self-catering accommodation is available around the University of Johannesburg campus.

Local conference organisers

Dr Eduard Venter (Chairperson)

Prof Annah Moteetee (Co-chairperson)

Ms Mildred Muller (Secretary; Hospitality Officer)

Mr Thinus Fourie (Treasurer)

Ms Janice Williamson (Registration Officer)

Prof Michelle van der Bank (Fund raising Officer)

Prof Ben-Erik van Wyk (Scientific Programme Officer)

Prof Bettine van Vuuren (Scientific Programme Officer)

Prof Fanus Venter (Adjudication Officer)

Dr Kelsey Glennon (Scientific Programme Officer)

Dr Aleksei Oskolski (Workshop Coordinator)

Ms Estherna Pretorius (Publicity Officer)

Ms Rene Tong (Venues and Facilities Officer)

Important dates

  • Registration: 27 August to 14 October 2018
  • Abstract submission deadline: 27 August to 14 October 2018
  • Late registration:15 October to 30 November 2018

Registration

Please visit the conference website (http://www.botany2019.co.za) for additional information and online registration.

Conference contact information:

Ms Mildred Muller

Email: saabconference@uj.ac.za

Tel: +27(0) 11 559 2436

Nominations for SAAB Gold and Silver medals

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The SAAB council hereby wishes to invite all corporate members (ordinary, life and honorary members) to nominate candidates for the following medals and award:

The South African Gold Medal for Botany
This medal will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances, to outstanding candidates and is the premier award for Botany in South Africa and will be awarded to any Botanist on the grounds of outstanding research and contributions to the advancement of Botany in South Africa.
Nominations:  A curriculum vitae of the proposed candidate must be submitted, as well as a complete list of publications and an evaluation of the candidate’s scientific contribution to Botany.

The SAAB Silver Medal for Botany
This medal may be awarded to any Botanist on the grounds of outstanding research and/or other contributions to the advancement of Botany in South Africa.
Nominations:  The same as those laid down for the South African Gold Medal for Botany.

The SAAB Certificate of Merit
The certificate will be awarded for outstanding contributions in the scientific, technical, artistic, and educational or any other botanical field, made by persons not in possession of a university degree in Botany.
Nominations:  The same as those laid down for the South African Gold Medal for Botany.

Further information regarding the nominations is explained in the SAAB constitution, Nominations must reach the secretary by email (forsaab@telkomsa.net) by no later than 31 August 2018. These awards will be presented at an awards ceremony in January 2019.

2017 SAAB Conference

The 2017 SAAB Annual Congress has come and gone after a precarious start.  The venue had to be changed from the UWC campus to the four star Lagoon Beach Hotel at the last minute. Most delegates didn’t mind the unexpected luxury although costs were considerably higher.  To see who won awards, click on the awards tab and page down to SAAB Awards 2017.

Big Thanks to UFS

The 42nd SAAB Congress hosted at the University of the Free State was attended by 215 delegates from all corners of South Africa. Five plenary lectures were given with special guest Jacques Vervoort from the Netherlands delivering a keynote paper on Chemical defence mechanisms in plants.  Prof William Bond was presented with the SAAB Gold Medal while Dr Rob Skelton won the Bronze.  Rabia Mathakutha cupped both the Best MSc oral presentation and the Best Young Scientist award for her paper on Understanding the role of functional traits in plant invasions in the sub-Antarctic islands. The best oral paper by a PhD went to Margaret Hulley; Honours award to Monja Berber and the Best Poster over all categories to Nelly Black. See PDF for details: First_Circular.pdf