SAAB Awards for 2016

Gold Medal Award: Prof William Bond  for his extensive contributions to the teaching, research and advancement of Botany in South Africa. He is an A-rated NRF scientist and is respected for his contributions to ecology, biogeography and evolution of ecosystems and work with fire and herbivory under changing climate and edaphic conditions.

SAAB gold medal
Prof William bond (left); Prof Hannes van Staden (centre); Prof Kevin Balkwill (right)

Bronze Medal Award: Dr Rob Skelton for his PhD thesis titled: The role of hydraulic strategies in understanding the response of fynbos to drought.  University of Cape Town.  Supervisor – Dr Adam West

Best Young Scientist award:   R.Mathakutha, C. Steyn, B. Ripley, P. le Roux,M. Greve. Understanding the role of functional traits in plant invasions in the sub-Antarctic islands.

Best Oral Presentation by a PhD: Isabel Margaret  Hulley, B.E. Van Wyk, A.L. Schutte-Vlok. Quantitative medicinal ethnobotany of the Little Karoo:  which species are used for what ailments?

Best Oral Presentation by an MSc: R. Mathakutha, C. Steyn, B. Ripley, P. le Roux,M. Greve. Understanding the role of functional traits in plant invasions in the sub-Antarctic islands.

Best oral presentation by an Honours student: Monja Gerber and J.M. Berner. Differences in chlorophyll a fluorescence when sugarcane (Saccharum ) is exposed to elevated levels of CO2 and O3  in an OTC experiment.

Best Poster Over All Categories: Nelly Black, G.V. Cron, J. Harrison
Do pollinators limit plant reproduction in the high Drakensberg Alpine Centre?  Investigating the breeding system of Cineraria erodioides (Asteraceae)