Issues

March 2019

This issue contains a variety of recent news articles, hopefully there’s some¬thing in here for everyone! These articles range from invasive species, soil fertility management and Lablab purpureus – a species used as a dry-season feed in Kenya to sustainable livestock production and key perfor-mance indicators for dairy farmers. We also would like to see what inter¬esting fieldwork our readers are up to and so we have started off the new year with a photo¬graphic competi¬tion. Here we invite you to submit any photos related to rangeland ecology and pasture man¬agement into our competition and your photo may be on the next cover of Grassroots. Any interesting photos taken while doing fieldwork are also encouraged – and will be put into our next issue! We would also like to hear of any achieve¬ments among our members – please let us know if you have recently completed your Masters or Doctorate or received any special awards. Finally, a reminder of the 54th GSSA Congress coming up later this year in Upington. Registration is now open, and abstracts can be submitted. It will be great to see you all there! Happy reading!

December 2018

Welcome to the fourth and final edition of Grassroots for 2018. As usual, this publication con¬tains a variety of news articles and a feature article by Chloe Maclaren, one of our members who is currently com¬pleting her PhD. Chloe introduces us to a method of integrating sheep into crop rotations – this aids in managing weeds which can save money and pro¬tect the environment. Some of the interesting local news is¬sues covered in this edition include those from Paul Gordijn and Tim O’Connor (SAEON) who have been looking at vegetation change in the Cathedral Peak grasslands and the response to different fire treatments. Wendy Collinson (EWT) introduces the new Brake4Wildlife project to try to reduce roadkill in protected ar¬eas, while Erik Verreyne explains the process of mapping the vegetation of Orapa Game Park. More on the global news front, we have a sum¬mary of Cromsigt et al’s paper on the use of large mammals for a better cli¬mate and Jack Durrell has created an awareness on the potential of Africa’s rangelands through his recently pub¬lished article. As the year draws to an end, the editorial team would like to thank all who have contributed to Grassroots throughout the year and would like to encourage all readers to send articles (both news and feature) to Grassroots in the new year. Finally, we wish all our readers safe travels, a happy festive season and all the best for a great new year. Happy reading!

September 2018

Memories through photographs, a summary of the 53rd conference, the outgoing presidential address. Two feature articles; one about being resourceful with some field equipment and the second looked into the challenges and opportunities for forage feed systems in East Africa. Articles also include Indalo Game Reserves Protected Environment, a 68 075 ha conservation area in the Eastern Cape and SAEON’s Lower Orange River Riparian Project, news on bush encroachment and the impact of shothole borer on our trees. Included is an “upcoming events page”. Please, if you are organising or know of any event of interest, and would like the Grassroots community to hear about it, contact us with the details and we will include it in the next issue.

March 2018

Urban wildlife habitats, the biodiversity damaging effect of fire control, how climate change risks the world’s microbes, the TreeApp, precision farming, the value of pee, the use of small fires on grazing management, fynbos-monitoring, why proper bird records is important , the transition of SA to a low carbon economy, how elephants can be stopped to trample trees, the new Editor-in-Chief of the AJRFS, pasture-based dairy farms to be both environmentally friendly and economically productive

November 2017

Featuring the new president of the society, influence of soil fertility on pasture growth, agricultural climate change book reviews, Eastern Cape rangeland assessment and thornveld resilience, global water crisis, shocking truth about electric fences, camera traps and genetic engineering as conservation tools, SA's bad and really bad invasive species list and new council member snippets.

August 2017

Featuring Climate Change Research in SA, Fire Art, Nitrogen and Grass-Legume pastures, World's Rarest Antelope and SA's First Biodiversity Tax Incentive.

April 2017

Bryan Mappledoram, invasive armyworm, climate change and water management, Limpopo communal dairy pastures and prickly pear invasions: friend or foe

November 2016

50th Annual Congress, Farmers Hold he Key to Nature Conservation, The Impact of Savanna Fires on Africa's Rainfall Patterns, Karoo Invasion: Is History Repeating itself?

September 2016

Featuring the 51st Annual Congress of the Grassland Society of SA, Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Rangeland Management, Virtual Reality as a Tool for Conservation and much more!

June 2016

Kikuyu oversowing methods, Managing invasive alien plants in South Africa, Scrub invasion of open grasslands, Photograph landscapes and contribute to science research

March 2016

Native Shrubs: A Simple Fix for Drought Stricken Crops in sub-Saharan Africa; Soil Erosion may Threaten Global Food Security; SAEON Launches New Study on Climate Change in southern Africa

November 2015

50th Annual Congress, Farmers Hold he Key to Nature Conservation, The Impact of Savanna Fires on Africa's Rainfall Patterns, Karoo Invasion: Is History Repeating itself?

September 2015

Irrigation and food security, Fire and goats, Sustainable by nature, AJRFS Special Issue

May 2015

Kikuyu oversowing methods, Managing invasive alien plants in South Africa, Scrub invasion of open grasslands, Photograph landscapes and contribute to science research

March 2015

50th Anniversary of the GSSA, A review of beef production in the Limpopo Province, Global food security index, Critics warn over COP 20

August 2014

Carbon credit plan for Kenyan ecology; Bush encroachment - Special journal edition; Sustainable food production; Science writing in the real world

May 2014

Grassland ecosystem guidelines, Spotlight on biodiversity, Tackling climate change through livestock

March 2014

Focus on Fracking, Ryegrass Supplementation, Climate Awareness and Resilience, Biodiversity and Key Ecosystem Services

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