June 2020

Welcome to Issue 2 of Grassroots for 2020. This issue brings a variety of topics in the hopes to cover the interest of you, all the readers! We start this issue with some “AWNSOME” research Craig Morris has been doing on Themeda triandra awns. In his article, Craig looks at how T. triandra awns work and whether long awns are better than short awns at transporting seed across the soil to a suitable germination site, and in the process, describes the intricacies of awn racing. As usual, this month’s news articles vary greatly from climate change, locust outbreaks and increasing black rhino numbers to fire regimes, impact of drought on biodiversity and cattle farming. In these unexpected and changing times, we also include an article on Covid-19 or the pandemic of mistreated biodiversity. Finally, a new book on holistic management was released late last year. Paulina Flores reviewed it for us and provides us with an in-depth summary of this latest handbook on holistic management. We are also sad to announce the deaths of two of our members and we remember them with tributes from two of their colleagues and friends. Due to the current Covid-19 circum- stances, the GSSA Congress will be go- ing digital and will have its first online congress ever! We will still have platform presentations, posters and question time. For South African delegates, you will still even be able to claim your CPD points required by SACNASP…so please get registering before it is too late. This online GSSA Congress will be held from the 30 June to 2 July 2020. For Christiaan and me, this will be our last issue as Sub-Editor and Editor of Grassroots as we will both be stepping down in July. I would like to thank you all for your contributions and support over the time that I have been part of Grassroots and I wish the new Editor well in continuing the growth of the magazine. Stay safe and enjoy this issue

June 2020

Welcome to Issue 2 of Grassroots for 2020. This issue brings a variety of topics in the hopes to cover the interest of you, all the readers! We start this issue with some “AWNSOME” research Craig Morris has been doing on Themeda triandra awns. In his article, Craig looks at how T. triandra awns work and whether long awns are better than short awns at transporting seed across the soil to a suitable germination site, and in the process, describes the intricacies of awn racing. As usual, this month’s news articles vary greatly from climate change, locust outbreaks and increasing black rhino numbers to fire regimes, impact of drought on biodiversity and cattle farming. In these unexpected and changing times, we also include an article on Covid-19 or the pandemic of mistreated biodiversity. Finally, a new book on holistic management was released late last year. Paulina Flores reviewed it for us and provides us with an in-depth summary of this latest handbook on holistic management. We are also sad to announce the deaths of two of our members and we remember them with tributes from two of their colleagues and friends. Due to the current Covid-19 circum- stances, the GSSA Congress will be go- ing digital and will have its first online congress ever! We will still have platform presentations, posters and question time. For South African delegates, you will still even be able to claim your CPD points required by SACNASP…so please get registering before it is too late. This online GSSA Congress will be held from the 30 June to 2 July 2020. For Christiaan and me, this will be our last issue as Sub-Editor and Editor of Grassroots as we will both be stepping down in July. I would like to thank you all for your contributions and support over the time that I have been part of Grassroots and I wish the new Editor well in continuing the growth of the magazine. Stay safe and enjoy this issue