September 2019

The 54th congress of the GSSA was recently held in Upington. This was a great success and delegates enjoyed the diversity of the Northern Cape. This year the congress started differently where tours were held at the beginning of the event and ran concurrently with the Research Skills Workshop: An introductory course to the statistical programme, R. Despite the windy weather, field trips were enjoyed by many. A brief summary and some photographs are included in this Grassroots. Congress officially opened on Monday evening and attendees enjoyed the variety of presentations, posters, discussion sessions and network opportunities. This issue of Grassroots contains some of the highlights of the event. In this issue, Justin du Toit presents us with a neat solution to what the singular word is for cattle. Something useful for next time we need to refer to a single bovine animal! The Grassroots photo competition is going well and, in this issue, we congratulate our overall winner, Sigrun Ammann, on her photo titled “Lush kikuyu/ryegrass pasture at the foot of the Outeniqua mountains”. Well done Sigrun! Please continue to support our competition and carry on submitting your interesting photos. Good news is that we have had confirmation from the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) that authors of feature articles can now claim a single CPD point for each article submitted, so please keep us updated with your feature articles. Until next time, happy reading!

September 2019

The 54th congress of the GSSA was recently held in Upington. This was a great success and delegates enjoyed the diversity of the Northern Cape. This year the congress started differently where tours were held at the beginning of the event and ran concurrently with the Research Skills Workshop: An introductory course to the statistical programme, R. Despite the windy weather, field trips were enjoyed by many. A brief summary and some photographs are included in this Grassroots. Congress officially opened on Monday evening and attendees enjoyed the variety of presentations, posters, discussion sessions and network opportunities. This issue of Grassroots contains some of the highlights of the event. In this issue, Justin du Toit presents us with a neat solution to what the singular word is for cattle. Something useful for next time we need to refer to a single bovine animal! The Grassroots photo competition is going well and, in this issue, we congratulate our overall winner, Sigrun Ammann, on her photo titled “Lush kikuyu/ryegrass pasture at the foot of the Outeniqua mountains”. Well done Sigrun! Please continue to support our competition and carry on submitting your interesting photos. Good news is that we have had confirmation from the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) that authors of feature articles can now claim a single CPD point for each article submitted, so please keep us updated with your feature articles. Until next time, happy reading!