SANBI Plant Systematics students excel

15 November 2014

Robyn Powell, Luvo Magoswana, Sarah Hutchinson - Compton HerbariumThree postgraduate students at the Compton Herbarium were awarded prizes for their research presentations in October.

Mr Luvo Magoswana (centre) was awarded the best Honours student presentation at the SANBI Biodiversity Science Symposium. In his presentation, entitled “A systematic study of Inulanthera (Anthemideae, Asteraceae)”, he presented his taxonomic revision of the genus and explored circumscriptions and relationships using morphological, fruit anatomical and molecular sequence data.

Ms Sarah Hutchinson (right) was award the best Masters student presentation at the University of Johannesburg, Botany and Plant Biotechnology, Student Symposium.  Sarah’s presentation entitled “Systematics of the medicinally important genus Alepidea (Apiaceae): the A. setifera group”, explored the challenges in monitoring the trade of the dried rhizomes of this genus (which is one of the most heavily traded medicinal plants in South Africa) and how this task is impeded by the lack of a working taxonomy for the genus.

Ms Robyn Powell (left) was awarded third place for the best Doctoral presentation across the Faculty of Science at the Research Open Day of the University of the Western Cape. Robyn’s presentation entitled “Systematics, Diversification and Ecology of the Conophytum-clade (Ruschieae; Aizoaceae)” explored generic relationships and circumscriptions for a clade of genera within the succulent family Aizoaceae (currently recognised as the top priority family for taxonomic research in South Africa).

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Submitted by Solomzi at 21/12/2014 - 14:44
Congratulation guys I fellow in you foot steep as I'm currently busy with my Btech.
Submitted by SOL at 02/12/2014 - 19:14
Submitted by Lebohang Majara at 17/11/2014 - 8:28
Congrats team!
Submitted by MaryM Pamella at 16/11/2014 - 18:32
Congratulations 2 u all its so good to see young people so passionate about their studies, and the nature best of luck once again. We hope 2learn more from you all.

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