GoLife team and collaborators, Buffelskloof, SA

Mycophygolife last sampling trip – exploring South Africa and Namibia

During the summer of 2019 (May 14-June 22), the following members of the Mycophygolife team participated in an extensive field trip across South Africa and Namibia: Arnold Lab: Betsy Arnold, Alicia Ibáñez, Shuzo Oita; Hom Lab: Erik Hom, Maya Kaup; Lewis Lab: Louise Lewis, Lisa Terlova; and Lutzoni Lab: Francois Lutzoni, Jola Miadlikowska, Ian Medeiros, Nicolas Magain, Adam Flakus, Josef Geml, Reinaldo Vargas.  This trip was possible thanks to Ian Medeiros who suggested sites for sampling and organized the complex schedule and logistics for the South African part of this nearly 40-day long field trip, and thanks to Alicia Ibáñez who took care of the Namibian part and all the administrative tasks for obtaining multiple permits needed for this collecting trip. We are particularly thankful to our local collaborators and hosts, especially Terry Hedderson from the University of Cape Town, John and Sandi Burrows from Buffelskloof Nature Reserve, Gillian Maggs-Kölling and Eugene Marais from the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre, as well as the officials and staff from the South African National Parks, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, CapeNature, the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation, National Commission on Research, Science and Technology and Ministry of Mines in Namibia. We explored and collected in South African provinces of Mpumalanga (Buffelskloof Private Nature Reserve), KwaZulu-Natal (Karkloof Nature Reserve, Maloti-Drakensberg Park), Western Cape (Swartberg Nature Reserve, Garden Route National Park, Table Mountain National Park, West Coast National Park), Northern Cape (Namaqua National Park), and Namibian provinces of Otjozondjupa (Waterberg National Park) and Erongo (Dorob Natioanl Park, Gobabeb). Betsy Arnold gave a presentation on the GoLife project at the University of Cape Town.

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