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SA plants being booted into extinction at a staggering rate


SA plants being booted into extinction at a staggering rate

Our three biodiversity hot spots are taking a battering from urbanisation, agriculture and invasive species, experts warn

Senior science reporter

We created farms, built cities and brought in trees from other regions – all at the expense of plant species which will never be seen again on Earth.

This is the harsh reality of what we’ve done to biodiversity in SA, and the harrowing details of it have just been published in new research (https://protect-za.mimecast.com/s/B0M1Cy8A0GuNv8LNFMmpUF?domain=cell.com) in Current Biology.

An international team of researchers, led by Prof Jaco le Roux and Dr Heidi Hirsch, affiliated with the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University, found that 79 plants in SA’s three biodiversity hot spots are now confirmed extinct...

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