Travel Award Winners


Mohamed Awad

In-silico assessment of five chloroplast intergenic regions in Poaceae family for DNA barcoding (II)

Mohamed Awad(1), Mohamed Helmy(2), Kareem A. Mosa(1,3) and Fawzy El-Feky(1)

1 Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, Al-Azhar University, Cairo 11651, Egypt.
2 The Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomedical Research, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, M5S 3E1 Canada.
3 Department of Applied Biology, College of Sciences, University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 27272, Sharjah, UAE.

Sewes Alberts

Combining molecular and chemical data for species discrimination within the South African Erythroxylaceae (coca) family.

P.S.F. Alberts(1), J.J.M. Meyer(1)

1 Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20, 0002, RSA

Dorcas Lekganyane

The mystery of muthi: Unveiling the identity of bulbous and perennial plants traded at the Faraday Medicinal Market, Johannesburg, using DNA barcoding.

Dorcas M. Lekganyane(1), Ronny M. Kobongo(1) and Michelle van der Bank(1)

1 African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB), Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Benedicta Ngwakum

DNA barcoding of South African sponges

Benedicta Ngwakum(1), Peter R. Teske(1) and Toufiek Samaai(2, 3)

1 Centre for Ecological Genomics and Wildlife Conservation, Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg Kingsway campus Auckland Park 2006, South Africa.
2 Department of Environmental Affairs, Oceans and Coasts Branch, Ocean and Coast Chief Research, Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Directorate, Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Private Bag X2, Roggebaai, 8012, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
3 Marine Research Institute (MA-RE), University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, Cape Town, South Africa.

Abubaker Bello

Biogeography of Southern African Legumes

Meshack N. Dludlu(1), Abubakar Bello(1,2*), Charles H. Stirton(1), Samson B.M. Chimphango(1), Benny Lemaire(3) and A. Muthama Muasya(1)

1 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa.
2 Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural and Applied Scinces, Umaru Musa Yarádua University, P.M.B 2218, Katsina State, Nigeria.
3 Plant Conservation and Population Biology, KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 31, box 02435, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium

Ann Mwaura

Barcode of wildlife project Kenya: Role of Biorepositories and DNA barcode reference library in wildlife crime prosecution

Anifat Bello

The Cape Gum-Bushes: Taxonomy and Diversification of Pteronia (Asteraceae)

A.O. Bello(1), J.S. Boatwright(2), P.M. Tilney(1), N. Bergh(3), M. van der Bank(1), A.R. Magee(1,3)

1 African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB), Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2 Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, Cape Town, South Africa.
3 Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont 7735, Cape Town, South Africa.

Gael Bouka

Combined analysis of morphological and genetic markers reveals five probable species in the widespread taxon Khaya anthotheca (Welw.) C.DC (Meliaceae).


Roel Houdanoun

rDNA nucleotide-based phylogeny of ectomycorrhizal fungi from Guineo-Soudanian ecozone of Benin (West Africa)

Houdanoun Roel(1), Nourou S. Yorou (1), Furneaux Brendan(2) & Ryberg Martin(2).

1 Research Unit: Tropical Mycology and Soil-Plant-Fungi Interactions, Laboratory of Ecology, Botany and Plant Biology, Agronomy Faculty, University of Parakou, 03 BP 125, Parakou, Benin;
2 Program in Systematic Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Uppsala University Uppsala, Norbyvägen 18D, 75236 Uppsala, Sweden.

Timothy Macqueen

Re-opening the case for wild Frankenflora: Testing Protea species for hybidization using DNA and HRM analysis

Timothy Macqueen(1) and Alastair Potts(1)

Tonna Mojekwu

DNA-barcoding of Oreochromis aureus, O. mossambicus and O. niloticus from hatchery and from the wild: evidence for misidentification, hybridisation and cryptic species

Michael Cunningham(1)., Tonna.O. Mojekwu(1)., Olaf Weyl(2)., Roger Bills(2) and Thierry Hoareau(1)

1 Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria, X20, Hatfield 0028, Pretoria, South Africa
2 South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, 1015, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa

Tiru Golla

 Thermal adaptation as the first stage of parapatric speciation in coastal South Africa

Tirupathi Rao Golla1, Jonathan Sandoval-Castillo2, Carel van der Lingen3, Luciano B. Beheregaray2, Brent Chiazzari4, Bettine Jansen van Vuuren1, Peter R. Teske1

1The Centre for Ecological Genomics and Wildlife Conservation, Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park 2006, South Africa
2Molecular Ecology Lab, School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
3Fisheries Management, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Private Bag X2, Rogge Bay 8012, South Africa
4School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Barnabas Daru

Widespread phylogenetic homogenization of plant communities from anthropogenic change

Barnabas H. Daru1, Charles G. Willis1 and Charles C. Davis1

1Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138, USA


Tiyani Xin

Biomonitoring for traditional herbal medicinal products using DNA metabarcoding and SMRT sequencing

Tianyi Xin, Zhichao Xu, Jing Jia, Yulin Lin, Jingyuan Song*
Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substances and Resources Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100193, China

Alfred Arulandu

Development and international validation trial of a comprehensive, multi- locus DNA metabarcoding method to identify endangered species in complex samples

Alfred J. Arulandhu, Martijn Staats , Rico Hagelaar , Marleen M. Voorhuijzen, Adalberto Costessi, Danny Duijsings, François Rechenmann, Frédéric B. Gaspar, Maria Teresa Barreto Crespo, Arne Holst- Jensen, Tamara Peelen  and Esther Kok

Saravanan Mohansunaram

DNA Barcoding Reveals the Medicinal Value of Honey by it’s Floral Composition 

Saravanan. M1, Laldinfeli. R2, Laha. R. C.2, Sathishkumar. R1*


1Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Bharathiar University, Tamilnadu, India.

2Department of Botany, School of Life Sciences, Mizoram University, Mizoram, India.

Valentina Betancur

DNA Barcodes as a Tool for the Identification and Control of Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Case Study of Colombian Mammals

Valentina Grisales Betancur 1, Juan F. Díaz-Nieto1,2, Mauricio Serna-Gonzalez1


1 Department of Science, Undergraduate Biology, EAFIT University, Medellín, Antioquia, 050021, Colombia.

2Research group “Biodiversidad, Evolución, Conservación (BEC)”, EAFIT University, Medellín, Antioquia, 050021, Colombia

Adrian Luczon


Nqobile Ndhlovu

DNA barcoding of KwaZulu Natal Afromontane forest Parmelia species (Parmeliaceae): A molecular approach to specimen identification and sensitivity to climate change


University of KwaZulu Natal

Zinzi Somana

Combining morphological characteristics and DNA barcoding to clarify the biodivesrity of larval fishes and invertebrates on the East Coast of South Africa


Rhodes University

Rendi Muthaphuli

Epischoenus (Schoeneae, Cyperaceae): Taxonomic revision and DNA barcodes


University of Cape Town

Mudzuli Mavhunga

Soil Fusarium in the Gauteng grassland biome


University of Johannesburg

Kerry Etsebeth

Phylogenetic and biodiversity studies in Alcyonacea (Octocorallia) from the iSimangaliso Park, South Africa using multi-locus DNA barcoding.


University of KwaZulu Natal

Sachin Dorasamy

A phylogenetic analysis and study of the breeding and pollination system of South African Wurmbea species (Colchicaceae)


University of KwaZulu Natal

Fortunate Phaka

Amphibian diversity and Community-based ecotourism in Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa


North-West University

Judith Kushata

Comparative phylogeography of three anuran species in the Eastern Cape province forests, South Africa


Stellenbosch University

Khanyi Shabangu

Sisyranthus: A poorly known genus within Apocynaceae from southern Africa


University of Johannesburg

Andries van der Walt

Taxonomic and functional diversities of edaphic microbial communities in South African drylands


University of Pretoria

Serita van der Wal

Biodiversity, ecology and effect on hosts of branchial cavity inhabiting fish parasitic isopods (Cymothoidae) from southern Africa.


North-West University

Courtney Puckree-Padau

The genus Spongites (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) in South Africa


The University of the Western Cape

Michaela van Staden

The development and application of a novel molecular marker panel for comparative genomics in the southern African endemic catshark genus, Haploblepharus


Stellenbosch University