Travel Award Winners


Mohamed Awad

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

Al-Azhar University, Cairo


Sewes Alberts

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

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Dorcas Lekganyane

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

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Benedicta Ngwakum

DNA barcoding of South African sponges

University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Abubaker Bello

Biogeography of Southern African Legumes

Umaru Musa Yarádua University, Nigeria.

Ann Mwaura

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

National Museum, Kenya

Anifat Bello

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

University of Johannesburg, 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)

Universite Marien Ngollabi, Congo


Roel Houdanoun

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

University of Parakou, Benin

Timothy Macqueen

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

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

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

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Tiru Golla

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

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Barnabas Daru

Widespread phylogenetic homogenization of plant communities from anthropogenic change

Harvard University, USA


Tiyani Xin

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

Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substances and Resources Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine, China

Alfred Arulandu

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

RIKILT-Wageningen UR, Netherlands

Saravanan Mohansunaram

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

Bharathiar University, India.

Valentina Betancur

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

EAFIT University, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.


Adrian Luczon

Barcoding of bats (Order: Chiroptera) in the Philippines using the mitochondial  cytochrome oxidase I gene

University of the Philippines, Philippines



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, South Africa

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, South Africa

Rendi Muthaphuli

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


University of Cape Town, South Africa

Mudzuli Mavhunga

Soil Fusarium in the Gauteng grassland biome


University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Kerry Etsebeth

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


University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Sachin Dorasamy

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


University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Fortunate Phaka

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


North-West University, South Africa

Judith Kushata

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


Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Khanyi Shabangu

Sisyranthus: A poorly known genus within Apocynaceae from southern Africa


University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Andries van der Walt

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


University of Pretoria, South Africa

Serita van der Wal

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


North-West University, South Africa

Courtney Puckree-Padau

The genus Spongites (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) in South Africa


The University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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, South Africa