Bark Borers and their Kin in Macadamias

by Schalk Schoeman, Rersearch Extension Manager, SAMAC The polyphagous shot hole borer was positively identified on macadamias in the South Coast during March this year. Various bark borer species were observed on macadamias since 2014 and their incidence has been increasing every year since then. This situation is not unique and other countries with subtropical [...]

South African scientists on pandemic’s frontline (Financial Times. London, 15th February 2021).

Decision to halt AstraZeneca roll-out highlights vital role played by country’s experts. Scientists are concerned the South Africa coronavirus strain could be far more widespread in the UK than test results show, threatening plans to start lifting lockdown once vaccines have been deployed. South Africa’s pause of its rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in response [...]

Beekeeping and the Challenges that Face the Industry: Part Two

By Inge Lotter 15 October 2020 The Effect of Pesticide and Fungicide Application on Apis mellifera (honey bees) In the previous article we looked at one of the challenges that face beekeepers in South Africa which is theft and vandalism of their bee hives. The second and very serious challenge that beekeepers face is directly [...]

How a Barberton Farmer Caught Macadamia Thieves Red-Handed

How one Barberton farmer stalked a gang of nut thieves over three months until he caught them red-handed and made an arrest for theft - with cunning and a shotgun. To protect his identity we will call this hero farmer "Tom" and refer to the arrested thief as "Jerry". Tom farms a hundred plus hectares [...]