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The ACDB welcomes our new intern, Constance Mothwa.

Constance Mothwa graduated with a BSc in Microbiology and Botany at University of Venda. Having spent a month already, Constance has been engrossed with new research techniques at the ACDB. Although her primary job specification involves assisting in the DNA Barcoding Invasive Species of South Africa, she’s having exciting experience also in herbarium specimen management, DNA extraction, DNA banking and sequencing. Constance expressed optimism to the greater and rewarding times ahead during the next nine months of her stay at the ACDB.

Degrees awarded to members of ACDB at the May 2012 graduation ceremony


  • Kowiyou Yessoufou received his PhD entitled “Phylogenetic analysis of plant community assemblages

in the Kruger National Park, South Africa”. Kowiyou accepted a post‐doc position at ACDB.

  • Bezeng Simeon Bezeng received his MSc entitled “Invasion of alien species on Robben Island: causes

and impacts on phylogenetic diversity of native plant communities”. Bezeng is continuing with a PhD at

ACDB in Invasive Biology.

  • Barnabas Daru received his MSc entitled “Molecular phylogenetics of Alooideae (Asphodelaceae)”.

  • Philip Rousseau received his MSc entitled “A molecular systematic study of the African endemic

cycads”. Philip has enrolled for his PhD at the University of Pretoria under the supervision of Prof Braam

van Wyk.