Lehlohonolo D. Adams

Background

I completed my BSc undergraduate degree majoring in Botany and Zoology and BSc Honours majoring in Botany at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein Campus). My honours research project focussed on a vegetation comparison of Bloemfontein grasslands. Currently, I am pursuing my MSc in Botany at the University of the Free State (QwaQwa Campus).

Current research

Lhelohonolo collecting samples from the study site
Lhelohonolo collecting samples from the study site

My project investigates the invasive potential of Pyracantha angustifolia (Yellow firethorn) in the eastern Free State Afromontane grasslands. The project seeks to determine fruit production, fruit removal rates, seed dispersal, seed rain, soil seed bank, germination cues, passage through gut effect of frugivores and rodent activity on firethorn shrubs in order to understand what exacerbates its spread. Methods to measure these attributes include pollination observations, fruit estimations, camera traps, bird observations, seed traps, soil cores, germination trials and aviary experiments. Findings as an outcome of this project will lay a knowledge foundation for better management of firethorn species.