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SAAB 2012 Conference


Deadline for Abstract submission: 31 October 2011

Abstracts will be published in the South African Journal of Botany. Please ensure that your abstracts are submitted in the correct format. The congress organisers will not take responsibility for any mistakes that might exist in the abstract. It is the author’s responsibility to make sure that the abstract is “print ready”. 

Abstract submission

Abstracts should be emailed as a MS Word Document (.doc or .docx) attachment to with “SAAB 2012 Abstract” as message subject. The final date for abstract submission is 31 October 2011.

Eligibility for prizes

Please indicate on top of your abstract for which prizes you like to be considered.
The SAAB student prizes are:
  • Best young botanist (30 years or younger during the congress) 
  • PhD student
  • MSc student (Masters, Honours students & Junior students)
Please note:
  • Young botanist & PhD/ MSc awards are not mutually exclusive or automatically inclusive.
  • Please note that it is your current study status that is pertinent and not the status when you conducted your research.


The main theme is quite broad and covers all aspects of Plant Science. Depending on the amount of interest and abstracts received the following sessions will be held (please inform us if you want to add another)
  • Plant diversity and taxonomy
  • Biodiversity informatics
  • Plant physiology and biotechnology
  • Plant genomics
  • Plant invasions
  • Ecosystem services
  • Vegetation science
  • Grassland ecology and conservation
  • Global change in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Conservation, cultivation and sustainable use
  • Ethnobotany
  • Phytochemistry and biological activity
  • Biopesticides

Special session

A special session will be organised by the Land Cover Change Consortium (LCCC). This session will focus on:
  • global change in terrestrial ecosystems
  • exploring drivers and projections of changes in vegetation
  • ecosystems and biodiversity, and
  • management options for dealing with these changes.