Tag Archives: Sudan

Soil biodiversity and ecosystem function

It has long been recognised that organisms living in the soil are important for making nitrogen available to plants and for storing carbon in the soil but a new paper in PNAS by de Vries et al… Source:  canwefeedtheworld.wordpress.com diana … Continue reading

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Friday Funnies – Films

This Friday, a series of cat and other animal videos – mostly funny. This first video is by Jim Hausman, who owns both the cat and the deer.  The deer is totally immobile, a trait found in the wild when … Continue reading

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Radio COBAM: Information on climate change and its links with forests

See on Scoop.it “Information on climate change and its links with forests are not readily available in Central Africa. The concept of climate change and its processes evolve so quickly that decision makers are hard pressed to keep up. In … Continue reading

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More Adventures of Mungo Park, Who Describes Hunger Crops in the Western Sahel, 1797

Mungo Park routinely describes foods and crops – as well as cooking and serving methods – throughout his extensive travels in west Africa.  His are amongst the most detailed sources on these topics for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth … Continue reading

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Locusts and Hyenas: The Red Sea Hills of Eastern Egypt & Sudan

Following on the recent swarms of Locusts in Egypt and Israel, here is an update of a blog on the topic (and on hyenas): Previous blogs on work in the Red Sea Hills are found here and here. During the … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving – and A Military Coup – in Sudan

Reposted for Thanksgiving 2012: In 1988 I became COP (Chief of Party) of the field component of a large natural resource management project in Western Sudan that was funded by USAID (US Agency for International Development).  Situated south of el-Obeid, … Continue reading

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Natural Environment of Egypt & Dr. Mohammed Kassas

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Yesterday it came to my attention that Dr. M. Kassas passed away in March, aged 91.  One of the most extraordinary scientific luminaries in Egypt, his botanical work over many decades cut a broad and fertile swath in areas of … Continue reading

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