The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) is part of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Our unique position on...
The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) is part of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Our unique position on the slopes of Table Mountain is within a World Heritage Site and at the heart of the Cape Floristic Region, which comprises two biodiversity hotspots of global significance, the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo Biomes. We aim to understand plant conservation in the context of landscape change, using a wide range of disciplines including ecology, environmental history, palaeoecology, and social sciences. Our repeat photography database is the first of its kind in Africa. We also have our own palaeoecology laboratory and fossil pollen reference collection. Since 1995 the PCU has maintained a long-term research site at Paulshoek, a communal area in Namaqualand. Our partnerships with local, regional and international networks are critical to our success. - See more at: http://www.pcu.uct.ac.za/pcu/about#sthash.zFknHWVi.dpuf