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Unlocking

THE SECRETS OF LIFE

1KSA Decodes South Africa's Biodiversity
Imagine a treasure trove of genetic information, holding the key to understanding the incredible diversity of life in South Africa.

SPECIES

CARDS

33

ASSEMBLED

GENOMES

34

SAMPLES

SEQUENCED

51

SAMPLES

RECEIVED

57

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Chrysoblephus laticeps

The Red Roman, a species endemic to the South African marine environment, plays a significant role in the country's economy through both commercial and recreational fishing.

Red Roman

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Balaenoptera brydei

As the only South African resident baleen whale dependent on economically important pelagic fish, the species has high economic and ecological value in the local marine environment. Many aspects of this elusive population remain unknown.

Bryde's whale

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Ocymyrmex barbiger

Ocymyrmex barbiger plays a role in dispersing fynbos seeds.

Bearded hotrod ant

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Recently added Species

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Spekboom Diaries

DIPLOMICS spoke with Shannon Derman, one of the lead researchers from CenGen, about their most recent and exciting research project - sequencing the Spekboom Genome. Watch our three part Q&A series with her to find out more about the project.

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Unravelling the Secrets of the Red Roman

Meet Dr Romina Henriques and PhD candidate Mannda Ndou from the University of Pretoria, along with their team, as they delve deep into the genetics of the Red Roman - Chrysoblephus laticeps, a vital species for South Africa’s marine biodiversity.

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Unveiling the Secrets of Oxalis

Join Dr Kenneth Oberlander and his team at the University of Pretoria as they delve into the evolutionary biology of Oxalis, a plant genus rich in diversity and peculiarities. Discover the dual nature of Oxalis species—from invasive weeds to endangered natives—and how the 1KSA initiative is pivotal in studying these contrasts through genomics.

Explore 1KSA Stories

If exploring nature's marvels inspires you, then this genomic adventure awaits your curiosity and expertise!

1KSA is sequencing all orders of biodiversity!

1KSA Phylogenetic Tree
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