Bee diversity in South Africa

Regions with a Mediterranean climate such as the Greater Cape Floristic Region in the southwest of Africa tend to have high bee diversity, making this an ideal place to study the evolution of bees and plant-pollinator relationships.

Our bee research in South Africa aims to:
  • describe bee diversity
  • investigate diversity patterns
  • study bee-plant relationships to understand the processes of diversification in the Greater Cape Floristic Region using oil-collecting Rediviva bees and their Diascia host plants as a model

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Cape Floristic Region
The Cape Floristic Region is an area at the tip of South Africa with extremely high biodiversity. The region's shrubland vegetation known as Fynbos is very special and only found in South Africa.