Luthando Dziba

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The monoterpene 1,8-cineole is a major constituent of the essential oils that adversely influence intake of sagebrush by herbivores, but little is known about the mechanisms of its action. We investigated the influence of 1,8-cineole on the feeding behavior of two groups of sheep, one group dosed intravenously and the other intraruminally. In the first(More)
An analytical method is required for the analysis of monoterpenes in animal plasma to support a pharmacokinetic study. Monoterpenes common to sagebrush are extracted from sheep plasma by employing solid-phase extraction (SPE), followed by analysis of the extracts by gas chromatography with flame ionization detection. The analytes are quantitated versus an(More)
Understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics of land surface phenology is important to understanding changes in landscape ecological processes of semi-arid savannas in Southern Africa. The aim of the study was to determine the influence of variation in tree cover percentage on land surface phenological response in the semi-arid savanna of Southern Africa.(More)
Carbon-based secondary metabolites (CBSMs) such as tannins are assumed to function as plant defences against herbivores. CBSMs are thought to be inversely related to growth rate and nutrient concentrations because a physiological trade-off exists between cellular growth and differentiation, but CBSM concentrations can be altered by herbivory-induced changes(More)
The increasing rate of woody plant encroachment in grasslands or savannas remains a challenge to livestock farmers. The causes and control measures of woody plant encroachment are of common interest, especially where it negatively affects the objectives of an agricultural enterprise. The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of gut passage(More)
To the Editor — Accelerated changes in biodiversity worldwide, a threat as dire to society as climate change, have driven governments across the world to create the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Scientists have risen to the challenge, thousands of us volunteer between 10 and 80% of our time to(More)
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