Vernon Visser

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Agricultural intensification is critical to meet global food demand, but intensification threatens native species and degrades ecosystems. Sustainable intensification (SI) is heralded as a new approach for enabling growth in agriculture while minimizing environmental impacts. However, the SI literature has overlooked a major environmental risk. Using data(More)
Grasses using the C4 photosynthetic pathway dominate frequently burned savannas, where the pathway is hypothesized to be adaptive. However, independent C4 lineages also sort among different fire environments. Adaptations to fire may thus depend on evolutionary history, which could be as important as the possession of the C4 photosynthetic pathway for life(More)
A study was designed to explore the possibility of detecting the haematocrit of blood by means of admittance measurements. The admittance and phase angle of blood kept in a measuring cell were determined at various frequencies between 60 kHz and 24 MHz. A reliable and accurate estimation of haematocrit was obtained in two ways. First, low-frequency(More)
A new method is described to noninvasively and continuously measure changes in blood volume (BV) during hemodialysis by means of an optical reflection method with an optical monitor (950 nm) clipped onto the arterial blood line. The amount of reflected light (L) appeared to be linearly proportional to the erythrocyte concentration (r = 0.91). Changes in L(More)
Distribution data are central to many invasion science applications. The shortage of good information on the distribution of alien species and their spatial dynamics is largely attributable to the cost, effort and expertise required to monitor these species over large areas. Virtual globes, particularly Google Earth, are free and user-friendly software(More)
A method to measure intra- and extracellular conductivity is evaluated. In vitro experiments show that these two variables can be measured separately. The conductivity appears to depend on the concentration and fluid volume of the compartment concerned. In vitro variation of the intracellular volume of blood by dilution and by shrinking and swelling of(More)
A method to measure intra- and extracellular conductivity is evaluated. In vitro experiments show that these two variables can be measured separately. The conductivity appears to depend on the concentration and fluid volume of the compartment concerned. In vitro variation of the intracellular volume of blood by dilution and by shrinking and swelling of(More)
HYPERTENSION AND hypotension are serious problems in haemodialysis therapy and both to a certain extent are related to changes in blood volume (BV). At the start of a haemodialysis session BV is often expanded due to overhydration. During haemodialysis BV may shrink by up to 20 per cent, frequently leading to hypotension (KIM e t al., 1970). Monitoring of(More)
Urban landscapes are highly fragmented (leading to the extinction of native species) as well as transformed and disturbed (creating novel environments). Such conditions provide non-native species with opportunities to establish and spread through “urban green areas” (UGAs). UGAs can serve as stepping stones for many alien species to recruit and may become(More)