Sonja Loots obtains her PhD

Sonja Loots obtained her Doctorate at the Department of Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Balsgård and Alnarp in 2019.

Doctorate thesis title: Habitat characteristics, genetic diversity and conservation concerns for the genus Lithops in Namibia


The dwarf succulent genus Lithops, with 16 species in Namibia is of conservation concern and also over-classified. Habitat profile, spatial arrangement and abundance were investigated in 1 population of L. pseudotruncatella. Plant abundance, habitat variables and long-term monitoring data were analysed in 9 L. ruschiorum populations. Genetic variability within and among 15 species (23 taxa in total) was studied with AFLP markers to elucidate relationships between taxa and reveal any isolation by distance patterns.