Briza Authors

At Briza, our authors are our pride! They are specialists in their fields and above all great writers, producing excellent books which educate us and lead us to a greater understanding of our world.

Nigel Gericke

Briza Publications author Nigel Gericke studied botany and zoology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, graduating with B.Sc Honours in plant ecology 1978 and then went on to study medicine at the same university, graduating as a medical doctor in 1984. He has a strong interest Primary Health Care, and has practised medicine in the public health sector in rural, township, and academic settings in South Africa, and also as a district medical officer in Labrador, Canada.

From 1995-2000 he was an advisory panellist to the United States Pharmacopoeia’s Nutrition and Electrolytes Expert Advisory Panel. He has been documenting and photographing indigenous medicinal plant usage in southern Africa for the last twenty years, with a view to contributing to the conservation of this body of local knowledge. To date he has co-authored two books on indigenous South African medicinal and edible plant use, Medicinal Plants of South Africa, and Peoples Plants.

In 1998, together with colleagues, he founded a natural medicines enterprise called Phyto Nova to develop and distribute novel manufactured natural medicines from cultivated indigenous South African medicinal plants. He presently works as an independent scientific and medical consultant at the interface of medicinal plant innovation, Primary Health Care, and rural development. He is a member of the IUCN/WWF Medicinal Plants Specialist Group, and photographic editor for the journal Pharmaceutical Biology.

Books by Nigel Gericke

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Rolf Becker

Briza Publications author Rolf Becker graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as a Master of Science and PhD in Biochemistry. He was Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Limpopo for 20 years, while also furthering his...

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Alma Möller

Briza Publications author Alma Möller graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Genetics, and a Master of Science in Entomology, after obtaining a postgraduate certificate in Electron Microscopy. She worked at the University of Limpopo as Electron...

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CJ Cilliers

Author CJ Cilliers is a retired researcher with a PhD in entomology. She is known for her research on the biological control of insects pests and aquatic weeds, implementing biological control and integrated pest and weed management in South Africa and elsewhere. This...

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CE van Ginkel

Author CE van Ginkel is a freshwater scientist, with a PhD in botany. As a special scientist in the then Department of Water Affairs, she practised aquatic science over several decades throughout South Africa. She was the coordinator of the National Eutrophication...

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Piet van Wyk

The late author Piet van Wyk (1931 - 2006) was a biologist who worked for three decades as a researcher in the Kruger National Park. He authored several popular books on southern African trees. Wyle outeur Piet van Wyk (1931 - 2006) was 'n bioloog wat drie dekades as...

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