FABI, the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, at the University of Pretoria, is a post-graduate research institute that was established in 1997, based on a recognition that the future of forestry and agriculture in South Africa will strongly depend on the incorporation of new and emerging technologies into these industries. Major opportunities for these industries have emerged in recent times, from the applications of biotechnology and bioinformatics, amongst many others. FABI scientists undertake goal-directed research, in partnership with major players in the forestry and agricultural sectors in South Africa and in so doing, promote both human capital and industrial development in the country.

Being based at the University of Pretoria provides FABI with the capacity to build future human resources in biotechnology, that are crucial to the future of forestry and agriculture in South Africa. It also enables collaboration and linkage with the majority of statutory bodies undertaking research in the plant and animal sciences. Additional value comes from training grants, participation of students in research programmes, and an enormous human and technological resource associated with this University.

Staff at the University of Pretoria linked to FABI, have also had long-term associations with the fruit tree industry as well as with many other programmes linked to agricultural and forestry crops. Since its establishment, FABI has grown rapidly. FABI is made up of about 180 people including, more than 20 academic staff, 130+ postgraduate (Hons, MSc, PhD) students, postdoctoral fellows, research visitors, and a small core of technical and support staff. Approximately 30 languages are spoken by members of the FABI Team, illustrating a remarkably multinational and multicultural group.

New Publications

Exporting to RIS
Pavlic-Zupanc D, Wingfield MJ, Boissin E, Slippers B. (2015) The distribution of genetic diversity in the Neofusicoccum parvum/N. ribis complex suggests structure correlated with level of disturbance. Fungal Ecology 13:93-102. 10.1016/j.funeco.2014.09.002
Rodas CA, Serna R, Hurley BP, Bolaños MD, Granados GM, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Three new and important insect pests recorded for the first time in Colombian plantations. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science 10.2989/20702620.2014.965983
Romón P, De Beer ZW, Fernández M, Diez J, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Ophiostomatoid fungi including two new fungal species associated with pine root-feeding beetles in northern Spain. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-014-0286-1
Osorio JA, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2014) A review of factors associated with decline and death of mangroves, with particular reference to fungal pathogens. South African Journal of Botany 10.1016/j.sajb.2014.08.010

FABI Events

2014-10-23 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: David Read
Mashudu Nxumalo - Description of legume-nodulating Burkholderia: past, present and future
Caryn Oates - The structure and composition of the Leptocybe-induced gall
Ntwanano Maluleke - Isolation and identification of blackleg/soft rot causing bacteria using multiplex PCR
Gloria Mukwirimba - A survey of the brassica vegetables grown by smallholder farmers in Gauteng province, Waterberg district in Limpopo province and seed-borne diseases encountered
Edgar Mangwende - Seed-borne fungi associated with herb seeds and their effect on germination
2014-10-24 08h00-16h00 TPCP/CTHB Tree Planting Session FABI nursery on the experimental farm

All students please come and help to plant some trees at the FABI facilities on the experimental farm. Pizzas & soda for free!

2014-10-30 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Kavani Sanasi - Title pending
Buyani Ndlovu - Title pending
Caryn Oates - Title pending
Palesa Madupe - Title pending