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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

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
Slippers B, Roux J, Wingfield MJ, Van der Walt FJJ, Jami F, Mehl JWM, Marais GJ. (2014) Confronting the constraints of morphological taxonomy in the Botryosphaeriales. Persoonia 33:155-168. 10.3767/003158514X684780 PDF
Poulsen M, Hu H, Li C, Chen Z, Xu L, Otani S, Nygaard S, Nobre T, Klaubauf S, Schindler PM, Hauser F, Pan H, Yang Z, Sonnenberg ASM, De Beer ZW, Zhang Y, Wingfield MJ, et al.. (2014) Complementary symbiont contributions to plant decomposition in a fungus-farming termite. PNAS 10.1073/pnas.1319718111

FABI Events

2014-10-01 10h00 Monthly FABI tea FABI Courtyard
2014-10-02 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Jan Nagel
Valery Moloto - Detection and identification of seedborne bacterial pathogens in onions
Zander Human - Culture-independent characterization of microbial communities in the infructescences of Protea repens
Stanford Kwenda - Identification of small RNAs in Pectobacterium atrosepticum using strand specific RNA-seq
Godfrey Kgatle - Alternaria spp. associated with sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.): The Field Experience