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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

Swett CL, Porter B, Fourie G, Steenkamp ET, Gordon TR, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Association of the pitch canker pathogen Fusarium circinatum with grass hosts in commercial pine production areas of South Africa. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science :1-6. 10.2989/20702620.2014.916087
Mbenoun M, de Beer ZW, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Roux J. (2014) Reconsidering species boundaries in the Ceratocystis paradoxa complex, including a new species from oil palm and cacao in Cameroon. Mycologia 106 10.3852/13-298
Schoch CL, Robbertse B, Robert V, Duong V, Cardinali G, Irinyi L, Meyer W, Nilsson RH, Hughes K, Miller AN, Kirk PM, Abarenkov K, Aime MC, Ariyawansa HA, Bidartondo M, Boekhout T, Buyck B, Cai Q, Chen LJ, Crespo A, Crous PW, Damm U, De Beer ZW, Dentinger BTM, Divakar PK, Dueñas M, Feau N, Fliegerova K, García MA, Griffith GW, Groenewald JZ, Groenewald M, Gryzenhout M, Guo L, Hambleton S, Hamelin R, Hansen K, Hofstetter V, Houbraken J, Hyde K, Johnston PR, Karunarathna SC, Kõljalg U, Kovács GM, Kraichak E, Krizsan K, Larssen K-H, Leavitt S, Letcher PM, Liimatainen K, Liu J-K, Lodge JD, Luangsa-ard JJ, Lumbsch HT, Maharachchikumbura SSN, Manamgoda D, Martín MP, Minnis A, Mulè G, Nakasone KK, Niskanen T, Olariaga I, Papp T, Petkovits T, Pino-Bodas R, Powell MJ, Raja HA, Redecker D, Seifert KA, Shrestha B, Stenroos S, Stielow B, Suh S-O, Tanaka K, Tedersoo L, Telleria MT, Udayanga D, Untereiner WA, Uribeondo JD, Vágvölgyi C, Visagie C, Walker DM, Weir BS, Weiß M, Wen-Ying Z, Wijayawardene NN, Wingfield MJ, et al. (2014) Finding needles in haystacks: linking scientific names, reference specimens and molecular data for Fungi. Database 2014:1-22. 10.1093/database/bau061
Van der Nest MA, Bihon W, De Vos L, Naidoo K, Roodt D, Rubagotti E, Slippers B, Steenkamp ET, Wilken PM, Wilson A, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2014) Draft genome sequences of Diplodia sapinea, Ceratocystis manginecans, and Ceratocystis moniliformis. IMA Fungus 5(1):135-140. 10.5598/imafungus.2014.05.01.13 PDF

FABI Events

2014-07-24 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Osmond Mlonyeni
Collins TanuiDifferential gene expression of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis in planta and in vitro
Zelda PieterseFungal biodiversity associated with mesembs in the Namaqua National Park of the succulent Karoo biome
Edgar MangwendeSeeds as primary sources of infection of cultivated aromatic and medicinal herbs in South Africa
Stephen Taerum  -  Origin and diversity of the fungus Leptographium procerum associated with the red turpentine beetle in China
2014-07-25 18h00 SPOOF 2014 FABI seminar room
Theme: Circus Carnival
The annual meeting of the Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF). Have a look at the photo galleries of previous SPOOF meetings and see why you should not miss out on the funniest, craziest annual event in FABI!