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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

Dittrich-Schroder G, Harney M, Neser S, Joffe T, Bush S, Hurley BP, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2014) Biology and host preference of Selitrichodes neseri: A potential biological control agent of the Eucalyptus gall wasp, Leptocybe invasa. Biological Control 78:33-41. 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2014.07.004
Wingfield BD. (2014) The ABCs of an NRF rating. South African Journal of Science 110(7/8):1-2. 10.1590/sajs.2014/a0072 PDF
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

FABI Events

2014-08-21 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Ncobile Kunene - Mating type gene analysis of Cercospora zeina in southern Africa
Tshepang Khahlu - Regulation of Carbon and Nitrogen fixation in soybean
DongHyeon Lee - Host range expansion of Ceratocystis albifundus in South Africa
David Read - Determining Citrus tristeza virus diversity in Grapefruit, using Illumina sequencing technology
2014-08-28 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Priyen Pillay
Annie Chan - Genome comparisons reveal the evolution of nitrogen fixation in Burkholderia
Mkhululi Maphosa - Genome based selection and characterization of Fusarium circinatum specific putative genes
Daniela Cares - The global diversity and introduction history of Glycaspis brimblecombei and its endosymbionts