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FABIans ushered in 2017 with a sumptuous breakfast and the annual group photo on 23 January. The day marked the first Monday Morning Meeting of the year and the resumption of research activities at FABI with staff and students returning from their annual year-end break. Staff, students and visitors filled the FABI auditorium (some had to listen in from outside) for the official welcome by Professor Mike Wingfield and a message by Deputy Vice-chancellor at the University of Pretoria, Prof Anton Ströh.

Prof. Wingfield congratulated FABIans on their accomplishments in 2016 despite disruptions to the academic year and challenges caused by #FeesMustFall protests on campus. Prof Wingfield also reflected on FABI’s growth and history as it enters its 20th year. He encouraged students and staff to brace themselves for a “reasonably challenging year” by remaining positive and striving for success in their scientific endeavours.

Prof. Ströh congratulated FABI on its many accomplisments and reassured FABIans of the University’s very strong commitment to academic excellence and research.  He further shared with the team many new and innovative initiatives that the University will embark on during the coming year aimed at promoting research.

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Linnakoski R, Forbes KM, Wingfield MJ, Pulkkinen P, Asiegbu FO. (2017) Testing projected climate change conditions on the Endoconidiophora polonica / Norway spruce pathosystem shows fungal strain specific effects. Frontiers in Plant Science 8:883. 10.3389/fpls.2017.00883 PDF
Crous CJ, Burgess TI, Le Roux JJ, Richardson DM, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Ecological disequilibrium drives insect pest and pathogen accumulation in non-native trees. AoB Plants 9:plw081. 10.1093/aobpla/plw081
Swart V, Crampton BG, Ridenour J, Bluhm BH, Olivier NA, Meyer JJM, Berger DK. (2017) Complementation of CTB7 in the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina overcomes the lack of in vitro cercosporin production. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions First Look Online 10.1094/MPMI-03-17-0054-R
Wingfield MJ, Slippers B, Wingfield BD, Barnes I. (2017) The unified framework for biological invasions: a forest fungal pathogen perspective. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-017-1450-0
Tanui CK, Shyntum DY, Priem SL, Theron J, Moleleki LN. (2017) Influence of the ferric uptake regulator (Fur) protein on pathogenicity in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense. Plos One 5(12) 10.1371/journal.pone.0177647