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FABI has launched its Annual Blanket Drive in aid of those in need of warmth this coming winter. Donors can bring their contributions of blankets as well as coats, winter jackets, mittens, scarves and jerseys to the FABI reception area. Though winter items don’t need to be new, they still have to be clean and usable. The annual blanket collection is one of FABI’s community outreach initiatives led by Professor Noelani van den Berg.

FABIans donated 200 blankets last year to Meet and Eat, an initiative run by six church dominations that provides meals for homeless people in the Hatfield and Hillcrest suburbs. In recent years, students and staff at FABI have donated blankets and winter items to various charity organisations in Tshwane. In 2016, they also collected more than 2000 litres of bottled water in aid of Operation Hydrate, a relief campaign formed in response to last year’s devastating drought.

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Marincowitz S, Duong TA, Heiniger U, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW. (2017) A new Leptographium species from the roots of declining Pinus sylvestris in Switzerland. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12346
Faulkner KT, Hurley BP, Robertson MP, Rouget M, Wilson JRU. (2017) The balance of trade in alien species between South Africa and the rest of Africa. Bothalia 47 10.4102/abc.v47i2.2157
Van der Linde JA, Wingfield MJ, Crous CJ, Six DL, Roux J. (2017) Landscape degradation may contribute to large-scale die-offs of Euphorbia ingens in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 111:144-152. 10.1016/j.sajb.2017.03.022 PDF
Kenis M, Hurley BP, Hajek A, Cock MJW. (2017) Classical biological control of insect pests of trees: facts and figures. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-017-1414-4
Van der Linde JA, Six DL, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2017) Fungi and insects associated with Euphorbia ingens die-off in South Africa. Southern Forests 10.2989/20702620.2016.1263004 PDF