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More than fifty students and postdoctoral fellows used nearly 200 bags of potting soil to replant a record-breaking 4800 cuttings and seedlings into potting bags at the FABI nursery on 21 April. The plants consisted of various Eucalyptus clones and Acacia mearnsii seedlings supplied by member companies of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and will be utilised for experimental purposes. 

The plants are central to the research conducted by different programmes at FABI. They are used to test for resistance to insect pests and pathogens as well as research in biological control. Students and postdoctoral fellows in the TPCP, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) and the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) programmes took part in the exercise. As always, what was perceived as hard work early in the day, evolved into a fun-filled team-building exercise with the added benefit of doing something constructive and experiencing a sense of achievement, rewarded with pizza, soft drinks and a braai. They even made an impromptu choir to congratulate FABI director, Prof. Mike Wingfield, on his birthday.

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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