After an 18 month COVID-19 lockdown induced hiatus, FABI celebrated the first publications in an ISI-rated scientific journal of three FABI postgraduate students in the TPCP and CTHB groups at a gathering 3 March. Dr Wilma Nel, Privilege Makunde and Dee Twiddy celebrated this important milestone in their professional and academic careers along with a small group of FABians. A second gathering is planned in November to celebrate more first publications.


Makunde P.T., B. Slippers, D. Burckhardt, D.L. de Queiroz, S.A. Lawson, B.P. Hurley. 2020. Curent and potential threat of psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) on eucalypts. Southern Forests 82(3): 233-242. 10.2989/20702620.2020.1813650.

Nel W.J., Z.W. de Beer, M.J. Wingfield, T.A. Duong. 2020. The granulate ambrosia beetle, Xylosandrus crassiusculus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae), and its fungal symbiont found in South Africa. Zootaxa 4838(3): 427-435.  10.11646/zootaxa.4838.3.7.

Twiddy D., S. Fell, Z.W. de Beer, G. Fourie. 2021. Screening for susceptibility of Macadamia to Euwallacea fornicatus and its fungal symbiont Fusarium euwallaceae. Plant Disease 105: 739-742. 10.1094/PDIS-07-20-1555-SC.