The first publications by four FABI students in the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) was celebrated at a publication party on 16 August. This is a FABI tradition celebrating the publication of the first peer-reviewed journal publications from the MSc and PhD studies of these students working in the TPCP and CPHB. Caitlin Gevers, Myriam Solís, Shae Swanepoel and Demissew Teshome were congratulated on this significant achievement by FABI Director Prof. Bernard Slippers as well as by their respective supervisors.


Gevers C., B. Slippers, I. Germishuizen, G. Dittrich-Schröder, B.P. Hurley. 2021. The distribution and diversity of Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) and its gall associates in South Africa. Southern Forests: A journal of forest science 83(3): 196-204. 10.2989/20702620.2021.1944395

Solís M., M.J. Wingfield, A. Hammerbacher, S. Naidoo. 2022. Comparison of the Infection Biology of Teratosphaeria destructans and Teratosphaeria epicoccoides on Eucalyptus. Plant Disease 106(7): 1944-1951. 10.1094/PDIS-09-21-1877-RE

Swanepoel S., C.N. Oates, L.S. Shuey, G.S. Pegg, S. Naidoo. 2021. Transcriptome analysis of Eucalyptus grandis implicates brassinosteroid signaling in defense against Myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii). Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 4: 778611. 10.3389/ffgc.2021.778611

Teshome D.T., G.E. Zharare, S. Naidoo. 2020. The threat of the combined effect of biotic and abiotic stress factors in forestry under a changing climate. Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 601009. 10.3389/fpls.2020.601009