FABI hosts NSF-sponsored “research experience for students” symposium 2022-11-10
After two years of delay due to the SARS CoViD-2 pandemic, FABI was recently able to welcome a large group of USA graduate students and academics to participate in a USA National Science Foundation (NSF) -funded symposium, focused on fungal biological invasions. The symposium, as part of the NSF IRES (International Research Experience for Students) programme, will run for approximately 20 days and includes 10 USA graduate students paired with 10 FABI graduate students, together with 14 faculty instructors from various countries and institutions including FABI. The extensive (and intensive) programme, running from 1-20 November, commenced with two days of lectures on invasion biology at Berg-en-Dal in the Kruger National Park. This was followed by two days of visits to plantations, hosted by York Timber Company in the Sabie area, providing opportunities to collect mycorrhizal samples and to gain exposure to the South African forestry industry. The programme for the symposium, planned over a period of more than a year, has been formulated to expose students to a broad range of tools and experiences relating to the study of invasive fungi and biological invasions in general.