FABI hosted a visit by a group of researchers, scientific regulators and Members of Parliament from Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique and Zambia as well as representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Croplife SA on 21 September. The group were attending the USDA and Croplife SA facilitated four-day long Southern Africa Biotechnology Study Tour for regulators and researchers. The group was welcomed to FABI where Dr Hennie Groenewald, Executive Manager of Biosafety SA opened the discussions with an overview of ‘New Breeding Technologies’, focused on plants. Professor Sanushka Naidoo (Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology (BGM), Prof. Tuan Duong, Prof. Brenda Wingfield, and Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schröder all spoke on how biotechnology is being used to advance research in FABI and answered several questions posed by the visitors about these technologies, their application and safety. The group were then taken on a tour of FABI by Dr David Read and Dr Neriman Yilmaz and enjoyed a light lunch before departing for their next engagement.