Delegates participating in the International Forestry Students Symposium (IFSS) 2017 visited FABI on Sunday 16 July. The group of approximately 121 students hail from 30 nations from across the globe. The students were welcomed by FABI Director Prof. Wingfield, who spoke about the Institute’s proud history and achievements. They were then shown around FABI’s facilities on the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield Campus followed by a tour of the FABI Biocontrol Facility at the nearby Research Precinct. The students ended their Symposium at FABI, having travelled more than 3,000km through five Provinces. The Symposium closed with an awards ceremony hosted by IUFRO (see news item) at the Uitspan venue. This was attended by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, General Bheki Cele as well as senior members from his Ministry, the South African forestry industry and senior members from the University of Pretoria.

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De Beer ZW, Marincowitz S, Duong TA, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Bretziella, a new genus to accommodate the oak wilt fungus, Ceratocystis fagacearum (Microascales, Ascomycota). MycoKeys 27 10.3897/mycokeys.27.20657 PDF
Li JQ, Wingfield MJ, Liu QL, Barnes I, Roux J, Lombard L, Crous PW, Chen SF. (2017) Calonectria species isolated from Eucalyptus plantations and nurseries in South China. IMA Fungus 8(2):259-286. 10.5598/imafungus.2017.08.02.04
Pham HTL, Nguyen LTT, Duong TA, Bui DTT, Doan QT, Nguyen HTT, Mundt S. (2017) Diversity and bioactivities of nostocacean cyanobacteria isolated from paddy soil in Vietnam. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 10.1016/j.syapm.2017.08.001
Wingfield BD. (2017) The privileges and opportunities of a research sabbatical. South African Journal of Science 113(9/10):#a0234. 10.17159/sajs.2017/a0234
Bose T, Burgess TI, Roux J, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Phytophthora alticola; revised description based on new collections and a neotype. Sydowia 69:161-170. 10.12905/0380.sydowia69-2017-0161