FABI had the pleasure of hosting a visit on the 22 August by a delegation of senior management and researchers from the Indonesia-based Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL), a division of the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) Group of companies. Led by APRIL’s Head of Fibre, Mr Anderson Tanoto and Head of Research, Dr Mukesh Sharma, the group was welcomed by the Institute’s Director, Prof. Mike Wingfield. The visit included a round table discussion regarding the challenges that pests and pathogens pose to commercial forestry internationally. And more specifically how multidisciplinary research can addresses these challenges. The rapid spread of pests and pathogens, driven by increasing international air travel and sea trade, has made it imperative to cement international collaborations to combat these invasive species. The group toured some of FABI’s key facilities including world-class laboratories and the Institute’s Biocontrol Centre on the University of Pretoria’s Research Farm.  The intention of this visit will be to build closer research ties on pests and pathogens threatening plantation forestry globally.  This follows a long-term philosophy of the tree health team at FABI, the largest single group globally working on tree health issues to engage across a broad international landscape. Thus to produce increasingly robust knowledge on the pathways of movement of tree pests and to reduce the threats posed by them.

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Phasha MM, Wingfield BD, Coetzee MPA, Santana QC, Fourie G, Steenkamp ET. (2017) Architecture and distribution of introns in core genes of four Fusarium species. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 7(11):3809-3820. 10.1534/g3.117.300344
Chen SF, Liu QL, Li GQ, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Quambalaria species associated with eucalypt diseases in southern China. Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 10.15302/J-FASE-2017173 PDF
Meyer J, Berger DK, Christensen SA, Murray SL. (2017) RNA-Seq analysis of resistant and susceptible sub-tropical maize lines reveals a role for kauralexins in resistance to grey leaf spot disease, caused by Cercospora zeina. BMC Plant Biology 17:197. 10.1186/s12870-017-1137-9
Nel WJ, Duong TA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW. (2017) A new genus and species for the globally important, multi-host root pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12803
Aylward J, Wingfield BD, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield MJ, Steenkamp ET. (2017) Contrasting carbon metabolism in saprotrophic and pathogenic Microascalean fungi from Protea trees. Fungal Ecology 30:88-100. 10.1016/j.funeco.2017.09.002