FABIans put dreary winter days behind them in the best way they know how – through a display of colour, cocktails (non-alcoholic) and fabulous food in celebration of the first day of spring. The Institute held its annual Spring Tea in the FABI Courtyard on 1 September. FABIans shed their coats and jerseys in favour of dresses, shorts, sarongs, straw hats and the odd grass skirt in line with the Tropical Paradise theme and the gloriously warm weather.  

Prof. Bernard Slippers echoed everyone’s excitement at warmer and brighter days to come in his opening address. He thanked the 2017 FABI Social Club, who transformed the Courtyard into an island paradise, for putting together the colourful and fun spectacle. He encouraged those in attendance to use the opportunity afforded by the warm weather to appreciate the University of Pretoria’s botanical diversity, which he said rivalled that of the United Kingdom. FABIans took to a photo booth to capture memories of the day long after it had passed. 

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Human ZR, Crous CJ, Roets F, Venter SN, Wingfield MJ, de Beer ZW. (2017) Biodiversity and ecology of flower-associated actinomycetes in different flowering stages of Protea repens. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-017-0942-3
Wingfield BD. (2017) The peer review system has flaws. But it’s still a barrier to bad science. The Conversation http://bit.ly/2holsgS
McTaggart AR, Beasley DR, Wingfield MJ, Wood AR, Pretorius ZA, Drenth A, Shivas RG, Roux J. (2017) A dynamic, web-based resource to identify rust fungi (Pucciniales) in southern Africa. MycoKeys 26:77-83. 10.3897/mycokeys.26.14602
De Maayer P, Aliyu H, Vikram S, Blom J, Duffy B, Cowan DA, Smits THM, Venter SN, Coutinho TA. (2017) Phylogenomic, pan-genomic, pathogenomic and evolutionary genomic insights into the agronomically relevant enterobacteria Pantoea ananatis and Pantoea stewartii. Frontiers in Microbiology 8(1755) 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01755
Jami F, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M, Slippers B. (2017) Diversity of tree-infecting Botryosphaeriales on native and non-native trees in South Africa and Namibia. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-017-0516-x