15 Mar 2022

Collection of ambrosia beetle infested material in Durban

A team of FABIans recently visited various regions in Durban to collect material infested with Euwallacea sp. ambrosia beetles.

14 Mar 2022

Dennis Omondi, “honorary FABIan”, graduated with MSc (Plant Breeding) at Maseno University, Kenya

Dennis Omondi spent two research visits in the MPPI lab at FABI and Department of Plant and Soil Sciences during his MSc degree as part of a bilateral NRF Kenya-South Africa project on maize foliar diseases.

11 Mar 2022

Prof. Wilhelm de Beer honoured

FABI colleagues, friends and family met on 8 March to honour the exceptional career of Prof. Wilhelm de Beer who will retire from the University of Pretoria at the end of March.

8 Mar 2022

FABI welcomes its first Mycobiomics visitors from the Czech Republic

FABI welcomed a group of Czech mycologists are visiting the Institute as part of an international Mycobiomics Project supported by a MSCA-RISE grant.

7 Mar 2022

FABI researchers investigate Protea health problems in Pretoria

A team of FABI researchers spent a day considering Proteaceae disease problems north of Pretoria.

4 Mar 2022

ARP presents at SAAGA 2022

Members of the ARP attended SAAGA's 202 symposium where Casey Gill presented on her research work.

2 Mar 2022

FABI “up front and evident” at NRF Awards event

Two FABIans were amongst several UP academics honoured for their NRF ratings at a recent UP-hosted gala dinner.

28 Feb 2022

Rust, Sex and Magic at the FABI International Seminar

FABI Alumnus Dr Alistair McTaggart of the University of Queensland in Australia started off the year's FABI International Seminar series with a presentation “Rust, sex, magic”.

25 Feb 2022

Farewell to Hiroyuki

FABI team members faced the sad reality of having to say goodbye to Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Hiroyuki Suzuki on 21 February, at a farewell function held in his honour at the Future Africa campus.

23 Feb 2022

FABI Director joins the GRP field trip to the Eastern Cape

Members of the Grain Research Program (GRP) team including FABI Director Prof. Bernard Slippers embarked on a field trip to the Eastern Cape Province, during the week of 6 February.

22 Feb 2022

Ministers urged to reconsider genome editing regulations in South Africa

Several academics and researchers submitted a letter last week to the Ministers of DALRRD and DHEST asking them to reconsider the new GMO regulations.

21 Feb 2022

Joint Sappi-FABI Phytophthora trials harvested

Eucalyptus seedlings were harvested five months after being inoculated as part of a joint Sappi-FABI Phytophthora trial.

18 Feb 2022

Release of new population of biocontrol agents to control Gonipterus

A tiny egg parasitoid, Anaphes nitens, was released in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the control of the eucalypt snout beetle.

17 Feb 2022

Tanay Bose appointed section editor of Mycological Progress

Mycological Progress has appointed Dr Bose as one of the section editors.

16 Feb 2022

It’s all about what we Love on Valentine’s Day

FABI celebrated love on Valentine’s Day with a fun photo competition and movie night where FABIans could enjoy watching some romantic movies.

15 Feb 2022

In pursuit of tolerance to Ceratocystis wilt on Kiwi

FABI researchers have recently been undertaking intensive research to better understand a new and important disease of Kiwi fruit in South Africa.

14 Feb 2022

GRP kick-starts its national pest and diseases surveillance in Mpumalanga

Members of the Grain Research Program team embarked on a field trip to the Mpumalanga province.

10 Feb 2022

The root rotting fungus Ganoderma strikes UP campus trees

A serendipitous discovery of an interesting fungus on the UP campus ties in with a postdoctoral research project in FABI.

7 Feb 2022

Senior Director of Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Education at UP visits FABI

Senior Director: Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Education, Department of Research and Innovation at UP, Dr Carol Nonkwelo was a guest speaker at the FABI Monday Morning Meeting.

3 Feb 2022

FABI welcomes 2022 Interns

FABI welcomed ten new interns to the Institute on 1 February.

27 Jan 2022

TPCP/CPHB strategic planning 2022

The Management Committee of CPHB and TPCP met for two days of intensive discussions prior to being met by all students and staff for a report back session.

26 Jan 2022

CPHB Interns graduate

FABI celebrated the graduation of nine interns in the FABI Internship in Phytosanitation and Biotechnology programme on 19 January.

25 Jan 2022

First fieldtrip for the Mad Macs in 2022

Four members of the Macadamia Protection Programme (MPP) in FABI, visited farms in the Mpumalanga province during a three day fieldtrip.

17 Jan 2022

Fabian presents a seminar on mycorrhizal diversity at the North Gauteng Orchid society meeting

Dr Tanay Bose present a talk on the "mycorrhizal diversity associated with orchids in South Africa" as part of the NGOS's monthly seminar series.

13 Jan 2022

FABIan presents at Genome Editing session at Science Forum South Africa 2021

Prof. Dave Berger presented in the genome editing session of the recent Science Forum South Africa 2021, where he gave an overview of current research in the field in South Africa.

17 Dec 2021

The National Grain Research Programme elects Board and representatives

The 30th of November marks a momentous day for the NGRP when its founding members from academia, industry and government adopted its constitution and voted in its first Chairperson and two Co-Directors.

14 Dec 2021

The last field trips for the year for the MadMacs

The MadMacs finished off the year with two field trips to the KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Provinces.

9 Dec 2021

FABI researcher visits SAB hop farm

FABI postdoctoral researcher, Dr David Read visited a South African Breweries (SAB) hop farm between 16 and 18 November.

8 Dec 2021

SANBI-funded Sentinel Plant Project establishes a PSHB monitoring system at the KZN National Botanical Garden

As part of the Sentinel Plant Project, Dr Mesfin Gossa has, in collaboration with the KZN NBG set up a PSHB monitoring system for the London plane trees.

7 Dec 2021

Ariska makes it ten

Congratulations to Ariska van der Nest on becoming the tenth FABIan to complete their PhD in 2021.

6 Dec 2021

YEF 2021

FABI ended the year on a high with a hybrid Year End Function on 19 November.

3 Dec 2021

A double celebration for Agil as she completes her PhD

It was a double celebration for Agil Katumanyane when she successfully defended het PhD on 30 November.

3 Dec 2021

Arrival of parasitoid wasps from Australia

On Thursday evening, 11 November, FABI welcomed a new shipment of Gonipterus egg capsules all the way from Australia!

2 Dec 2021

Connecting the dots with Indonesia

The RGE-FABI Tree Health Programme ended the year with a research update meeting on 30 November.

30 Nov 2021

Fabian receives L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award

FABI PhD student Agil Katumanyane received the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for Sub-Saharan Africa Young Talents.

29 Nov 2021

PSHB Network meets

The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer Research Network hosted a meeting on 23 November, chaired by FABI’s Dr Trudy Paap.