14 Sep 2021

GRP Disease Diagnostic and Extension service ready for new season after their visit to Cropwatch

During the week of 6-8 September, members of the Grain Research programme (GRP) travelled to Komatipoort to visit research partners, Cropwatch Africa.

13 Sep 2021

FABI team returns to the Cederberg for sampling

Members of the FABI met up with colleagues from Stellenbosch University to sample declining trees in the Cederberg mountains.

9 Sep 2021

SASSB webinar explores a continental floristic riddle

The September webinar of the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology on 2 September had as guest speaker Dr Isabel Sanmartin, a senior scientist at the Royal Botanical Garden, CSIC in Madrid, Spain.

3 Sep 2021

FABIan sets sail for science

A PhD candidate in FABI, Francinah Rankoma is one of four students from the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria to be selected to embark on a 36 day voyage onboard the research vessel SA Agulhas to collect samples and conduct experiments in the south Atlantic ocean.

2 Sep 2021

The problem of CAM in India highlighted at the August FABI International Seminar

This month’s FABI International Seminar on 26 August moved into the medical mycology sphere casting the spotlight on the devastating impact that COVID-19 associated mucormycosis (CAM) is having on the Indian population.

1 Sep 2021

FABI PostDoc Student wins Inqaba's ‘Africa Genome Challenge 2021’ Award

Dr Neriman Yilmaz was a category winner in Inqaba Biotec's ‘Africa Genome Challenge 2021’ competition to promote a new sequencing platform available to their clients.

31 Aug 2021

SANBI’s Sentinel Plant Project renders training support for horticulture students at DUT

Recently, FABI had established a collaboration partnership with the Department of Horticulture at Durban University of Technology (DUT) to train students through the SANBI Sentinel Plant Project.

26 Aug 2021

Bagworms from wattle and pine emperor larvae from… Eucalyptus!

Three FABIans set out to collect pupae of the wattle bagworm (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) and larvae of the pine emperor moth (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) near Greytown.

25 Aug 2021

Scouting for native natural enemies of PSHB

A team from FABI visited various sites in the greater Durban area to scout for native natural enemies of the PSHB that can be used in a biological control programme

25 Aug 2021

FABI says farewell to Arista

n Friday 13 August, members of the Macadamia Protection Programme along with other FABIans gathered to say farewell to Dr Arista Fourie.

23 Aug 2021

The Solanaceae family unpacked at the August SASSB webinar

‘Solanaceae - more than potatoes and tomatoes!’ was the topic of the plenary speaker Dr Sandra Knapp of the Natural History Museum in London at the August Southern African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB) webinar.

20 Aug 2021

Almuth’s publication hat-trick

Congratulations to Professor Almuth Hammerbacher who has scored a hat-trick with a third publication in a journal with an Impact Factor of higher than 10 in consecutive years.

19 Aug 2021

FABI researcher presents at the international APS conference

Myriam Solís, a PhD candidate in the Eucalyptus and Pine Pathogens Interactions (EPPI) research group in FABI, participated in the conference of the American Phytopathological Society (APS).

18 Aug 2021

IFSA Forestry Career in Africa book launched

The International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA) and the joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forestry Education launched their book “Building a successful forestry career in Africa: Inspirational stories and opportunities” during an online event.

12 Aug 2021

Yosef Hamba Tola completes the first FABI-ICIPE joint PhD

A hearty congratulations to Yosef Hamba Tola on successfully completing all requirements for his PhD degree.

10 Aug 2021

The FABIlous FABwarts School of Sci-craft and Wizardry

The meeting of the Epsilon Chapter of the Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF) hosted by FABI saw witches, wizards, elves, pixies, muggles, mudbloods and all other manner of magical folk and creatures join in the evening’s fun at the FABwarts School of Sci-craft and Wizardry.

6 Aug 2021

The problem of invasive mycorrhizal fungi discussed in the July FABI International Seminar

Dr Anne Pringle discussed the “Problem of invasive mycorrhizal fungi” as our guest speaker for the month of July FABI International Seminar Series on 29 July.

4 Aug 2021

FMG shines at the ASPB Plant Biology Worldwide Summit

More than 20 members of the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) programme in FABI had a front-row seat to the latest research and technological advances across a variety of plant biology disciplines attending this year’s ASPB Plant Biology Worldwide Summit 2021.

3 Aug 2021

In Memoriam: Valentina Nkosi

FABI was shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of Valentina Nkosi on 23 July.

2 Aug 2021

Radio interviews as part of International Year of Plant Health

As part of the public outreach for the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH 2020), Prof. Plant health Your browser does not support the audio element. Crop nutrition Your browser does not support the audio element.

28 Jul 2021

An inoculation “party” in FABI

On Thursday 22 July Prof. Mike Wingfield, founding Director of FABI was joined by colleagues to undertake a suite of inoculations aimed at understanding the role of a number of tree pathogens of importance to various FABI projects.

23 Jul 2021

Celebrating Mmatshepho's PhD degree

FABI celebrated the successful completion of Mmatshepho Phasha’s PhD degree on 12 July making it an all-woman PhD record since the start of the year for the Institute.

22 Jul 2021

Congratulations to Wilma Nel on completing her PhD!

Congratulations to Wilma Nel on completing all requirements for her PhD on 13 July.

21 Jul 2021

FABI and Innovation Africa @UP expands IoT sensor network with Engineering. 4.0

FABI and Innovation Africa @UP are partnering with Engineering 4.

20 Jul 2021

Steven Hussey participates in international Hort Dialogues symposium

Dr Steven Hussey was one of three international researchers to present their work in an online symposium, “Hort Dialogues”, on 15 July.

19 Jul 2021

Construction of an artificial diet room started at the FABI Biocontrol Centre

Construction of an artificial diet room has started at the FABI Biocontrol Centre at Innovation Africa.

14 Jul 2021

FABI well represented at ESSA

From 28 June until 1 July, academic staff, postdoctoral Fellows and students from FABI attended the 22nd Biennial Entomological Society of Southern Africa (ESSA) Congress.

12 Jul 2021

Celebrating Josephine Queffelec’s Prestige Seminar

FABI celebrated the completion of Josephine Queffelec’s PhD with her Prestige Seminar “Influence of reproductive biology on the invasive dynamics of Sirex noctilio” on 30 June.

8 Jul 2021

Joint FABI-SASSB fungal evolution symposium

FABI and the Southern African Society of Systematic Biology (SASSB) jointly hosted a webinar with the theme ‘Fungal evolution’ on 1 July.

5 Jul 2021

SAIF recognizes FABI students

Two FABI PhD candidates were recognized for research excellence by the Southern African Institute of Forestry (SAIF).

1 Jul 2021

Phyloge-Know-Its take gold in the FABI Quiz Night

FABI’s popular online Quiz Night had 12 teams battling for honours once again on 25 July.

1 Jul 2021

Getting excited about fungal viruses

Professor Brenda Wingfield has created a podcast on Mycoviruses.

28 Jun 2021

Kiwi Growers visit FABI

FABI recently hosted a visit by five representatives of the South African Kiwi Growers Association.

21 Jun 2021

FABI researchers present at the NSTF Plant Health discussion forum

FABI researchers participated in the NSTF-hosted two-day Plant Health Discussion Forum webinar.

10 Jun 2021

FABI hosts the SASSB webinar series

FABI is hosting a new monthly webinar series on behalf of the SASSB to enable sharing of systematic research and to offer researchers an online space for discussion about their systematic biology research, thoughts, and questions.

9 Jun 2021

SANBI Sentinel Plant Project hosts a training workshop for DUT horticulture students

In April 2021, FABIans met with staff members of the Department of Horticulture at Durban University of Technology (DUT) to discuss possibilities for student training through the Sentinel Plant Project.