25 May 2022

TechWomen fellow Flora Adachi Asibe spends seven-week internship at FABI

Flora Asibe, a PhD student from IITA, Nigeria completed a TechWomen fellowship at FABI.


24 May 2022

NGRP hosts its first research day

On 9 May the National Grain Research Programme hosted its first research day at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus.


13 May 2022

FABI students and staff shine at Bio2022 Conference

FABI shone at the recent South African Society for Bioinformatics and the South African Genetics Society's first joint hybrid conference.


12 May 2022

Up&Out welcomed to FABI

On 21 April, the FABI TREE House welcomed special guests Up&Out for its last session.


11 May 2022

The most destructive citrus pathogen highlighted in the FABI International Seminar Series

Plant virologist Dr Svetlana Folimonova was this month's guest speaker in the popular FABI International Seminar Series


5 May 2022

Catch me if you can!

PhD candidate Elisa Pal from the MaPP conducted a field trial using traps baited with stink bug pheremones - the first time this has been done in SA.


4 May 2022

Prof. Mike Wingfield receives an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Free State

FABI Founding Director, Prof. Mike Wingfield was awarded an Honorary DSc degree from the University of the Free State during their April graduation ceremony.


28 Apr 2022

Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources delegation visits FABI

FABI and the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Pretoria hosted a delegation of academics from the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN).


26 Apr 2022

Bird's eye view to monitor the Eucalyptus snout beetle

The Remote Sensing of Plant Health Satellite Lab in FABI has established an innovative project using UAVs to detect and monitor the Eucalyptus snout beetle.


25 Apr 2022

Easter tea at FABI

FABI’s traditional monthly Tea party returned on 20 April after a 26-month COVID-induced hiatus.


25 Apr 2022

Pathogenicity trials season opens!

Four members of the Macadamia Protection Programme in FABI, visited Nseleni nursery in Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal during a three day fieldtrip.


20 Apr 2022

GRP extension trips: where to from here?

Two GRP extension teams visited the Eastern Cape and Free State Provinces during February and March to collect samples for numerous research projects.


19 Apr 2022

Cobus Visagie visits Cranfield University and attends the 125th British Mycological Society meeting

Professor Cobus Visagie recently visited Prof. Naresh Magan and Dr Angel Medina-Vaya at the Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute.


8 Apr 2022

SASSB Webinar examines the ‘Dinosaurs of Darkness’

This month’s SASSB Webinar on 7 April had as the keynote speaker Prof. Jonah Chioniere of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.


6 Apr 2022

The root fungus Ganoderma attracts the attention of young eyes

During an after-school walk, Luna Visagie (4,5 years old), daughter of FABIans Dr Neriman Yilmaz and Prof. Cobus Visagie, spotted an impressive bracket fungus growing from the stem of a large Karee tree.


5 Apr 2022

Functional ecology of forest diseases discussed at the March FABI International Seminar

The guest presenter at the March FABI International Seminar was Dr Jonas Oliva, a researcher in the Department of Crop and Forest Science at the University of Lleida, Spain.


4 Apr 2022

A FABI visit to Hexagon Bio

Professors Brenda Wingfield and Mike Wingfield had the opportunity to visit Hexagon Bio situated in the Menlo Parks Labs campus south of San Francisco.


31 Mar 2022

Teamwork makes quick work of inoculations

Earlier this month, a wonderful team of FABIans helped inoculate around 1200 pine trees with Fusarium circinatum as part of a research trial for Sappi.


30 Mar 2022

FABI at the Fusarium workshop

A number of FABI team members attended the 2022 Fusarium Workshop at the Asilomar Conference Centre a day prior to the 31st Fungal Genetics Conference (FGC).


29 Mar 2022

Combined TPCP diagnostic clinic and field extension trip

The TPCP diagnostic clinic and field extension team spent the week in the field visiting different field sites and facilities.


28 Mar 2022

FABIans attend the 31st Fungal Genetics Congress at Asilomar

A team of seven FABI researchers attended the 31st Fungal Genetics Conference (FGC), held from 15-19 March at the Asilomar Conference Centre, south of San Francisco.


25 Mar 2022

Students and staff learn from Cropwatch Africa

FABIans, and an undergraduate class had the opportunity to gain from the experience of Roedolf Nieuwenhuis of Cropwatch Africa.


24 Mar 2022

Additional office space at the FABI Biocontrol Nursery and Insect Rearing facility

A former storeroom at the Biocontrol Centre has been repurposed as office space for students working there.


22 Mar 2022

Early easter egg hunt for the MadMacs

In February, PhD candidate Elisa Pal joined by her fellow comrades from the Macadamia Protection Programme went on a massive egg hunt.


18 Mar 2022

Survey of wattle pests and pathogens in Awi Zone, Ethiopia

FABI has partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast and ICFR to develop a research project to determine the diversity and distribution of wattle pests and pathogens in the Awi Zone of Ethiopia, and investigate potential management options.


17 Mar 2022

FABIans are two of the BSPP’s “40 Faces of Plant Pathology”

Two FABIans have been featured in the BSPP's “Forty Faces of Plant Pathology” that forms part of the Society’s 40th anniversary celebrations.


16 Mar 2022

Czech visitors present on their research at MMM

Three visitors from the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences presented their research during the FABI MMM of 14 March.


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.