27 Feb 2020

Hans Merensky Chair in Avocado Research established at FABI

The Hans Merensky Chair in Avocado Research has been established at FABI within the Avocado Research Programme (ARP).

27 Feb 2020

FABIans participate in NRF-NSF funded bark beetle mycobiome network

The research team in FABI that works with bark and ambrosia beetles, are currently part of an international collaborative project with American peers, funded jointly by die National Research Foundation (NRF) and National Science Foundation (NSF).

26 Feb 2020


The University of Pretoria’s newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sandile Mthiyane was welcomed to the FABI Monday morning meeting by Director Prof.

19 Feb 2020

Data Jamboree at FABI

The Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) in FABI hosted a “Data Jamboree” on 7 February that saw 44 students in the research programme spend the day capturing historical data from the disease clinic.

17 Feb 2020

FABIans attend the MycoSafe-South workshop

Three FABIans, Dr Neriman Yilmaz, Dr Felix Fru and Claudette Dewing attended the two-day MycoSafe-South workshop hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in collaboration with Ghent University (GU) in Belgium, from 13-14 February.

12 Feb 2020

The Macadamia Protection Programme’s first survey for 2020

Dr Gerda Fourie, leader of the Macadamia Protection Programme at FABI along with postdoctoral Fellow Dr Arista Fourie, PhD candidate Angel Maduke and MSc students Ashleigh Smith, Dee Twiddy and Byron Sonnekus, recently visited various Macadamia growers in the Mpumalanga Province to conduct disease consultations, sample diseased material for new and on-going research projects and plan future field experiments.

11 Feb 2020

Building collaborations in Uganda

In January 2020, Prof. Brett Hurley and Dr Nicolas Kagimu visited Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

10 Feb 2020

FABIans talk science and earn two places in FameLab SA

Two FABIans have each earned a spot in the FameLab SA contest and they stand a chance to represent South Africa in the FameLab International finals in the United Kingdom.

7 Feb 2020

FABIans celebrate another PhD in the bag

FABI congratulates Robert Backer who marked the milestone of completing his PhD study with a prestige seminar on 6 February.

5 Feb 2020

Edgar Mangwende marks completing his PhD study with a seminar

Edgar Mangwende celebrated the milestone of completing his PhD study with a seminar at the Plant Sciences Complex Auditorium on 4 February.

4 Feb 2020

FABIan wins Best PhD award

FABI PhD graduate Dr Elrea Strydom was awarded the Protein Research Foundation’s “Best PhD Award of the Year 2018” at a ceremony at their head office in Woodmead, Johannesburg on 30 January.

3 Feb 2020

FABI’s ‘Gentle Giant’ passes his PhD

Congratulations to Jan Nagel on completing all the requirements for his PhD, becoming the second FABIan in as many days to achieve this milestone.

31 Jan 2020

Joey Hulbert becomes the first FABIan to complete his PhD in 2020

FABI would like to congratulate Joey Hulbert on becoming the first FABIan to successfully fulfill all requirements for completion of their PhD in 2020.

29 Jan 2020

Tree Planting goes on despite wet conditions

Forty eight students from the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) in FABI braved cool, wet and muddy conditions on the morning of 24 January to replant 1,500 seedlings into potting bags.

27 Jan 2020

PSHB is spreading in the Western Cape

Profs Roets and De Beer confirmed last week that the PSHB outbreak in the Western Cape is expanding.

24 Jan 2020

FABIans attend PAG Conference

The 28th Annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG XXVIII) was held in San Diego, USA from 11-15 January.

23 Jan 2020

Quentin Guignard wins CTHB-The Conversation writing competition

FABI PhD candidate Quentin Guignard bagged a R30,000 cash prize paid towards attending an international conference of his choice after winning a writing competition held in conjunction with the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) and The Conversation Africa.

22 Jan 2020

FABI mancom members discuss strategy for 2020

Following discussions on the way forward for FABI in 2020, the Tree protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) management committee members briefed students and staff at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus on 17 January.

22 Jan 2020

FABI focusses on the United Nations 2020 International Year Of Plant Health

The United Nations (UN) has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH-2020). This will be "to raise awareness of the importance and impacts of plant health in addressing issues of global importance, including hunger, poverty, threats to the environment and economic development".

21 Jan 2020

Celebrating the Lunar New Year with Chinese friends

Professor Mike Wingfield, Founding Director of FABI and Prof. Brenda Wingfield (NRF SARCHi Chair in Fungal Genetics) had the honour of being invited by His Excellency Mr Lin Songtian, the Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, to attend a celebration of the 2020 Lunar New Year.

16 Jan 2020

FABIans look forward to outstanding science and exciting developments at 2020 opening and welcome breakfast

FABI will be the place to be in 2020 for plant health research and events marking the United Nation’s International Year of Plant Health (IYPH 2020) said Prof. Bernard Slippers at the Institute’s opening on 13 January.

6 Dec 2019

FABI participates in first annual meeting of the HOMED project

The First Annual Meeting of the HOMED project was held from 27-29 November in Padova, Italy.

6 Dec 2019

Two FABIans awarded the best presentation at the Zoology AGM

The University of Pretoria's Department of Zoology and Entomology held its annual general meeting on 28-29 November.

5 Dec 2019

Fifteen FABI PhDs for the year as Andi Wilson completes her PhD

Andi Wilson has become the 15th FABIan to successfully complete their PhD, thereby closing off a remarkable year for the Institute.

4 Dec 2019

FABIans feature at the French-SA Science and Innovation days

The French-South African Science and Innovation Days was held in the CSIR from 2-3 December.

29 Nov 2019

FABIans present at the Australasian Plant Pathology Society conference

The Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) celebrated its 50th anniversary at their 22nd Biennial conference in Melbourne from 25-28 November. They met up with a number of FABIans at the meeting.

28 Nov 2019

FABI academics end the year on a high

FABI has ended the year on a high with the promotion of staff members and international recognition as leaders in their field.

27 Nov 2019

FABI celebrates 14th PhD success at Miekie Human’s prestige seminar

FABI congratulates Miekie Human, who on 25 November marked the successful completion of her PhD thesis with a prestige seminar.

26 Nov 2019

Book review fun at FABI MMM

As a fun alternative to the usual Monday Morning Meeting (MMM) presentations, FABI Deputy Director Prof. Fanus Venter invited FABIans to present a short review on their favourite books they have recently read at MMM on 25 November.

26 Nov 2019

David Nsibo becomes the 13th FABIan to pass his PhD in 2019

FABI celebrated the completion of the Institute’s 13th PhD candidate in 2019 with David Nsibo successfully defending his PhD on 21 November.

22 Nov 2019

Researchers from 27 countries meet to discuss biological control of forest insect pests

The IUFRO Working Party 7.03.13 meeting on the ‘Biological Control of Forest Insect Pests and Pathogens’ was hosted by FABI from 5-8 November.

22 Nov 2019

FABI hosts the Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa

From 3-5 November, participants from Government research institutes and universities gathered at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Campus, for a Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA) workshop on the implementation of classical biological control to manage insect pests in plantation forests.

22 Nov 2019

FABI contributes to CIB workshop

FABI’s Dr Trudy Paap and collaborator Dr Alberto Santini (CNR ISPP, Italy) attended and contributed to a workshop on “Frameworks used in Invasion Science” organised by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) in held in Stellenbosch from 11-13 November.

20 Nov 2019

FABIans celebrate the end of a fruitful year at the Institute’s year-end function and awards ceremony

FABI Director Prof. Guests included Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at UP Prof. In his address, Prof. Dr Irene Barnes presented a number of awards on the night, with the premium award, FABIan of the Year going to PhD student Stephanie van Wyk. In the new category, Best Postdoctoral Fellow, two awards were given to Dr Marc Bouwer and Dr Victoria Maloney. For their creativity,Prof. Prof.

19 Nov 2019

FABI bioinformatics tool, The RIPper, selected for the PeerJ feature collection

The prestigious PeerJ feature collection highlights novel and innovative developments in the field of biotechnology. The RIPper was chosen for the PeerJ bioinformatics feature collection by senior editors Professors Claus Wilke and Keith Crandall.

19 Nov 2019

FABI students and researchers participate in Biomaker Workshop

What does the average biologist have to do with programming microprocessors? Prof. The GCRF pump-priming funding has allowed Prof. Photo caption: November Biomaker workshop participants.