30 Aug 2018

FABI alumnus Ryan Nadel makes a pit stop at FABI with students from Auburn University

Old FABIan and Assistant Research Professor at Auburn University, Prof. Ryan Nadel, made a turn at FABI on 17 August before heading back to the United States following a tour of southern Africa with a group of his students.

29 Aug 2018

Ten out of ten for FABI as Gaby Carstensen successfully defends her PhD thesis

Gabrielle Carstensen successfully defended her PhD thesis on 27 August, fulfilling all the requirements for a PhD degree – the tenth FABIan to do so this year.

28 Aug 2018

The South African Women in Science Awards 2018 recognises the contributions of two FABIans

The FABI flag flew high at this year’s SAWiSA gala event held at The Ranch Resort in Polokwane on Thursday 23 August, with two representatives attending as finalists: Dr Irene Barnes, a research leader in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB), and Danielle Roodt, a PhD candidate in the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) Programme.

27 Aug 2018

FABI celebrates the completion of the ninth PhD degree in 2018

Valentine Nakato presented her prestige seminar at the Plant Sciences Complex auditorium on 24 August, becoming the ninth PhD candidate at FABI in 2018 to reach this milestone.

27 Aug 2018

Revered population geneticist delivers a special seminar at FABI

Dr Emmanuel Wicker, a population geneticist at the Interactions Plant Microorganisms Environment unit of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), delivered a special seminar at FABI on 23 August.

24 Aug 2018

FABIan attends an Insect Genetic Technologies course in the USA

FABI Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schröder, attended an Insect Genetic Technologies short course at The Insect Transformation Facility, University of Maryland, United States from the 22-27 July.

16 Aug 2018

CERC-FABI team conducts major inoculation experiment

To answer long standing questions regarding host relationships in the important group of Ceratocystisfungi, the CERC-FABI team under Dr ShuaiFei Chen initiated a major inoculation experiment at the CERC nursery in the past week.

16 Aug 2018

ICPP brings “Wicked Smaht” people to Boston: a FABI student perspective

The week of 28 July to 3 August, saw several FABI postgraduate students descended on Boston, Massachusetts to attend the International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP).

15 Aug 2018

CTHB Outreach team returns to NSW 2018

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) Outreach team participated in the 2018 National Science Week (NSW) - an initiative driven by the Department of Science and Technology and in support of the Mpumalanga Department of Education and takes place in all nine provinces of South Africa - over a one-week period (30 July to 3 August 2018).

14 Aug 2018

FABIan wins the United Scientific competition

Congratulations to FABI PhD candidate Ariska van der Nest who was selected as the lucky winner of the MacBook Air in the United Scientific -80°C Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer competition.

14 Aug 2018

FABIans participate in ICPP Forest Pathology fieldtrip

Three FABIans, Prof Bernard Slippers, Dr Irene Barnes and PhD candidate Arista Fourie had the opportunity to attend the ICPP Forest Pathology fieldtrip on New England forest pests and diseases on 28 July.

10 Aug 2018

FABIan on North American field trip to collect samples

During the in-between weeks of attending the IMC11 and ICPP2018 conferences, Dr Irene Barnes had the wonderful opportunity to visit with Dr Jim Walla, Northern Tree Specialties in Fargo, North Dakota.

10 Aug 2018

Encounters with Dr Livingston

The recent International Congress of Plant Pathology made it possible for Prof Mike Wingfield and Prof Brenda Wingfield to visit with forest pathologist Prof William (Bill) Livingston (and his wife Ulrike) of the University of Maine.

9 Aug 2018

FABI hosts a “celebration of science” with a special seminar by three FABI PhD graduates

Three FABI alumni headlined a “celebration of science” at the Institute on 7 August. The trio, who completed their PhD degrees at FABI in recent years, presented on their recent research projects and their vision for forestry and agricultural research in the future.

8 Aug 2018

A remarkable chain of command in plant pathology with a FABI connection

The senior leadership team of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) includes a President, a President Elect and a Past President.

7 Aug 2018

FABIans make a significant impact the international 50th Anniversary Congress of the ICPP

A large group of FABIans participated in the International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) held in Boston (USA) from the 29 July to 3 August.

6 Aug 2018

Prof Brenda Wingfield awarded Fellowship of the American Phytopathological Society

At an impressive awards ceremony, Prof. Brenda Wingfield had the special honour of being awarded Fellowship of the American Phytopathological Society (APS).

3 Aug 2018

FABI connecting dots at the Entomological Society AGM

On the evening of the 26 July, the University of Pretoria hosted the Entomological Society of Southern Africa (ESSA) AGM. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss society activities and organisational matters including increasing the visibility of the Society’s journal as well as the next ESSA conference (being held from 8-12 July 2019 in Durban).

2 Aug 2018

FABIans Inspire at the Woodhill College Science Expo

The interaction of students with scientists could help inspire and shape their future.

31 Jul 2018

Fabians to present maize pathology workshop in Kenya

Foliar pests and diseases are a major constraint to maize farmers in Africa.

30 Jul 2018

FABIans receive prestigious awards at the International Mycological Congress

A large number of FABI staff, postdocs and students - both past and present - participated in the 11th International Mycological Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 16-21 July.

27 Jul 2018

FABIan participates in FAO event on forest invasive species

Professor Brett Hurley of FABI was invited to participate and present in one of the side events organised during the COFO 24 session, titled “Towards a harmonized global approach for managing forest invasive species”.

26 Jul 2018

FABI’s Mandela Rhodes Scholars celebrate the 2018 selection of 100 Scholars in residence, 100 years after Madiba’s birth

FABI has been home to three Mandela Rhodes Scholars to date: Ms Mmatsepho Phasha (class of 2011), Dr Osmond Mlonyeni (class of 2009), and FABI academic staff member Dr Steven Hussey (class of 2010).

25 Jul 2018

FABI flies high at the International Mycological Congress

The 11th International Mycological Congress (IMC), was held from 16-21 July in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is the premier international meeting focused on mycology (the study of fungi) held once every four years and hosted by the International Mycological Association (IMA).

25 Jul 2018

FABIan presents at the 31st Congress of the Phycological Society of Southern Africa

Julanie Stapelberg a MSc student from FABI - with a project based at the CSIR - presented both a poster and talk entitled “The recombinant protein production potential within South African Microalgae”. As the only biotechnologist at the conference she truly emphasised the importance of Microalgal Biotechnology for the future of South Africa!

20 Jul 2018

Two Fabians receive prestigious awards at the International Mycological Congress

The International Mycological Association (IMA) recognises one young mycologist (under the age of 40) from each of five continents for exceptional research accomplishments relating to the study of fungi.

13 Jul 2018

FABI/UP signs agreements with two major agricultural industry bodies

On 4 & 5 July FABI and the University of Pretoria (UP) signed Memoranda of Understanding with the South African National Seed Organisation (SANSOR) and Grain SA. These MOUs formalise an ongoing engagement between these organisations and FABI to enhance long-term research objectives and capacity development programmes.

11 Jul 2018

FABIan conducts a Eucalyptus root-rot disease survey

In recent years, increasing reports of Eucalyptus nitens mortality, as a result of root-rot has been received from foresters across the KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa.

11 Jul 2018

FABIan attends the 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts

FABI MSc student Julanie Stapelberg, attended the 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts in Seattle, USA from 11-13 June. Julanie say that although she knew microalgae was important but her eyes were opened at the future it has. After greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and polluted water is treated, the algae products themselves are extremely beneficial.

10 Jul 2018

FABIan presents at the HealGenCar Conference in Sweden

The HealGenCAR Conference, with the theme: Clonal forestry and breeding for resistance to pests and pathogens, took place 12-14 June in Höör, Sweden.

5 Jul 2018


In March 2018 four FABIans won prizes at the South African Society of Microbiology Congress.

5 Jul 2018

SPOOF 2018 delivers on guffaws and profoundly outrageous science!

For the third year running, PhD student Quentin Guignard walked away with the Best Dressed Male award at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF).

4 Jul 2018

The end of an era when reprints of scientific articles dominated research

For many decades, researchers depended on collections of reprints of scientific papers to maintain easy access to the literature. It was common practice for researchers to purchase reprints of their papers and to share these with colleagues globally.

3 Jul 2018

Celebrating 20 years of NSTF Awards

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) celebrated 20 years of awardees at the NSTF-South 32 Awards dinner on 28 June.

3 Jul 2018

Field visit to inspect Ceratocystis infected Eucalyptus

During the week of 25-29 June, Prof Mike Wingfield and Dr Irene Barnes visited Sappi’s tree health specialists Prof Jolanda Roux and her colleague Kayla Noeth to inspect Eucalyptus trees infected by a species of Ceratocystis.

29 Jun 2018

FABI hosts the first TYRLP bring-and-share lunch

FABI hosted the first Tuks Young Research Leader Programme (TYRLP) bring-and-share lunch on 27 June. The group of early career researchers gathered under the winter sun to share lunch with colleagues from different UP faculties and departments.