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.


29 Nov 2021

TREE House launched in FABI

On 20 October, FABI launched a new project called the TREE House. This initiative aims to create a safe space for all FABIans to discuss social issues and to make FABI a more inclusive place.


29 Nov 2021

Tree planting brings the year to a close

Some 40 FABI students and interns working in the TPCP, CPHB and GRP participated in the last tree planting event for 2021.


27 Nov 2021

Sunflowers the topic at the last FABI International Seminar in 2021

The final talk for 2021 in the popular FABI International Seminar series was presented by Dr Nicolas Langlade.


26 Nov 2021

Publication Party celebrates student achievements

FABI hosted a second publication party for the year on Tuesday 16 November.


25 Nov 2021

Book Club at Monday Morning Meeting

The “Book Club” has become a regular annual event held during a selected FABI Monday Morning Meeting towards the end of each year.


23 Nov 2021

Assessment of plant health in the Cape botanical gardens

Postdoctoral research Fellow, Dr Mesfin Gossa visited three botanical gardens in the Western Cape Province as part of the SANBI-funded Sentinel Plant Project.


22 Nov 2021

Industry experts unpack the intricacies of maize production in South Africa at MCET lecture

FABI chaired a national maize cultivar evaluation trial (MCET) lecture on 11 November.


19 Nov 2021

Mike Wingfield included on Highly Cited Researchers list for the fifth consecutive year

FABI received the good news that Prof. Mike Wingfield, has again been included on the Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers (2021/2022), this for the fifth consecutive year.


18 Nov 2021

Mad Macs attend the SAMAC Macadamia Day in the KNP

The Macadamia Protection Programme (MPP) team attended the annual Macadamias South Africa NPC (SAMAC) grower symposium in the Kruger National Park.