One-year internships in Phytosanitation and Biosecurity

The FABI Internship Programme in Phytosanitation and Biosecurity, is designed to expand the depth and breadth of the interns’ previous academic learning in the plant health domain. The Programme draws from the expertise of multiple stakeholders and the training is coordinated with the needs of relevant industries, organizations and government. Our vision is that this Programme prepares interns for careers in the forestry and agricultural sectors. Interns will be trained to provide technical support to improve the updating of outdated import requirements; assist with a higher turnover of completed pest risk information packages and pest risk assessments, as well as to contribute to pest and disease diagnostic and extension, surveillance and biological control programs.

Applications are now open for the appointment of interns, starting 1 February 2023. The closing date for applications is 1 November 2022.

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Internship in Phytochemistry

The Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute seeks to hire an intern to assist in the laboratory preparation and analysis of plant samples for specific metabolites of interest to answer specific research questions.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Phytochemistry and Microbial Diversity

The Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria, South Africa seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow for a research project studying the influence of phytochemistry on microbial diversity in Eucalyptus. This project will use a highly diverse population of eucalypt trees that was planted in a common garden in South Africa from seed derived from the full Australian native range.

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Postdoctoral position in biological control of the Macadamia felted coccid (Eriococcus ironsidei)

Dr Gerda Fourie, Prof. Bernard Slippers and Prof. Brett Hurley seek to hire a postdoctoral research fellow to conduct research to evaluate the potential use of Metaphycus macadamiae towards control of Eriococcus ironsidei. In 2017, Eriococcus ironsidei (Macadamia felted coccid) was reported in South Africa on macadamia for the first time (Schoeman 2018). The pest is regarded as a significant quarantine threat that can affect movement of propagative material between countries. Insecticidal oils and insect growth regulators may provide some control, however an integrated pest management programme that includes biological control, needs to be developed.

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