ONGOING PROJECTS


NATIONAL MONITORING
FABI diagnostic clinic team - National Survey and diagnostic services, compilation of host list
Funding: FABI, DEFF
Drs Trudy Paap & Mesfin Gossa (FABI, UP) - Countrywide PSHB survey in botanical gardens
Funding: SANBI, IPSN, FABI

 

BIOLOGICAL CONTROL
Dr Felicitas Chaba Ambele (FABI, UP, Postdoctoral Fellow)
Supervisors: Profs B. Hurley, W. de Beer, M. Hill, F. Roets
Project: Exploring potential biocontrol agents for PHSB control
Funding: DEFF, FABI

Shawn Fell (FABI, UP, Technical)
Supervisors: Profs W. de Beer, B. Hurley, G. Marais
Project: Impact of PSHB on Pecan trees in South Africa
Funding: SAPPA

 

NATURAL FORESTS
Garyn Townsend (FABI, UP, PhD student)
Supervisors: Profs B. Hurley, W. de Beer, M. Hill, F. Roets
Project: Impact of PSHB on Native forests in South Africa
Funding: CBC, CTHB, FABI, DEFF

Elmar Van Rooyen (US, MSc student)
Supervisors:  Prof. F. Roets, W. de Beer, M. Hill
Project: Impact of PSHB in Cape Peninsula and on Southern Cape Native forests
Funding: CTHB, US, FABI, DEFF

 

AGRICULTURAL CROP TREES
Shawn Fell (FABI, UP, MSc student)
Supervisors: Profs W. de Beer, B. Hurley, G. Marais
Project: Impact of PSHB on Pecan trees in South Africa
Funding: SAPPA

Keamogetswe Maswanganyi (FABI, UP, MSc student)
Supervisors:  Dr A. Hammerbacher, Prof. W. de Beer
Project: Microbial volatiles as potential host finding-cues for the PHSB
Funding: CTHB, Max Planck Institute

Claire Randolph (FABI, UP, MSc student)
Supervisors: Prof. W. de Beer, Prof. I. Barnes, Dr Trudy Paap
Project: Population genetics of Fusarium euwallaceae in South Africa
Funding: FABI, DEFF

 

COMMERCIAL FORESTS
Dr Trudy Paap & Darryl Herron (FABI, UP)
Project: Countrywide PSHB survey in commercial plantations (pines, eucalypts, wattles)
Funding: FABI, TPCP

 

URBAN FORESTS

MSc project (Wits)
Supervisors: Profs M. Byrne, Dr S. Newete
Project: Remote sensing tools for PSHB risk assessment in urban areas (Johannesburg & Soweto)
Funding: Wits

 


COMPLETED PROJECTS


ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT OF PSHB

Project leader: Prof. D. Richardson

Supervisors: MP De Wit, DJ Crookes, JN Blignaut, ZW de Beer, T Paap, F Roets, C Van der Merwe, DM Richardson.
Project: Invasion of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer Beetle in South Africa: A preliminary assessment of the economic impacts
Funding: CIB, CBC, CTHB, FABI, DEFF

 

NATURAL FORESTS

Garyn Townsend (FABI, UP, MSc student)
Supervisors: Profs W. de Beer, M. Hill, F. Roets
Project: Impact of PSHB on Southern & Eastern Cape Native forests
Funding: CBC, CTHB, FABI, DEFF

 

AGRICULTURAL CROP TREES

Michael du Toit (FABI, UP, MSc student)
Supervisors: Profs N. van den Berg, W. de Beer, Dr G. Fourie
Project: Impact of PHSB on Avocado trees in South Africa
Funding: Hans Merensky

Claire Randolph (FABI, UP, Honours student)
Supervisors: Prof. W. de Beer, Dr Trudy Paap
Project: Survey of PSHB in commercial tree nurseries in Gauteng
Funding: FABI

Dee Twiddy (FABI, UP, Honours student)
Supervisors: Dr G. Fourie, Profs. N. van den Berg, W. de Beer
Project: Impact of PHSB on macadamia trees in South Africa
Funding: SAMAC

 


ENVISAGED PROJECTS


PhD project (advertised) (US)
Supervisors: Profs F. Roets, W. de Beer
Project: Monitoring and reducing the impact of PSHB in the Somerset-West area
Funding: Vergelegen Estate