11 Feb 2019

FABIans strengthening collaboration between France and South Africa

The French Embassy organised a meeting of French academics working in South Africa on 8 February. The meeting started with a discussion around the importance of partnerships between industry and research in both countries and how to better connect them. The second part of the meeting was dedicated to presentations and discussions about research. Among the other people present at the meeting were FABIans Laure-Anne Poissonier, Elisa Pal, Josephine Queffelec and Raphael Ployet who were all great ambassadors of FABI.


5 Feb 2019

TPCP field extension services boosted by the appointment of Dr Trudy Paap

FABI is pleased to announce that Dr Trudy Paap has been appointed with effect from February to manage the field extension services of the Tree Protection Co-operative programme (TPCP), as well as to support the development of a national pest and disease monitoring and management system that links TPCP, Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR), Industry and Government resources.


1 Feb 2019

FABIans celebrate two prestige seminars in as many days

FeiFei Liu successfully defended her PhD thesis on 29 January, becoming the second FABIan this year to earn the title “Dr”. This after she presented her prestige seminar, titled “Species diversity and host associations of plant pathogenic Ceratocystis species in China”.


31 Jan 2019

FABIans attend orchids conference

FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Tanay Bose and MSc student Ms. Modjadji Makwela presented their research at theWild Orchids Southern Africa (WOSA) Conference.


29 Jan 2019

Elrea Strydom presents the first prestige seminar at FABI in 2019

Elrea Strydom fulfilled all the requirements for a PhD degree after successfully defending her thesis on 28 January. She became the first FABIan in 2019 to achieve this accolade.


28 Jan 2019

FABI shines at SASPP meeting

The 2019 meeting of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology (SASPP) took place on the West Coast, hosted by Stellenbosch University.


26 Jan 2019

Scouting for eucalyptus pests on the Cape Peninsula

In a first step towards understanding this problem, FABI Prof. Mike Wingfield undertook a preliminary survey of Eucalyptus trees in the greater Stellenbosch area, assisted by Dr. Mike Allsopp of the Agricultural Research Council, Plant Protection Research Institute.


22 Jan 2019

Mammoth inoculation trial of pine seedlings

Late in 2018, 14 FABIans banded together for the mammoth task of inoculating and disease assessment of 6,360 Pinus patula seedlings with 159 Fusarium circinatum isolates.


18 Jan 2019

Leaders in the TPCP outline strategy for the months ahead

Members of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme(TPCP) met at the Future Africa campus on 17 January for a briefing on developments affecting the management and work done in the programme in 2019.


17 Jan 2019

FABIans herald 2019 at the Institute’s welcome breakfast and first Monday Morning Meeting

The excitement was palpable as FABI Director Professor Bernard Slippers welcomed staff and students to their first gathering in the Institute for 2019.


16 Jan 2019

Professor Mike Wingfield appointed Advisor to the UP Executive

The University of Pretoria (UP) has appointed FABI founding-Director Prof Mike Wingfield as Advisor to the Executive, reporting to Vice-Principal for Institutional Planning Prof Anton Ströh.


16 Jan 2019

Andi Wilson awarded FWIS Doctoral Fellowship

This year, 10 young women researchers, including FABI PhD candidate Andi Wilson - chosen from more than 500 applicants - were awarded Andi Wilson awarded FWIS Doctoral Fellowships, while a further two were awarded FWIS Postdoctoral Fellowships.


13 Dec 2018

FABIan participates in the first NRF-NSF funded Bark Beetle-Fungus Workshop in Florida, USA

A group of scientists from South Africa and the USA met at the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, as part of a collaborative network that is jointly funded by the NRF and NSF.


9 Dec 2018

Shot Hole Borer invasion places FABI in the spotlight

The invasion of the tree-killing Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) in South Africa has gained wide attention in the printed and digital media over the past few months, not only in South Africa, but also abroad.


7 Dec 2018

FABI and CABI jointly host the first Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer Workshop in Africa

During the last week of November, a team of scientists from FABI under the leadership of Prof. Wilhelm de Beer hosted the first workshop in Africa specifically focused on the invasion of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB).


6 Dec 2018

First publications celebrated

The Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) celebrated the first publication of a paper in an ISI-rated scientific journal by a postgraduate student from the work of either their PhD or MSc at a party on 26 November.


6 Dec 2018

Hat trick for FABI researchers

FABI Director Professor Bernard Slippers has joined Prof Mike Wingfield and Prof Pedro Crous on the list of highly cited researchers in the field of Plant and Animal Sciences for 2018.


5 Dec 2018

University of Pretoria Community Engagement photographic competition – winning photos by FABIans

The University of Pretoria had a University-wide (staff and students) photographic competition with the topic of "Community Engagement”.


5 Dec 2018

Runlei Chang rounds off a baker’s dozen of prestige seminars at FABI in 2018

Runlei Chang delivered the last prestige seminar of the year at FABI on 3 December, bringing the number of PhD theses completed at the Institute in 2018 to 13.


3 Dec 2018

A fungus painting gift to FABI

During a recent visit to Indonesia, a group of staff members and students of FABI were presented with a painting as a gift to FABI from Mr Rob Pallet, a previous member of the Board of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and now on the staff of the APRIL Forestry Group.


3 Dec 2018

RGE-FABI THP team returns

On Saturday 10 November, Dr Fahimeh Jami (Postdoctoral Fellow), Kira Lynn (M.Sc. student) and Nam Pham (Ph.D. student), returned to South Africa after spending almost two months in Sumatra.


30 Nov 2018

Expanding an understanding of South Africa’s mycodiversity

Five biologists from the Universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria and the Free State including Prof Mike Wingfield of FABI, recently undertook a broadly-based mycological foray in the natural forests of the southern Cape.


29 Nov 2018

Professor Fanus Venter appointed as Deputy-Director of FABI

FABI Management is delighted with the appointment of Prof Fanus Venter as the Deputy Director of FABI. The position was created against the backdrop of the size and expansion of the Institute and the fact that Prof Bernard Slippers currently holds the Directorship of both FABI and Future Africa.


29 Nov 2018

An online DNA sequence database to support forest-pest management

The FIMT website serves as a tool for rapid identification of insects associated with forests, in particular Eucalyptus and Pinus species, and is intended to assist researchers and field-based scientists focussing on forest health.


29 Nov 2018

ESA 2018 Meeting in Vancouver

From 11-14 November the Entomological Society of America, the Entomological Society of Canada, and the Entomological Society of British Columbia held a join meeting in Vancouver. The meeting was attended by FABIan Prof Brett Hurley, who is currently on sabbatical in Canada.


28 Nov 2018

Prof André Drenth explores tree health issues in the Western Cape

Prof André Drenth of the University of Queensland and a close collaborator and advisor on many FABI projects recently joined Prof.


26 Nov 2018

FABIans complete the last tree planting exercise of 2018

Students and staff at FABI got their hands dirty and spent the morning on 23 November replanting 3,000 cuttings into potting bags at the FABI Nursery on the University of Pretoria’s experimental farm.


23 Nov 2018

FABI rewards excellence and looks to the future at 2018 year-end function

FABIans reflected on the gains of the year and looked forward to 2019 and beyond at the annual year-end function and awards ceremony on 17 November.


22 Nov 2018

Vou Shutt’s prestige seminar marks a dozen PhDs completed at FABI

Vou Shutt successfully defended her PhD thesis on 21 November, marking the final stage of completing her degree by delivering a prestige seminar at FABI. Her presentation was titled “Bacterial pathogens of tomato in South Africa: Identification, population diversity and cultivar susceptibility”.


14 Nov 2018

FABI Postdoc appointed to The Innovation Hub Board

Dr Osmond Mlonyeni, who earlier this year completed his Ph.D in Genetics and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at FABI has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Innovation Hub.


13 Nov 2018

CTHB team visits University of Venda

On 11-12 October a team from the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) visited the University of Venda (UniVen) in Thohoyandou in the Limpopo Province.


12 Nov 2018

FABI Professor attends workshop on microbial systematics

Between 28 and 31 October Prof Fanus Venter was invited to attend a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored workshop on “Microbial Systematics for the Next Decade” held in Hood River, Oregon, USA.


9 Nov 2018

Key drivers of the CTHB’s mentorship and outreach programmes in 2018 speak about their inspiration and experiences

Mentorship at undergraduate and high school level have been the cornerstone of the CTHB’s outreach programmes since its founding 14 years ago. Staff, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students in the CTHB have mentored more than 200 undergraduate students, introducing them to the basic tenets of laboratory etiquette and postgraduate research.


9 Nov 2018

FABI research work features on Carte Blanche

The popular South African current affairs and investigative journalism programme Carte Blanche featured the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme's (TPCP) in FABI's research work on the Polyphagous Shothole Borer (PSHB) on its weekly programme on 4 November.


8 Nov 2018

FABI Director joins Chinese Academy of Forestry 60th anniversary celebrations

On 25-26 October, Prof Bernard Slippers attended the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAF) in Beijing, China.


7 Nov 2018

FABI shines at SASBi/SAGs conference

The Biennial joint SASBi/SAGS (South African Society for Bioinformatics/South African Genetics Society) Conference was held at Golden Gate National Park in the Free State Province from 16-18 October.