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.


15 Nov 2021

Opening of FABI Insect Diet Room

The FABI Insect Diet Room is now completed!


11 Nov 2021

University of Pretoria protects trees against PSHB infestation

FABI researchers, have been engaging with UP campus landscape services staff to ensure the PSHB does not arrive unchecked.


10 Nov 2021

Dr Abdullahi Yusuf appointed an Humboldt Ambassador Scientist

Congratulations to Dr Abdullahi Yusuf on his appointment as a Humboldt Ambassador Scientist.


6 Nov 2021

FABIans recognised with UP Academic Achievers’ Awards

Thirteen FABI research staff members' research excellence was recognised at the recent UP Academic Achievers' Awards.


5 Nov 2021

Researchers from FABI and UQ strengthen collaboration with regular online meetings

Members of MPP and UQ teams have been taking part in monthly research meeting throughout 2021 using online platforms.


4 Nov 2021

FABI researchers make an early start to present at the 3rd IUFRO Acacia webinar

FABI researchers make an early start to present at the 3rd IUFRO Acacia webinar.


3 Nov 2021

Liberating taxonomic data from literature under the spotlight SASSB Seminar

The activities of the Swiss NGO, Plazi, was the topic of discussion by its Founder and President Dr Donat Agosti at the Southern African Society of Systematic Biologists (SASSB) seminar on 14 October.


29 Oct 2021

AI and Crop Health – Business Day article for World Food Day

AI and its role in crop health monitoring was featured in an article written by Prof. Dave Berger for a special edition of the newspaper Business Day.


29 Oct 2021

First publications celebrated at the TPCP publication party

After an 18 month hiatus, FABI celebrated the first publications in an ISI-rated scientific journal of three FABI postgraduate students in the TPCP and CTHB groups


27 Oct 2021

ICFR-FABI collaboration on long-term Gonipterus trial

A large group consisting of staff and students from FABI, the ICFR and Sappi met last week in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the first damage scoring of a long-term Gonipterus trial.


26 Oct 2021

FABI’s Internship Programme in Phytosanitation and Biosecurity expands even further

Two more candidates, Phozisa Dlokweni and Sindiso Mtshubungu joined the internship programme in Phytosanitation and Biosecurity at FABI on 1 October. Phozisa and Sindiso both have obtained degrees in forestry at the Nelson Mandela University.


25 Oct 2021

FABI Phytosanitation and Biosecurity interns attend a phytosanitary course

Interns in the Phytosanitation and Biosecurity internship programme in FABI had the privilege to attend a two-day introductory phytosanitary course recently.