25 Nov 2022

Three-week long international Bioinvasions Workshop draws to a close

The three-week long NSA-funded Bioinvasions workshop hosted by FABI ended with a symposium and a farewell at the year end function.

23 Nov 2022

Exciting developments in efforts to test a new potential biocontrol agent for Gonipterus sp. n. 2

A potential new biocontrol agent recently imported by FABI shows promising results for the control of Gonipterus sp. n. 2

22 Nov 2022

Mike Wingfield included on the Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers for the sixth consecutive year

FABI was delighted to hear that Prof. Mike Wingfield has been included on the Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers for the sixth consecutive year.

18 Nov 2022

Stompie Gonzales makes light work of log splitting

A new new automatic log splitter affectionately named ‘Stompie Gonzales’ is making light work of the back-breaking task of splitting logs.

17 Nov 2022

Royal Society honours for FABIans

Professor Dave Berger was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa while Prof. Brenda Wingfield was announced as the 2023 Hershel medal winner.

16 Nov 2022

Professor Diana Six introduces SciArt at FABI’s MMM

Professor Diana Six presented a talk "SciArt: what, why, and how" at the FABI Monday Morning Meeting.

15 Nov 2022

FABian presents her research at SAAWK symposium

Luki-Marie Scheepers was one of 10 students from the University of Pretoria who participated in the annual SAAWK symposium

14 Nov 2022

Excellence celebrated at the UP Academic Achievers Awards 2022

Niine FABIans were amongst more than 130 UP academics recognised at this year's Academic Achievers' Awards ceremony.

11 Nov 2022

Microscopy techniques training for visiting graduate students

An international group of graduate students underwent training in microscopy techniques for visualizing morphology of ectomycorrhizal and arbuscular mycorrhizal structures in plant roots.

10 Nov 2022

FABI hosts NSF-sponsored “research experience for students” symposium

After two years of delay, FABI welcomed a large group of USA graduate students and academics to participate in a USA NSF-funded symposium, focused on fungal biological invasions.

9 Nov 2022

FABIans attend the 2022 Bark & Ambrosia Beetle Academy

Nine South Africans took part in the 2022 Bark & Ambrosia Beetle Academy held in Gainesville, Florida during late October.

7 Nov 2022

An international team behind a FABI-industry forest pest mating disruption trial

Several FABIans, international collaborators and industry partners were in Lothair, Mpumalanga during October to set up a mating disruption trial of Cossid moth in Eucalyptus nitens plantations.

4 Nov 2022

Brett Summerell presents a FABI special seminar

FABI hosted a special seminar by Dr Brett Summerell, Chief Scientist and Director of Research at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

3 Nov 2022

Chilean tree breeders visit FABI

Three tree breeders from Bioforest, a research branch of the Chilean forestry company Arauco, visited FABI on 28 October.

2 Nov 2022

A FABI/SANBI plant health and biosecurity workshop

FABI researchers joined members of SANBI’s Horticultural Enrichment Forum to host a Biosecurity best practice workshop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

1 Nov 2022

The start of a collaboration: FABIans learning the ins and outs of kiwi growing in South Africa

Two FABI researchers visited kiwi growers from the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces starting a formal research collaboration with the SA Kiwi Grower’s Association.

26 Oct 2022

MaPP attends the Macadamia Industry day

The Macadamia Protection Programme attended the annual grower symposium organised by SAMAC.

20 Oct 2022

Artists from the Art and Trees project visit FABI

Three artists attended the FABI Monday Morning Meeting on 17 October, specifically to engage with the FABI community regarding their deep interest in the intersections between science and art.

19 Oct 2022

Felicidades Felipe!

Congratulations to Felipe Balocchi on the successful completion of his PhD!

13 Oct 2022

EPPI team performs in-field inoculation of the pitch canker pathogen

Members of the EPPI research group recently travelled to KZN to perform in-field inoculation of Fusarium circinatum on 3296 hybrid pines

12 Oct 2022

The Grain Research Programme visits the Eastern Cape to promote the Biosecurity platforms

Members of the GRP travelled to the Eastern Cape to promote the new biosecurity platforms which are being implemented to monitor pests and diseases of agriculture.

11 Oct 2022

UniVen students visit FABI

FABI hosted a visit by a group of 23 final year BSc in Agriculture (Plant Production and Horticulture) students from the University of Venda.

7 Oct 2022

FABIans celebrate the career of a special colleague and friend

Three FABIans joined a group of colleagues and friends to celebrate the outstanding research career of world-leading forest pathologist, Prof. Jan Stenlid.

5 Oct 2022

Macadamia spring planting!

The MaPP team and UP farm workers held a major tree planting session where they planted 320 Macadamia seedlings.

4 Oct 2022

FABI does it again!

FABIans enthusiastically gathered to take part in this season's seed packing as part of the National Maize Cultivar Evaluation Trials.

3 Oct 2022

FABIAN attends British Society for Plant Pathology Conference

Prof. Dave Berger of the MPPI group presented an invited talk at the recent British Society for Plant Pathology Conference in the UK.

2 Oct 2022

FABI International Seminar Series looks at fungicide resistance in Sugarbeet

The lead Research Plant Pathologist at the Sugarbeet and Potato Research Unit, Dr Melvin Bolton, presented the September FABI International Seminar.

30 Sep 2022

FABI imports Anagonia cf. lasiophthalma, potential biological control agent for Gonipterus sp. n. 2

A group of FABI researchers returned from a visit to two forestry institutes in Portugal where they exchanged knowledge of insect biology and insect rearing methods of invasive insect pests of Eucalyptus.

29 Sep 2022

FABIans attend the 3rd ASM joint MYTOX-SOUTH Symposium in Stellenbosch

FABIans Dr Neriman Yilmaz, and her MSc student, Jenna-Lee Price, were amongst 110 researchers from around the world who attended the 3rd ASM joint MYTOX-SOUTH Symposium

28 Sep 2022

Two FABI Researchers Receive the IUFRO Tree Pathology Award

Congratulations to Proff Brenda and Mike Wingfield who received the outstanding Hartig-Patterson Award at the recent IUFRO Division 7 Forest Health Meeting

27 Sep 2022

FABI at the Lisbon IUFRO All Division 7 (Tree Health) Meeting

Fourteen FABIans attended the recent IUFRO All Division 7 (Tree Health) Meeting in Lisbon where they contributed 38 presentations.

15 Sep 2022

FABI paper featured on the cover of Plant Pathology

A FABI paper reporting the discovery of cypress canker on a native South African cedar tree is featured on the cover of the current issue of Plant Pathology.

14 Sep 2022

Spring graduation honours for FABIans

FABI celebrated the capping of five PhD and 14 MSc graduates at the University of Pretoria’s Spring Graduation on 8 September.

13 Sep 2022

South African State of the Forest Report published

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has published the State of the Forests Report: 2018 South Africa.

8 Sep 2022

FABI joining the discussion on Rhizobium and Sclerotinia in South African agriculture

Dr Nicky Creux was an invited speaker at the Sclerotinia Discussion that formed part of the Rhizobium Symposium at the CSIR Convention Center.

2 Sep 2022

Lorraine Mhoswa celebrates the successful completion of her PhD

Congratulations to Lorraine Mhoswa on successfully completing all requirements for her PhD.