1 Feb 2018

Fabulous FABI 20th Anniversary Symposium

FABI celebrated two decades of research excellence with a science symposium held on 24-25 January in the Aula Theatre on the Hatfield Campus of the University of Pretoria. More than 300 FABI alumni, academics, Government and forestry industry representatives, as well as many current FABI researchers, staff and students, attended the two-day celebration, themed “The Road to Research Excellence”.

1 Feb 2018

FABIans attend wild orchid conference

FABIans Mr. Tanay Bose, Ms. Modjadji Makwela and Dr. Almuth Hammerbacher presented their research on the first initiative to metabarcode mycorrhizal fungi associated with an endemic orchid, Habenaria barbertonii.

31 Jan 2018

Second Ph.D. in one week at FABI

Johan van der Linde became this year’s second FABIan to successfully complete the requirements for this Ph.D. on 26 January.

30 Jan 2018

FABI celebrates first Ph.D. for 2018

FABI celebrated the completion of the first Ph.D. for 2018 on 23 January when Tanay Bose presented his Prestige Seminar “Phytophthora species diversity associated with native and non-native forests in South Africa” before successfully defending his thesis.

22 Jan 2018

FABI gears up for its 20th Anniversary Symposium

This week, the FABI team is looking forward to welcoming some 300 Alumni, invited guests, industry partners, scientific collaborators, government representatives, staff and students from around the globe to celebrate its 20th anniversary on 24-25 January.

18 Jan 2018

TPCP & CTHB plan for the year ahead

During the past week, the TPCP/CTHB management committee had a strategic planning session at Kwalata Lodge.

16 Jan 2018

FABI starts 2018 on a high note

FABIans gathered for a breakfast to celebrate the start of their academic year on 15 January.

15 Jan 2018

Another FABIan selected to be a SAYAS blogger

PhD student Darryl Herron is the second FABIan to be selected as a SAYAS blogger.

15 Jan 2018

FABIan through to the FameLab South Africa finals

During December, Darryl Herron, a PhD student at FABI, was regional winner in the FameLab South Africa series. He will participate later this year in the National finals.

8 Dec 2017

TPCP celebrates first publications

Six TPCP students celebrated their first publications with bubbly in FABI.

7 Dec 2017

FABI celebrates two Associate Professor promotions for 2018

FABI congratulates and celebrates with two researchers who have reached remarkable milestones in their careers! Prof. Prof.

7 Dec 2017

Plant pathologists from UK and Singapore visit FABI

On Friday 1 December, FABI had the pleasure of hosting three internationally-renowned plant pathologists as part of a celebration of 100 Years of Plant Pathology at the University of Pretoria. For Prof.

5 Dec 2017

FABI Director included in the Web of Science Most Highly Cited Researcher list

Professor Mike Wingfield, Director of FABI has recently been included in Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) list of the most highly cited researchers globally.

4 Dec 2017

FABI postdoctoral Fellow conducts International Plant Sentinel Network workshops

During November, Dr Trudy Paap, Postdoctoral Fellow in FABI, co-presented International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN) workshops at SANBI National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and Pretoria.

28 Nov 2017

A “sweet” tribute to three FABIans leaving the Institute

FABI hosted a coffee and cupcakes party on 27 November to wish well three people who have become an integral part of the FABI community over the years. Research leader of the Cereal Foliar Pathogen Research Group, Dr. Drs McTaggarts and Shuey joined FABI as postdoctoral Fellows in 2014.

27 Nov 2017

Two FABIans attend the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference

During the past week, two FABIans gave oral presentations at the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference (iBOL 2017) in the Kruger National Park.

24 Nov 2017

Keep a lookout for these Eucalyptus pests

The Diagnostic Clinic of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) requests your assistance in keeping a lookout for two potential pest species of Eucalyptus on both commercial and ornamental trees in your area.

23 Nov 2017

Prof Bernard Slippers appointed as the new Director of FABI

The staff and students of FABI wish to congratulate Prof. Bernard Slippers who has been appointed as the new Director of FABI with effect from 1 January 2018.

22 Nov 2017

MSc student from Kenya on training visit to FABI

MSc student Dennis Omondi from Maseno University in Kenya visited MPPI, a FABI research group in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, for a month’s training in fungal pathology and molecular biology under the tutelage of PhD student David Nsibo.

22 Nov 2017

FABI hosts fungal genome annotation and comparison workshop

A fungal genome annotation and comparison workshop, organised by PhD candidate Arista Fourie, was held from 13-16 November at FABI.

18 Nov 2017

Italian forest pathologist visits FABI

Prof. Alberto Santini from the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, in the National Research Council of Italy visited FABI.

17 Nov 2017

FABIans celebrate another year of research excellence at the 2017 year-end gala dinner and awards ceremony

The 2017 FABI year-end gala dinner and awards ceremony marked 20 years since the founding of the Institute and an historic turning point in its future.

16 Nov 2017

Cape Citizen Science releases video about youth engagement in 2017

Cape Citizen Science is a FABI-led project, under the guidance of PhD candidate Joey Hulbert, supported by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) at the University of Pretoria, and Stellenbosch University.

15 Nov 2017

Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop presented at FABI

The 26th Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop was held from 6-10 November at FABI.

10 Nov 2017

FABIans attend an insect mass-rearing workshop

Dr Gerda Fourie, research leader of the Macadamia Protection Programme (MPP) and Dr Mesfin Gossa, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) attended an Insect Mass-Rearing Workshop held from 23-27 October at Stellenbosch University.

10 Nov 2017

Senior research scientist from Finland visits FABI

Dr Henri Vanhanen, a senior research scientist at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), visited FABI on 3 November 2017.

9 Nov 2017

Syngenta team visits FABI

The Syngenta Seeds Regulatory and Stewardship team from the Europe-Africa-Middle East (EAME) region visited FABI on 11 October to engage with the researchers regarding the genome mapping and genome editing research that is being performed by FABI.

8 Nov 2017

Assessing the security implications of genome editing technology

Two FABIans were among the travel award recipients to attend an International Workshop in Hannover, Germany.

6 Nov 2017

Argentinian Forest Pathologist visits FABI

FABI hosted a visit by Argentinian forest pathologist Sergio Ramos from the National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) in Argentina.

1 Nov 2017

Insect pests of Eucalyptus in Rwanda

FABI researcher Dr Brett Hurley recently visited Rwanda, as part of a project funded by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

27 Oct 2017

CTHB honours participants of its outreach and mentorship programmes

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health in Biotechnology (CTHB) at the University of Pretoria hosted a lunch on 26 October to honour those who participated in its outreach and mentoring programmes during 2017.

26 Oct 2017

FABIans participate in Santa Shoebox Project: Share the joy of giving

A small group of FABIans from the Shaw Lab decided to ensure that eight underprivileged children receive a Christmas gift in the form of a Santa Shoebox.

25 Oct 2017

International Insect Rearing Workshop

A Research Assistant and postgraduate student at the FABI Biocontrol Facility, Samantha Bush, attended the 20th International Insect Rearing Workshop at Mississippi State University, Starkville, USA, from 1-5 October.

23 Oct 2017


PSANA, the Postgraduate Students Association for the Natural and Agricultural Sciences, recently launched a Community Service Portfolio in an effort to help the greater Pretoria community.

20 Oct 2017

FABI hosts Lesotho Biosafety Committee visit

Dr Sanushka Naidoo and Mrs Adri Veale hosted the Lesotho National Biosafety Coordinating Committee on a visit to FABI.

19 Oct 2017

FABIan selected as ASPB Plantae Fellow

Danielle Roodt, a PhD student in FABI, has been selected to become a Plantae Fellow for the 2017-2018 period; the only African representative among a group of 35 scientists. Annually, Plantae selects scientists, spanning from graduate to Professor level, to aid in keeping the platform interactive and up to date, and to share what they are reading with a global community.