FABI, the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, at the University of Pretoria, is a post-graduate research institute that was established in 1997, based on a recognition that the future of forestry and agriculture in South Africa will strongly depend on the incorporation of new and emerging technologies into these industries. Major opportunities for these industries have emerged in recent times, from the applications of biotechnology and bioinformatics, amongst many others. FABI scientists undertake goal-directed research, in partnership with major players in the forestry and agricultural sectors in South Africa and in so doing, promote both human capital and industrial development in the country.

Being based at the University of Pretoria provides FABI with the capacity to build future human resources in biotechnology, that are crucial to the future of forestry and agriculture in South Africa. It also enables collaboration and linkage with the majority of statutory bodies undertaking research in the plant and animal sciences. Additional value comes from training grants, participation of students in research programmes, and an enormous human and technological resource associated with this University.

Staff at the University of Pretoria linked to FABI, have also had long-term associations with the fruit tree industry as well as with many other programmes linked to agricultural and forestry crops. Since its establishment, FABI has grown rapidly. FABI is made up of about 180 people including, more than 20 academic staff, 130+ postgraduate (Hons, MSc, PhD) students, postdoctoral fellows, research visitors, and a small core of technical and support staff. Approximately 30 languages are spoken by members of the FABI Team, illustrating a remarkably multinational and multicultural group.

New Publications

Exporting to RIS
Slippers B, Hurley BP, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Sirex Woodwasp: A model for evolving management paradigms of invasive forest pests. Annual Reviews of Entomology 60 http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-ento-010814-021118
Pavlic-Zupanc D, Wingfield MJ, Boissin E, Slippers B. (2015) The distribution of genetic diversity in the Neofusicoccum parvum/N. ribis complex suggests structure correlated with level of disturbance. Fungal Ecology 13:93-102. 10.1016/j.funeco.2014.09.002
Rodas CA, Serna R, Hurley BP, Bolaños MD, Granados GM, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Three new and important insect pests recorded for the first time in Colombian plantations. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science 10.2989/20702620.2014.965983
Romón P, De Beer ZW, Fernández M, Diez J, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Ophiostomatoid fungi including two new fungal species associated with pine root-feeding beetles in northern Spain. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-014-0286-1

FABI Events

2014-10-31 08h30 GRI Seminar Day FABI seminar room File

For participants in research projects supported by the Genomics Research Institute. Programme attached. For enquiries, contact Yashini Naidoo.

2014-11-05 10h00 Monthly FABI tea FABI Courtyard
2014-11-06 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Chrizelle Beukes
Andrea Wilson - Unisexual reproduction in Huntiella moniliformis
Birhan Abate - Molecular characterization of entomopathogenic nematodes in South African plantations and indigenous forests
Samantha Bush - Host specificity of the parasitoid Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae
Katrin Fitza - A global population genetic analysis of Deladenus siricidicola
2014-11-07 15h00 Special Seminar PSC Auditorium File

Prof. David Heckel - Applications of new insights on Bacillus thuringiensis toxin mode of action to resistance management