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
Mizrachi E, Maloney VJ, Silberbauer J, Hefer CA, Berger DK, Mansfield SD, Myburg AA. (2014) Investigating the molecular underpinnings underlying morphology and changes in carbon partitioning during tension wood formation in Eucalyptus. New Phytologist 10.1111/nph.13152
Hussey SG, Saïdi MN, Hefer C, Myburg AA, Grima-Pettenati J. (2014) Structural, evolutionary and functional analysis of the NAC domain protein family in Eucalyptus. New Phytologist 10.1111/nph.13139
De Beer ZW, Duong TA, Barnes I, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Redefining Ceratocystis and allied genera. Studies in Mycology 79:187-219. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.10.001 PDF
Slippers B, Hurley BP, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Sirex Woodwasp: A model for evolving management paradigms of invasive forest pests. Annual Review of Entomology 60 10.1146/annurev-ento-010814-021118

FABI Events

2014-11-27 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Melissa Simpson
Erika Viljoen - Microsatellite development for Amaranthus species
Ludwig Eksteen - Sirex noctilio host utiliisation
Kirsty Botha - The expression of Cannabinoids in Helichrysum umbraculigerum
Lizahn Zwart - Investigating the Eucalyptus-Chrysoporthe interaction at the microscopic level
2014-11-28 08h00 TPCP/CTHB Tree planting Session FABI nursery on the experimental farm
2014-12-04 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: DongHyeon Lee
Megan Harris - Title pending
Yolanda Musasira - Title pending
Lizahn Zwart - Title pending
Juanita Avontuur - Title pending
Alex Osorio - Title pending