4 Feb 2014

Major International Forestry Award to FABI researcher

Prof Jolanda Roux (FABI and Dept of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, UP) has recently heard that she will receive the IUFRO SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the next IUFRO World Congress to be held in Salt Lake City, USA, later this year. This award is testimony to the international recognition of the research conducted by Jolanda and other staff members of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) at FABI.


10 Jan 2014

Fungus threatens to wipe out city's Jacarandas

Attached an article that appeared in the Pretoria News newspaper on 26 October 2013 after Prof Mike Wingfield of FABI mentioned in a seminar that the City's famous Jacaranda trees are threatened by a fungus.


9 Jan 2014

Limited options to manage Myrtle rust in SA

In the attached an article about Myrtle rust in the the Farmer's Weekly that appeared in the issue of 19 July 2013.


9 Jan 2014

Breaking news: Biological control agent for Thaumastocoris peregrinus to be released in South Africa

The Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) based at FABI has recently received permission from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to release the parasitic wasp Cleruchoides noackae (Mymaridae), for the biological control of the Bronze Bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus. This is an incredibly important milestone in terms of ensuring sustainable plantation forestry in South Africa and it marks the culmination of a long


9 Jan 2014

FABI 2011 - 2013 Biennial Report

The Biennial Report of FABI for the period 2011-2013 has been released this week.


11 Aug 2013

Update on Glycaspis brimblecombei (red gum lerp psyllid)

The red gum lerp psyllid, Glycaspis brimblecombei, is a pest of Eucalyptus species that has spread from Australia into many Eucalyptus growing countries, where it can cause substantial losses. Photos: The red gum lerp psyllid, Glycaspis brimblecombei (top, photo by Harsi S.  


6 Aug 2013

One year of releasing Selitrichodes neseri: biocontrol agent for Leptocybe invasa

It has been about one year since the first releases of Selitrichodes neseri, biological control agent for Leptocybe invasa.


14 Jun 2013

New IUFRO President

Prof Mike Wingfield, Director of FABI and the TPCP, has this week been elected as the new president of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations).   We would like to congratulate Mike with this major achievement that will greatly benefit the South African forestry industry and forestry research in South Africa.


1 Nov 2012

Insect pests of Eucalyptus - Challenges and opportunities for their management

Article appeared in Wood SA & Timber Times in November 2012.


27 Jul 2012

Biological control agent for Leptocybe invasa released

July 25 2012 was an important day for forest protection in South Africa, as it marked the first release of Selitrichodes neseri, the biological control agent for the eucalyptus gall wasp, Leptocybe invasa.


1 Dec 2010

Notorious tree-killing fungus unravelled

Article appeared in the Tukkie 16(3) in December 2010.


1 Dec 2010

A world-class Biocontrol Centre for forest pests at FABI

Article appeared in Wood SA & Timber Times in December 2010.


1 Dec 2010

Fusarium circinatum: The first eukaryotic genome sequenced and annotated in Africa

Article appeared in Wood SA & Timber Times in December 2010.


1 Dec 2010

Pests threatening pine

Article appeared in Wood SA & Timber Times in December 2010.


1 Dec 2010

Forest Phytophthoras - a hidden threat to take a serious note of

Article appeared in Wood SA & Timber Times in December 2010.


1 Dec 2010

Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP) comes of age

Article appeared in Wood SA & Timber Times in December 2010.


1 Dec 2010

Dealing with new invasive pests of forestry trees: The Leptocybe gall wasp as an example

Article appeared in Wood SA & Timber Times in December 2010.


1 Nov 2010

In pursuit of passion: article on Prof. Bernard Slippers

Article appeared in Science for Society, the ASSAf Newsletter, in November 2010.


25 Feb 2010

Two new fungal species named after UP and FABI

Two new species of fungi, recently discovered by UP staff members from FABI, has been respectively named after the University of Pretoria and FABI.


1 Jul 2000

Armillaria root rot: a new disease of cut-flower proteas in South Africa

Article appeared in SAPPEX News Issue 106 in July 2000.


1 Jun 1997

The great mushroom debate

Can a pile of 300-year-old fungus be called a national monument?


1 Jun 1997

Van Riebeeck's curse' killing off historic oaks in Gardens

A killer fungus which is destroying the oak trees in Cape Town's historic Company's Gardens could have been introduced on citrus trees planted more than 300 years ago by Jan van Riebeeck.


1 Jan 1996

Avenue's oaks threatened by killer disease

After 200 years oak trees may disappear from the Avenue in the Company's Gardens in Cape Town.