Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)

Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)

 

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, approximately 15 academic staff, 100+ 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.

Visit the FABI website at : http://www.fabinet.up.ac.za.

FABI accommodates students from the Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry , Genetics, Microbiology and Plant Pathology , Plant Production and Soil Science , Plant Science, and Zoology and Entomology.

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  • Ofoegbu, Chidiebere; Chirwa, Paxie W.; Babalola, F.D.; Francis, J. (Commonwealth Forestry Association, 2016-09)
    The perceptions of forest-based communities in Vhembe District of South Africa were examined. Special attention in this study was paid to the following aspects of climate change: socio-cultural issues, views and awareness, ...
  • Roets, Francois; Maoela, Malebajoa A.; Jacobs, Shayne M.; Esler, Karen J. (Wiley, 2016-08)
    Invasive alien trees increase native tree stress and may increase attack by herbivores and pathogenic fungi. Alien tree removal should ameliorate such impacts. Here we compared levels of damage by phylopathogenic fungi and ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Lombard, L.; Houbraken, J.; Decock, C.; Samson, R.A.; Meijer, M.; Reblova, M.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2016-04-29)
    The family Stachybotriaceae was recently introduced to include the genera Myrothecium, Peethambara and Stachybotrys. Members of this family include important plant and human pathogens, as well as several species used in ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Hernandez-Restrepo, Margarita; Roux, Jolanda; Richardson, D.M.; Le Roux, J.J.; Strasberg, D.; Edwards, J.; Roets, F.; Hubka, V.; Taylor, P.W.J.; Heykoop, M.; Martin, M.P.; Moreno, G.; Sutton, D.A.; Wiederhold, N.P.; Barnes, C.W.; Carlavilla, J.R.; Gene, J.; Giraldo, A.; Guarnaccia, V.; Guarro, J.; Kolarik, M.; Manjon, J.L.; Pascoe, I.G.; Popov, E.S.; Sandoval-Denis, M.; Woudenberg, J.H.C.; Acharya, K.; Alexandrova, A.V.; Alvarado, P.; Barbosa, R.N.; Baseia, I.G.; Blanchette, R.A.; Boekhout, T.; Burgess, T.I.; Cano-Lira, J.F.; Cmokova, A.; Dimitrov, R.A.; Dyakov, M.Yu.; Duenas, M.; Dutta, A.K.; Esteve-Raventos, F.; Fedosova, A.G.; Fournier, J.; Gamboa, P.; Gouliamova, D.E.; Grebenc, T.; Groenewald, M.; Hanse, B.; Hardy, G.E.St.J.; Held, B.W.; Jurjevic, Z.; Kaewgrajang, T.; Latha, K.P.D.; Lombard, L.; Luangsa-ard, J.J.; Lyskova, P.; Mallatova, N.; Manimohan, P.; Miller, A.N.; Mirabolfathy, M.; Morozova, O.V.; Obodai, M.; Oliveira, N.T.; Ordonez, M.E.; Otto, E.C.; Paloi, S.; Peterson, S.W.; Phosri, C.; Salazar, W.A.; Sanchez, A.; Sarria, G.A.; Shin, H.-D.; Silva, B.D.B.; Silva, G.A.; Smith, M.Th.; Souza-Motta, C.M.; Stchigel, A.M.; Stoilova-Disheva, M.M.; Sulzbacher, M.A.; Telleria, M.T.; Toapanta, C.; Traba, J.M.; Valenzuela-Lopez, N.; Watling, R.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2016-07-04)
    Novel species of fungi described in the present study include the following from Australia: Vermiculariopsiella eucalypti, Mulderomyces natalis (incl. Mulderomyces gen. nov.), Fusicladium paraamoenum, Neotrimmatostroma ...
  • Harrison, James du Guesclin; Wingfield, Michael J. (Cambridge University Press, 2016-04)
    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is difficult to implement when one knows little about the pest complex or species causing the damage in an agricultural system. To implement IPM on Sub- Saharan African melolonthine pests ...
  • Hulbert, Joseph M. (South African Society for Animal Science, 2016-05)
    Citizen science is a term for scientific research conducted by non-scientists. Ordinary citizens can participate in research from their home computer, in their own gardens, or in the great outdoors – without any expertise ...
  • Garnas, Jeffrey R.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Roques, Alain; Auger-Rozenberg, Marie-Anne; Blackburn, Tim M.; Pyšek, Petr; Rabitsch, Wolfgang; Richardson, David M.; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Duncan, Richard P. (Springer, 2016-04)
    Globalization is triggering an increase in the establishment of alien insects in Europe, with several species having substantial ecological and economic impacts. We investigated long-term changes in rates of species spread ...
  • Bose, Tanay; Sayari, Mohammad; Rahimlou, Saleh; Babaeizad, Valiollah; Tajick, Mohammad Ali (Verlag Ferdinand Berger, 2015)
    Hyphodermella is a genus of corticioid white rot fungi from the Phanerochaetaceae. Molecular data (partial SSU, LSU and complete ITS nrDNA) confirm the mitosporic state of Hyphodermella rosae as the causal agent of dry ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Woudenberg`, J.H.C.; Seidl, M.F.; Groenewald, J.Z.; De Vries, M.; Stielow, J.B.; Thomma, B.P.H.J. (Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS), 2015-08-25)
    The cosmopolitan fungal genus Alternaria consists of multiple saprophytic and pathogenic species. Based on phylogenetic and morphological studies, the genus is currently divided into 26 sections. Alternaria sect. Alternaria ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Bensch, K.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Braun, U.; Dijksterhuis, J.; Yanez-Morales, M. de Jesus (Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS), 2015-11-18)
    The genus Cladosporium (Cladosporiaceae, Dothideomycetes), which represents one of the largest genera of dematiaceous hyphomycetes, has been intensively investigated during the past decade. In the process, three major ...
  • Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Vardien, Waafeka; Valentine, Alex J. (Elsevier, 2016-02)
    Nitrogen fixing legumes rely on phosphorus for nodule formation, nodule function and the energy costs of fixation. Phosphorus is however very limited in soils, especially in ancient sandstone-derived soils such as those ...
  • Mosina, Gabolwelwe K.E.; Maroyi, Alfred; Potgieter, Martin J. (Kamla-Raj Enterprises, 2015-04)
    The objective of this study was to document useful plants in urban domestic gardens in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Data on plant use categories of urban domestic gardens in the under-developed areas of the Limpopo ...
  • Lee, Dong Hyeon; Roux, Jolanda; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Wingfield, Michael J. (Wiley, 2015-10)
    Ceratocystis albifundus is the most important fungal pathogen of black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) grown in plantations in southern and eastern Africa. It is a homothallic fungus but also undergoes unidirectional mating type ...
  • Wingfield, Brenda D.; Bihon, Wubetu; De Vos, Lieschen; Duong, Tuan A.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Fourie, Gerda; Kanzi, Aquillah M.; Slippers, Bernard; Santana, Quentin C.; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Van der Merwe, Nicolaas Albertus (Albie); Wingfield, Michael J.; Ades, Peter K.; Al-Naemi, Fatima A.; Beirn, Lisa A.; Crouch, Jo Anne; Fields, Christopher J.; Malapi-Wight, Martha; Pethybridge, Sarah J.; Radwan, Osman; Rendon, Gloria; Taylor, Paul W.J.; Vaghefi, Niloofar; Veltri, Daniel (International Mycological Association, 2015-06-22)
    The genomes of Chrysoporthe austroafricana, Diplodia scrobiculata, Fusarium nygami, Leptographium lundbergii, Limonomyces culmigenus, Stagonosporopsis tanaceti, and Thielaviopsis punctulata are presented in this genome ...
  • Wilson, Andrea M.; Wilken, P.M ( Markus); Van der Nest, Magrieta Aletta; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Wingfield, Michael J.; Wingfield, Brenda D. (International Mycological Association, 2015-06-19)
    Sexual reproduction is notoriously complex in fungi with species able to produce sexual progeny by utilizing a variety of different mechanisms. This is even more so for species employing multiple sexual strategies, which ...
  • Kemler, Martin (International Mycological Association, 2015-05-26)
    The recently described fungal phylum Entorrhizomycota was established solely for the genus Entorrhiza, species of which cause root-galls in Cyperaceae and Juncaceae. Talbotiomyces calosporus (incertae sedis) shares ...
  • Coetzee, Martin Petrus Albertus; Marincowitz, Seonju; Muthelo, Vuledzani Gloria; Wingfield, Michael J. (International Mycological Association, 2015-06-22)
    Jacaranda mimosifolia trees have been progressively dying due to Ganoderma root and butt rot disease in Pretoria (the “City of Jacarandas”) for many years. Ganoderma austroafricanum was described from these trees previously ...
  • Van der Nest, Magrieta Aletta; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; McTaggart, Alistair R.; Godlonton, T.; Sauerman, E.; Roodt, Danielle; Naidoo, Kershney; Coetzee, Martin Petrus Albertus; Wilken, P. Markus; Wingfield, Michael J.; Trollip, C.; Wingfield, Brenda D.; McTaggart, Alistair R. (BioMed Central, 2015-12-07)
    BACKGROUND : Proteins in the Glycoside Hydrolase family 32 (GH32) are carbohydrate-active enzymes known as invertases that hydrolyse the glycosidic bonds of complex saccharides. Fungi rely on these enzymes to gain access ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Bakhshi, M.; Arzanlou, M.; Babai-ahari, A.; Groenewald, Johannes Z. (Magnolia Press, 2015-01)
    Cercospora (Mycosphaerellaceae) is a large genus of fungi comprising many important plant pathogens. In recent years DNA-based studies have revealed multiple genera of cercosporoid fungi being poly- and paraphyletic. Among ...
  • Wright, C.Y. (Caradee); Singh, Smeetha (Lynnwood Ridge: Academy of Science South Africa, 2015)
    Many of the amazing products that we use every day – from sticky tape to mobile phones – came about because of good ideas from ordinary people with big dreams, perseverance and confidence! Through trial and error, ...

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