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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  • Wilken, Pieter Markus; Buthelezi, Sikelela (Plaas Media, 2020-09)
    Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a fungal pathogen of many crop species that needs no introduction to anyone working in the agricultural industry. In South Africa, S. sclerotiorum causes disease on many economically ...
  • Motaung, T.E. (Thabiso); Peremore, Chizne; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora (Oxford University Press, 2020-12)
    Nearly all microbes including fungi grow firmly attached to surfaces as a biofilm. Yet, attention towards fungal interactions with plants and the environment is dedicated to free-floating (planktonic) cells. Fungal biofilms ...
  • Guo, Huijuan; Schwitalla, Jan W.; Benndorf, Rene; Baunach, Martin; Steinbeck, Christoph; Goerls, Helmar; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Regestein, Lars; Beemelmanns, Christine (American Chemical Society, 2020-03)
    Please read abstract in the article.
  • Schalk, Felix; Gostincar, Cene; Kreuzenbeck, Nina B.; Conlon, Benjamin H.; Sommerwerk, Elisabeth; Rabe, Patrick; Burkhardt, Immo; Kruger, Thomas; Kniemeyer, Olaf; Brakhage, Axel A.; Gunde-Cimerman, Nina; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Dickschat, Jeroen S.; Poulsen, Michael; Beemelmanns, Christine (American Society for Microbiology, 2021-06)
    Please read abstract in the article.
  • Lee, Seoung Rak; Schalk, Felix; Schwitalla, Jan W.; Benndorf, Rene; Vollmers, John; Kaster, Anne-Kristin; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Park, Minji; Ahn, Mi-Jeong; Jung, Won Hee; Beemelmanns, Christine; Kim, Ki Hyun (American Chemical Society, 2020-09)
  • Um, Soohyun; Guo, Huijuan; Thiengmag, Sirinthra; Benndorf, Rene; Murphy, Robert; Rischer, Maja; Braga, Daniel; Poulsen, Michael; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Lackner, Gerald; Beemelmanns, Christine (American Chemical Society, 2021-07)
    Morphotype switches frequently occur in Actinobacteria and are often associated with disparate natural product production. Here, we report on differences in the secondary metabolomes of two morphotypes of a Streptomyces ...
  • Studholme, David J.; Wicker, Emmanuel; Abrare, Sadik Muzemil; Aspin, Andrew; Bogdanove, Adam; Broders, Kirk; Dubrow, Zoe; Grant, Murray; Jones, Jeffrey B.; Karamura, Georgina; Lang, Jillian; Leach, Jan; Mahuku, George; Nakato, Gloria Valentine; Coutinho, Teresa A.; Smith, Julian; Bull, Carolee T. (American Phytopathological Society, 2020-06)
    We present an amended description of the bacterial species Xanthomonas vasicola to include the causative agent of banana Xanthomonas wilt, as well as strains that cause disease on Areca palm, Tripsacum grass, sugarcane, ...
  • Liu, Q.L.; Li, JieQiong; Wingfield, Michael J.; Duong, Tuan A.; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Crous, Pedro W.; Chen, S.F. (Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS), 2020-09)
    Calonectria represents a genus of phytopathogenic ascomycetous fungi with a worldwide distribution. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of taxonomic studies on these fungi. Currently, there are 169 ...
  • Song, Jie; Liang, Jun-Feng; Mehrabi-Koushki, Mehdi; Krisai-Greilhuber, Irmgard; Ali, Barkat; Bhatt, Vinod Kumar; Cerna-Mendoza, Agustín; Chen, Bin; Chen, Zai-Xiong; Chu, Hong-Long; Corazon-Guivin, Mike Anderson; Alves da Silva, Gladstone; De Kesel, Andre; Dima, Balint; Dovana, Francesco; Farokhinejad, Reza; Ferisin, Guliano; Guerrero-Abad, Juan Carlos; Guo, Ting; Han, Li-Hong; Ilyas, Sobia; Justo, Alfredo; Khalid, Abdul Nasir; Khodadadi-Pourarpanahi, Sadigheh; Li, Tai-Hui; Liu, Chao; Lorenzini, Marilinda; Lu, Jun-Kun; Mumtaz, Abdul Samad; Oehl, Fritz; Pan, Xue-Yu; Papp, Viktor; Qian, Wu; Razaq, Abdul; Semwal, Kamal C.; Tang, Li-Zhou; Tian, Xue-Lian; Vallejos-Tapullima, Adela; Van der Merwe, Nicolaas Albertus (Albie); Wang, Sheng-Kun; Wang, Chao-Qun; Yang, Rui-Heng; Yu, Fei; Zapparoli, Giacomo; Zhang, Ming; Antonín, Vladimir; Aptroot, Andre; Aslan, Ali; Banerjee, Arghya; Chatterjee, Subrata; Dirks, Alden C.; Ebrahimi, Leila; Fotouhifar, Khalil-Berdi; Ghosta, Youbert; Kalinina, Lyudmila B.; Karahan, Dilara; Liu, Jingyu; Maiti, Mrinal Kumar; Mookherjee, Abhirup; Nath, Partha Sarathi; Panja, Birendranath; Saha, Jayanta; Sevcíkova, Hana; Voglmayr, Hermann; Yazıcı, Kenan; Haelewaters, Danny (Verlag Ferdinand Berger, 2020)
    Thirteen new species are formally described: Cortinarius brunneocarpus from Pakistan, C. lilacinoarmillatus from India, Curvularia khuzestanica on Atriplex lentiformis from Iran, Gloeocantharellus neoechinosporus from ...
  • Schroder, Michelle L.; Slippers, Bernard; Wingfield, Michael J.; Hurley, Brett Phillip (Springer, 2020-01)
    Gonipterus scutellatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), once thought to be a single species, is now known to reside in a complex of at least eight cryptic species. Two of these species (G. platensis and G. pulverulentus) and ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Cowan, Don A.; Maggs-Kolling, G.; Yilmaz, Nerima; Larsson, E.; Angelini, C.; Brandrud, T.E.; Dearnaley, J.D.W.; Dima, B.; Dovana, F.; Fechner, N.; García, D.; Gene, J.; Halling, R.E.; Houbraken, J.; Leonard, P.; Luangsa-ard, J.J.; Noisripoom, W.; Rea-Ireland, A.E.; Sevcíkova, H.; Smyth, C.W.; Vizzini, A.; Adam, J.D.; Adams, G.C.; Alexandrova, A.V.; Alizadeh, A.; Duarte, E. Alvarez; Andjic, V.; Antonín, V.; Arenas, F.; Assabgui, R.; Ballarà, J.; Banwell, A.; BerrafTebbal, A.; Bhatt, V.K.; Bonito, G.; Botha, W.; Burgess, T.I.; Cabon, M.; Calvert, J.; Carvalhais, L.C.; Courtecuisse, R.; Cullington, P.; Davoodian, N.; Decock, C.A.; Dimitrov, R.; Piazza, S. Di; Drenth, A.; Dumez, S.; Eichmeier, A.; Etayo, J.; Fernández, I.; Fiard, J.-P.; Fournier, J.; Fuentes-Aponte, S.; Ghanbary, M.A.T.; Ghorbani, G.; Giraldo, A.; Glushakova, A.M.; Gouliamova, D.E.; Guarro, J.; Halleen, F.; Hampe, F.; Hernandez-Restrepo, M.; Iturrieta-González, I.; Jeppson, M.; Kachalkin, A.V.; Karimi, O.; Khalid, A.N.; Khonsanit, A.; Kim, J.I.; Kim, K.; Kiran, M.; Krisai-Greilhuber, I.; Kucera, V.; Kusan, I.; Langenhoven, S.D.; Lebel, T.; Lebeuf, R.; Liimatainen, K.; Linde, C.; Lindner, D.L.; Lombard, L.; Mahamedi, A.E.; Matocec, N.; Maxwell, A.; May, T.W.; McTaggart, A.R.; Meijer, M.; Mesic, A.; Mileto, A.J.; Miller, A.N.; Molia, A.; Mongkolsamrit, S.; Munoz Cortes, C.; Munoz-Mohedano, J.; Morte, A.; Morozova, O.V.; Mostert, L.; Mostowfizadeh-Ghalamfarsa, R.; Nagy, L.G.; Navarro-Ródenas, A.; Örstadius, L.; Overton, B.E.; Papp, V.; Para, R.; Peintner, U.; Pham, T.H.G.; Pordel, A.; Pošta, A.; Rodríguez, A.; Romberg, M.; Sandoval-Denis, M.; Seifert, K.A.; Semwal, K.C.; Sewall, B.J.; Shivas, R.G.; Slovák, M.; Smith, K.; Spetik, M.; Spies, C.F.J.; Syme, K.; Tasanathai, K.; Thorn, R.G.; Tkalčec, Z.; Tomashevskaya, M.A.; Torres-Garcia, D.; Ullah, Z.; Visagie, C.M. (Cobus); Voitk, A.; Winton, L.M.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2020-12)
    Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Australia, Austroboletus asper on soil, Cylindromonium alloxyli on leaves of Alloxylon pinnatum, Davidhawksworthia quintiniae ...
  • Wingfield, Michael J.; Hurley, Brett Phillip; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Slippers, Bernard (AOSIS Open Journals, 2020-11-26)
    South Africa is a country with very limited natural forest cover. Consequently, the timber and fibre needs of the country cannot be provided for from indigenous forest. It is largely for this reason that South Africa ...
  • Wingfield, Michael J.; Coutinho, Teresa A. (AOSIS Open Journals, 2020-11-26)
    Scientific societies play an enormously valuable role in promoting important disciplines. This role is perhaps even greater in countries that are relatively isolated from the rest of the world, such as those in the southern ...
  • Slippers, Bernard (AOSIS Open Journals, 2020-11-26)
    In 1926, Professor Paul A. van der Bijl made an address to the South African Association for the Advancement of Science in his capacity as President of Section C of the Association, entitled ‘Landmarks in the development ...
  • Kruger, Kerstin; Van der Waals, Jacqueline Elise (AOSIS Open Journals, 2020-11-26)
    Potato has increased in importance as a staple food in sub-Saharan Africa, where its production is faced with a multitude of challenges, including plant disease development and spread under changing climatic conditions. ...
  • Nagel, Jan Hendrik; Wingfield, Michael J.; Slippers, Bernard (BMC, 2021-08)
    BACKGROUND: The Botryosphaeriaceae are important plant pathogens, but also have the ability to establish asymptomatic infections that persist for extended periods in a latent state. In this study, we used comparative genome ...
  • Murphy, Robert; Benndorf, Rene; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Vollmers, John; Kaster, Anne-Kristin; Beemelmanns, Christine; Poulsen, Michael (American Society for Microbiology, 2021-03)
    Actinobacteria, one of the largest bacterial phyla, are ubiquitous in many of Earth’s ecosystems and often act as defensive symbionts with animal hosts. Members of the phylum have repeatedly been isolated from basidiomyc ...
  • Conlon, Benjamin H.; Gostincar, Cene; Fricke, Janis; Kreuzenbeck, Nina B.; Daniel, Jan-Martin; Schlosser, Malte S.L.; Peereboom, Nils; Aanen, Duur K.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Beemelmanns, Christine; Gunde-Cimerman, Nina; Poulsen, Michael (Cell Press, 2021-06)
    Insights into the genomic consequences of symbiosis for basidiomycete fungi associated with social insects remain sparse. Capitalizing on viability of spores from centuries-old herbarium specimens of free-living, facultative, ...
  • Palmer, Marike; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Blom, Jochen; Hedlund, Brian P.; Venter, S.N. (Stephanus Nicolaas) (Microbiology Society, 2020-04)
    In prokaryotic taxonomy, a set of criteria is commonly used to delineate species. These criteria are generally based on cohesion at the phylogenetic, phenotypic and genomic levels. One such criterion shown to have promise ...
  • Benndorf, Rene; Martin, Karin; Kufner, Michelle; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Vollmers, John; Kaster, Anne-Kristin; Beemelmanns, Christine (Microbiology Society, 2020-08)
    Please read abstract in the article.

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