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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  • Kanzi, Aquillah M.; Trollip, Conrad; Wingfield, Michael J.; Barnes, Irene; Van der Nest, Magrieta Aletta; Wingfield, Brenda D. (BioMed Central, 2020-05)
    BACKGROUND: The taxonomic history of Ceratocystis, a genus in the Ceratocystidaceae, has been beset with questions and debate. This is due to many of the commonly used species recognition concepts (e.g., morphological ...
  • Le Roux, Marlon-Schylor L.; Burger, N. Francois V.; Vlok, Mare; Kunert, Karl J.; Cullis, Christopher A.; Botha, Anna-Maria (Frontiers Media, 2020-07-14)
    Random mutagenesis was applied to produce a new wheat mutant (RYNO3926) with superior characteristics regarding tolerance to water deficit stress induced at late booting stage. The mutant also displays rapid recovery ...
  • Drenkhan, Rein; Ganley, Beccy; Martin-Garcia, Jorge; Vahalík, Petr; Adamson, Kalev; Adamcikova, Katarina; Ahumada, Rodrigo; Blank, Lior; Braganca, Helena; Capretti, Paolo; Cleary, Michelle; Cornejo, Carolina; Davydenko, Kateryna; Diez, Julio J.; Dogmus Lehtijarvi, Hatice Tugba; Dvorak, Milon; Enderle, Rasmus; Fourie, Gerda; Georgieva, Margarita; Ghelardini, Luisa; Hantula, Jarkko; Ioos, Renaud; Iturritxa, Eugenia; Kanetis, Loukas; Karpun, Natalia N.; Koltay, Andras; Landeras, Elena; Markovskaja, Svetlana; Mesanza, Nebai; Milenkovic, Ivan; Musolin, Dmitry L.; Nikolaou, Konstantinos; Nowakowska, Justyna A.; Ogris, Nikica; Oskay, Funda; Oszako, Tomasz; Papazova-Anakieva, Irena; Paraschiv, Marius; Pasquali, Matias; Pecori, Francesco; Rafoss, Trond; Raitelaityte, Kristina; Raposo, Rosa; Robin, Cecile; Rodas, Carlos A.; Santini, Alberto; Sanz-Ros, Antonio V.; Selikhovkin, Andrey V.; Solla, Alejandro; Soukainen, Mirkka; Soulioti, Nikoleta; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Tsopelas, Panaghiotis; Vemic, Aleksandar; Vettraino, Anna Maria; Wingfield, Michael J.; Woodward, Stephen; Zamora-Ballesteros, Cristina; Mullett, Martin S. (MDPI Publishing, 2020-07-01)
    Fusarium circinatum, the causal agent of pine pitch canker (PPC), is currently one of the most important threats of Pinus spp. globally. This pathogen is known in many pine-growing regions, including natural and planted ...
  • Wilson, A.M. (Andi); Wilken, P.M ( Markus); Van der Nest, Magrieta Aletta; Wingfield, Michael J.; Wingfield, Brenda D. (Elsevier, 2020-04)
    Sexual reproduction is a highly conserved feature of the eukaryotes, yet sexual compatibility is determined by a wide variety of mechanisms. In ascomycete fungi, sexual development is controlled by genes at the mating type ...
  • Human, Maria Petronella; Berger, David Kenneth; Crampton, Bridget Genevieve (Frontiers Media, 2020-03-20)
    Exserohilum turcicum (sexual stage Setosphaeria turcica) is the hemibiotrophic causal agent of northern leaf blight ofmaize and sorghum. This study aimed to identify the genes involved in host colonization during the ...
  • Welgemoed, Tanya; Pierneef, Rian; Sterck, Lieven; Van de Peer, Yves; Swart, Velushka; Scheepers, Kevin Daniel; Berger, David Kenneth (Frontiers Media, 2020-03-13)
    Gray leaf spot (GLS) disease in maize, caused by the fungus Cercospora zeina, is a threat to maize production globally. Understanding the molecular basis for quantitative resistance to GLS is therefore important for food ...
  • Du Toit, Yves; Coles, Donovin William; Mewalal, Ritesh; Christie, Nanette; Naidoo, Sanushka (Frontiers Media, 2020-02-17)
    Many pests and pathogens threaten Eucalyptus plantations. The study of defense responses in this economically important wood and fiber crop enables the discovery of novel pathways and genes, which may be adopted to improve ...
  • Kouassi, Jean-Luc; Wandan, Narcisse; Mbow, Cheikh (MDPI, 2020-08-12)
    Wildfires are a major environmental, economic, and social threat. In Central Côte d’Ivoire, they are among the biggest environmental and forestry problems during the dry season. National authorities do not have tools and ...
  • Fenta, Berhanu Amsalu; Beebe, Stephen E.; Kunert, Karl J. (Wiley Open Access, 2020-02)
    In common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L), limited information is available if potential of nodulation and symbiotic nitrogen fixation is associated with the expression of traits that confer better adaptation to drought ...
  • Eberl, Franziska; De Bobadilla, Maite Fernandez; Reichelt, Michael; Hammerbacher, Almuth; Gershenzon, Jonathan; Unsicker, Sybille B. (Wiley, 2020-07)
    Plants are regularly colonised by fungi and bacteria, but plant-inhabiting microbes are rarely considered in studies on plant–herbivore interactions. Here we show that young gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) caterpillars ...
  • Pysek, Petr; Hulme, Philip E.; Simberloff, Dan; Bacher, Sven; Blackburn, Tim M.; Carlton, James T.; Dawson, Wayne; Essl, Franz; Foxcroft, Llewellyn C.; Genovesi, Piero; Jeschke, Jonathan M.; Kuhn, Ingolf; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Mandrak, Nicholas E.; Meyerson, Laura A.; Pauchard, Aníbal; Pergl, Jan; Roy, Helen E.; Seebens, Hanno; Van Kleunen, Mark; Vila, Montserrat; Wingfield, Michael J.; Richardson, David M. (Wiley, 2020-06)
    Biological invasions are a global consequence of an increasingly connected world and the rise in human population size. The numbers of invasive alien species – the subset of alien species that spread widely in areas where ...
  • Wondafrash, Mesfin; Slippers, Bernard; Nambazimana, Alphonsine; Kayumba, Isaac; Nibouche, Samuel; Van der Lingen, Simon; Asfaw, Birhane A.; Jenya, Herbert; Mutitu, Eston K.; Makowe, Idea A.; Chungu, Donald; Kiwuso, Peter; Kiwuso, Peter; Kulimushi, Emmanuel; Razafindrakotomamonjy, Andrianantenaina; Bosu, Paul P.; Sookar, Preeaduth; Hurley, Brett Phillip (Springer, 2020-07)
    Eucalyptus is one of the most planted tree genera across the world, but is heavily challenged by invasive insect pests originating from the native range of these trees. The rate of introduction of non-native Eucalyptus-feeding ...
  • Motaung, T.E. (Thabiso) (Elsevier, 2020-05)
    Imidacloprid quickly gained popularity as the first commercial neonicotinoid following the invention of neonicotinoids by Bayer in 1985. Its relationship with agriculture is linked to protection of field crops against a ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Carnegie, A.J.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Sharma, R.; Mughini, G.; Noordeloos, M.E.; Santini, A.; Shouche, Y.S.; Bezerra, J.D.P.; Dima, B.; Guarnaccia, V.; Imrefi, I.; Jurjevic, Z.; Knapp, D.G.; Kovacs, G.M.; Magistà, D.; Perrone, G.; Rama, T.; Rebriev, Y.A.; Shivas, R.G.; Singh, S.M.; Souza-Motta, C.M.; Thangavel, R.; Adhapure, N.N.; Alexandrova, A.V.; Alfenas, A.C.; Alfenas, R.F.; Alvarado, P.; Alves, A.L.; Andrade, D.A.; Andrade, J.P.; Barbosa, R.N.; Barili, A.; Barnes, C.W.; Baseia, I.G.; Bellanger, J.-M.; Berlanas, C.; Bessette, A.E.; Bessette, A.R.; Biketova, A.Yu.; Bomfim, F.S.; Brandrud, T.E.; Bransgrove, K.; Brito, A.C.Q.; Cano- Lira, J.F.; Cantillo, T.; Cavalcanti, A.D.; Cheewangkoon, R.; Chikowski, R.S.; Conforto, C.; Cordeiro, T.R.L.; Craine, J.D.; Cruz, R.; Damm, U.; De Oliveira, R.J.V.; De Souza, J.T.; De Souza, H.G.; Dearnaley, J.D.W.; Dimitrov, R.A.; Dovana, F.; Erhard, A.; Esteve- Raventos, F.; Felix, C.R.; Ferisin, G.; Fernandes, R.A.; Ferreira, R.J.; Ferro, L.O.; Figueiredo, C.N.; Frank, J.L.; Freire, K.T.L.S.; Garcia, D.; Gene, J.; Gesiorska, A.; Gibertoni, T.B.; Gondra, R.A.G.; Gouliamova, D.E.; Gramaje, D.; Guard, F.; Gusmao, L.F.P.; Haitook, S.; Hirooka, Y.; Houbraken, J.; Hubka, V.; Inamdar, A.; Iturriaga, T.; Iturrieta-Gonzalez, I.; Jadan, M.; Jiang, N.; Justo, A.; Kachalkin, A.V.; Kapitonov, V.I.; Karadelev, M.; Karakehian, J.; Kasuya, T.; Kautmanova, I.; Kruse, J.; Kusan, I.; Kuznetsova, T.A.; Landell, M.F.; Larsson, K.-H.; Lee, H.B.; Lima, D.X.; Lira, C.R.S.; Machado, A.R.; Madrid, H.; Magalhaes, O.M.C.; Majerova, H.; Malysheva, E.F.; Mapperson, R.R.; Marbach, P.A.S.; Martin, M.P.; Martin-Sanz, A.; Matocec, N.; McTaggart, A.R.; Mello, J.F.; Melo, R.F.R.; Mešić, A.; Michereff, S.J.; Miller, A.N.; Minoshima, A.; Molinero-Ruiz, L.; Morozova, O.V.; Mosoh, D.; Nabe, M.; Naik, R.; Nara, K.; Nascimento, S.S.; Neves, R.P.; Olariaga, I.; Oliveira, R.L.; Oliveira, T.G.L.; Ono, T.; Ordonez, M.E.; Ottoni, A.; Paiva, L.M.; Pancorbo, F.; Pant, B.; Pawłowska, J.; Peterson, S.W.; Raudabaugh, D.B.; Rodriguez-Andrade, E.; Rubio, E.; Rusevska, K.; Santiago, A.L.C.M.A.; Santos, A.C.S.; Santos, C.; Sazanova, N.A.; Shah, S.; Sharma, J.; Silva, B.D.B.; Siquier, J.L.; Sonawane, M.S.; Stchigel, A.M.; Svetasheva, T.; Tamakeaw, N.; Telleria, M.T.; Tiago, P.V.; Tian, C.M.; Tkalčec, Z.; Tomashevskaya, M.A.; Truong, H.H.; Vecherskii, M.V.; Visagie, C.M.; Vizzini, A.; Yilmaz, Neriman; Zmitrovich, I.V.; Zvyagina, E.A.; Boekhout, T.; Kehlet, T.; Læssøe, T.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2019-07)
    Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Australia, Chaetomella pseudocircinoseta and Coniella pseudodiospyri on Eucalyptus microcorys leaves, Cladophialophora eucalypti, ...
  • Havenga, Minette; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Dreyer, Leanne L.; Roets, Francois; Chen, ShuaiFei; Aylward, Janneke (Wiley, 2020-06)
    The aggressive Eucalyptus leaf pathogen, Teratosphaeria destructans, causes widespread damage in tropical and subtropical Eucalyptus‐growing regions of Indonesia, China, Thailand, East Timor, Vietnam, Lao, and South Africa. ...
  • Okumu, M.N.; Vorster, Barend Juan; Reinhardt, Carl Frederick (Charlie) (Elsevier, 2019-03)
    Glyphosate, currently the world's most extensively used herbicide was on the market for more than 20 years since its introduction in 1975 without reported evolution of resistant weed cases. Glyphosate is the only reported ...
  • Zumaquero, Adela; Martınez-Ferri, Elsa; Matas, Antonio J.; Reeksting, Bianca J.; Olivier, Nicholas Abraham; Pliego-Alfaro, Fernando; Barcelo, Araceli; Van den Berg, Noelani (Public Library of Science, 2019-02)
    Rosellinia necatrix is the causal agent of avocado white root rot (WRR). Control of this soilborne disease is difficult, and the use of tolerant rootstocks may present an effective method to lessen its impact. To date, ...
  • Hernández-Restrepo, M.; Bezerra, J.D.P.; Tan, Y.P.; Wiederhold, N.; Crous, Pedro W.; Guarro, J.; Gené, J. (National Herbarium of the Netherlands, 2019-06)
    Mycoleptodiscus includes plant pathogens, animal opportunists, saprobic and endophytic fungi. The present study presents the first molecular phylogeny and revision of the genus based on four loci, including ITS, LSU, ...
  • Chang, Runlei; Duong, Tuan A.; Taerum, Stephen J.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Zhou, X.; Yin, Mingliang; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm (National Herbarium of the Netherlands, 2019-06)
    Ips typographus (Coleoptera, Scolytinae) is a spruce-infesting bark beetle that occurs throughout Europe and Asia. The beetle can cause considerable damage, especially when colonized trees are stressed and beetle populations ...
  • Roodt, Danielle; Li, Zhen; Van de Peer, Yves; Mizrachi, Eshchar (Oxford University Press, 2019-07)
    Woodiness (secondary xylemderived from vascular cambium) has been gained and lostmultiple times in the angiosperms, but has been lost ancestrally in all monocots. Here, we investigate the conservation of genes involved ...

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