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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  • Bell, V.A.; Blouin, A.G.; Cohen, D.; Hedderley, D.I.; Oosthuizen; Oosthuizen, T.; Spreeth, N.; Lester, P.J. (Edizioni ETS, 2017)
    Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 (GLRaV-3) is the most serious virus in New Zealand and South African vineyards. Its negative influence on berry development is reflected on wine quality, thus making GLRaV-3 control a ...
  • Giraldo, Alejandra; Crous, Pedro W.; Schumacher, Rene K.; Cheewangkoon, Ratchadawan; Ghobad-Nejhad, Masoomeh; Langer, Ewald (Springer, 2017-04)
    The current paper represents the third contribution in the Genera of Fungi series, linking the type species of fungal genera to their morphology and DNA sequence data, and, where possible, ecology. In this issue, we have ...
  • Amuge, T.; Berger, David Kenneth; Katari, M.S.; Myburg, Alexander Andrew; Goldman, S.L.; Ferguson, M.E. (Nature Publishing Group, 2017-08-29)
    A time-course transcriptome analysis of two cassava varieties that are either resistant or susceptible to cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) was conducted using RNASeq, after graft inoculation with Ugandan cassava brown ...
  • Breedt, Gerhard; Labuschagne, Nico; Coutinho, Teresa A. (Wiley, 2017-09)
    Maize, Zea mays is the most important grain crop in South Africa and is a staple food in many African countries. The beneficial effects of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria on crop growth and yield have been well ...
  • Swart, Velushka; Crampton, Bridget Genevieve; Ridenour, John B.; Bluhm, Burt H.; Olivier, Nicholas Abraham; Meyer, J.J. Marion; Berger, David Kenneth (American Phytopathological Society, 2017-09)
    Gray leaf spot (GLS), caused by the sibling species Cercospora zeina or Cercospora zeae-maydis, is cited as one of the most important diseases threatening global maize production. C. zeina fails to produce cercosporin in ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Groenewald, Johannes Z. (International Mycological Association, 2017-05-23)
    The current paper represents the fourth contribution in the Genera of Fungi series, linking type species of fungal genera to their morphology and DNA sequence data. The present paper focuses on two genera of microfungi, ...
  • Wingfield, Michael J.; Crous, P.W.; Burgess, T.I.; St.J. Hardy, G.E.; Barber, P.A.; Alvarado, P.; Barnes, C.W.; Buchanan, P.K.; Heykoop, M.; Moreno, M.; Thangavel, R.; Van der Spuy, S.; Barili, A.; Barrett, S.; Cacciola, S.O.; Cano-Lira, J.F.; Crane, C.; Decock, C.; Guarro, J.; Guevara-Suarez, M.; Hubka, V.; Kolarík, M.; Lira, C.R.S.; Ordonez, M.E.; Padamsee, M.; Ryvarden, L.; Soares, A.M.; Stchigel, A.M.; Sutton, D.A.; Vizzini, A.; Weir, B.S.; Acharya, K.; Aloi, F.; Baseia, I.G.; Blanchette, R.A.; Bordallo, J.J.; Bratek, Z.; Butler, T.; Cano-Canals, J.; Carlavilla, J.R.; Chander, J.; Cheewangkoon, R.; Cruz, R.H.S.F.; Da Silva, M.; Dutta, A.K.; Ercole, E.; Escobio, V.; Esteve-Raventos, F.; Flores, J.A.; Gene, J.; Gois, J.S.; Haines, L.; Held, B.W.; Horta Jung, M.; Hosaka, K.; Jung, T.; Jurjevic, Z.; Kautman, V.; Kautmanova, I.; Kiyashko, A.A.; Kozanek, M.; Kubatova, A.; Lafourcade, M.; La Spada, F.; Latha, K.P.D.; Madrid, H.; Malysheva, E.F.; Manimohan, P.; Manjon, J.L.; Martin, M.P.; Mata, M.; Merenyi, Z.; Morte, A.; Nagy, I.; Normand, A.-C.; Paloi, S.; Pattison, N.; Pawłowska, J.; Pereira, O.L.; Petterson, M.E.; Picillo, B.; Raj, K.N.A.; Roberts, A.; Rodríguez, Andrej M.; Rodríguez-Campo, F.J.; Romanski, M.; Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, M.; Scanu, B.; Schena, L.; Semelbauer, M.; Sharma, R.; Shouche, Y.S.; Silva, V.; Staniaszek-Kik, M.; Stielow, J.B.; Tapia, C.; Taylor, P.W.J.; Toome-Heller, M.; Vabeikhokhei, J.M.C.; Van Diepeningen, A.D.; Van Hoa, N.; Van Tri, M.; Wiederhold, N.P.; Wrzosek, M.; Zothanzama, J.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2017-06-20)
    Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Australia: Banksiophoma australiensis (incl. Banksiophoma gen. nov.) on Banksia coccinea, Davidiellomyces australiensis (incl. ...
  • Hammerbacher, Almuth; Huang, Jianbei; Reichelt, Michael; Chowdhury, Somak; Hartmann, Henrik (Oxford University Press, 2017)
    Phytohormones play important roles in plant acclimation to changes in environmental conditions. However, their role in whole-plant regulation of growth and secondary metabolite production under increasing atmospheric ...
  • Beukes, Chrizelle Winsie; Palmer, Marike; Manyaka, Puseletso; Chan, Wai Yin; Avontuur, Juanita R.; Van Zyl, Elritha; Venter, S.N. (Stephanus Nicolaas); Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Clum, Alicia; Pillay, Manoj; Reddy, T.B.K.; Daum, Chris; Shapiro, Nicole; Markowitz, Victor; Ivanova, Natalia; Kyrpides, Nikos; Woyke, Tanja; Blom, Jochem; Whitman, William B. (Frontiers Research Foundation, 2017-06)
    Although the taxonomy of Burkholderia has been extensively scrutinized, significant uncertainty remains regarding the generic boundaries and composition of this large and heterogeneous taxon. Here we used the amino acid ...
  • Kunert, Karl J.; Cooper, James W.; Wilson, Michael H.; Derks, Martijn F.L.; Smit, Sandra; Cullis, Christopher; Foyer, Christine H. (Oxford University Press, 2017)
    Grain legume improvement is currently impeded by a lack of genomic resources. The paucity of genome information for faba bean can be attributed to the intrinsic difficulties of assembling/annotating its giant (~13 Gb) ...
  • Read, David Alan; Pietersen, Gerhard (Springer, 2017-06)
    Grapefruit cultivars are highly sensitive to CTV infections and in order to increase their productive lifespan, the Southern African citrus industry makes use of cross-protection. However, the breakdown of cross-protection ...
  • Wingfield, Michael J.; Crous, Casparus J.; Burgess, Treena I.; Rafael D. Zenni; Dickie, Ian A.; Hirsch, Heidi; Meyerson, Laura A.; Zimmermann, Thalita G.; Klock, Metha M.; Siemann, Evan; Erfmeier, Alexandra; Aragon, Roxana; Montti, Lia; Le Roux, Johannes J. (Oxford University Press, 2017-01)
    Evolutionary processes greatly impact the outcomes of biological invasions. An extensive body of research suggests that invasive populations often undergo phenotypic and ecological divergence from their native sources. ...
  • Burgess, Treena I.; Andjic, Vera; Maxwell, Aaron; StJ. Hardy, Giles E. (International Mycological Association, 2016-10-20)
    Teratosphaeria destructans and T. viscida are serious pathogens causing leaf, bud and shoot blight diseases of Eucalyptus plantations in the subtropics and tropics of South-East Asia (T. destructans) and North ...
  • Ofoegbu, Chidiebere; Chirwa, Paxie W.; Babalola, F.D.; Francis, Joseph (AOSIS OpenJournals, 2016-07-29)
    Forests are vulnerable to climate change and are also major sources of livelihood for many rural households in Africa. This study examines rural people’s perceptions of climate change impacts on forest-based livelihoods ...
  • Bihon, Wubetu; Slippers, Bernard; Wingfield, Michael J.; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Burgess, Treena (Springer, 2012-01)
    Introduced populations of organisms typically have reduced diversity compared to those that are native. It is, therefore, unusual that introduced populations of the fungal tree pathogen Diplodia pinea have been shown ...
  • Gebre, Endale; Schluter, Urte; Hedden, Peter; Kunert, Karl J. (Taylor and Francis, 2012)
    Eragrostis tef, a tall stature and highly nutritious cereal grown in East Africa, has a serious lodging problem that reduces its productivity considerably. Certain plant-growth regulators are known to restrict growth ...
  • 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, 2016-12)
    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.; Roux, Jolanda; Hernandez-Restrepo, Margarita; 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 ...

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