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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  • Nel, Wilma Janine; Duong, Tuan A.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Wingfield, Michael J. (Wiley, 2019-06)
    Black root rot caused by the pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola has been known since the mid 1800s. The disease is important on many agricultural and ornamental plant species and has been found in at least 31 countries. Since ...
  • Kuhn, David Norton; Livingstone III, Donald S.; Richards, Jennifer H.; Manosalva, Patricia M.; Van den Berg, Noelani; Chambers, Alan H. (Elsevier, 2019-02)
    Avocado (Persea americana) is an important tropical and subtropical fruit tree crop. Traditional tree breeding programs face the challenges of long generation time and significant expense in land and personnel resources. Avocado ...
  • Bell, Vaughn A.; Hedderley, Duncan I.; Pietersen, Gerhard; Lester, Philip J. (Springer, 2018-10)
    Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 (GLRaV-3) negatively alters grape yield and wine quality but adopting practical control actions could avert an epidemic. In 13 New Zealand commercial vineyards that were planted with ...
  • Otto, Margot; Hammerbacher, Almuth; Petersen, Yolanda; Pierneef, Rian; Coutinho, Teresa A. (Springer, 2018-07)
    It has recently been shown that Pseudomonas syringae strains pathogenic to woody hosts belonging to phylogroup (PG) 2 lack phenolic compound degradation pathways such as the beta-ketoadipate and protocatechuate pathways. ...
  • Klopper, Ronell R.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Smith, Gideon F. (AOSIS Open Journals, 2018-05-23)
    BACKGROUND : A Nomenclature Section meeting to amend the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants is held every six years, a week before the International Botanical Congress. OBJECTIVES : To report ...
  • Wierzbicki, Martin P.; Maloney, Victoria; Mizrachi, Eshchar; Myburg, Alexander Andrew (Frontiers Media, 2019-02)
    Lignocellulosic biomass, encompassing cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose in plant secondary cell walls (SCWs), is the most abundant source of renewable materials on earth. Currently, fast-growing woody dicots such as ...
  • Benndorf, Rene; Guo, Huijuan; Sommerwerk, Elisabeth; Weigel, Christiane; Garcia-Altares, Maria; Martin, Karin; Hu, Haofu; Kufner, Michelle; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Poulsen, Michael; Beemelmanns, Christine (MDPI Publishing, 2018-09-13)
    The chemical analysis of insect-associated Actinobacteria has attracted the interest of natural product chemists in the past years as bacterial-produced metabolites are sought to be crucial for sustaining and protecting ...
  • Simpson, M.C. (Melissa Claire); Coetzee, Martin Petrus Albertus; Van der Nest, Magrieta Aletta; Wingfield, Michael J.; Wingfield, Brenda D. (Elsevier, 2018-12)
    Mating is central to many fungal life cycles and is controlled by genes at the mating-type (MAT) locus. These genes determine whether the fungus will be self-sterile (heterothallic) or self-fertile (homothallic). Species ...
  • Strydom, Elrea; Pietersen, Gerhard (Springer, 2018-05)
    Soybean blotchy mosaic virus (SbBMV) is an important virus of soybean in the warmer regions of South Africa. The presence of the virus is associated with blotchy mosaic symptoms on soybean leaves and significant annual ...
  • Garnas, Jeffrey R. (Elsevier, 2018-10)
    Understanding how insects will respond both ecologically and evolutionarily to complex and interacting factors linked to global change is an important challenge that underpins our ability to produce better predictive models ...
  • Chetverikov, Phillip E.; Craemer, Charnie; Neser, S. (Stefanus), 1942- (Systematic and Applied Acarology Society, 2018)
    A new genus, Tumescoptella n. g., with two new sympatric species Tumescoptella aculeata n. sp.and T. rotundiscuta n. sp., was found on the indigenous South African palm Hyphaene coriacea, Lala palm. Both species are described ...
  • Sungirai, Marvelous; Baron, Samantha; Van der Merwe, Nicolaas Albertus (Albie); Moyo, Doreen Zandile; De Clercq, Patrick; Maritz-Olivier, Christine; Madder, Maxime (Elsevier, 2018-04)
    Recently there was an expansion in the geographic range of Rhipicephalus microplus in Zimbabwe. In order to understand gene flow patterns and population structure in this highly invasive and adaptable cattle tick, a ...
  • Blanco, R.; Aveling, T.A.S. (Terry) (International Society for Horticultural Science, 2018-06)
    Diseases caused by Fusarium spp. occur worldwide throughout all production areas of edible and ornamental plants as well as tree plantations. Fusarium spp. cause yield losses of up to 80% in both field- and greenhouse-grown ...
  • Pieterse, Zelda; Aveling, T.A.S. (Terry); Jacobs, A. (International Society for Horticultural Science, 2018-06)
    The Aizoaceae, commonly known as mesembs or “ice plants”, is a plant family endemic to Namaqualand, an area inside the Succulent Karoo biodiversity hotspot in South Africa. The more than 1800 unique mesembs are in part ...
  • Mandiriza, G.; Kritzinger, Quenton; Aveling, T.A.S. (Terry) (International Society for Horticultural Science, 2018-06)
    Seed-borne pathogens found on brassica seeds can cause significant reduction in crop productivity and quality. In this study, seed health tests and germination of brassica seeds collected from several seed companies in ...
  • Aveling, T.A.S. (Terry); Govender, V.; Kritzinger, Quenton; Blanco, R. (International Society for Horticultural Science, 2018-06)
    Ultrastructural changes within cells are influenced by stress such as increased temperature due to improper storage, lack of oxygen and blockage in pathways responsible for water uptake. The objective of this study was to ...
  • Kandolo, S.D.; Aveling, T.A.S. (Terry); Van der Waals, Jacquie E. (Jacqueline Elise); Truter, M.; Laurie, S.M. (International Society for Horticultural Science, 2018-06)
    Alternaria blight (AB) of sweet potato caused by Alternaria bataticola, is a limiting factor for sweet potato industries in various countries. The disease has been recently reported in South Africa. A thorough literature ...
  • Dittrich-Schroder, Gudrun; Hoareau, Thierry B.; Hurley, Brett Phillip; Wingfield, Michael J.; Lawson, S.; Nahrung, H.F.; Slippers, Bernard (Springer, 2018-09)
    Increased rates of movement and the accumulation of insects establishing outside their native range is leading to the ‘global homogenization’ of agricultural and forestry pests. We use an invasive wasp, Leptocybe invasa ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Burgess, T.I.; Hardy, G.E.St.J.; Gene, J.; Guarro, J.; Baseia, I.G.; Garcia, D.; Gusmao, L.F.P.; Souza-Motta, C.M.; Thangavel, R.; Adamcík, S.; Barili, A.; Barnes, C.W.; Bezerra, J.D.P.; Bordallo, J.J.; Cano-Lira, J.F.; De Oliveira, R.J.V.; Ercole, E.; Hubka, V.; Iturrieta-Gonzalez, I.; Kubatova, A.; Martín, M.P.; Moreau, P.-A.; Morte, A.; Ordonez, M.E.; Rodríguez, A.; Stchigel, A.M.; Vizzini, A.; Abdollahzadeh, J.; Abreu, V.P.; Adamcíkova, K.; Albuquerque, G.M.R.; Alexandrova, A.V.; Alvarez Duarte, E.; Armstrong-Cho, C.; Banniza, S.; Barbosa, R.N.; Bellanger, J.-M.; Bezerra, J.L.; Cabral, T.S.; Cabon, M.; Caicedo, E.; Cantillo, T.; Carnegie, A.J.; Carmo, L.T.; Castañeda-Ruiz, R.F.; Clement, C.R.; Cmokova, A.; Conceição, L.B.; Cruz, R.H.S.F.; Damm, u.; Da Silva, B.D.B.; Da Silva, G.A.; Da Silva, R.M.F.; De A. Santiago, A.L.C.M.; De Oliveira, L.F.; De Souza, C.A.F.; Deniel, F.; Dima, B.; Dong, G.; Edwards, J.; Felix, C.R.; Fournier, J.; Gibertoni, T.B.; Hosaka, K.; Iturriaga, T.; Jadan, M.; Jany, J.-L.; Jurjevic, Z.; Kolarík, M.; Kusan, I.; Landell, M.F.; Leite Cordeiro, T.R.; Lima, D.X.; Loizides, M.; Luo, S.; Machado, A.R.; Madrid, H.; Magalhaes, O.M.C.; Marinho, P.; Matocec, N.; Mesic, A.; Miller, A.N.; Morozova, O.V.; Neves, R.P.; Nonaka, K.; Novakova, A.; Oberlies, N.H.; Oliveira-Filho, J.R.C.; Oliveira, T.G.L.; Papp, V.; Pereira, O.L.; Perrone, G.; Peterson, S.W.; Pham, T.H.G.; Raja, H.A.; Raudabaugh, D.B.; Rehulka, J.; Rodríguez-Andrade, E.; Saba, M.; Schauflerova, A.; Shivas, R.G.; Simonini, G.; Siqueira, J.P.Z.; Sousa, J.O.; Stajsic, V.; Svetasheva, T.; Tan, Y.P.; Tkalcec, Z.; Ullah, S.; Valente, P.; Valenzuela-Lopez, N.; Abrinbana, M.; Viana Marques, D.A.; Wong, P.T.W.; Xavier de Lima, V.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2018-07-13)
    Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Australia, Chaetopsina eucalypti on Eucalyptus leaf litter, Colletotrichum cobbittiense from Cordyline stricta × C. australis ...
  • Doungsa-ard, C.; McTaggart, Alistair R.; Geering, A.D.W.; Shivas, R.G. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2018-05-16)
    Uromycladium tepperianum has been reported on over 100 species of Acacia, as well as on the closely related plant genera, Falcataria, Racosperma and Paraserianthes. Previous studies have indicated that U. tepperianum may ...

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