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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  • 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 ...
  • Barnes, Irene; Fourie, Arista; Wingfield, Michael J.; Harrington, T.C.; McNew, D.L.; Sugiyama, L.S.; Luiz, B.C.; Heller, W.P.; Keith, L.M. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2018-03-27)
    The native ˋōhiˋa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) has cultural, biological and ecological significance to Hawai`i, but it is seriously threatened by a disease commonly referred to as rapid ˋōhiˋa death (ROD). Preliminary ...
  • Bonthond, G.; Sandoval-Denis, M.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Crous, Pedro W. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2018-01-09)
    The genus Seiridium includes multiple plant pathogenic fungi well-known as causal organisms of cankers on Cupressaceae. Taxonomically, the status of several species has been a topic of debate, as the phylogeny of the genus ...
  • Guarnaccia, V.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Woodhall, J.; Armengol, J.; Cinelli, T.; Eichmeier, A.; Ezra, D.; Fontaine, F.; Gramaje, D.; Gutierrez-Aguirregabiria, A.; Kaliterna, J.; Kiss, L.; Larignon, P.; Luque, J.; Mugnai, L.; Naor, V.; Raposo, R.; Sandor, E.; Vaczy, K.Z.; Crous, Pedro W. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2018-02-19)
    Species of Diaporthe are considered important plant pathogens, saprobes, and endophytes on a wide range of plant hosts. Several species are well-known on grapevines, either as agents of pre- or post-harvest infections, ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Wingfield, Michael J. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2018-05-18)
    Trees in natural forests and those managed in plantations of either native or non-native species are increasingly threatened by fungal diseases (Roy et al. 2014, Wingfield et al. 2015, Ghelardini et al. 2017). Typically, ...
  • Tan, Yu Pei; Shivas, Roger G.; Marney, Thomas S.; Edwards, Jacqueline; Dearnaley, John; Jami, Fahimeh; Burgess, Treena I. (Springer, 2019-01)
    The Botryosphaeriaceae is one of the most widespread and cosmopolitan endophytic group of fungi. However, the species of this group can cause severe disease when the hosts are under stressful conditions. The aim of this ...
  • Mangwende, E.; Kritzinger, Quenton; Aveling, T.A.S. (Terry) (Springer, 2019-02)
    Increased consumer awareness on the means of production of food in recent decades has intensified pressure for growth of organic farming particularly for its benefit on the environment due to minimal use of synthetic ...
  • Huang, Jianbei; Hammerbacher, Almuth; Weinhold, Alexander; Reichelt, Michael; Gleixner, Gerd; Behrendt, Thomas; Van Dam, Nicole M.; Sala, Anna; Gershenzon, Jonathan; Trumbore, Susan; Hartmann, Henrik (Wiley, 2019-04)
    Carbon (C) allocation plays a central role in tree responses to environmental changes. Yet, fundamental questions remain about how trees allocate C to different sinks, for example, growth vs storage and defense. In ...
  • Zhao, Tao; Kandasamy, Dineshkumar; Krokene, Paal; Chen, Jingyuan; Gershenzon, Jonathan; Hammerbacher, Almuth (Elsevier, 2019-04)
    The bark beetle Ips typographus carries numerous fungi that could be assisting the beetle in colonizing live Norway spruce (Picea abies) trees. Phenolic defenses in spruce phloem are degraded by the beetle's major tree-killing ...
  • Hussey, S.G. (Steven); Grima-Pettenati, Jacqueline; Myburg, Alexander Andrew; Mizrachi, Eshchar; Brady, Siobhan M.; Yoshikuni, Yasuo; Deutsch, Samuel (American Chemical Society, 2019-01)
    Re-engineering of transcriptional networks regulating secondary cell wall formation may allow the improvement of plant biomass in widely grown plantation crops such as Eucalyptus. However, there is currently a scarcity of ...
  • Pietersen, Gerhard; Pietersen, G. (Jnr); Pietersen, I.; Stiller, M. (South African Society for Enology and Viticulture, 2018)
    Aster yellows phytoplasma (AY), only recently reported in South Africa and still limited in its distribution in the country, causes a serious disease of grapevine. A leafhopper, Mgenia fuscovaria (Stål)(Hemiptera: Cicadellidae), ...
  • Nakato, G.V.; Christelova, P.; Were, E.; Nyine, M.; Coutinho, Teresa A.; Dolezel, J.; Uwimana, B.; Swennen, R.; Mahuku, G. (Wiley, 2019-01)
    It is claimed that, with the exception of Musa balbisiana, all banana varieties are susceptible to bacterial wilt caused by Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum (Xcm). Despite being resistant to Xcm infection, M. balbisiana ...
  • Aylward, Janneke; Roets, Francois; Dreyer, Leanne L.; Wingfield, Michael J. (Wiley, 2019-01)
    BACKGROUND : Teratosphaeria gauchensis and T. zuluensis are closely related fungi that cause Teratosphaeria (previously Coniothyrium) stem canker disease on Eucalyptus species propagated in plantations for commercial ...
  • Vivas, Maria; Rolo, Victor; Wingfield, Michael J.; Slippers, Bernard (Elsevier, 2019-01)
    The phenotype of a plant can be shaped by the biotic and abiotic conditions to which their parents are subjected. This phenotypic plasticity known as maternal environmental effect occurs regardless of the changes in the ...
  • Abate, B.A. (Birhan); Slippers, Bernard; Wingfield, Michael J.; Malan, Antoinette P.; Hurley, Brett Phillip (Brill Academic Publishers, 2018-04-23)
    The occurrence and diversity of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) and their symbiotic bacteria was evaluated in commercial forestry plantations (Eucalyptus spp., Pinus spp. and Acacia mearnsii) and indigenous forests in ...
  • Sweeney, Jon; Rassati, Davide; Meurisse, Nicolas; Hurley, Brett Phillip; Duan, Jian; Stauffer, Christian; Battist, i Andrea (Springer, 2019-01)
    This special issue on pathways, early detection, and management of invasive pests of forests and urban trees was spawned in a symposium entitled “Invasive species surveillance: new methods and tools for survey and early ...
  • Coetzee, Martin Petrus Albertus; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Wingfield, Michael J. (MDPI, 2018-10-24)
    This review considers current knowledge surrounding species boundaries of the Armillaria root-rot pathogens and their distribution. In addition, a phylogenetic tree using translation elongation factor subunit 1-alpha ...
  • Zlatković, Milica; Wingfield, Michael J.; Jami, Fahimeh; Slippers, Bernard (Wiley, 2019-02)
    In the past decade, trees and shrubs in the Western Balkans region have been damaged by canker and die‐back disease caused by Botryosphaeriaceae species. These pathogens include Neofusicoccum parvum and Diplodia sapinea. ...
  • Ryan, S.F.; Adamson, N.L.; Aktipis, A.; Andersen, L.K.; Austin, R.; Barnes, L.; Beasley, M.R.; Bedell, K.D.; Briggs, S.; Chapman, B.; Cooper, C.B.; Corn, J.O.; Creamer, N.G.; Delborne, J.A.; Domenico, P.; Driscoll, E.; Goodwin, J.; Hjarding, A.; Hulbert, J.M. (Joey); Isard, S.; Just, M.G.; Kar Gupta, K.; López-Uribe, M.M.; O’Sullivan, J.; Landis, E.A.; Madden, A.A.; McKenney, E.A.; Nichols, L.M.; Reading, B.J.; Russell, S.; Sengupta, N.; Shapiro, L.R.; Shell, L.K.; Sheard, J.K.; Shoemaker, D.D.; Sorger, D.M.; Starling, C.; Thakur, S.; Vatsavai, R.R.; Weinstein, M.; Winfrey, P.; Dunn, R.R. (The Royal Society, 2018-11)
    The power of citizen science to contribute to both science and society is gaining increased recognition, particularly in physics and biology. Although there is a long history of public engagement in agriculture and food ...

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