Shothole borer research at Vergelegen wine estate

Research being conducted at one of the country’s leading wine farms, which dates back to the 1700s, could help to

Managing white grub for forestry

White grubs are beneficial to soil health on the one hand, but on the other they can damage or kill

Keeping trees healthy in a changing world

Keeping trees healthy in the shifting world of climate change and the constant adaptation of insect pests and pathogens to

Help fight Shot Hole Borer

Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) is embedding itself in South African trees. Take a walk in the forest, check your garden,

Tracking down tree pests and diseases

Dr Trudy Paap has been appointed to manage the field extension services of the Tree Protection Co-operative programme (TPCP), as well as

FABI team has shothole borer in its sights

A team of scientists from FABI under the leadership of Prof. Wilhelm de Beer hosted the first workshop in Africa focused

Drones vs pests and diseases

Disease identification technology and database launched precision agriculture event... Cape Town start-up, Aerobotics, provides farmers around the world with world-leading

New pest and disease threats discovered in SA

The TPCP team at the University of Pretoria has been alerted to a potential new threat to Eucalyptus clones in KwaZulu-Natal, where

Managing cossid moth infestation in Eucalyptus nitens

Threats to South Africa’s plantation forestry industry are numerous and diverse. Many people are familiar with the threat of non-native

Re-establishing small-scale grower plantations in Sokhulu

An exciting project to assist small-scale growers in Sokhulu area of Zululand to rejuvenate their forestry businesses by re-establishing their

Celebrating 70 years of forestry research

This year the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) is celebrating 70 years of research work that has contributed enormously

Another natural enemy of Leptocybe invasa found in South Africa

By Samantha Bush Researchers at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria, have used morphological

Challenges of forestry in Zululand – ICFR Zululand Field Day

Forestry in the Zululand region came under the spotlight at a recent ICFR field day held at the Town Hall

Citizen engagement in research to protect fynbos – and forests

By Joey Hulbert Members of the public, or ‘citizen scientists’ are helping researchers from the University of Pretoria to identify

Why is an iconic South African tree dying?

PhD Plant Pathology student Johan van der Linde of FABI has been searching for clues to explain the die-off of

Pests & Diseases in South African Forestry 2015/16

The SA Forestry team has produced a wall poster with details of all the major Pests and Diseases threatening commercial plantations in South Africa, in collaboration with the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute of the University of Pretoria.

Rust diseases have foresters worried

South African foresters haven’t had to deal with rusts before – now they have two to deal with.

New wattle rust disease spreading rapidly

New pests and diseases in the spotlight at NCT Midlands field day Izette Greyling of the TPCP inspecting the rust

Pest and disease threats accelerating

"Every invasive alien pathogen represents an uncontrolled, open ended experiment in evolution." Nigel Bennet from Sappi received the prestigious 'TPCP

Pests and diseases on the move around the world

Nature is way more complex than anybody could imagine, and the deeper the scientists look, the greater the complexity they

Forest tree health in South Africa

Almost 20 years ago, I was invited to write a 'news and views' paper for the South African Journal of

Diagnosing the signs of pests and diseases

Pests and diseases are now widely recognised by the South African forestry industry as being threats of increasing magnitude. Chrysoporthe

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