23rd February 2024

Navigating the minefield of pesticide use in forestry

A ground-breaking study undertaken in the KZN midlands shows that pesticides commonly used in South African plantation forests pose low

24th April 2023

Cypress canker threatens exotic & native trees in SA

Cypress canker is killing exotic cypress trees in South Africa and poses a serious threat to native cedars, setting alarm

21st April 2023

In search of a biocontrol for the Shot Hole Borer

Since it was discovered in KwaZulu-Natal in 2017, the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) (Euwallacea fornicates) has spread rapidly into

02nd December 2022

Potential new biocontrol for Gonipterus

The Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) team is testing a tiny fly that could turn out to be an important

27th June 2022

FSA secures R18 m funding for forest protection

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) concluded between Forestry South Africa and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

31st May 2022

Using drone & satellite to track pest damage

FABI and ICFR researchers are collaborating in an innovative project to develop a system to monitor the impact of the

24th November 2020

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

15th May 2020

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

22nd October 2019

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

16th April 2019

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,

25th February 2019

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

13th December 2018

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

19th October 2018

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

22nd May 2018

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

25th April 2018

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

13th March 2018

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

24th July 2017

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

12th January 2017

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

16th February 2016

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

10th February 2016

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

30th October 2015

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

20th July 2015

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.

14th April 2015

Rust diseases have foresters worried

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

20th September 2014

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

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