In April I had the very good fortune to visit the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. FABI also has an agricultural research station off campus and supports a large group of faculty, research scientists, support staff, and graduate students, with diverse interests in mycology, plant pathology, forest genetics, biocontrol, plant physiology, etc, etc. It is a dramatic contrast to Clark’s tiny biology enterprise! While at FABI, I participated in the PhD defense of Tuan Duong, who studies population biology, mating genetics and systematics in Ophiostomatales. Afterwards, my hosts Mike and Brenda Wingfield very generously took time to show me the area around Capetown, with its vineyards and hyperdiverse fynbos. Some images from that very memorable weekend are below.