Visit to FABI

Forestry_and_Agricultural_Biotechnology_Institute_logoIn 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.

Protea cynaroides, the national flower of South Africa, above the Harold Porter Botanic Garden.

Protea cynaroides, the national flower of South Africa, above the Harold Porter Botanic Garden.

Brenda Wingfield on Table Mountain, with Capetown below.

Brenda Wingfield on Table Mountain, with Capetown below.

Aloe sp. at the Cape of Good Hope

Aloe sp. at the Cape of Good Hope

An ostrich in the fynbos

An ostrich in the fynbos

Mike Wingfield observing an Amanita at the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden. This was one of the few macrofungi we saw. this fruiting was adjacent to an oak imported from Europe.

Mike Wingfield observing an Amanita at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. This was one of the few macrofungi we saw. This fruiting was adjacent to an oak imported from Europe.View from Cape


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