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Antifungal actinomycetes associated with the pine bark beetle, Orthotomicus erosus, in South Africa
14 February, 2017
Actinomycete bacteria are often associated with insects that have a mutualistic association with fungi. These bacteria are believed to be important to this insect-fungus association as they produce antibiotics that exclude other saprophytic fungi from the immediate environment. read more
Botrytis eucalypti, a novel species isolated from diseased Eucalyptus seedlings in South China
21 October, 2016
FABI
Eucalyptus has become a preferred species for the production of industrial products and also for the protection of natural forests in South China. Many diseases affect these trees, both on plantations and in nurseries read more
Six recently recorded Australian insects associated with Eucalyptus in South Africa
11 October, 2016
FABI
The increased movement of goods and pathways to transport these goods around the world, combined with the homogenisation of cultivated areas has resulted in an increase in insect movement and establishment. read more
Why IUFRO really matters to tropical forestry research
11 October, 2016
FABI
I took on the presidency of the International Union of Forestry Research Organisations (IUFRO), in October 2014, having the honor to follow in the footsteps of some great leaders in forestry research. In my acceptance speech, I committed to promoting a number of key goals.... read more
Precipitation, not air temperature, drives functional responses of trees in semi-arid ecosystems
9 October, 2016
FABI
Model scenarios of climate change predict that warming & drought will occur simultaneously in the future in many regions. The capacity of woody species to modify their physiology & morphology in response to environmental conditions is widely recognized,... read more
Securing African forests for future drier climates
5 October, 2016
Increasing incidences of drought-induced tree mortality are being recorded worldwide, including Africa. African forests cover a significant proportion of the continent, which implies that African forest sustainability is threatened from a climate-change perspective.  read more
Ecology & population structure of a tree wound-infecting fungus in a native SA forest environment
5 October, 2016
Ceratocystis tsitsikammensis was first isolated from bark harvesting wounds on two indigenous tree species in the Afromontane forests of the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Inoculation studies indicated that it is a potential pathogen of nativeRapanea melanophloeos trees. read more
Neotypification of Dothistroma septosporum and epitypification of D. pini, causal agents of Dothistroma needle blight of pine
5 October, 2016
Dothistroma needle blight (DNB) is one of the most devastating needle diseases on Pinus spp. worldwide. Ever since the description of the causal agent of the disease in Europe in 1911 as Cytosporina septospora, & independently in the USA in 1941 as Dothistroma pini, there... read more
Assessment of beetle diversity, community composition and potential threats to forestry using kairomone-baited traps
29 August, 2016
Traps designed to capture insects during normal movement/dispersal, or via attraction to non-specific (plant) volatile lures, yield by-catch that carries valuable information about patterns of community diversity and composition. In order to identify potential native/introduced pests and... read more

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