Bernard Slippers is a Professor in Genetics at the University of Pretoria (UP). He is a research leader of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme and Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI). Bernard’s research focus is on the ecology, evolution and management of insects and micro-organisms that affect tree health globally. He has received wide recognition for his research, including the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science, British Association Medal (Silver) and the JE Vanderplank award from the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, amongst others. He has published more than 175 papers, an edited book and number of chapters in books. He regularly contributes popular scientific articles to journals, newspapers and radio.