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An Understanding of Nematodes and their Integrated Control on Grain Crops, Tree Crops and Vegetables

    Why study Nematodes?

    The plant-parasitic nematodes are an important component of crop protection, while terrestrial non-parasitic (also referred to as free-living or beneficial nematodes) are superior indicators of soil health. This course provides students with a basic introduction to nematode classification, biology, ecology, physiology and sampling, as well as the integrated control of such pests in the majority of crops, with emphasis on maize, wheat, citrus, deciduous fruit and potatoes. Entomopathogenic nematodes, specifically their use as bio-control agents of economically important insects of fruit crops, and the role non-parasitic nematodes play as bio-indicators of soil health are also explored.

    How will you benefit from studying this short learning programme?

    The purpose of this programme is to introduce learners to the study of the major nematode pests of selected grain, citrus, deciduous fruit and potato. This includes their basic biology, ecology, physiology and the effect of the different nematodes on various crops. An introduction of the various options for controlling nematodes are also discussed, while the role of entomopathogenic nematodes as bio-control agents and non-parasitic nematodes as bio-indicators of soil health is also referred to.

    After completion of this short learning programme you will be able to:

    • Understand the basic biology, ecology and physiology of nematodes
    • Understand the different nematode feeding/trophic groups, such as ectoparasites, endoparasites and semi-endoparasites and how these pests inflict damage symptoms
    • Understand the influences that determine the duration of the nematode life-cycle
    • Know which nematode pests are important for each crop and the damage they cause
    • Learn about the integrated control measures required to control and manage nematodes in fields of selected grain and deciduous fruit as well as citrus and potato
    • Gain basic knowledge of the importance of obtaining adequate and representative plant and soil samples for diagnostic and research purposes
    • Have knowledge of the basics of nematodes as bio-indicators of soil health
    • Refer producers who encounter specific nematode problems to expert nematologists in South Africa for diagnostic analysis and advice

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    2 days

    • Location: Western Cape (3-4 May)
    • Location: Johannesburg (11-12 October)

    MSA Competency based short learning programme

    Who should attend

    Any persons in the agro-chemical industry whether on a technical, advisory, business development, sales level or in crop protection consultantancy would find this programme valuable. Students who are involved in the development and registration of agro-chemicals would also benefit from the programme. Producers with particular nematode problems would also find this programme informative.

    Entry requirements
    • No previous experience is required, however a background in agriculture, be it at farm, sales, or technical advice level, would be beneficial.
    Assessment to determine competence:
    • Reflective journals and portfolio of evidence
    About the course facilitator

    Prof Driekie Fourie holds a PhD (Biological Sciences), with specialisation in Nematology and her areas of expertise are applied ecological research that focuses on nematodes found in agro-ecosystems and natural habitats. Her focus is on nematode ecology and their pathogenicity as well as damage that economically important nematode species inflict in grain crops. She is also a specialist in management options, such as host plant resistance, bio-control agents and synthetically-derived products, as part of an integrated management system. She has 27 years of experience in nematode research, managing and coordinating a diagnostic laboratory and has been involved in formal teaching of Nematology for 14 years.

    Mrs Sheila Storey, founder and CEO of Nemlab and director of Nema Bio (Pty) Ltd, holds an MSc in Nematology. Her field of expertise includes plant-parasitic nematodes, soilborne problems, crop protection and soil health with special reference to nematodes and mycorrhizae. Her nematode experience also includes entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) for the biological control of various insect pests. She has 30 years of experience managing a diagnostic laboratory. She lectures to producers and technical advisors all over Southern Africa.

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