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Nematology in SA

The Nematological Society of Southern Africa (NSSA) is dedicated to advance the science of Nematology in Southern Africa in both its fundamental and applied aspects. To serve this purpose the Society acts as an agency for the exchange of information, holds regular symposia and promotes and extends knowledge in all phases of the subjects. The NSSA brings together scientists, researchers and like-minded individuals from Africa who dedicate themselves to the study of nematodes.

There are three classes of membership: ordinary members, sustaining members and honorary members. The Society has 121 members at present. Download the full member list here.
Any member of the Society can be granted honorary membership on the grounds of exceptional contributions to Nematology or to the Society over an extended period. The following people are honorary members of the NSSA:
  • Dr K.P.N. Kleynhans (in memoriam)
  • Dr E. van den Berg
  • Prof D. De Waele
  • Ms E. Cameron
  • Dr J.A. Shepherd
  • Prof A.J. Meyer (in memoriam)
  • Prof J. Heyns (in memoriam)
  • Prof Don Loots
  • Dr. Vaughan Spaull

Download an application for membership form here and fax it to the number on the form if you wish to join the society.

Sustaining members
According to the Constitution of the NSSA, a sustaining member “shall be any person or body of persons contributing funds other than regular membership fees to the Society on a continuous basis”. The contributions of sustaining members are used to fund the George Martin Scholarship for training of Nematologists in the Southern African region and for purposes as indicated below. Current sustaining members are:

  • Nemlab (sponsors the best paper presentation during the biennial NSSA symposia)
  • Wirsam Scientific & Precision Equipment (Pty) Ltd (sponsors the best poster presentation during the biennial NSSA symposia
  • Illovo Sugar
  • Bayer CropScience
  • Horticura
  • Microbial Solutions



Sustaining members







Short course
The society also organises a short course at the University of North West, sponsored by the VLIR-project. The course is presented by several guest lecturers from different areas of expertise, and covers subjects like detection of nematodes, identification of nematodes and control strategies. The next Nematology Short Course will take place during the winter holidays of
2011 (exact dates to be announced).

George Martin Memorial scholarship
The George Martin memorial scholarship is awarded annually. The award, to the value of R 4000.00 is open to persons from countries of Southern Africa, i.e. South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Namibia. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote Nematology in Southern Africa, preferably by assisting the successful candidate to attend a recognized course in Nematology. Applicants must be serious about pursuing a career in Nematology and about furthering the science of Nematology. The successful candidate will be expected to give a paper at the next NSSA symposium and/or report in the Society’s newsletter how the funds were used.

Click here to download the constitution

Contact us
Download an
application for membership form here and fax it to the number on the form if you wish to join the society. Please feel free to contact any of the members of the executive committee listed below if you need any information about the society.

Mr. MC Pretorius
PO Box 28
Nelspruit 1200
Mobile: 082 338 9853
E-mail: mc@cri.co.za

Dr. Rinus Knoetze
ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij
Private Bag X5026
Stellenbosch 7599
Tel: (021) 809 3461
E-mail: KnoetzeR@arc.agric.za
Dr. Sonia Steenkamp
ARC Grain Crops Institute
Private Bag X1251
Potchefstroom 2520
Mobile: 083 452 5926
E-mail: steenkamps@arc.agric.za

Ms. Prabashnie Ramouthar
Newsletter editor & website
Private Bag X02
Mount Edgecombe 4300
Mobile: 083 394 93 95

Ms. Sheila Storey
Additional member
PO Box 2825
Durbanville 7551
Mobile:083 654 9762

Dr. Mieke Daneel
IFNS representative & Simposium chairperson
Private Bag X11208
Nelspruit 1200
Mobile: 084 561 0301
E-mail: mieke@arc.agric.za


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22 September, 2017