Short Courses

Nematology Short Course

The society organises a short course, taking place over 2 weeks, at the North West University (NWU), 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 2020 (exact dates to be announced).

For more information on the short course, please contact Prof. Driekie Fourie at NWU at


Villa Academy Short Course

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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