Nematology courses

Nematology at Stellenbosch University

At the Department Conservation Ecology and Entomology a third year introductory undergraduate semester course in Nematology is presented, which includes plant and insect nematodes.

Emphasis is placed on the morphological characteristics of diagnostic value, which also forms the basis of the taxonomic classification of nematodes. General reproduction and biology, control of plant parasitic nematodes and the control of insects with the use of entomopathogenic nematodes are covered. Focus is placed on the biology, identification and control of plant parasitic genera of economic importance to agriculture.

The lectures are combined with 14 practical session in which extraction techniques, symptoms and live specimens of nematodes are being studied by stereo and light microscopy.

At the end of the module the student is familiar with the theoretical, as well as practical knowledge of plant parasitic nematodes and the biological control of insects using nematodes. Students attending the undergraduate semester course in Nematology are from Plant pathology, Viticulture, Horticulture and Soil Sciences.

Research Projects

The following research projects are currently running at the University of Stellenbosch.
1. Use of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) for the control of codling moth (Cydia pomonella) in fruit bins.
2. Biological control of codling moth (Cydia pomonella) with EPNs in laboratory and field trails.
3. An investigation into the control of the banded fruit weevil (Phlyctinus callosus) by using EPNs.
4. Control of false codling moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta) using EPNs.
5. Biological control of mealy bugs (Pseudococcus viburni) with EPNs.

Contact info

Prof. Antoinette P. Malan
Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology
Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 808 2821
Cell: 072 340 0843
Fax: + 27 21 808 3546

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