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Crop Protection

Soilborne Diseases Consortium

A consortium has been established under the theme Crop Protection, with a special reference to soil-borne pathogens. The focus here is the monitoring of disease incidence and the build-up of soil-borne pathogens inoculum. Some of the most important diseases and pests resulting in yield losses are the result of inter alia nematodes infestations, sclerotinia etc. Part of this consortium is to foster closer ties with policymakers in an effort to keep quarantine pests and diseases outside the borders of SA.


Biosecurity is defined as a set of procedures or measures designed to protect plant life against the harmful effects of pests and diseases.  It is essential for trade and promoting sustainable agriculture, food, nutrition and livelihood security, and equitable economic development.

Fall Armyworm Update

Information, updates and releases pertaining to the Fall Armyworm infestation in South Africa will be published below as and when it becomes available.