Strategic Aim and Mission

The vision of the group is to be a leader in integrated pest management (IPM) research in South Africa as well as to become a recognized regional centre of expertise in pest management in agricultural crops and “One Health”.  

The sub-program focuses on research related to sustainable use of genetically modified (GM) crops and integrated pest and disease management in agro-ecosystems, with the aim to develop sustainable pest management strategies in food crops.  These strategies focus on sustainable cultivation of GM crops with pest and weed resistance traits, and management of nematodes, insect pests and diseases of crops.  The sub-program further conducts “One Health” related research projects which focusses on zoonosis and involves environmental, animal and human health. Research within this group is integrated with that of the microbiology, ecotoxicology, conservation biology groups and pharmaceutical chemistry. The sub-program further conducts “One Health” related research projects which involves environmental, animal and human health.

Research Objectives

  • To develop solutions to agricultural pest problems.
  • To ensure sustainable and safe use of GM crops through relevant research.
  • To develop knowledge that leads to integrated pest management.
  • To generate knowledge on zoonotic diseases as well as improving their diagnostics and control.

Research Groups

Staff

UESM Staff:

  • Prof Johnnie van den Berg
  • Prof Oriel Thekisoe
  • Prof Hannalene du Plessis
  • Prof Driekie Fourie

 

Extraordinary staff:

  • Prof Mieke Daneel
  • Prof Charles Midega
  • Prof Dirk De Waele
  • Prof Connal Eardly

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