Strategic Aim & Mission

The vision of the group is to be a leader in integrated pest management (IPM) and crop biosafety research in Africa as well as to become a recognized regional centre of expertise in pest and disease management in agricultural crops.  
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 Genetically Modified (GM) crops with pest and weed resistance traits, and management of nematodes, insect pests and diseases of crops.  Research within this group is integrated with that of the microbiology, ecotoxicology and conservation biology groups.


Research objectives
•    To develop solutions to agricultural pest and disease problems.
•    To ensure sustainable and safe use of GM crops through relevant research.
•    To develop knowledge that leads to integrated pest and disease management.


Research Groups
Nematology Research Group – pest ecology, biodiversity and management (EU Project: Information pertaining to Nemedussa)
 - Prof Driekie Fourie

Entomology Research Group – pest ecology, biodiversity, risk assessment, GM crops and management
- Prof Johnnie van den Berg, Prof Hannalene du Plessis & Prof Huib van Hamburg