Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education: Nematology Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (NEMEDUSSA)

Nematodes or roundworms cause significant damage and yield loss to a wide variety of crops often together with other pathogens. Unfortunately, nematodes are often overlooked or misdiagnosed, resulting in the unnecessary use of unhealthy agro-chemicals. Alternatively, nematodes can be used as biocontrol agents against insect pests and/or as bio-control agents for environmental health and biodiversity. Despite the profound adverse impact PPNs have on agricultural productivity worldwide, it is striking how concealed the discipline of nematology has remained, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Our core activities

The Nemedussa project will run from 15 January 2021 until December 2023 and aims to increase awareness and education of nematodes ensuring that plant-parasitic nematodes are managed correctly and beneficial nematodes can be implemented as biocontrol organisms. To achieve this, the project focuses on 6 core activities:

Our events

  • 11
    September 2023

    24th Symposium of the Nematological Society of Southern Africa, 11-15 September 2023

    Visit our website or contact our Symposium chair: Prof Driekie Fourie ( ) or Secretary/Treasurer Annika Pienaar (


  • 3rd NEMEDUSSA consortium meeting a success


    From Monday 27 – Tuesday 28 February, the 3rd NEMEDUSSA consortium meeting was held in...

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  • 8th PANEMA webinar


    PANEMA (the Pan-African Nematology Network), is proud to present our series of webinars on topics...

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