Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education: Nematology Education in Sub-Sahara 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-Sahara 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

  • 19
    May 2021

    Nematology Seminar Day 2021: Career Development and Soft Skills: What's after graduation in Nematology?

    The Nematology Seminar Day on 19 May 2021 is annual event held by the Faculty of Science at UGent. In 2021, the topic is ‘Career Development and Soft Skills: What’s...


  • NEMEDUSSA project officially starts


    In January 2021, the joint Erasmus+ KA2 project to develop the research and educational capacity...

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  • PANEMA now on Slack


    The Pan-African Nematology Network (PANEMA) can now be found on Slack ( This intracontinental networking...

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