Welcome to the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology!

The aim of the Society is to promote Plant Pathology in Southern Africa by acting as official mouthpiece of plant pathologists in Southern Africa. The society provides opportunities for plant pathologists to meet and exchange information of mutual scientific interests, coordinating affiliation with related scientific societies in Southern Africa, as well as with corresponding and related foreign societies, gathering and disseminating information on Plant Pathology.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we’ve seen many events shift from in-person to virtual gatherings. Training programs, conferences, conventions and meetings have been cancelled left and right. While nothing can quite replace the unique benefits of face-to-face gatherings, virtual events can accomplish surprisingly powerful results.

We’ve created a new “Virtual Hub” to keep SASPP members up to date with upcoming seminars, meetings & events. Members will also be informed about upcoming events via the email notification system.

Prof John Mildenhall

Donation to SASPP by Prof John Mildenhall

Prof John Mildenhall’s association with the SASPP goes back 45 years to 1967 when he presented a paper at the January meeting held at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

In 2009, his deep passion for plant pathology prompted him to donate an amount of R 50 000 to the Society to award commendable PhD students. At the 51st SASPP conference in 2019, held at Club Mykonos, Prof Mildenhall announced that he is donating an additional R150 000 towards increasing the value of the original award.  This very generous gesture is the largest ever donation the SASPP has received from a private individual.   


The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2020 as a year to recognize and protect plant health.

The year is expected to increase awareness among the public and policy makers of the importance of healthy plants and the necessity to protect them in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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