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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.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the society or wish to contribute information to this website, please do not hesitate

First Ukrainian Refugee Bursary Recipients Arrives in Poland!

National and regional conflicts around the world have unfortunately displaced many plant pathologists in the past and present, creating financial hardships. The International Society for Plant Pathology established a “Resilience Bursary for Plant Pathologists”, this fund will be used to support emergency/refugee situations, specifically for plant pathologists. 

Through this fund the Polish Phytopathological Society (PPS)  have chosen three candidates, with a fourth one on her way to Poznan. The women scientists all arrived with children, some kindergartens were able to offer a Ukrainian teacher, so the children would not have to struggle with a foreign language.

Prof. Mike Wingfield amongst the honorary doctorate recipients at UFS Graduation

The SASPP would like to congratulate Prof. Mike Wingfield on this outstanding achievement!

Prof Mike Wingfield began his academic career at the University of the Free State in 1988. Shortly after, he received the National Research Foundation (NRF) President’s award and has held an NRF A-rating for more than 26 years. He was the founding director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) established at the University of Pretoria in 1998, stepping down from this position at the end of 2017 after 20 years. Currently, he serves as adviser to the Executive of the University of Pretoria and conducts research both in South Africa and globally.


Summer School 2022 – Plant cell walls

June 19-25, 2022 – Versailles (France)


Conferences ♦ Webinars ♦ Online Meetings

The NSTF Discussion Forum topics include detecting and controlling plant health problems, research into pests and pathogens, chemicals versus biological control, and the role of breeding and technology for resistance.

Plant health in South Africa – threats to biosecurity, biodiversity and food security

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is partnering with Plaas/Farm TV (YouTube broadcaster) to broadcast a series of monthly talks during the year on the topic ‘Plant health in South Africa – threats to biosecurity, biodiversity and food security’.

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SASPP members are welcome to submit news articles, & information regarding upcoming events, to be published on our website.

Information should be relevant, and is subject to approval by the SASPP secretary, Dr. Cornel Bender.

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