January 2020

ISTA SHC Workshop: Seed Health Methods to detect fungi, bacteria and viruses

31 August 2020 – 4 September 2020

This workshop will provide an overview of Seed health testing methods and detection of seed-borne bacterial, viral and fungal pests which are very relevant for seed trade in field and vegetable crops seed industry in Southern Africa & other countries.

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. 


PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellow Research Day

SASPP Western Cape Branch

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020/2021

RNAi – maize fungal pathogen

A Postdoctoral Fellowship is available in the research group of Prof Dave Berger at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

November 2019

Three-year scholarship for full-time study towards the PhD degree in Microbiology

The CTHB wishes to invite applications for a three-year scholarship for full-time study towards the PhD degree in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria, starting February 2020.

Call for Nominations 2019/2020 NSTF-South32 Awards:

Special Annual Theme Award: Plant Health

This Special Annual Theme Award is made in recognition of the International Year of Plant Health (2020) declared by the United Nations.

Turfgrass Diseases in Southern Africa

We received a request from Gary W. Beehag from Sydney (Australia) for assistance with the most significant diseases in southern Africa. He is currently researching turfgrass diseases in the southern hemisphere (outside Australia).

If you would like to get involved with his research projects, please contact him @

Call for participants to workshop on Bioinformatics and Wheat Genomics III

24 – 28 February 2020; Worcester, South Africa

Expertise in the field of bioinformatics has become indispensable in most genetic or genomic research and applied approaches. This need has exceeded the level and rate at which plant genomics scientists have been trained in bioinformatics in SA.

Please note: We’ve added a new “News Forum” and “Upcoming Events” section on the SASPP homepage.

October 2019


Please take note of this exciting learning opportunity at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)!

4.0 Industrial Revolution Agri Tech Conference 2019

Empire Training and Conferences provides a meeting for professionals to gather on 28th – 29th November, Cape Town, South Africa with the Conference on Smart Agriculture, Food Security and to engage in discussions geared at major developments and curbing challenges in the agriculture sector to achieve the worldwide vision of mitigating food insecurity and eradicating poverty.

September 2019


Two Post Doctoral Fellowships

The Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), FABI is happy to announce the availability of two post-doctoral research fellowships dedicated to the study of fungi.


We would like to encourage you to take part in an anonymous 5-8 minute survey; an initiative of Open Plant Pathology.

The feedback from this survey will be utilized for preparing a publication on the reproducibility of  research in plant pathology and where opportunities for growth exist.

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