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Upcoming Events

SASPP Conference Workshops

TWO Workshops by excellent international scientists are taking place at the University of Pretoria before and after the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology (SASPP) 2022 congress.

The Workshops are open to all – you do NOT need to be attending the SASPP 2022 congress to attend the Workshops.  These are opportunities not to be missed!

Population genomics – essential for future research in biodiversity and food security

Presented by:

Prof Eva Stukenbrock from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, and Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany 

Thursday 28 July 2022  – FABI, Auditorium, University of Pretoria

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Pathogen Effector Host Localisation

Presented by:

Dr Petra Boevink from the James Hutton Institute, University of Dundee, UK will present the workshop on microscopy methods for “Pathogen effector host localisation” on 4 August 2022.

Thursday 4 August 2022 – FABI, Auditorium, University of Pretoria 

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Workshop Fees:

Pathogen Effector Host Localisation Half day:  R500
Population genomics – essential for future research in biodiversity and food securityFull day:  R650


Integrated Environmental Management training from 28 – 29 July 2022, presented by SE Solutions on the beautiful UFS Campus, Bloemfontein. Limited space available!! 


21st-22nd July 2022

Protea Hotel, Sea Point, Cape Town, RSA


The agricultural sector, commonly known as being the backbone of many countries’ economic growth and development, has received its share of changes following the adoption of technology in agriculture. In aiming to fulfil the global food demand and scarcity challenge, a significant boom has occurred; farm technology has significantly improved. It has become Digitalized, Smart, GPS-Navigated, and increasingly precise. The use of precise farm technology has created a new approach to farming practices and precision farming. Based on real-time field information and decision making, precision farming can optimize both farm productivity and profitability, which is the key goal of every successful farmer. The concept of precision farming is to do the right thing at the right time in the right place with the right amount. Precise farm management allows the farmer to reduce the use of inputs (machinery, labor, fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, water, etc.) while protecting the natural resources. With the advancement in technology, several companies and farmers are using drones and robots to improve crop production. While field robots are not commonly used, drones are taking off in precision agriculture. Drones are used to capture images and provide data to monitor crops starting from planning to harvest. With drones, farmers can react faster to threats such as weeds, climatic changes, etc. and take appropriate actions in real-time.
Mathema Conferencing and Training has put together a 2-day Conference on Precision Farming & Technology that will unpack the impact of technology on Agriculture and farming.

Technologies to be discussed

❖ Soil and air sensors
❖ Equipment telematics
❖ Livestock biometrics
❖ Infrastructural heath sensors
❖ Crop sensors
❖ Variable rate swath control
❖ Agricultural robots
❖ Precision agriculture
❖ Vertical farming

❖ Crops
❖ Horticulture
❖ Livestock
❖ Forestry

Sub- Sectors
❖ Agro-processing
❖ Aquaculture
❖ Food and beverage
❖ Wood, paper and pulp

Please use the links below if you need more information, or if you wish to register for this event

New CONNECTIONS online Conference

28 – 30 June 2022

Plant pathology, entomology and the road ahead

Bringing together plant pathologists, entomologists and agricultural innovators, this virtual event will build new connections between disciplines and researchers, zoning in on the most crucial areas of interdisciplinary research needed to improve global food security.

The conference will include scientific talks and poster sessions, plenaries from world-class leaders in plant vector-borne disease, workshops to explore priority research questions, opportunities and challenges, plus emerging community needs – all expertly facilitated.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Dr Adrian Fox, Principal Plant Virologist at Fera, United Kingdom
  • Dr Adrian Valli, Principal Investigator, Spanish National Center for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC), Spain
  • Dr Carol Ibe, Founder of JR Biotek Foundation, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Dr Christophe Lacomme, Senior Virologist, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), Scotland
  • Dr Joseph Daron, Science Manager in International Climate Services at the Met Office and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK
  • Dr Kolade Olufisayo, Yam Disease Phenotyping Specialist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Dr. Oluwatosin Aregbesola, formerly of Wesley University, Ondo, Nigeria
  • Dr Saliou Niassy, Head of Agricultural Technology Transfer Unit, ICIPE – International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya
  • Prof. Shirley Luckhart, Co-Director of Institute for Health in the Human Ecosystem, University of Idaho, USA
  • Dr Taro Takahashi, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Livestock Systems and Food Security, and Joint Food Security Theme Research Lead at Cabot Institute for the Environment, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Toby Bruce, Professor of Insect Chemical Ecology, Keele University, United Kingdom

This event is being sponsored by the British Society for Plant Pathology.

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