Nematodes are notorious as parasites of plants and animals resulting in tremendous crop losses and serious diseases of humans and livestock. Certain species, however, are very effective in biocontrol programmes with some now used as a mainstream insect management strategy. Additionally, free-living species are important as bio-indicators for environmental monitoring, while others are very informative model organisms.
Students will learn
- to identify nematodes using morphological and molecular techniques;
- to recognise the effects of nematodes on crops and their role in disease complexes;
- to implement and advise on sustainable farming practices and improve agricultural productivity under rapidly changing environmental and climate conditions;
- techniques and production of nematodes as biological control agents;
- about nematodes in their role as ecosystem service providers.
The course is primarily academic in which applied knowledge is embedded.
To create a more conducive and locally appropriate link for capacity building in the South, the programme has an international mobility option to Kenya with an internship, agricultural extension work and participation in a satellite training programme as educators.
Applications admission/scholarships open
22 May 2019 Nematology Seminar Day
BCCN Kenya applications open!