- To conduct research within the Nematology environment to provide growers with relevant and practical methods of controlling plant parasitic nematodes.
- Responsible for the management of the Nematology laboratory and staff.
- Responsible for planning and, when necessary, supervision of field work and other areas within the Nematology environment.
Plant pathology, field-related work, general nematology.
- Practical, effective and safe methods of nematode control.
- Development of a wide variety of nematode control methods.
- Collaborative research across disciplines.
- Practical control methods for nematodes.
- Novel methods of control of nematodes.
- Awareness of nematodes and the available control methods.
- Ongoing communication with extension and growers.
Ramouthar, P.V., de Haas, O. & Berry, S.D. 2012. Long term effects of nematodes on six South African sugarcane varieties. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 85: 155-170.
Berry, S.D. Spaull, V.W. , Ramouthar P.V. & Cadet P. 2011. Non-uptake of silicon and variable nematode species relationships between different levels of this element in sugarcane. S Afr J Plant and Soil 28:110-118.
Naidoo, P.V., McFarlane, S.A. , Keeping, M.G. & Caldwell, P.M. 2009. Deposition of silicon leaves of sugarcane (Saccharum spp. hybrids) and its effect on the severity of brown rust caused by Puccinia melanocephala. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 82: 542-546.