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  • 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.

Research Interests

  • Practical, effective and safe methods of nematode control.
  • Development of a wide variety of nematode control methods.
  • Collaborative research across disciplines.

Key Outcomes

  • 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.

Key Publications

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.