The Nematological Society of Southern Africa (NSSA) hosted a successful 24th Symposium at Krugersdorp from 11-14 September. Participants including industry partners, government representatives, farmers, and researchers from various institutes in South Africa and other African countries, gathered for this symposium. The symposium created a platform for the participants to disseminate pivotal information generated through scientific research.

The speakers shared their research findings about the isolation, identification, and management of free-living nematodes and plant parasitic nematodes. Other topics presented included the potential of cover crops for the management of plant parasitic nematodes and the mass production and formulation of entomopathogenic nematodes.

Innocent Rakubu, a Ph.D. candidate from the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria, shared his findings about the host-foraging behaviour of entomopathogenic nematodes. Innocent was awarded the prize for the Third Best Oral Presentation at the symposium.

Although a significant amount of work has been done, the NSSA President, Dr Mieke Daneel, emphasized the need for more young, well-trained nematologists.