Om the meet is om te weet
In the second of a three-series article in the Landbou Weekblad, SERG members Charlene Janion-Scheepers and Schalk Louw discuss how to measure soil health using different indicators.
Gesonde grond, groter wins
In the first of a three-series article in the widely read Landbou Weekblad, SERG members Charlene Janion-Scheepers and Schalk Louw discuss the importance of soil biodiversity in agriculture.
New Nematode book – Collecting and Preserving Namatodes.
The manual was published by editors Dr. Antoinette Swart and Dr. Mariette Marais of the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute.
The content of this manual is broadly based on the SAFRINET manual published in 1997, authored by Dr. K.P.N. Kleynhans. The book is aimed at teaching students, commercial and emerging farmers, and extension officers to recognise the major groups of plant parasitic nematodes as well as the damage symptoms that they cause on different crops. Current techniques for extracting, detecting and handling nematodes, preserving techniques as well as nematode control are also included. A glossary on the meaning of often-used nematological terms and a list of recommended reading end the book.
To order this book contact Antoinette Swart – SwartA@arc.agric.za
The choice of agricultural landscape has an influence on crop (and soil) health.
Agricultural landscapes are by implication complex adaptive systems, tailored by anthropogenic interference. The relationship between structure and function, e.g. trophic structures, diversity – productivity connections and nutrient fluctuation patterns of such landscapes is fundamental in their organization, whether self-driven or regulated.
What lies beneath: South Africa’s megadiversity of soil biota
Following the the publication by Janion-Scheepers et al., SERG was invited to write a series of blogs about South Africa’s soil biodiversity that featured on the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative’s (GSBI) widely read blog, “Beneath our Feet”.
You can read our blogs here:
Soil biota in a megadiverse country: current knowledge and future research directions in South Africa.
Janion-Scheepers, C., Measey, J., Braschler, B., Chown, S.L., Coetzee, L., Colville, J.F., Dames, J., Davies, A.B., Davies, S., Davis, A., Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S., Duffy, G.A., Fourie, D., Griffiths, C., Haddad, C.R., Hamer, M., Herbert, D., Hugo-Coetzee, E.A., Jacobs, A., Jacobs,. K., Jansen van Rensburg, C., Lamani, S., Lotz, L.N., Louw, S.vdM., Lyle, R., Malan, A.P., Marais, M., Neethling, J.-A., Nxele, T., Plisko, D., Prendini, L., Rink, A.N., Swart, A., Theron, P., Truter, M., Ueckermann, E., Uys, V.M., Villet, M.H., Willows-Munrow, S. & Wilson, J.R. 2016. Soil biota in a megadiverse country: current knowledge and future research directions in South Africa. Pedobiologia 59, pp 129-174. Doi: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2016.03.004
vdM Louw S, Wilson JRU, Janion C, Veldtman R, Davies SJ, Matthew Addison M (2014) The unknown underworld: understanding soil health in South Africa. South African Journal of Science 110, number 5/6, doi: 10.1590/ sajs.2014/a0064.