Nematodes are among the most abundant and diversified groups in the animal kingdom and belong to the Phylum Nematoda group. It is said that four in five animals on earth are nematodes. Research in this group is focused on the ecology and taxonomy of free-living and plant-parasitic nematodes found in South Africa. Nematodes are currently being studied in the Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve near Memel, and research is also conducted in the Bakwena Cave in Irene, Pretoria.

Description: Fieldwork at the Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve Tags: UFS Nematology fieldwork

Description: Bacteriovore free living nematode. Tags: UFS Nematology

Study group members

“If all the matter in the universe except the nematodes were swept away, our world would still be dimly recognizable, and if, as disembodied spirits, we could investigate it, we should find its mountains, hills, vales, rivers, lakes, and oceans represented by a film of nematodes. The location of towns would be decipherable, since for every massing of human beings there would be a corresponding massing of certain nematodes.”

- Nathan Cobb

Description: Fieldwork at the Bakwena Caves Pretoria Tags: UFS Nematology fieldwork

Description: Mononchus predatory free living nematode. Tags: UFS Nematology


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