Vision: Global increase in crop security through plant-parasitic nematode control

Core task: Reconciling the control of plant-parasitic nematodes with reducing harmful environmental impacts through training

Dr Keith Davies visiting Mr JP Singh's FARMER outreach centre near New Delhi, India

Areas of expertise

K G Davies Limited acknowledges the importance of capacity building in the area of nematology and actively involved in educating the next generation of nematologists for the 21st century. The business is involved in running introductory and advanced courses in nematology both as short courses and workshops. The areas covered by these courses include:

  • Introduction to nematode taxonomy and identification
  • Sampling nematodes: principles and practises
  • Extraction and quantification of nematodes from soil and plants
  • Culturing nematodes
  • Host parasite interactions and pathogenicity testing
  • Molecular parasitology
  • Biological and chemical control of nematodes
  • Exploiting Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism

Current training & courses

1) K G Davies, is a part-time senior lecturer based at the School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, and is the course leader running crop protection courses. Following the successful courses run during the last academic year, two short courses will be run in 2014: 1) entitled Crop Protection: Principles and Practice and 2) Crop Pathogens, Pests and Weeds; places are available and will be accredited with BASIS points.

He is a member of the programme development committee developing a new BSc degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security (SAFS) which has been validated by the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with The Royal Veterinary College, Rothamsted Research and Oaklands College and will start in September 2014.

2) Lectures, on the Post-graduate Diploma in Crop Protection at Rothamsted Research (RRes)

3) Lectures on the EUMAINE MSc in Nematology (EUMAINE) funded by the European Commission and based at the University of Ghent, Belgium

4) Project manager and facilitator to build nematology capacity in Eastern and Southern Africa (NIESA).

5) Supervision: has supervised three post-doctoral research scientists, five Doctor of Philosophy students, eight Master of Science dissertations and numerous undergraduate projects


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