Southern African Weed Science Society

Southern African Weed Science Society
Andrew Wannenburgh1
1Working for Water Programme, Department of Environmental Affairs, Private Bag X4390, Cape Town, 8000; E-mail:

The Southern African Weed Science Society is a voluntary association, founded in 1978, for scientists and managers in weed science and related disciplines. The Society's mission is to further weed science in Southern Africa through: improving control of the many weeds that drastically reduce our crop production and the alien invader plants that impact on our natural resources; supporting the use of the most efficient and environmentally acceptable control methods to benefit soil, water and atmosphere as well as plant and animal life. The Society promotes weed science in the sub-continent by:  holding  regular conferences  &  workshops;  supporting  the  publication  of  the South  African Journal of Plant & Soil; distributing a regular newsletter; encouraging contact with international weed  science organisations and  local,  allied  agricultural,  industrial,  biological  and  conservation organisations; providing functions and awards to stimulate and recognise excellence and service.