• Postgraduate opportunities at UKZN: Accelerated Coral Evolution

    UKZN twitter logo.width 800.width 800Climate-induced coral bleaching is considered an existential threat to coral reefs globally and is exacerbated by other stressors, including coral diseases. Some corals are more resistant to bleaching than others, for reasons that include genetic variability among colonies, species and locations or gene expression. An evolutionary perspective is therefore integral to understanding resilience in corals. The ability of corals to resist bleaching and disease is additionally dependent on maintaining a healthy microbiome (assemblage of microorganisms, including algae, other protists, bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses). While the importance of endosymbiotic microbes in coral health is well known, the effect of temperature on coral-associated bacterial diversity is not fully understood. The many interactions between the coral animal and all its symbionts provide many opportunities for adaptation to changing environments and there is some evidence that corals may adapt to climate change. However, it is recognised that they are unlikely to naturally adapt fast enough to avoid catastrophic loss of species and populations. 

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  • Stellenbosch University PhD opportunity

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    We are looking for a capable and energetic PhD student to work on a multidisciplinary project on the microbiome of wheat under Conservation Agriculture. The project will involve high throughput amplicon sequencing and qPCR methods, among others. The project is funded by the NRF, and there is a bursary available, however, preference will be given to students who already have their own bursary. The ideal candidate should have completed a MSc degree in Microbiology, Genetics or Biochemistry or any related field with a strong background in molecular biology. Preference will also be given to South African citizens.

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  • Durban University of Technology Post-doc and PhD studentships

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Welcome to SASM

Welcome to the website of the South African Society for Microbiology (SASM)

SASM is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences in South Africa. Its members comprise microbiologists employed in universities, institutes, industry and government as well as student and corporate members. SASM has grown remarkably during the last four years and currently has over 600 members. Eligibility to become a full member of the Society is open to any person who holds at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent in microbiology or related field. Students majoring in microbiology are encouraged to sign up as student members.

Objectives of the society

  • to promote the professional interests of microbiologists, to improve the standing of the profession and to uphold the dignity of an honourable profession;
  • to act as official and representative mouthpiece of members of the profession;
  • to create a channel by means of which the authorities may gauge the opinion of the profession regarding matters directly or indirectly affecting the profession;
  • to promote high academic standards in the training of microbiologists and to proffer advice in this regard;
  • to advise on the professional assessment of microbiologists;
  • to receive and administer membership fees, other funds and donations for the furtherance of the general or specific objects of the Society;
  • to lay down such rules as are deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Society and the achievement of its various objects;
  • to make awards;
  • to further knowledge in the various microbiological disciplines and all areas in which it may be applied and to create channels of communication between members who share common interests;
  • to promote affiliation with related scientific societies in South Africa and similar scientific societies beyond our borders;
  • to collect and disseminate information on microbiology.