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Dr Edmore Gasura

Senior Lecturer

Dr Edmore Gasura
BSc Agriculture Hons (Crop Science) (University of Zimbabwe), MSc Crop Science: Biotechnology and PhD Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (Makerere University).
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Dr Edmore Gasura has over six years of university teaching experience. He has supervised 21 BSc students, 26 MSc students and six PhD students. Currently he teaches biotechnology and genetics courses at both under-graduate and post-graduate level. Dr Gasura has over 20 publications in peer reviewed journals. His interest is in applied crop genetics and biotechnology, and has been working on various projects funded by different organizations in the region.

List of peer reviewed journal articles:
1. Peter Setimela; Cosmos Magorokosho; Rodney Lunduka,; Edmore Gasura ; Dan Makumbi; Amsal Tarekegne; Jill Cairns; Thoko Ndhlela; Olaf Erenstein and Wifred Mwangi. 2017. Yield gain with Stress tolerant Maize in Eastern and Southern Africa. Agronomy Journal. doi: 10.2134/agronj2015.11.0540.
2. Nyombayire, A., Derera, J., Sibiya, J., Gasura, E. and Ngaboyisonga, C., 2016. Genetic diversity among maize inbred lines selected for the mid-altitudes and highlands of Rwanda. Maydica, 61(2016), p.M17.
3. Mubayiwa, M., Mutasa, W., Gasura, E. and Mabasa, S., 2016. Grafting and 2.4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid induced flowering in non-flowering sweetpotato in sub-tropics. South African Journal of Botany, 106, pp.153-157.
4. Gasura, Edmore, Peter S. Setimela, and Caleb M. Souta. Evaluation of the performance of sorghum genotypes using GGE biplot. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 95.6 (2015): 1205-1214.
5. Maphumulo, S. G., Derera, J., Qwabe, F., Fato, P., Gasura, E., & Mafongoya, P. (2015). Heritability and genetic gain for grain yield and path coefficient analysis of some agronomic traits in early-maturing maize hybrids. Euphytica, 1-20.
6. Gasura, E., Setimela, P.S., Edema, R., Gibson, P.T., Okori, P. and Tarekegne, A. 2013. Exploiting Grain-Filling Rate and Effective Grain-Filling Duration to Improve Yield of Early-Maturing Maize. Crop Science 53: 1-9.
7. Masekesa, T. R., E. Gasura, E. Ngadze, D. Icishahayo, G. T. Kujeke, F. Chidzwondo, and I. Robertson. "Efficacy of Zeatin, Kinetin and Thidiazuron in induction of adventitious root and shoot from petiole explants of sweetpotato cv. Brondal." South African Journal of Botany 104 (2016): 1-5.
8. Gasura, E., Setimela, P., Edema, R., Gibson, P.T. and Okori, P. 2014. Variability and association of grain-filling traits with grain yield in tropical maize inbred lines. Crop Science 54: 530-536
9. Wenyika, P., Gasura, E., Kafesu, N. M., Goss, M., Matikiti, A., and Kujeke, G. (2015). Discriminating phenotypic markers reveal low genetic diversity in spider plant. African Crop Science Journal, 23(4), 305-310.
10. Masekesa, R. T., E. Gasura, A. Matikiti, G. T. Kujeke, E. Ngadze, D. Icishahayo, F. Chidzwondo, and A. I. Robertson. "Effect of BAP, NAA and GA 3, either alone or in combination, on meristem culture and plantlet establishment in sweet potato (cv Brondal)." African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development 16, no. 1: 10649-10665.
11. Masvodza, D. R., Gasura, E., Zifodya, N., Sibanda, P., and Chisikaurayi, B. (2015). Genetic diversity analysis of local and foreign sunflower germplasm (Helianthus annuus) for the national breeding program: Zimbabwe. Journal of Cereals and Oilseeds, 6(1), 1-7.
12. Bhiza, N.R., Gasura, E., Kujeke, G., Garwe, D., Mufunda, F. Muzhinji, N. and Kashangura, C. (2015). A stable simple sequence repeat marker for resistance to white mould in tobacco. African Crop Science journal 23 (3):221-227.
13. Kutsukutsa, R., Gasura, E., Mabasa, S. and Ngadze, E. 2014. Variability in condensed tannins and bitterness in spider plant genotypes. African Crop Science Journal 22(4): 275-280.
14. Mutasa, W., Gasura, E., Mabasa, S., Masekesa, R.T. and Masvodza, D.R. 2013. Does 2.4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid induce flowering in sweetpotato? African Journal of Biotechnology 12(51): 7057-7062.
15. Mazarire, M., Gasura, E. and Garwe, D. 2013. Potential of marker-assisted selection for Tobacco mosaic tobamovirus resistance in tobacco breeding. African Journal of Biotechnology 12(24): 3783-3789.
16. Mwadzingeni, L., Kashangura, C., Gasura, E., Garwe, D. and Lewis, R. 2013. Genetic diversity of Zimbabwean and exotic flue-cured tobacco varieties based on phenotypic traits and simple sequence repeats. African Journal of Agricultural Research 8(46): 5845-5853.
17. Gasura, E., Setimela, P.S., Edema, R., Gibson, P.T., Okori, P., Masvodza, D.R. and Masekesa, R.T. 2013. Simple sequence repeats markers for grain filling traits and yield components in tropical maize. Journal of Agriculture Science 1(2): 25-29.
18. Mazarire, M., Gasura, E., Mabasa, S., Rugare, J.T., Masekesa, R.T. Kujeke, G., Masvodza, D.R. and Mukoyi, F. 2013. Response of new rice for Africa (NERICA) varieties to different levels of nitrogen fertilization in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Agricultural Research 8(48): 6110-6115.
19. Kamutando, N.C., Muungani, D., Masvodza, D.R. and Gasura, E. 2013. Exploiting genotype x environment interaction in maize breeding in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Agricultural Research 8(29): 4058-4066.
20. Gasura, E. and Mukasa, S.B. 2010. Prevalence and implications of sweetpotato recovery from sweet potato virus disease in Uganda. African Crop Science Journal 18(4): 195-205.
21. Gasura, E., Mashingaidze, A.B. and Mukasa, S.B. 2008. Genetic variability for tuber yield, quality and virus disease complex traits in Uganda sweetpotato germplasm. African Crop Science Journal 6(2): 147-160.

Dr Elizabeth Ngadze

Lecturer


Dr Elizabeth Ngadze
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
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Telephone: +263 4 303 211 Ext. 15593

Publications:

  1. Ngadze, E., Brady, C.A., Coutinho, T.A., and van der Waals, J.E. 2012. Pectinolytic bacteria associated with potato soft rot in Zimbabwe and South Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology 134 (3) 533 - 549
  2. Ngadze, E., Icishayayo, D. Coutinho, T.A., and van der Waals, J.E. 2012. The role of polyphenol oxidase, peroxidase, phenylalanine ammonia lyase, chlorogenic acid and total soluble phenols in the resistance of potatoes to soft rot. Plant Disease 96 (2) 186 – 192
  3. Icishahayo, D., Sibiya, J., Ngadze, E., Makanda, I., Madakadze, I.C. and Chipindu, B. 2012. Correlation studies between common bean angular leaf spot disease, host and weather variables . Paper accepted for presentation at the Minia International Conference for Agriculture and irrigation in Nile Basin held in El –Minia, Egypt 26 29 March 2012.
  4. Paradza, V., Icishahayo, D. and Ngadze, E. 2012. Assessing effectiveness of botanical extracts from garlic and neem on controlling potato soft rot pathogens. (UNISWA manuscript number UJA-12-1-12)
  5. Ngadze, E., Coutinho, T.A., and van der Waals, J.E. 2010. First Report of potato soft rot caused by Dickeya dadantii. Plant Disease 94 (10). 1263
  6. Icishahayo, D., Ngadze, E., Mashingaidze, A.B., Sibiya, J., Manyangarirwa, W., Chipindu, B. and Dube, E. 2007. Effect of irrigation and planting date on common bean seed quality and health. Paper presented in the ACSS 8th conference held in El-Minia Egypt from 27-31 October 2007.

Dr Regis Chikowo

Senior Lecturer
Dr Regis Chikowo 
Bsc. Hons, MSc, PhD
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Telephone: +263 772455838

Specialization: Agronomy, Soil fertility and plant nutrition management, Soil Chemistry,
Publications:

  1. Mapfumo P, Adjei-Nsiah S, Mtambanengwe F, Chikowo R, Giller KE 2012. Participatory action research(PAR) as an entry point for supporting climate change adaptation by smallholder farmers in Africa. Environmental Development. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2012.11.001
  2. Nyamadzawo G, Nyamugafata P, Wuta M, Nyamangara J, Chikowo R, 2012. Infiltration and runoff losses under fallowing and conservation agriculture practices on contrasting soils from Zimbabwe. Water SA 38(2): 233-240.
  3. Manzeke G, Mapfumo P, Mtambanengwe F, Chikowo R, Tendayi T, Cakmak I, 2012. Maize productivity and grain zinc nutritional value as affected by different soil fertility management practices in smallholder farming systems of Zimbabwe. Plant and Soil. DOI 10.1007/s11104-012-1332-2.
  4. Tittonell P., Scopel E., Andrieu N., Posthumus H., Mapfumo P., Corbeels M., van Halsema G.E., Lahmar R., Lugandu S., Rakotoarisoa J., Mtambanengwe F., Pound B., Chikowo R., Naudin K., Triomphe B., and Mkomwa S. 2012. Agroecology-based aggradation-conservation agriculture (ABACO): Targeting innovations to combat soil degradation and food insecurity in semi-arid Africa. Field Crops Research 132: 168-174.
  5. Mtambanengwe F, Mapfumo P, Chikowo R, Chamboko T 2012. Climate change and variability: smallholder farming communities in Zimbabwe portray varied understanding. African Crop Science Journal 20: 259-273.
  6. Mashavave T., Mapfumo P., Mtambanengwe, F., Chikowo, R., Gwandu T., Nezomba H. and Siziba S., 2012. Factors influencing participation of smallholder farmers in knowledge sharing alliances around SOFECSA Field-based Learning Centres. African Crop Science Conference Proceedings 10. 331 – 334
  7. Chikowo R, 2011. Climatic risk analysis in conservation agriculture in varied biophysical and socio-economic settings of Southern Africa. Network Paper 3 Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Johannesburg. 40 p.
  8. Nyamadzawo G, Nyamugafata P, Wuta M, Nyamangara J, Chikowo R, 2012. Infiltration and runoff losses under fallowing and conservation agriculture practices on contrasting soils from Zimbabwe. Water SA 38(2): 233-240
  9. Manzeke G, Mapfumo P, Mtambanengwe F, Chikowo R, Tendayi T, Cakmak I, 2012. Maize productivity and grain zinc nutritional value as affected by different soil fertility management practices in smallholder farming systems of Zimbabwe. Plant and Soil. DOI 10.1007/s11104-012-1332-2.
  10. Chikowo R, 2011. Climatic risk analysis in conservation agriculture in varied biophysical and socio-economic settings of Southern Africa. Network Paper 3 Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Johannesburg. 40 p.
  11. Chikowo R, Corbeels M, Mapfumo P, Tittonell P, Vanlauwe B, Giller K.E 2010. Nitrogen and phosphorus capture and recovery efficiencies, and crop responses to a range of soil fertility management strategies in sub-Saharan Africa. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 88: 59-77
  12. Chikowo, R, Faloya V, Petit S. and Munier-Jolain, N.M. 2009. Integrated weed management systems allow reduced reliance on herbicides and long-term weed control. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 132:237-242.
  13. Chikowo R, Corbeels M, Tittonell P, Vanlauwe B, Whitbread A, Giller K.E 2008. Aggregating field-scale knowledge into farm-scale models of African smallholder systems: Summary functions to simulate crop production using APSIM. Agricultural Systems 97: 151-166

Dr Sue Richardson-Kageler

Senior Lecturer
Dr Sue Richardson-Kageler
BSc Biological Science Hons (UZ), MSc Biological Computation (York), DPhil (UZ)
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Specialization: Biometry

Publications:

  1. Single Author
    Richardson-Kageler, S.J. (2016) The relationship between student performance in a first year agriculture course ad pass at Advanced Level: The case of Plant Biology at the University of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 28(3): 434-445.
  2. Richardson-Kageler, S.J. (2004) Effects of large herbivore browsing on the functional groups of woody plants in a southern African savanna. Biodiversity and Conservation, 13: 2145-2163.
  3. Richardson-Kageler, S.J. (2003) Large mammalian herbivores and woody plant species diversity in Zimbabwe. Biodiversity and Conservation, 12: 703-715.
  4. Richardson-Kageler, S.J. (2001) Some vegetation characteristics of natural savanna ecosystems with different herbivore species in Zimbabwe. Rostlinna vyroba (Plant Production), 47(9): 393-398.

Multiple Author

  1. Madazi, T., Chiduza, C., Richardson-Kageler, S.J. and Muziri, T. (2012) Effects of different plant populations on yield of different soybean (Glycine max(L.) Merril) varieties in a smallholder sector of Zimbabwe. Journal of Agronomy, 11(1): 9-16.
  2. Madazi, T., Chiduza, C., and Richardson-Kageler, S.J. (2010) Effects of planting method and seed-size on stand establishment of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill cv. Solitaire]. Soil and Tillage Research, 106(2): 171-176.
  3. Mudita, I.I., Chiduza, C., Richardson-Kageler, S.J. and Murungu, F.S. (2008) Evaluation of different strategies of intercropping Maize (Zea mays L.) and Soya Bean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill]. Journal of Agronomy, 7(3): 238-243.
  4. Mudita, I.I., Chiduza, C., Richardson-Kageler, S.J. and Murungu, F.S. (2008) Performance of Maize (Zea mays L.) and Soya Bean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] Cultivars of Varying Growth Habit in Intercrop in Sub-Humid Environments of Zimbabwe. Journal of Agronomy, 7(3): 229-236.
  5. Ndoro O.F., Madakadze R.M., Kageler S., and Mashingaidze A. M. (2007) Indigenous knowledge of the traditional vegetable pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima/moschata) from Zimbabwe. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 2(12): 649-655.
  6. Maereka E.K., Madakadze R.M., Mashingaidze A.B., Kageler S. and Nyakanda C. (2007) Effect of nitrogen fertilization and timing of harvesting on leaf nitrate content and taste in mustard rape (Brassica juncea L. Czern). Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 5(3&4): 285-290.
  7. Richardson-Kageler, S.J. and Michalek, J. (2005) Analysis of plant abundances of a savanna woodland in Zimbabwe using generalized linear models. South African Statistical Journal, 39:59-78.
  8. Damstra, K. St J, Richardson, S. and Reeler, B. (1996) Synchronized fruiting between trees of Ficus thonningii in seasonally dry habitats. Journal of Biogeography, 23:495-500.

Book Chapter

  1. Richardson-Kageler, S.J. (2009) Analysing the data. In Muir-Leresche, K., Coe, R. and Ekwamu, A. GEAR. Graduate Environmental and Agricultural Research. A Guide to Effective and Relevant Graduate Research in Africa. A Revised Edition of The Green Book. A Guide to Effective Graduate Research in African Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development (2004) Eds. Patel, B.K., Muir-Laresche, K., Coe, R. and Hainsworth, S.D. The African Crop Society, Kampala, Uganda.

Conferences

  1. Richardson-Kageler, S.J. (1999) Large Mammalian Herbivores and Woody Plant Species Diversity. A poster paper presented at the Winter Meeting of the British Ecological Society, at Leicester University, 5-7 January 1999.
  2. Richardson-Kageler, S.J. (1996) Large Mammalian Herbivores and Woody Plant Species Diversity. A poster paper presented at the National Environmental Seminar, hosted by the Environmental Research Co-ordination Committee, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  3. Chihota, A., Matiza, A. and Kageler, S.J. (1995) The state of agriculture and the environment in Zimbabwe, an outline for a potential book on environmental statistics. Presented at the Course on Environment Statistics (August 1995, two weeks), in Arusha, Tanzania, held by Statistics Sweden.
  4. Dauramanzi, R., Gandure, S., Kageler, S.J., Matiza, A., Mukwanda, R., and Wageneka, M. (1995) The state of the environment and environmental statistics in Zimbabwe. Country Report. Presented at the Course on Environment Statistics (August 1995, two weeks), in Arusha, Tanzania, held by Statistics Sweden.
  5. Richardson, S.J. and Damstra, K. St J. (1994) Synchrony and asynchrony in Ficus thonningii. Abstracts of papers delivered at the Ficus Symposium arranged by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bergen and the Norwegian Arboretum, Bergen. 30pp.

Other publications

  1. Raftopoulis, B., Mupawaenda, A., Mushonga, M., Richardson-Kageler, S. and Chawatama, S. (2003) Baseline study on the situation of coloured people (mixed race) in Zimbabwe. www.kubatana.net/docs/rsourc/naac_bls_
  2. Kageler, S., Kurji, P. and Salifu, D. (2001) A Strategy for Statistical Software in an agriculture faculty. www.reading.ac.uk
  3. Richardson, S.J. (1990) Large herbivores and plant species diversity: Preliminary results of fence-line contrasts. Annual Report, 1990, WWF Multispecies Project. Project Paper No. 17.

Dr Upenyu Mazarura

Chairperson

Dr Upenyu Mazarura
Bsc. Hons Agric, M’Phil, MBA, PhD
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