NAME: Gration Mutashoberwa Rwegasira
ACADEMIC RANK: Associate Professor
EDUCATION: BSc Agronomy (SUA, Tanzania); MSc Crop Protection (UZ, Zimbabwe); PhD in Plant Virus Epidemiology (Witwatersrand, South Africa)
SPECIALIZATION: Crop Protection
RESEARCH INTEREST: Entomology; Integrated Pest Management
PUBLICATIONS: Google Scholar | Research Gate
Gration M. Rwegasira is an Associate Professor, Researcher and Consultant in Crop Protection. He Lectures and Supervises Students’ Research in Introductory Entomology, Annual Crops, and Applied Entomology. His research involvements include projects on Applied Entomology and Pest Management for Tropical Crop Pests; Plant Virus Epidemiology; Seed Systems and Access; Biotechnology; and Biological Control Agents.
He has been involved in various Research Projects such as; Management of Tropical whiteflies for the control of Cassava Mosaic Disease and Sweetpotato Viruses in the Lake Region; Developing Epidemiology of Cassava Brown Streak Disease in East Africa; Restoring Food Security in Refugees Affected Areas in Western Tanzania; Promotion of Access to Improved Seeds by Smallholder farmers focusing on Maize, Banana, Sweetpotato and Cassava; Dynamics and epidemiology of Sunflower Virus Diseases; and Increasing value of African mango and cashew. His current research focus is on Fall Armyworm Diagnostics and Management in Tanzania.
He has published 42 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 47 conference papers, one book chapter, and numerous extension materials and Consultancies (international and Local). He has examined 25 Masters Dissertations and 12 PhD Theses and served as panelist to 7 PhD defenses. Dr. Rwegasira has undergone specialized international trainings on Mycotoxins analysis and mitigation; Sanitary and Phytosanitary Services; Crop Pests Risk Assessment, Risk Management, and Risk communication. Others include Curriculum Development and Teaching methodologies as well as Aflatoxin Regulation and Assessment procedures by WTO through JECFA and IPCS. He served for a summer semester as visiting Faculty Member to the University of Missouri in 2012 (under the USAID-Faculty Exchange Program).
Prof. Rwegasira is Chairman to the National Biological Control Agents Technical Committee (BCAS); Chairman of the Board of Trustees to the Crop Bio-Sciences Ltd; Member of the Editorial Board for the Tanzania Journal of Agricultural Sciences; Member to Entomology Society of America (ESA); Member to the African Biotechnology Network-ABNETA; and member to the Tanzania Entomological Association (TEA).
He is currently the Director, SUA-Quality Assurance Bureau, of the Sokoine University of Agriculture.