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Prof. Godwin Ainamensa Mchau joined the University of Venda in Jan 1998 as a lecturer and Head of Department of Horticultural Sciences. He was appointed as dean of the School of Agriculture at University of Venda in July 2010.  Prior to the appointment, Prof Mchau previously taught Horticulture at Horticulture Research and Training Institute, Arusha, Tanzania.  After graduating, he taught Pomology and Plant Propagation at the same institute for two years. He is a Cal Poly, (Pomona, USA), BSc Fruit Industries (Cum laude) and MSc Agricultural Science alumna. His research involved Citrus rootstocks and the diseases caused by Penicillium digitatum and P. italicum.  He worked for three years at California State University, College of Agriculture, Fruit Industries Unit. He completed his PhD at the University of California, (Riverside, USA) in December 1993 under the supervision of Professor M. D. Coffey.  His dissertation examined the morphology and isozyme variations within and between Phytophthora species’. He then moved to the University of Kansas, (Lawrence, USA) as a post-doctoral research fellow with Prof. H. Alexander in the Department of Botany.  His work involved the development of molecular approaches for studying population genetics of the anther smut fungus, Ustilago violacea.  In May 1995, He joined  the University of Stellenbosch as a Senior Researcher in the department of Plant Pathology to establish a molecular plant pathology program. 


Phi Kappa Phi: USA National Academic Honor Society (California chapter)
Gamma Sigma Delta: The Honor Society of Agriculture (California chapter)
Phi Beta Delta: Honor Society for International Scholars (California chapter)


South Africa Plant Pathology Society
Southern Africa Society for Horticultural Sciences
Southern African New Crops Research Association
South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions


Kang, J. C., Crous, P. W.  Mchau, G. R. A, Serdani, M. and Song, S. M. (2002). Phylogenetic analysis of Alternaria spp. Associated with apple core rot and Citrus black rot in South Africa. Mycological Research, 106, 1151 -1162. ISSN 09537562

Swart, L., Crous P. W., Kang, J. C., Mchau, G. R. A., Pascoe, I. & Palm, M. E. (2001). Differentiation of species of Elsinoë associated with scab diseases of Proteace based on morphology, symptomatology, and ITS sequences phylogeny. Mycologia 93, 366-379

Crous, P. W., Kang, J. C. Schoch, C. L. & Mchau G. R. A. (1999). Phylogenetic relationships of Cylindrocladium pseudogracile & Cylindrocladium rumohrae with morphologically similar taxa, based on morphology and DNA sequences of internal transcribed spacers and b-tubulin. Canadian Journal of Botany 77, 1813-1820

Mchau, G. R. A., Crous, P. W. & Phillips, A. J. L (1998).  Molecular characterisation of Elsinoë  isolates from legumenous hosts.  Plant Pathology 47, 773 – 779

Crous, P. W., Mchau, G. R. A, Wingfield, M. J. & Van Zyl, W. H. (1997).  Two new species of Calonectria isolated from soils in the tropics. Mycologia. 89, (4): 653 - 660 

Mchau, G. R. A., Robbertse, B. & P. W. Crous (1996).  Characterisation of mating type and progeny of Tapesia yallundae in South Africa using RAPDS.  South Africa Journal of Science. ISNN 00382353 

Costa, J. L.  DA S, Mchau, G. R. A. & Coffey, M. D. (1996). Isozyme diversity among isolates of Phytophthora megasperma complex. Revesta Fitopatologia Brasileira 21, 2: 185-86        
Mchau, G. R. A. & Coffey, M. D. (1995).  Evidence for the existence of two subpopulation in  Phytophthora capsici and a redescription of the species. Mycological Research. 99, (1): 89-102.
Mchau, G. R. A. & Coffey, M. D. (1994).  An integrated study of morphology and isozyme patterns within a worldwide collection of Phytophthora citrophthora and redescription of the species. Mycological Research. 98, (11): 1291-1299.
Mchau, G. R. A. & Coffey, M. D. (1994).  Isozyme diversity in Phytophthora palmivora: evidence for a southeast Asian centre of origin. Mycological Research. 98, (9): 1035-1043.
Oudemans, P., Förster, H., Mchau, G. & Coffey, M. D. (1990).  Molecular approaches to the taxonomy of Phytophthora capsici and P. citrophthora using isozyme and mitochondrial DNA analyses. Proceedings 3rd International Conference on Plant Protection in the Tropics Vol. IV. March 20-22. Genting Highlands, Pahang. Malaysia Plant Protection Society. pp 120-122.