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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. 

HONORS SOCIETIES:

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)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:   

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