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The agriculture curriculum at UNIVEN was first established in 1986 as part of the then Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. In January 1995, the School became autonomous with five (5) academic departments, one of which was Soil Science. The Department has been offering Bachelor of Agriculture (with a specialization in Soil Science) and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Soil Science). The Bachelor of Agriculture programme has since been discontinued.

Mission

The Department of Soil Science, strives within the framework of the mission of the school to improve, through teaching, research and community outreach, the sustainable management and use of soil as a natural resource for sustainable livelihoods of the community that is served by the university.

Vision

To become a centre of excellence in the use and management d of soil as a natural resource in the southern Africa region.

Last updated 04 November 2015


The broad based curriculum consists of modules from various disciplines in agriculture, offering students a wide range of career opportunities such as research and training in private and public sector. The curriculum is structured in a way that allows students that are registered in our department and have completed the first year, to articulate into other relevant programmes within the school of Agriculture. Staff in the department also teach and service other departments with modules such as SSC 2541, SSN 3641, SSC 4541, SSC 4641, SSC 4645. The staff in the department is also involved in co-supervision of students with staff from other institutions thus strengthening the intellectual credibility and standing of the programme / department.

Last updated 04 November 2015

Below is a list of the modules offered by the department.

CODE AND NAME OF MODULE
AGR 1631 : Agriculture and Humankind
SSC 2541 : Introduction to Soil Science
SSC 2642 : Geology for Soil Science
SSC 3531 : Soil Biology and Ecology
SSC 3641 : Soil Fertility and Analysis
SSC 3544 : Soil Physics
SSC 3541 : Soil Classification and Mapping
SSC 3542 : Soil Chemistry
SSN 3641 : Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
SSC 3642 : Soil Microbiology
SSC 3543 : Pedology
RME 3648 : Research MethodsRegional pedology
SSC 4541/401: Soil-plant-water relationships
SSC 4642/412: Advanced soil chemistry
SSC 4643/422: Advanced soil physics
SSC 4081/420: Seminar
SSC 4542/431: Land evaluation
SSC 5531: Soil genesis and morphology
SSC 5631: Soil survey and classification
SSC 5632: Soil technology and conservation
SSC 5099: Research project and mini-dissertation
SSC 6531 Soil Genesis, Survey and Classification
SSC 6532 Soil Chemistry and Clay Mineralogy
SSC 6533 Soil Physics
SSC 6632 Chemical analysis of soils, plants, fertilizer and water
SSC 6631 Project and seminar presentation
SSC 6634 Soil biology and biochemistry
SSC 6633 Soil fertility and fertilizer use
SSC 6635 Soil Technology and Conservation

Nethononda, L.O., Odhiambo, J.J.O and Paterson, D.G. 2014. Land Suitability for specific crop ranges using dynamic land suitability evaluation guidelines for small-scale communal irrigation schemes. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 20 (No 6) 2014, 1375-1386.

Ogola, J.B.O., Madzivhandila, T and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2013. Water use of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.): response to genotype and phosphorus fertilizer rates in winter and summer sowings. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment Vol.11 (3 & 4): 1341 – 1347.

Nethononda, L.O., Odhiambo, J.J.O and Paterson, D.G. 2013. Spatial variability of soil penetrability and distribution of compacted layer as affected by long-term ploghing at shallow depth in rambuda irrigation scheme in Vhembe district, South Africa. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 19 (2): 248-254.

Nethononda, L.O, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Paterson, D.G. 2012. Assessment of spatial variability of selected soil chemical properties in a communal irrigation scheme under resource-poor farming conditions in Vhembe district of Limpopo province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 7(39), 5438-5445.

Madzivhandila, T., Ogola, J.B.O and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2012. Growth and yield response of four chickpea cultivars to phosphorus fertilizer application rates. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. Vol 10 (3 & 4): 451-455.

Nethononda, L.O, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Paterson, D.G. 2012. Indigenous knowledge of climatic conditions under resource-poor farming conditions using participatory techniques. Sustainable Agriculture Research, Vol 2(1).

Whitbread, A.M, Ayisi, K., Mabapa, P., Odhiambo, J.J.O., Maluleke, N., and Pengelly, B.C. 2011. Evaluating lablab (Lablab purpureus L Sweet) germplasm to identify short season accessions suitable for crop and livestock farming in southern Africa. African Journal of Range and Forage Science 28(1) 21-28.

Nethononda, L.O and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2011. Indigenous knowledge relevant to crop production of smallholder farmers at Rambuda Irrigation scheme, Vhembe District, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 6(11), 2576-2581.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2011. Potential use of green manure legume cover crops in smallholder maize production systems in Limpopo province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 6(1), 107-112.

Mabapa, M.P, Ogola, J.B.O, Odhiambo, J.J.O, Whitbread, A and Hargreaves, J. 2010. Effect of Phosphorus Fertilizer Rates on Growth and Yield of Three Soybean (Glycine max) Cultivars in Limpopo Province. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 5(19), 2653-2660.

Odhiambo, J.J.O, Ogola, J.B.O, and Madzivhandila, T. 2010. Effect of green manure legume – maize rotation on maize yield and weed infestation levels. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 5(8), 618-625.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2010. Decomposition and nitrogen release by green manure legume residues in different soil types. Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 5(1), 90-96.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. and A.A. Bomke. 2008. Potential of winter cover crops to accumulate residual fall nitrogen in the Fraser river delta, British Columbia. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 4 (4):442-448.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. and Magandini, V.N. 2008. An assessment of the use of mineral and organic fertilizers by smallholder farmers in Vhembe district, Limpopo province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 3(5), 357-362.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. and Nemadodzi, E.L. 2007. Soil fertility management practices by smallholder farmers in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province. South African Journal of Agricultural Extension. Vol. 36(1).

Odhiambo, J.J.O. and A.A. Bomke. 2007. Cover crop effects on spring soil water content and the implications for cover crop management in south coastal British Columbia. Agricultural Water Management Journal 88:92-98.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. and A.A. Bomke. 2001. Grass and legume cover crop effects on dry matter and nitrogen accumulation. Agronomy Journal 93(2):299-307.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. and A.A. Bomke. 2000. Short-term nitrogen availability following over-winter cereal/grass and legume cover crop monocultures and mixtures in south coastal British Columbia. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Vol. 55 (3):347-354.

Books and Chapter(s) in Books

Jude J. O. Odhiambo, Wayne D. Temple and Arthur A. Bomke (2012). Managing Cover Crops for Conservation Purposes in the Fraser River Delta, British Columbia, Crop Management - Cases and Tools for Higher Yield and Sustainability, Fabio R.

Marin (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-51-0068-3, InTech, Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/cover-crops-for-conservation-purposes-in-the-fraser-river-delta-british-columbia-

Nesamvuni, A.E., S.A. Oni, J.J.O. Odhiambo, and N.D. Nthakheni. 2003. Agriculture as the cornerstone of the economy of the Limpopo province. Livhu’s Printing Enterprises cc. ISBN: 1-91886-05-02.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2003. Soils and physical features of Limpopo Province. Chapter 2. In Nesamvuni et al. (eds) Agriculture as the cornerstone of the economy of the Limpopo province. Livhu’s Printing Enterprises cc. ISBN: 1-91886-05-02.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2014. Response of maize to fertilizer and biochar applicatiom. In Vinicius de Melo Benites et al (eds) Technological Innovation for a sustainable Tropical Agriculture. Proceedings of the 16th World Fertilizer Congress of the International Scientific Center of Fertilizers (CIEC), 20-24 October 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ISBN 978-3-95547-013-5.

Sennhenn A., Odhiambo J.J.O., Maass B.L., Whitbread A. (2014): Considering the effects of temperature and photoperiod on the growth and development of lablab (Lablab purpureus L.) in the search for short-season accessions for smallholder farming systems. In: Eric Tielkes (ed) Bridging the gap between increasing knowledge and decreasing resources. Tropentag 2014, Book of Abstracts p.53. ISBN: 978-80-213-2481-7.

Lekalakala, G., Hoffmann, M., Odhiambo, J.J.O., Ayisi, K.K., Whitbread, A. 2014. Can in-situ Rainwater Harvesting or Conservation Tillage Practices Reduce Climate-Related Risk for Maize Based Systems in the Limpopo Province, RSA? In: Eric Tielkes (ed) Bridging the gap between increasing knowledge and decreasing resources. Tropentag 2014, Book of Abstracts p.369. ISBN: 978-80-213-2481-7

Odhiambo, J.J.O and S.G Lusiba, 2014. Effect of biochar on nitrogen mineralization of a green manure legume residue. In Proceedings of the 20th WCSS (www.20wcss.org), Abstract Online Access System, June 8 to 13, Jeju, Korea.

Maphoto, P.N, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Ogola, J.B.O. 2013. Effect of cultivar and lime application on yield and yield components of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). In: XVII. International Plant Nutrition Colloquium & Boron Satellite Meeting Proceedings Book, pp 986-987, Sabanci University, Istanbul. ISBN 978-605-4348-62-6. Retrieved from http://www.plantnutrition.org/en/2013ipnc-b-proceedings.html

Sithomola, L.P and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2011. Effect of planting density on growth and yield of three cowpea cultivars. African Crop Science Conference Proceedings, Vol. 10 pp. 153-155. ISSN 1023-070X/2011.

Ogola, J.B.O, Madzivhandila, T, Mathews, C and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2010. Yield and Yield components of Chickpea (Cicer Arietinum I.): Response to Genotype and Phosphorus Fertilizer rates. In: Nera et al (eds) Meeting the fertilizer demand on a changing Globe: Biofuels, Climate Change and Contaminants. Proceedings of the 15th World fertilizer Congress of the International Scientific Centre for Fertilizers, 30 August – 2 September 2010, Bucharest, Romania. pp. 127 – 132. The Publishing House of the Romanian Academy. Bucharest, 2010. ISBN 978-973-27-2043-1

Ogola, J.B.O., Odhiambo, J.J.O and Madzivhandila, T. 2010. Effects of green manure legumes on striga infestation in maize. Aspects of Applied Biology, 96: 259-262.

Odhiambo, J.J.O, Whitbread, A.M, and Hargreaves, J.N.G. 2010. Incorporating groundnut into the maize-based smallholder farming systems in semi-arid Limpopo province, RSA. In: Gilkes RJ, Prakongkep N, editors. Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science: Solutions for a Changing World; ISBN 978-0-646-53783; Published on DVD; http://www.iuss.org: Symposium 4.2.1: Soil energy and food security, 2010, Aug 1-6, Brisbane, Australia: IUSS: 2010, pp. 20-22.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2009. Nitrogen mineralization of green manure legume residues in different soil types. Proceedings of the International Plant Nutrition Colloquium XVI. Paper 1237. http://repositories.cdlib.org/ipnc/xvi/1237

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2004. Biomass production and nitrogen accumulation of some dual-purpose legumes in Limpopo province, South Africa. In Fischer et al (eds) New directions for a diverse planet: Proceedings for the 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 26 September – 1 October 2004. ISBN 1 920842 20 9.

Odhiambo, J.J.O., and T. Thovhogi. 2004. Response of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) to nitrogen and phosphorus application in Limpopo province, South Africa. In Haneklaus et al (eds) Fertilizers and Fertilization for Sustainability in Agriculture: The First World meets the Third World - Challenges for the Future: Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium of the International Scientific Centre of Fertilizers, 27-30 September 2004, Pretoria, South Africa. ISBN 978-973-8432-98-7.

Unrefereed Conference Proceedings, Reports, Professional Papers, and Theses

Odhiambo, J.J.O, Lusiba, S.G and Ogola, J.B.O 2015. Effect of biochar and phosphorus fertilizer application on selected physical and chemical properties of a clay and loamy sand soil. Poster Paper presented at the International Soil Conference held at Regent Cha Am Beach Resort, Phetchaburi province, Thailand from 17-21 August 2015.

Lusiba, S.G, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Ogola, J.B.O 2015. The influence of biochar and phosphorus fertilizer application on soil fertility and agronomic performance of chickpea. Poster Paper presented at the International Soil Conference held at Regent Cha Am Beach Resort, Phetchaburi province, Thailand from 18-21 August 2015.

Odhiambo, J.J.O and Bongani, E.N 2015. Effect of biochar and fertilizer application to different soil types on the growth of maize. Poster Paper presented at the International Biochar Symposium held at Seminaris See Hotel, Potsdam, Germany from 28-29 May 2015.

Macil, P.J, Ogola, J.B.O, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Lusiba, S.G. 2015. The effect of biochar and phosphorus fertilizer application on photosynthesis, stomatal conductance and chlorophyll content of chickpea (Cicer arietinum). Combined Congress 2015 Book of Abstracts p. 236.

Lusiba, S.G, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Ogola J.B.O. 2015. Effect of biochar and phosphorus fertilizer application on selected soil chemical properties and yield of chickpea (Cicer arietinum). Combined Congress 2015 Book of Abstracts p. 232.

Magongwa, S.M., Ogola, J.B.O, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Mathews, C. 2013. Effect of zinc fertilizer on growth and yield of maize (Zea mays L.) in semi-arid Mpumalanga province. Combined Conress 2013 Book of Abstracts p. 79.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2012. Effect of green manure legume rotation with maize on selected soil chemical properties. Poster paper presented at the 6th International Crop Science Congress held between 6th and 10th August 2012 in Bento Gonçalves, Brazil. Book of Abstracts pp. 28.

Ogola, J.B.O., Muravha, K., Odhiambo, J.J.O., Mathews, C. and Masowa M.M. (2012).Effect of Rhizhobium inoculation on radiation use of winter-sown chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) in a dry environment. IAEA-CN-191. FAO/IAEA International Symposium on Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation held at Vienna International Centre, Austria between 23 and 27 July 2012. Synopses pp. 59

Masowa, M.M, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Ogola, J.B.O. 2012. Effect of rhizhobium inoculation on growth and yield of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) in semi-arid Limpopo Province. Combined Congress Book of Abstracts p134.

Mahlo, L.A, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Ogola, J.B.O. 2012. Effect of lime application on growth and yield of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) in semi-arid Limpopo province, South Africa. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Plant – Soil Interactions at Low Soil pH, 18-22 October, Bengaluru, India. pp. 208-209. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, India.

Sithomola, L.P., and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2011. The effect of planting density on growth, forage production and grain yield of three cowpea cultivars. 10th African Crop Science Society Conference Book of Abstracts p. 244.

Gwata, E.T, Ogola, J.B.O, Kunjeku, E.C and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2011. Evidence for the potential production of Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) in the Limpopo river basin in southern Africa. 10th African Crop Science Society Conference Book of Abstracts p. 284.

Makhaga, N.S., Odhiambo, J.J.O, Whitbread, A.M and Hargreaves, J.G. 2011. Simulating the effects of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers on maize biomass and grain yield in Vhembe district, Limpopo province. Combined Congress 2011. Book of Abstracts p. 166.

Mabapa, M.P., Odhiambo, J.J.O and Ramphinwa, M.L. 2011. Simulating the effect of planting densities on growth and yield of soybean (Glycine max). Combined Congress 2011. Book of Abstracts p. 161.

Whitbread, A.M., McDonald, C, MacLeod, N, Mkhari, J, Odhiambo, J.J.O, Ayodele, V and Ayisi, K. 2010. Development of emerging farmer crop-livestock systems in northern South Africa. Final Report Number FR 2010-27. ACIAR, GPO Box 1571, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia. ISBN 978 1 921738 43 2.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2010. Effect of green manure legume – maize rotation system on aggregate stability and infiltration. Poster paper presented at the 16th Congress of the International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO), 8-12 November 2010, Santiago, Chile.

Odhiambo, J.J.O and Whitbread, A. 2010. An assessment of smallholder farming systems in semi-arid Vhembe district, Limpopo province, RSA. Soil management, constraints and challenges. Poster paper presented at the International Conference on Soil Fertility and Soil productivity (Differences of Efficiency of Soils for Land Uses, Expenditures and Returns) held at Humbolldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany between 16 and 20 March 2010. Book of Abstracts p234.

Odhiambo, J.J.O and Ogola, J.B.O. 2010. Nitrogen mineralization of sunhemp green manure and maize stover mixtures in soil. Combined Congress 2010. Book of Abstracts pp. 139.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2009. Potential use of green manure legume cover crops in smallholder maize production sytems in Limpopo province, South Africa. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference of the Africa Soil Science Society held in Yaoundé, Cameroon 22 – 28 Nov. 2009.

Ogola, J.B.O., Odhiambo, J.J.O. and madzivhandila, T. (2009). Effects of green manure legumes on striga infestation levels in a maize field. Poster paper presented at an international conference (Agriculture: Africa’s Engine for Growth – Plant     science and biotechnology hold the key) in Rothamsted, Harpenden, UK between 10 and 12 October 2009.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2009. Maize response to green manure and nitrogen fertilizer application. Poster paper presented at the Paper presented at the 9th African Crop Science Society Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa Sept 28 – Oct 2 2009.

Whitbread, A.M., Ayisi, K.K., Hargreaves, J.N.G., Sasa, S.R., Odhiambo, J.J.O and Dimes, J.P. 2009. Using simulation to estimate yield potential and design smallholder farming systems for Limpopo province RSA. Paper presented at the 9th African Crop Science Society Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa Sept 28 – Oct 2. Book of Abstracts p74.

Odhiambo, J.J.O and Whitbread, A.M. 2009. The effect of phosphorus fertilizer on yield of three groundnut cultivars in Limpopo province, RSA. Paper presented at the 9th African Crop Science Society Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa Sept 28 – Oct 2. Book of Abstracts p112.

Mathews, C, Gwata, G.E.T, Ogola, J.B.O, Lengwati, M.D and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2009. Pigeonpea crop: The new hope for semi-arid farmers in South Africa. Poster paper presented at the 9th African Crop Science Society Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa between 28 September and 1 October 2009.

Odhiambo, J.J.O, Ogola, J.B.O and Madzivhandila, T. 2009. Effect of green manure legumes and nitrogen fertilizer on maize grain yield and weed infestation levels in a green manure/maize rotation. Combined Congress 2009. Book of Abstracts pp. 207.

Dimes, J, Kgonyane, C, du Toit, P, Odhiambo, J.J.O and Mariga, I. 2008. Quantifying water productivity in rain-fed cropping systems in Limpopo province, RSA. Paper presented at the 9th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium held on 29-31 October 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Odhiambo, J.J.O and Netshivhodza, M.H. 2008. Green manure legume cover crops for improving soil fertility in smallholder farms. Combined Congress 2008. Book of Abstracts pp. 206.

Mabapa, M.P, Ogola, J.B.O and Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2008. Effects of fertilizer phosphorus rates on growth and yield of three soybean (Glycine max) cultivars in Limpopo province, South Africa. Combined Congress 2008. Book of Abstracts pp. 177.

Whitbread, A., Robertson, M.J., Wall, P., Ayisi, K., Odhiambo, J.J.O., and Hargreaves, J.N.G. (2007). Using simulation and on-farm participatory research to develop and scale out targeted recommendations for smallholder farming systems in Southern Africa. Farming Systems Design conference, 10-12 September 2007 - Catania, Sicily, Italy.

Nethononda, L.O and J.J.O Odhiambo. 2007. Land suitability classification for cowpea production in Thengwe valley, Vhembe district, Limpopo province. Combined Congress 2007. Book of Abstracts pp. 39.

Odhiambo, J.J.O and Whitbread, A.M. 2006. Phosphorus adsorption by selected soils in semi-arid Limpopo province, South Africa. Paper presented at the joint Australian Society of Soil Science – Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis – Australian Clay Minerals Society (ASSSI-ASPAC-ACMS) National Soils Conference, 3-7 December 2006, University of Adelaide, Australia. [Abstract page 37]

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2006. Soils. In Chapter 6: Land and other factors of production in the Limpopo province. Limpopo farming and agribusiness survey report 2006 report submitted to Limpopo Department of Agriculture. pp.247.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2006. Response of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) to phosphorus application and rhizobia inoculation in Vhembe district, Limpopo province. Combined Congress 2006. Book of Abstracts pp. 90.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. and Nemadodzi, E.L. 2005. Soil fertility management in smallholder farms in Vhembe District, Limpopo province, South Africa. Proceedings of the III World Congress on Conservation Agriculture held at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, 3rd to 7th October 2005.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2005. Use of organic and inorganic fertilizers by smallholder farmers in Vhembe district, Limpopo province. Combined congress 2005. Book of Abstracts pp. 120.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2004. Soils of Murara valley and the recommended management practices. In Feasibility study report for Murara valley agricultural project, July 2004 submitted to DBSA.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2002. Appropriate soil management practices. A paper presented at the Soil Fertility Management workshop for extension technicians involved in the BASED (Broadening Agricultural Services and Extension and Delivery) project held at Madzivhandila Agricultural College, Thohoyandou, South Africa on 24-28 June 2002.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2002. Soil and Nutrient management practices for improving soil productivity. A paper presented at the workshop on skill development for extension officers in the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, South Africa held at Tusk Venda Sun Hotel, Thohoyandou, South Africa on March 11-15, 2002.

Odhiambo, J.J.O and A.A. Bomke. 1998. Performance of cereal/grass and legume cover crop monocultures and mixtures in south coastal British Columbia. Paper presented at the 78th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, July 5-8, 1998.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 1998. Effect of cereal/grass and legume cover crop monocultures and mixtures on the performance of fall planted cover crops, soil mineral nitrogen and short-term nitrogen availability. Ph.D. thesis, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 161 pp.

Odhiambo, J.J.O and A.A. Bomke. 1997. Short-term nitrogen availability following over-winter cereal and cereal-legume mixture cover crops in south coastal British Columbia. Poster presented at the Conference on Cover crops, Soil Quality and Ecosystems held on March 12-14, 1997, in Sacramento, California.

Bomke, A.A., W.D. Temple, J.J.O. Odhiambo, and S.B. Traichel. 1997. Sustaining agriculture and wildlife in the western Fraser valley. Final report for Canada-British Columbia Green Plan for Agriculture. Project No. GP#3118.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 1990. Effect of nitrogen fertilizer on the performance of maize (Zea mays L. Katumani composite B) and soil nitrogen mineralization in Kabete nitisols. M.Sc. thesis. Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya. pp. 162.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. and B.O. Mochoge. 1989. Effect of nitrogen availability and soil moisture content on maize (Zea mays L. Katumani composite B) yield. Proceedings of the 9th Annual General Meeting of the Soil Science Society of East Africa. pp. 67-79.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 1989. Critique of: A model to determine N, P, K fertilization recommendations under field conditions. Project paper presented at the Dr. Kurt M. Schallinger Postgraduate Irrigation and Soil Management Course, Institute of Soils and Water, Bet Dagan, Israel, October 1989-December 1989.

Odhiambo, J.J.O. 2004. Soil fertility management practices by smallholder farmers in Limpopo province. Paper presented at the stakeholder consultation on LPDA-ICRISAT projects in Limpopo, 29 November 2004, St. Marco’s Hall, Polokwane.

Dr. J Mzezewa Journal Publications Gwata, E.T. and Mzezewa, J. 2013. Optional crop technologies at a semi-arid ecotope in southern Africa. International Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment 11 (2), 291 – 295.

Mzezewa, J., Gwata, E.T. and LD van Rensburg. 2011. Yield and seasonal water productivity of sunflower as affected by tillage and cropping systems under dryland conditions in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Agricultural Water Management 98 (10), 1641-1648.

Mzezewa, J. and LD van Rensburg. 2011. Effect of tillage on runoff from a bare clayey soil on a semi-arid ecotope in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Water SA 37 (2): 165-172.

Mzezewa, J., Misi, T and LD van Rensburg. 2010. Characterisation of rainfall at a semi-arid ecotope in the Limpopo Province (South Africa) and its implications for sustainable crop production. Water SA 36 (1): 19-26.

Mzezewa, J., Gotosa, J., Nyamwanza, B. 2003. Characterisation of a sodic soil catena for reclamation and improvement strategies. Geoderma 113, 161-175.

Nyamangara, J. and Mzezewa, J. 2001. Effect of long-term application of sewage sludge to a grazed grass pasture on organic carbon and nutrients of a clay soil in Zimbabwe. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 58 (1), 13-18.

Nyamangara, J. and Mzezewa, J. 1999. The effect of long-term sewage sludge application on Zn, Cu, Ni and Pb levels in a clay loam soil under pasture grass in Zimbabwe. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 73,199-204.

Mzezewa, J., Gotosa J., 2009. Bush encroachment in Zimbabwe: A preliminary observation on soil properties. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 11 (1), 318.

Mzezewa, J., Nyamangara, J., Nyagumbo, I. and M’Marete, C.K.M. 2007. Physical land suitability evaluation for irrigated maize and potatoes in Zimbabwe. Soil Survey Horizons 48 (4), 93-99: DOI 10.2136/sh2007.4.0093

Mzezewa, J., Gotosa, J. and Manyevere, A. 2007. Effect of bush encroachment on vertical soil organic carbon distribution in a clay loam soil in Shangani Ranches, Zimbabwe. Southern Africa Journal of Education, Science and Technology 2(1), 8-14. htt://dx.doi.org/10.4314/sajestv2i1.39801. ISSN 1819-3692

Nyamangara, J. and Mzezewa, J. 1996. Maize growth and nutrient uptake in a Zimbabwean red clay soil amended with anaerobically digested sewage sludge. Journal of Applied Science in Southern Africa 2 (2), 83-89. DOI:10.4314/jassa.v2i2.16879

Book Chapters

Mzezewa, J. and E.T. Gwata. 2011. The nature of rainfall at a typical semi-arid tropical ecotope in southern Africa and options for sustainable crop production. In: P. Sharma and V. Abrol (Eds.), Crop Production Technologies. Rijeka, Croatia, pp 93-112. ISBN 978-953-307-787-1.

Conference Contributions

Mzezewa, J., L.D. van Rensburg, E.T. Gwata. 2015. Water infiltration patterns under in-field rain water harvesting tillage in the semi-arid Limpopo Province of South Africa. Wageningen Soil Conference 2015 Book of Abstracts ISBN: 978-946173-168-5. Mzezewa, J. and L.D. van Rensburg. 2014. Runoff characteristics of improved tillage vs. conventional tillage under simulated rainfall. 9th International Soil Science Congress Book of Abstract ISBN 979-605-63090-2-1, 14 - 16 October 2014, Side, Antalya/Turkey.

Mzezewa, J., LD van Rensburg and ET Gwata. 2013. Improvement of sunflower and cowpea productivity using water harvesting technology at a semi-arid location in South Africa. 11th African Crop Science Society Conference (ACSS), 14-17 October, 2013, Imperial Botanical Beach, Entebbe, Uganda “Sowing innovation for sustainable African crops production to meet food security under climate change”

Rikhotso, T., Gwata, E. and J. Mzezewa. 2013. Preliminary selection of early bambabra groundnut for urban markets in Limpopo Province (South Africa). Tropentag, September 17 – 19, 2013, Stuttgart-Hohenheim Germany. “Agricultural development within the rural – urban continuum”

Mzezewa, J. 2013. Estimating deep drainage from field plots at a semi-arid ecotope in South Africa. College on Soil Physics – 30th Anniversary (1983-2013). 25 February 2013 – 1 March 2013. The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste- Italy.

Gwata, E.T. and J Mzezewa. 2011. Implications for crop production at a semi-arid ecotope in the Limpopo basin in South Africa. . In: Gregory T. Papanikos (Ed.), Agricultural Research Abstracts Book from the 4th Annual International Conference on Agriculture 18-21 July, 2011, Athens, Greece, pp 31. ISBN 978-960-9549-18-9.

Mzezewa, J. and E.T. Gwata. 2011. Characterization of the long-term rainfallpattern at a semi-arid ecotope in the Limpopo Basin in South Africa. In: Gregory T. Papanikos (Ed.), Agricultural Research Abstracts Book from the 4th Annual International Conference on Agriculture 18-21 July, 2011, Athens, Greece, pp 46. ISBN 978-960-9549-18-9

Mzezewa, J., Gotosa, J. and Shamudzarira, Z. 1999. Optimizing Soil Water Use in Zimbabwe. N. van Duivenbooden, M. Pala, C. Studer and C.L. Bielders (eds). Efficient soil water use: the key to sustainable crop production in dry areas of West Asia, and North and sub-Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the 1998 (Niger) and 1999 (Jordan) workshops of the Optimizing Soil Water Use (OSWU) consortium. Aleppo, Syria: ICARDA; Patancheru, India: ICRISAT. pp 243-261. ISBN 92-9066-400-3.

Mzezewa, J. and Gotosa, J. 1999. Impact from optimizing soil water use and the need for using new information tools and methodologies in Zimbabwe. In: N. van Duivenbooden, M. Pala, C. Studer and C.L. Bielders (Eds.), Efficient soil water use: the key to sustainable crop production in dry areas of West Asia, and North and sub-Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the 1998 (Niger) and 1999 (Jordan) workshops of the Optimizing Soil Water Use (OSWU) consortium. Aleppo, Syria: ICARDA; Patancheru, India: ICRISAT, pp 413-421. ISBN 92-9066-400.

Black, H.I.J., Brinn, P.J., Spurway, J.K.R. and J.Mzezewa. 1994. Influence of Termites on Soils in Zimbabwe: Consequences for vegetation and Crop Productivity in the Subsistence Farming Sector. In Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of Soil Science, Mexico, July 1994.

Black, H.I.J., Brinn, P.J., Spurway, J.K.R. and J. Mzezewa. 1994. Termite Associations with vegetation patterns in Zimbabwe. In: Lenor, A., G. Arnold and M. Lepage. “Les Insects Sociaux.” Proceedings of the 12th International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Sorbonne, Paris, 2-27 August 1994.

Brinn, P.J. Black, H.I.J., Spurway, J.K.R., and J.Mzezewa. 1993. Land Microvariability in Southwest Zimbabwe- Photo interpretative Identification of Land Microvariability. Proceedings of the 4th Annual SADC Land and Water Management Scientific Conference, Windhoek, Namibia, 1993.



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The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Soil Science.

Professor: JJO Odhiambo
Position: Head of Department

Qualifications: BSc (Agric.)(Hons.); MSc (Agric.)(Soil Science)(Univ. of Nairobi); PhD (Univ. of British Columbia)

Department: Soil Science

Telephone: +27 15 962 9008
Email: jude.odhiambo@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


J Mzezewa
Position: Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc (Agric.) Hons(UZ), MSc(Soil Science)(Aberdeen), PhD(UFS)

Department: Soil Science

Telephone: +27 15 962
Email:
Office: School of Agriculture


HP Nemakundani
Position: Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc (Agric)Unin), BSc (Hons)(UP), Masters in Sustainable Agric. (UFS)

Department: Soil Science

Telephone: +27 15 962
Email:
Office: School of Agriculture


MP Tshidada
Position: Lab Technician

Qualifications: Dip. in Agric(Tompi Seleka College), Cert. in Soil Water and Plant Analysis (UF), B Tech(Lab Mgt)(TUT)

Department: Soil Science

Telephone: +27 15 962
Email:
Office: School of Agriculture



Last updated 04 November 2015