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The vision of the School is to become a “Centre of Excellence” in Agriculture, rural Development and natural resources management in the region”
The main role of the School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry is to provide professional training to under and post graduate students, providing appropriate knowledge and skills relevant to the needs of government, private sector and farming community .The school aims at excellence in teaching, research and active participation in community outreach programmes in order to promote sustainable livelihoods in rural areas.
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 ofCalonectria 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.
The following degrees / diplomas and certificates are offered in the school.
Please note: Computer Literacy(CPL0521/0621) must be taken by all students registered in the School. The module can be taken anytime from the first semester of the first year up to and including the last semester of the final year of study.
|Bachelor of Agriculture||BAGRIC|
|Bachelor of Family Ecology & Consumer Sci (Home Econs)||BFECS|
|Bachelor of Agribusiness Management||BAGBM|
|Bachelor of Science in Agriculture||BSCAGR|
|Bachelor of Science in Forestry Sciences||BSCFOR|
|Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology||BSCFST|
|Bachelor of Agriculture Honours||BAGRIC(Hons)|
|Honours in Rural Development||HONRDV|
|Bachelor of Science Honours in Agriculture||BSCAGR(Hons)|
|Bachelor of Science Honours in Forestry||BSCFOR(Hons)|
|Master of Science in Agriculture||MSCAGR|
|Master of Science in Food Science and Technology||MSCFST|
|Masters in Rural Development||MRDV|
|Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture||PhD(Agric)|
|Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development||PhDRD|