Dr. Tusiime Geoffrey's Biodata

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Geoffrey Tusiime

Dr. Geoffrey Tusiime obtained a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and a Masters from Makerere University. He carried out research both in Uganda and at the Horticultural Research International, UK that led to his PhD. in Plant Pathology. During this time, he carried out research on Solanum potato and common beans. Dr. Tusiime Geoffrey is currently employed as a lecturer of Plant Pathology in the Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Makerere University, Uganda. His research interest is in mainly developing disease management packages for major through developing epidemiological information on major fungal and bacterial diseases and also understanding the pathogen variability. His research work employs both conventional and molecular technology. His recent projects include molecular characterization of soil borne fungal pathogens associated with the root rot disease of common beans in Uganda. He is also involved in studying the epidemiology of Xannthiomonas wilt disease in banana. Others are: Characterization of Colletotrichum lindemuthianum and the use of marker assisted selection in breeding for anthracnose resistance in beans; and, developing soybean varieties resistant to soybean rust (Phakospora pachyrizi). He also worked on development of integrated approaches to the management of late blight (Phytophthora infestans) and bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) of potato (Solanum tuberosum). Dr. Tusiime Geoffrey is a member of the African Crop Science Society.

He can be contacted at: Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Makerere University, P. O. Box 7062, Kampala Uganda. e-mail: gtusiime@agric.mak.ac.ug