Research Niches / Signature Themes
The Department is actively involved in research within its areas of focus. Below is a list of ongoing research and the responsible scientists.
- Mycological Biotechnology, with special focus on applications of Armilllaria fungus in food processing and environmental remediation.
- Environmental Microbiology; Food Microbiology and Biofuels. Prof. W. Parawira (Pro Vice Chancellor of Bindura University of Science Education).
- Host-pathogen interactions; bioactivity of natural products (including malaria research), Bioenergy (methanogenesis); Bioremediation (water quality). Prof. W. Chingwaru.
- Water Quality management for Bindura Municipality (Microbial and Chemical Quality Control). Prof. W. Chingwaru and Dr. M. Mupa (Chairperson, Chemistry Department)
- Probiotic bioprospecting, encapsulation technology, bioactivities of secondary metabolites of plants and methane mitigation in ruminants. Dr. C.I. Mbiriri.
- Black soldier fly – role in sustainable food and energy production in Zimbabwe; Homeopathic management of arthropod pests, diseases and parasites in livestock; Biological control of arthropod pests using entomopathogenic agents; Establishment of Mashonaland East Apiculture Platform. Dr. N. Mgocheki.
- Monitoring of pollution in acid mine drainage (AMD) and commercial agricultural activities using enzyme based bioassays. Dr. Z. Jiri.
- Screening of sorghum varieties, wild relatives for resistance to witch weed (Striga asiatica (L) Kuntze) in Zimbabwe; Gene flow between cultivated and wild sorghum: Implications for conservation and food security. Dr. P. Manyanga.
- Genetic diversity of African tree species, particularly those in the South of the Sahara, using genetic markers and sequencing technologies. Dr. P. Jinga.
- Genotyping of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on selected genes in Zimbabwean patients on warfarin medication. Ms. S. Muyambo and Ms. N. Marangwanda (MPhil candidate, BUSE).
- Water quality; Use of microorganisms to extract Nickel from ores and concentrates at Trojan Nickel Mine, Zimbabwe; Effect of industrial and sewage effluent on the diversity of macro-invertebrates. Mr. E. Zingoni.
The Department has been moving from strength to strength in its quest to be a beacon of research and innovation excellence. We are proud owners of property in the following products:
- Probiotic based antidiarrhoeal therapy and prophylaxis preparations (towards completion).
- Antidiarrhoeal phytomedicines (towards completion).
- A macrophyte-probiotic based prototype for wastewater remediation (towards completion).
The Department is open to establishing collaborative research with research institutions around the globe. Our collaborators are dotted around the world, particularly partners in Europe, USA, South Africa and Namibia.
Research Awards / Grants
- Microsoft Azure Grant (2019): Artificial Intelligence for Water Hole Cyanide Detection IN Game Parks, Interdisciplinary Innovative Research worth USD30 000.00. Team-: Prof. W. Chingwaru (team leader), Mr. Z. Chisadza (Electronic Engineering Unit), Mr. W. Mapenduka (Computer Science Dept.), Mr. W. Matombo (Computer Science Dept.) and Mr. M. Taredzerwa (Computer Science Dept.)
- Prof. W. Chingwaru received BUSE Vice Chancellor’s Publisher of the Year Award (Runner up) (USD1500.00 in 2017).
- Prof. W. Chingwaru received BUSE Vice Chancellor’s Publisher of the Year Award (USD2500.00 in 2016).