Lensa Sefera Tajebe – University of Copenhagen

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Lensa Sefera Tajebe


Contact lensa_s@yahoo.com

Country of birth: Ethiopia

Official title: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Transformation by Innovation: Plant health technologies and protection of agro-ecosystems

Project title: 2011 – 2014: Cassava Virus Pandemic in East/Central Africa and the Role of Vector Insects: A study of the super-abundant Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) species complex (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae) in cassava mosaic disease pandemic areas in Tanzania

Previous institutions: University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and University of Catania (Italy) – Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and University of Catania (Italy) - Master of Science Degree (MSc). Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine - Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc).

AgTraIn institutions: University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and University of Catania (Italy) – Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

Scientific interest: Sustainable agriculture, crop production and protection, horticulture,
root and tuber crops

Working experience: March 2006 – July 2008: Consulting Agronomist at Indo-Ethiopia Agritech Enterprise PLC - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. July 2005 – March 2006: Junior
Researcher at Southern Agricultural Research Institute, Awassa Agricultural
Research Center - Awassa, Ethiopia

Spoken Languages: English, Amharic, Italian, Some Swahili

Future plans/desired employment: Researcher in agriculture, employment in production chain

Hobbies: Gardening, travelling, drawing

List of publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Tajebe LS, Boni SB, Guastella G, Cavalieri V, Lund OS, Rugumamu CP, Rapisarda C, Legg JP. 2014. Abundance, diversity and geographic distribution of cassava mosaic disease pandemic associated Bemisia tabaci in Tanzania. J. Appl. Entomol. doi: 10.1111/jen.12197   
  • Tajebe LS, Guastella D, Cavalieri V, Kelly SE, Hunter MS, Lund OS, Legg JP, Rapisarda C. 2014. Diversity of symbiotic bacteria associated with Bemisia tabaci (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) in cassava mosaic disease pandemic areas of Tanzania. Ann. Appl. Biol. doi:10.1111/aab.12183
  • Tajebe LS, Simiand C, Legg JP, Lund OS, Reynaud B, Rapisarda C, Delatte H. Microsatellites reveal population genetic structure of Bemisia tabaci species complex associated with cassava in Tanzania (Submitted Manuscript)
  • Guastella D, Tajebe LS, Evans G, Fovo FP, Rapisarda C, Legg JP, 2014. First Record of Aleuroclava psidii (Singh) and Aleurotrachelus tuberculatus Singh (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in East Africa. Afr Entomol. 22, 437-440. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4001/003.022.0206
  • Legg JP, Shirima R, Tajebe LS, Guastella D, Boniface S, Jeremiah S, Nsami E, Chikoti P, Rapisarda C, 2014. Biology and management of Bemisia whitefly vectors of cassava virus pandemics in Africa. Pest Manag Sci. 70, 1446-1453.
  • Guastella D, Lulah H, Tajebe LS, Cavalieri V, Evans GA, Pedata PA, Rapisarda C, Legg JP, 2014. Survey on whiteflies and their parasitoids in cassava mosaic pandemic areas of Tanzania using morphological and molecular techniques. Pest Manag Sci. DOI: 10.1002/ps.3810. [Epub ahead of print]

Oral presentation and Abstract Published in various Conferences

  • L.S. Tajebe, D. Guastella, S. Boniface, C. Busungu, O.S. Lund, C. Rapisarda, J.P. Legg (2011) Abundance and Host Preference of the Whitefly Bemisia tabaci in north-western Tanzania. Fourth European Whitefly Symposium. Israel
  • L.S. Tajebe, D. Guastella, V. Cavalieri, O.S. Lund, C. Rapisarda, J.P. Legg (2013) Diversity and Geographic Distribution of Bemisia tabaci (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) Associated with Cassava in CMD Pandemic Areas of Tanzania. First International Whitefly Symposium. Greece

Poster presentation and Abstract Published

  • L.S. Tajebe, D. Guastella, V. Cavalieri, S.E. Kelly, M.S. Hunter, O.S. Lund, J.P. Legg, C. Rapisarda (2013) Diversity of Symbiotic Bacteria Associated with Bemisia tabaci (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) in Tanzania. First International Whitefly Symposium. Greece

Selected list of seminars and conferences attended

  •  Fourth European Whitefly Symposium in Rehovot, Israel (September, 2011)
  • Conference on Integrated Control in Protected Crops, Mediterranean Climate  (IOBC), in Catania, Italy (October, 2012)
  • First International Whitefly Symposium in Kolymbari Crete, Greece (May 2013)
  • Seminar on “Understanding and Managing Cassava Virus Pandemics and Whitefly Vectors” in Catania, Italy (May, 2013)
  • Workshop on “Author workshop Springer” organized by Springer in Catania, Italy (June, 2013)

International research experience

  • Community based field research in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Agricultural intensification and de-agrarianization in Mae Rim watershed (2009).
  • Field research in Tanzania on abundance and host preference of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (2010).
  • Entomological research at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Tanzania on super-abundant Bemisia tabaci population associated with cassava mosaic disease pandemics in Tanzania (2012-2014)
  • Laboratory based research at the University of Arizona, USA on Symbiotic Bacteria of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (2012).
  • Laboratory based research at Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), UMR PVBMT, La Réunion, France on population genetics and structure of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (2014).

Awards received

  • Jimma University Chest Pin Award for outstanding performance during Bachelor of Science study (2005)
  • Agris Mundus - Erasmus Mundus Double Degree Master of Science Scholarship (2008-2010)
  • AgTraIn – Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Scholarship (2011-2014)