UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM STUDENTS VISIT MARI FOR LEARNING PURPOSES.

on Thursday, December 19, 2013
On Wednesday 18th Dec, 2013 University of Dar es salaam second year students who specialize in molecular biology and biotechnology course, came to Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute to learn molecular and biotechnology issues and this is one of the activity of phase 2 of this project.The facilitators were Charles Kayuki (Lab Manager), Deogratius Mark (technologist) Happiness Gabriel (Research Assist.). Narvin Tarimo (R.A) and Emmanuel Mrema (R.A)
A group photo for UDSM 2 year Molecular biology and biotechnology students.
Narvin Tarimo not in picture explaining to second year students on how the plants grows in the growth room.
Emmanuel Mrema explaining to 2nd year students the procedure for culturing the plants.
Narvin Tarimo explaining on how to determine the potato plant lets which are ready for sub culturing.
Students listening careful!!!!
Students listening careful to Deogratius Mark as he was explaining the different in Molecular size between different viruses.

THE eBIOKIT BIONFORMATICS WORKSHOP AT MIKOCHENI AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The eBioKit Bioinformatics workshop was held from the 10th to 14th December 2013, at Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI) - Tanzania to strengthen research capacity in Bioinformatics. The training facilitated discussions on applications of bioinformatics tools for diagnostics, pathogen discovery, genome evolution and other applications relevant to improving global health and increasing agricultural productivity.
MARI partnered with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and BecA-ILRI Hub to host this one-week intensive workshop to inspire collaboration between bench scientists and bioinformatics communities through hands-on training in bioinformatics techniques for analysis of sequencing data using the eBioKit package. The eBioKit at MARI was delivered by Professor Erik Bongcam-Rudloff and will be accessible on MARI’s own LAN in the near future for all interested researchers.
e Biokit Bionformatics suite.
Professor Erik Bongcam-Rudloff from Sweden
Professor Erik Bongcam-Rudloff derivering his lecture on the use of the ebiokit 

MARI ATTENDED A 7 TH INTERNATIONAL GEMINIVIRUS SYMPOSIUM IN HANGZHOU CHINA

on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Mari attended 7th geminiviruses symposium and 5th single stranded DNA workshop in Hangzhou - China, MARI was represented by Dr. Joseph Ndunguru, Dr. Fred Tairo, Dr. Peter Sseruwagi and Doreen Mgonja.
Dr. Joseph Ndunguru listening careful on his right is Dr. Fred Tairo.
Participants listening careful presentation, this was taken during a workshop in Hangzhou - China

MARI STAFFS ATTENDED MEETING IN SEATTLE USA ON BASIC RESEARCH TO ENABLE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT (BREAD)

MARI staffs attended a meeting on basic research to enable agricultural development (BREAD) in seattle usa, the meeting was attended by Dr. Joseph Ndunguru and Dr. Peter Sseruwagi
A group photo
Listening careful!!!!Dr. Peter Sseruwagi and Prof. Linda listening presentation from gates foundation.
Dr. Joseph Ndunguru project coordinator discussing with Bill gate looking on is Prof. Linda, this was taken during a recent visit in Seattle USA.

MASTERS STUDENTS GRADUATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND IN SOUTH AFRICA

on Friday, November 29, 2013
This was a graduation of students who enrolled for Msc. at the University of Witwatersrand as part of capacity building in the phase 1 of the project, students who graduated were from different project partner countries; Cyprian Rajabu (Tanzania), Jamisse Amisse (Mozambique) and Habibu Mugerwa (from Uganda who graduated in absentia). Another Msc. project student Marie mutumwinka (from Rwanda) graduated from Moi university in Kenya in 2012.
Jamisse Amisse holding a pack with his masters degree certificate.
Cyprian Rajabu holding a pack with his masters degree certificate
From left is Cyprian Rajabu (Tanzania) and on the right is Jamisse Amisse with their supervisor Prof. Chrissie Ray (centre) and other graduates at the University of Witwatersrand.

1ST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR DISEASE DIAGNOSTICS FOR SUSTAINABLE CASSAVA PRODUCTIVITY IN AFRICA PROJECT PHASE 2 IN NAMPULA - MOZAMBIQUE

on Thursday, October 31, 2013

This was the 1st annual general meeting for 2nd phase of this project that comprises of seven countries Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi and Mozambique, the aim of this annual general meeting was to discuss the issues that concerning the project in phase 2.
Project staffs listening careful presentation from Dr. Kiddo Mtunda(in front), this picture was taken at Hotel Milenio in Nampula - Mozambique.
Project staffs shake hands with farmers after getting information about the disease that affect cassava in their area. 
Happy moment!!A farmer enjoying conversation with staffs not in picture!! this was taken during a field visit in Nampula - Mozambique.
A farmer from Nampula - Mozambique explaining to Project staffs, how cassava disease have been affecting his produce.
Its time for recording!!!!Mr. Camera person recording the event, this was taken during the field visit in Nampula- Mozambique
Its time for field!!Project staffs in the Bus
Project coördinator Dr. Joseph Ndunguru (2nd right) sitting with students (Masters students and Phd students).
A group photo (Project staffs).
Dr. Joseph Ndunguru (centre) following the discussion, on his left is Mozambique country team leader Nurbibi Cossa and on his right is Prof. Linda from North Caroline University (USA).
Dr. Fred Tairo chair the meeting.
The guest of honor!!! opening the annual general meeting.
High table listening to Dr. Fred Tairo not in picture who was the chair of the meeting.

THE VISIT OF SRI - LANKA COCONUT MINISTER TO MIKOCHENI AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE.

on Saturday, October 19, 2013
MARI welcomed the visit of Sri lanka coconut development minister Mr. Jagath Pushkumara who recently come to tanzania to learn about coconut development in Tanzania , this came after the president of Sri lanka Mr. Mahindra Rajapaksa who come to visit tanzania for cementing the bilateral cooperation between Tanzania and Sri lanka in areas of agricultural, commerce and tourism.
Sri Lanka delegation listening to Minister of agricultural, food and cooperatives in Tanzania Eng. Christopher Chiza, others are Director of research and development, representatives from Ministry of foreign affairs and officer in Charge from MARI.
Tanzania director of research and development Dr. Fidelis Myaka received a gift from Sri lanka Coconut development minister Mr. Jagath Pushkumara.
Dr. Aloyce kullaya received a gift from Sri lanka coconut minister Mr. Jagath Pushkumara looking on is Dr. Joseph Ndunguru officer incharge at MARI.
Assistant to Minister of coconut development in Sri lanka give brief information about coconut development in Sri lanka.
MARI staffs listening the presentation made by Sri lanka delegation led by coconut development minister Mr. Jagath Pushkumara.