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Esperance Munganyinka

Country of origin: Rwanda Currently in: Rwanda, Huye General field of specialization: Agricultural Sciences
Early Career Fellowship
Academic Background

Degrees

2018 Doctorate Agricultural Sciences
2013 Master Agricultural Sciences
2008 Undergraduate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Agricultural Sciences

My research focuses on development of plant disease diagnostic protocols, Identification & Characterization of plant disease pathogens, Development of protocol for cleaning / elimination of plant viruses, In vitro micropropagation and conservation of main food crops (banana, cassava, sweet potatoes) and cash crops (coffee) in Rwanda and Plant genetic engineering research. Currently I am implementing the projects on: 1. Project entitles'' Is there a correlation between root necrosis symptoms and virus titre in cassava brown streak disease affected cassava roots? '' I am implementing this project in collaboration with Prof. Susan Seal from Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich. 2. Project entitles'' Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa Plus Iron and Zinc Enhancement (VIRCA Plus)''. I am implementing this project in collaboration with a team from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA, lead by Dr Nigel Taylor

Research Keywords: 
Plant disease diagnostics
Plant genetic engineering
Tissue Culture

Publications resulting from Research: 


Esperance Munganyinka, Paolo Margaria, Samar Sheat, Elijah M. Ateka, Fred Tairo, Joseph Ndunguru and Stephan Winter (2018). Localization of cassava brown streak virus in Nicotiana rustica and cassava Manihot esculenta (Crantz) using RNAscope® in situ hybridization. Virology Journal (2018) 15: 128

E. Munganyinka, E. M Ateka, A. W. Kihurani, M. C. Kanyange, F. Tairo, P. Sseruwagi and J. Ndunguru (2018) Cassava brown streak disease in Rwanda, the associated viruses and disease phenotypes. Plant Pathology 67: 377-387

Esperance Munganyinka, Richard Edema, Jimmy Lamo, Paul Gibson 2016. The reaction of intraspecific and interspecific rice cultivars for resistance to rice yellow mottle virus disease. European Journal of Experimental Biology, 6(3); 13-18.

E. Munganyinka, R. Edema, J. Lamo, P. Gibson, D. Gahakwa 2015. Maternal genetic effect of resistance to rice yellow mottle virus disease in rice. International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research, Vol 6, p213-221.

Esperance Munganyinka, Richard Edema, Jimmy Lamo, Paul Gibson, Placide Rukundo 2015. Combining ability for resistance to rice yellow mottle virus disease in interspecific and intraspecific rice genotypes. African Journal of Crop Science ISSN: 2375-1231 Vol.3 (1), pp.102-107.

E. Munganyinka, R. Edema, J. Lamo, P. Gibson 2015. Heritability of resistance to rice yellow mottle virus disease and of yield related attributes in segregating generations of rice. International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research, Vol 7, p111-120.

Esperance Munganyinka, Richard Edema, Jimmy Lamo, Paul Gibson (2012). Inheritance of resistance to rice yellow mottle virus in interspecific and intraspecific rice in Uganda. Third RUFORUM Biennial Meeting 24 - 28 September 2012, Entebbe, Uganda

Daphrose Gahakwa, Theodore Asiimwe, Ntizo Senkesha, Joelle Kajuga, Placide Rukundo, Esperance Munganyinka, Jane Wanjiku Kahia. 2013. Biotechnology for improving food security in Rwanda. Rwanda Journal ISSN 2305-2678 Volume 28, Series 2012: Agricultural Science

Niyibituronsa M, Mukantwali C, Nzamwita M, Hagenimana G, Niyoyita S, Niyonshima A, Hakizimana C, Ndilu L, Nyirahanganyamunsi G, Niyonteze G, Muhutu JC, Shingiro JB, Umuhire J, Nyirahorana C, Ingabire AC, Nyiranshuti A, Sibomana E, Usabyembabazi M, Munganyinka E, Gasana AP, Kamaraba I, Izamuhaye JC, Nkundanyirazo E, Ngaboyisonga C, Bucagu C and P Karangwa 2020. Assessment of aflatoxin and fumonisin contamination levels in maize and mycotoxins awareness and risk factors in Rwanda. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, ISSN 16845374




Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Research
Plant Pathology: • Development of plant disease diagnostic protocols • Identification & Characterization of pathogens • Development of protocol for cleaning / elimination of plant viruses Crop improvement: • Plant genetic diversity studies • Genotyping Plant Biotechnology: • In vitro micropropagation and conservation of main food crops (banana, cassava, sweet potatoes) and cash crops (coffee) in Rwanda • Plant genetic engineering research (Establishment of confined field trials)

Workshop and Conference Attended

2019 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Grand Challenges Annual Meeting
2019 Nairobi, Kenya Bioeconomy Strategy for East Africa Futures Workshops
2019 Kigali, Rwanda Joint Minimally Invasive Surgery and 3rd Rwanda Biotechnology Conference
2019 Kigali, Rwanda Eleventh Triennial African Potato Association Conference
2018 Cotonou, Benin Fourth International Cassava Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century
2017 Bonn, Germany Sixth Joint Meeting of the DPG working Group “Virus Diseases of Plants” and the “Nederlandse Kring voor Plante virologie
2016 Nanning, Guangxi, China World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops, Adding Value to Root and Tuber Crops
2016 Hyatt Regency Mission, Bay, San Diego, California, USA HFP Women Leadership workshop
2016 Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA Plant and Animal Genome Conference
2016 Radisson Blu, Lusaka - Zambia Sixth Annual Meeting for Disease Diagnostics for Sustainable Cassava for Productivity in Africa Project,
2015 Segocoea Golden Peacock Hotel, Lilongwe – Malawi Fifth Annual Meeting for Disease Diagnostics for Sustainable Cassava Productivity in Africa Project
2015 Rwanda Regional training workshop on Lab Management and Equipment Operations
2015 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Practical Training Workshop on Cassava virus diseases, Field assessments and Laboratory Molecular Diagnostics

Affiliations

University of Rwanda
National Council for Science and Technology
East African Science and Technology Commission

Presentation given

2019
Development and promotion of agricultural biotechnology capacity to tackle plant virus diseases for food security and growth income
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Event: Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2019
2019
EFFECTS OF MURASHIGE AND SKOOG MEDIUM STRENGTH ON IN VITRO TISSUE CULTURE MULTIPLICATION OF ORANGE- FLESHED SWEETPOTATO
Kigali, Rwanda
Event: Eleventh Triennial African Potato Association Conference, Leveraging Potato and Sweetpotato Contribution to Sustainable, Nutritious Food Systems
2018
Development of an in situ hybridization method to detect and localize cassava brown streak virus in tobacco and cassava hosts based on RNAscope® technology
Cotonou, Benin
Event: Fourth International Cassava Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century
2020
Is there a correlation between root necrosis symptoms and virus titre in cassava brown streak disease-affected cassava roots?
Virtually
Event: Springboard To Impact’ Conference
2017
Symptoms of Cassava brown streak viruses - UCBSV and CBSV – in single and mixed infected Nicotiana sp.
Bonn, Germany
Event: Sixth Joint Meeting of the DPG working Group “Virus Diseases of Plants” and the “Nederlandse Kring voor Plante virologie
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Feb 2018
The Ndunguru Award for Female Agricultural Researchers
The award was meant for a competitive research publication in Refereed Journal. My Research Paper ''Cassava brown streak disease in Rwanda, the associated viruses and disease phenotypes'' Published in Plant Pathology allowed me to win this award
Oct 2015
Fellowship to attend the “World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops”, to be held in Nanning, Guangxi, China, Jan 18-22, 2016.
Travel grant award to attend and give an oral presentation on ‘’ Variability of Cassava brown streak disease associated symptom phenotypes in Rwanda’’during the World Congress on Root and Tubers Crops, Nanning, Guangxi, China.
May 2018
Travel Grant Award to attend the Fourth International Cassava Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century
Travel grant award to attend and give an oral presentation on ‘’ Development of an in situ hybridization method to detect and localize cassava brown streak virus in tobacco and cassava hosts based on RNAscope® technology’’ during International conference on cassava, Cotonou, Benin
Nov 2019
Award of Place on the Course
Award of place on CONNECTED ‘The application of molecular diagnostics for plant virus surveillance’ at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria from 4th – 8th November 2019.

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