In May 2022, Haramaya University graduates and NEMEDUSSA trainees from Ethiopia, Ashenafi Khasaye Gurmu and Tasew Getu successfully defended their doctoral theses. Dr. Gurmu worked on ‘Species Diversity and Management of Termites Using Entomopathogenic Nematodes in Groundnut (Arachis Hypogaea L.) in Ethiopia’ and Dr. Getu on ‘ Assessment, Characterization and Integrated Management of Root-Knot Nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) and Bacterial Wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) Diseases Complex on Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) in Eastern Ethiopia’.
Dr. Gurmu, Dr. Getu and their colleagues from Haramaya University were participants in specialized nematology trainings arranged as part of the NEMEDUSSA project. More than 40 staff from NEMEDUSSA consortium partners in Sub-Saharan Africa have already benefited from the training in different nematology sub-disciplines. Tasew Getu, Yilma Desalegn and Addisu Tesfaye from the HU Plant Pathology Department attended an intensive training on ‘Quantitative Nematology’ at Ghent University (Belgium) and Wageningen University (The Netherlands), while Ashenafi Gurmu, Ahmed Molla Seid and Eleni Kidane Tafes attended a training on ‘Nematode taxonomy’ and ‘Molecular Tools’ at Côte d’Azur University (France). Drs. Gurmu and Getu are the first doctoral candidates who graduated after having followed the trainings.