Nigussie Dechassa (Ph.D)

 

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CURRICULUM VITAE

Nigussie Dechassa

School of Plant Sciences

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Academic Rank:     Professor

Specialization:       PhD Plant Nutrition/Horticulture

Haramaya University

P. O. Box 138, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Email: nigussiedachassa@gmail.com; Tel: + (251) 0255530324; or + (251) 915321046;

Fax: +(251) 025 553 0106 or +(251) 025 553 0325

EDUCATION

  1. Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, Horticulture/Plant Nutrition, PhD, July 2001
  2. Wye College, University of London, England, Tropical and subtropical Horticulture and Crop Science, MSc, Oct. 1992.
  3. Alemaya University (now Haramaya University), Ethiopia, Plant Sciences, BSc, July 1989

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Teaching

Professor: Since August 2014

Associate Professor (Haramaya University): December 2008 to August 2014; teaching PhD and MSc courses (Mineral Nutrition of Crop Plants; Root and Tuber Crops)

Assistant professor (Haramaya University): March 2002 to December 2008; teaching post-graduate courses (Soil and Plant Nutrition; Vegetable Crops Production and Management)

Lecturer: February 1993 to February 1997 (Haramaya University): Teachingundergraduate courses (Crop Production and Management, Vegetable Crops Production, Fruit Crops Production; Industrial Crops Production and Processing)

Assistant lecturer: September 1990 to August 1991 (Asmara University), teaching undergraduatecourses (Botany, Principles of Laboratory Techniques)

Graduate assistant: September 1989 to August 1991 (Asmara University) (Assisting senior staff in teaching and research) 

Research engagement

Doing research on crop improvement and agronomic practices

Achievements (Technology generation):

  • Co-improved and released one carrot (Daucuscarota L) variety and one garlic (Allium staiva L) variety (2014)
  • Improved and released two high yielding potato (Solanumtuberosum) varieties named Gabbisa and Challa (2005)
  • Improved and co-released two high-yielding sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) varieties named Adu and Barkume (2008).

 Research supervision

  • Supervised PhD dissertation research of seven students to completion (2008 up to now)
  • Currently supervising the PhD dissertation research of five more students
  • Supervised MSc thesis research of over 70 students to completion (2008 up to now)
  • Examined MSc theses and PhD dissertations of students at Haramaya University, Jimma University, and Hawassa University
  • Motivated local and expatriate staff as well as farmers to form research and extension groups for participative research, technology generation, demonstration and validation of best practices for increasing agricultural production, as director of research as well as vice-president for research affair at Haramaya University (2008 up to now)

Other professional services at Haramaya University

  • Drafted, edited, and published the Student Code of Conduct 2007 of Haramaya University
  • Drafted. edited, and published a document containing Research Thematic Areas of Haramaya University (2014)
  • Served as technical editorial board member of the East African Journal of Sciences (2011 up to 2013)
  • Currently, Scientific Editor of the East African Journal of Sciences

Project coordination

  • Coordinator, CASCAPE (Capacity building for scaling up of evidence-based best practices in agricultural production in Ethiopia) in eastern Ethiopia, a project jointly conducted by selected Ethiopian Universities and Wageningen University, Alterra, and funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs of the Government of The Netherlands (from July 2009 up to now)
  • Scientific coordinator, Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD), a project jointly run by Ethiopian Universities and Wageningen University, Centre for Research and Innovations, and funded by the ministry of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs of the Government of The Netherlands (from April 2010 up to now)

Community training services

  • In partnership with woreda and zonal bureaus of agriculture:
  • Trained farmers, Development agents (DAs) and agricultural experts on potato and sweet potato production and management (2012 and 2014).
  • Trained farmers, Development agents (DAs) and agricultural experts on soil fertility management and crop production (2012 and 2014).

Project management activities

  • Coordinated and supervised the formation of farmers’ research and extension groups for demonstrating and validating best practices and for conducting action research to increase agricultural production through the CASCAPE project, in eastern Ethiopia, (2010 up to now).
  • Coordinated and supervised the formation of seed producers’ farmers’ cooperatives for increasing the availability of quality seed for farmers at affordable prices through the ISSD (Integrated Seed Sector Development) programme, in eastern Ethiopia (2009 up to now).
  • Coordinated and supervised dissemination of technologies and best practices to farmers and agopastrlaists.
  • Gave briefings on National TVs and Radios about research and technology dissemination activities of Haramaya University.

Work on seed security

  • In collaboration with FAO,provided the leadership to produce and disseminate quality planting material of improved sweet potato varieties (over 7,000,000 vine cuttings) and 200 tons of potato seedtubers in food-insecure areas of eastern Ethiopia (2013 and 2014).
  • Coordinated a baseline survey in eastern Ethiopia for the project Revitalizing Agricultural and Pastoral Income and New Markets (RAIN), in eastern Ethiopia, organized by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USAID, April 2010
  • Coordinated survey work in eastern and western Hararghe Zones of Ethiopia, meant for the project Seed System Impact on Household Welfare and Agricultural Biodiversity, organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations under FAO-Netherlands Partnership Program, from 28 January to 2 February 2003

POSITIONS HELD AT HARAMAYA UNIVERSITY 

  • Vice-President for Research Affairs (from October 2009 up to now)
  • Director of Research and Extension of the University (4 July 2008 up to October 2009)
  • Dean of Students (16 Feb 2005 to 31 March 2008)
  • Head, Department of Plant Sciences (15 April 2002 to 15 Feb. 2005)
  • Coordinator, Root and Tuber Crops Improvement Programme (15 May 1993 to 30 June 1996; 21 May 2002 to 26 February 2005)
  • Head, Horticulture Section (3 April 1993 to 30 June 1996).
  • Coordinator, Fruit and Vegetable Crops Improvement Programme (20 Jan 1995 to 28   Feb. 1997).

V. SPECIAL COURSES

  • Attended a pre-University inductive German Language course in Bonn, Kreuzberg Institute (March-September 1997).
  • Attended a pre-university inductive English Language course at the University of Kent, Hilderstone College, England (24 August-30 September 1991).

VI. SHORT COURSES ATTENDED 

  • MDF training on Project Management at Wageiningen, CDI, from 11 to 19 August 2014
  • Training of trainers on writing project proposals at Adigrat University, Ethiopia, from 28 April to 2 May 2014.
  • Trainingon Integrated Seed Sector Development at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 27 May to 14 June 2013.
  • Training on Change Management in Higher Education Institutions, 13 to 27 April 2010, South Africa.
  • Advanced Course on Quality and Safety of Horticultural Crops at Nanjing Agricultural University in the People’s Republic of China from 7-26 August 2007.
  • Strengthening Creativity in the Workplace at Haramaya University, Ethiopia, organized by International Food Policy Research Institute, 5 to 9 December 2005.
  • Advanced Management for Quality Performanceby MDF, Ede, The Netherlands.

26 April to 7 May 2004

  • Teaching and Instruction Skills at Haramaya University, Ethiopia, 06 to 15 October 2003.

VII. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND VISITS

  • Research stay in Germany at the Leibniz University of Hannover, and conducted analytical work at the institute of plant nutrition on soil and potato leaf and tuber samples taken from smallholder farmers’ fields in eastern Ethiopiato determine their nutrient status, 1 April to 30 June 2008.
  • Attended an International Conference on Global Food Security from 29 Sept to 2 October 2013, in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.
  • Presented a paper on “Root Exudation of Organic Acids by Cabbage. Carrot, and Potato as Influenced by P supply” at the Conference of the German Society of
  • Horticultural sciences held from 26-28 February. 2001, Oesnabruck, Germany.
  • Presented a scientific paper on “Phosphorus Efficiency of Cabbage, Carrot and Potato. A at the Conference of the German Society of Horticultural sciences held from 8-10 March, 2000, Zurich, Switzerland. 

VIII. Language skills

English (Excellent speaking and writing skills)

German (Good speaking and writing skills)

Selected Publications

  1. Dereibachew Bekana, Meseret Amde, Nigussie Dechassa, Abi Tadesse. 2015. Selected Heavy Metals in Some Vegetables Produced through Wastewater Irrigation and their Toxicological Implications in Eastern Ethiopia. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development, 15(3), 10013-10034.
  1. Hirpa Legesse, Nigussie Dechassa, Setegn Gebeyehu, Geremew Bultosa. 2014. Chemical Quality of Common Beans as Influenced By Genotype and Aluminium Rates Under Two Soil Liming Regimes. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development, 15(2), 9872-9891. 
  1. Misrak Kebede, Amare Ayalew, Nigussie Dechassa. 2014. Evaluation of soil solarisation and bio-fumigation for the management of bacterial spot of tomato. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development, 14(4), 8998-9015.
  1. Addisu Sebsibe, Geremew Bultossa, Nigussie Dechassa. 2014. Effect of variety and storage on the tuber quality of potatoes cultivated in the eastern highlands of Ethiopia. Science, Technology and Arts Research Journal 3(1), 84 – 89. 
  1. Tewodros Bezu, Fikreyohannes Gedamu, Nigussie Dechassa, Mulatua Hailu. 2014. Registration of ‘Chelenko I’ Garlic (Allium sativum L.) Variety. East African Journal of Sciences, 8(1) 71-74.
  1. Wassu Mohammed, Tewodros Bezu, Nigussie Dechassa, Kebede Woldetsadik, Bekele Abebie. 2014.Registration of “Haramaya I” Carrot (Daucuscarota L.) Variety .East African Journal of Sciences, 8(1) 71-74.
  1. Yirssaw Demeke, Wondyfraw Tefera, Nigussie Dechassa, Bekele Abebie. 2014. Effect of plant growth regulators on in vitro culture nodal explants of cassava (Manihotesculenta Crantz) clones. African Journal of Biotechnology 13(28), 2830 – 2839.
  1. MulukenGoftishu, AwolSeid, Nigussie Dechassa. 2014. Occurrence and Population Dynamics of Tomato Leaf Miner [Tutaabsoluta (Meyrick), Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae] in Eastern Ethiopia. East African Journal of Sciences, 8 (1) 59 – 64.
  1. Haile Deressa, Nigussie Dechassa, Mengistu Ketema, Tamiru Amanu. 2013. Farmer Participatory Evaluation of Agronomic Performances of Bread Wheat Varieties in the Highlands of Eastern Ethiopia. East African Journal of Sciences, Vol. 7 (2): 121-128.
  1. Edossa Etissa, Nigussie Dechassa, Tena Alamirew, Yibekal Alemayehu, and Lemma Desalegne. 2013. Household Fertilizer Use and Soil Fertility Management Practices in Vegetable Crops Production: The Case of Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Science, Technology and Arts Research Journal 2(4), 47- 45.
  1. Haile Deressa, Nigussie Dechassa, Mengistu Ketema, and Tamiru Amanu. 2013. Farmer Participatory Evaluationof Agronomic Performances of Bread Wheat Varieties in the Highlands of Eastern Ethiopia. East African Journalof Sciences, 7 (2), 121-128.
  1. Nigussie Dechassa. 2012. Mineral Composition of Leaves and Tubers of Potato (Solanumtuberosum L.) Plants Cultivated in the Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia. East African Journal of Sciences. 6(1), 32 – 42. 
  1. Haile Deressa., Nigussie Dechassa, Amsalu Ayana. 2012. Nitrogen use efficiency of bread wheat: Effects of nitrogen rate and time of application. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 12 (3), 389-409.
  1. Hussein Mohammed, Tadesse Desalegn, Fetein Abay, KedirNefo,Nigussie Dechassa, MarjaThijssen, Walter De Boef. 2012. Variations in Farmer Organizations Engaged in Seed Entrepreneurship. In: Adefris Teklewold et al (Ed.), The Defining Moments in Ethiopian Seed System, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Reserach (EIAR), Oxford.pp. 253–269.
  1. Yohannes Gedamu, Getachew Belay, Nigussie Dechassa. 2010. Genotypic and Phenotypic Correlations of Root Yield and other Traits of Orange- Fleshed Sweet Potatoes [Ipomoea batatas(L.) Lam.]. JOURNAL OF THE DRYLANDS 3(2): 208-213 
  1. Daniel Mekonnen;L.M. Pant, Nigussie Dechassa. 2009. Effect of Integrated nutrient management on yield of Potato and soil Nutrient status at Bako,westShoa. Ethiopian Journal of Natural Resources. 10 (1), 85-101 
  1. Tsegaw T. andNigussie Dechassa. 2008. Registration of Adu and Barkume : Improved Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas) Varieties for Eastern Ethiopia. East African Journal of Sciences, 2 (2):189 – 191 
  1. Hailu S., N. Seyoum, and N. Dechassa. 2008. Effect of Combined Application of Organic-P and Inorganic-N Fertilizers on Yield of Carrot. African Journal of Biotechnology, 7(1): 27-34
  1. Tsegaye E., Nigussie Dechassa, E. V. DevakaraSastry. 2007.Genetic Variability for Yield and Other Agronomic Traits in Sweet Potato. Journal of Agronomy, 6 (1): 94 – 99.
  1. Tsegaye E., E.V. Devakara Sastry, Nigussie Dechassa. 2006. Correlation and Path Analysis in Sweet Potato and their Implications for Clonal Selection. Journal of Agronomy 5 (3): 391 – 395.
  1. Nigussie Dechassa and M. K. Schenk. 2004. Exudation of Organic Anions by Roots of Cabbage, Carrot, and Potato as Influenced by Environmental Factors and Plant Age. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 167: 623-629.
  1. Nigussie Dechassa, M. K. Schenk, N. Steingrobe. 2003. Phosphorus Efficiency of Cabbage (Brassica oleraceae L. var. capitata), Carrot (Daucuscarota L.), and Potato (Solanumtuberosum L). Plant and Soil 250: 215-224.