To develop well trained human resources to meet the growing needs of the various sectors of agriculture and allied industries in Botswana. To co-operate with other Departments in the Faculty of Agriculture and outside the Faculty in training and producing high-quality human resources in agriculture and related fields. To combine theory and practices in order to inculcate critical thinking in all agricultural courses. The Faculty has 3 departments being (Department of Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering, Department of Crop Sciences and Soils, and Department of Food Science and Technology.

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  • African Yam Bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) Nodulates Promiscuously with Rhizobium Indigenous to Soils of Botswana. 

    Oagile, Otsoseng; Mmolotsi, Ronnie; Segwagwe, Amogelang; Babili, Tjedza P. (Canadian Center of Science and Education, 2012-08-15)
    African yam bean is a versatile legume crop, relished for its protein rich tubers, seeds and leaves which are utilized as spinach. It is a highly adaptable crop capable of producing growth even on acid and highly ...
  • Retooling Smallholder Farming Systems for Climate Change Resilience Across Botswana Arid Zones 

    Batisani, Nnyaladzi; Pule-Meulenberg, Flora; Batlang, Utlwang; Matteoli, Federica; Tselaesele, Nelson (Springer, 2021)
    Background: Scientific progress and developments in technology have improved our understanding of climate change and its potential impacts on smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The persistence of such ...
  • Proximate composition and determination of the physicochemical characteristics of Mmilo (Vangueria infausta) oil from Botswana 

    Kebonye, M.; Lekalake, R.K; Sekwati-Monang, B.; Selebatso, T.; Setlalekgomu, M.R.; Sonno, K.; Gwamba, J.; Tsaone, P.; Haki, G.D. (Greener Journal of Biological Sciences, 2021-07-07)
    Mmilo (Vangueria infausta) is an indigenous fruit that is available in parts of Botswana and is well consumed in several countries in Southern Africa. This study investigated the physicochemical properties of Mmilo oil ...
  • A call for global action for rare diseases in Africa 

    Gareth S. Baynam, Stephen Groft, Francois H. van der Westhuizen, Safiyya D. Gassman, Kelly du Plessis, Emily P. Coles, Eda Selebatso, Moses Selebatso, Boikobo Gaobinelwe, Tebogo Selebatso, Dipesalema Joel, Virginia A. Llera, Barend C. Vorster, Barbara Wuebbels, Benjamin Djoudalbaye, Christopher P. Austin, Judit Kumuthini, John Forman, Petra Kaufmann, James Chipeta, Désirée Gavhed, Annika Larsson, Maja Stojiljkovic, Ann Nordgren, Emilio J. A. Roldan, Domenica Taruscio, Durhane Wong-Rieger, Kristen Nowak, Gemma A. Bilkey, Simon Easteal, Sarah Bowdin, Juergen K. V. Reichardt, Sergi Beltran, Kenjiro Kosaki, Clara D. M. van Karnebeek, Mengchun Gong, Zhang Shuyang, Ruty Mehrian-Shai, David R. Adams, Ratna D. Puri, Feng Zhang, Nicholas Pachter, Maximilian Muenke, Christoffer Nellaker, William A. Gahl, Helene Cederroth, Stephanie Broley, Maryke Schoonen, Kym M. Boycott and Manuel Posada (Nature Research, 2019-12-23)
    The 11th International Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs (ICORD), South Africa, included the Africa-Rare initiative launch and facilitated multi-stakeholder engagement in the challenges facing, and opportunities ...
  • Food and nutrition security and wildlife conservation: Case studies from Kenya. 

    Emongor, R.A.; Maina, F.W.; Nyongesa, D.; Ngoru, B.; Emongor, V.E. (Academic Press, 2020-01-01)
    Despite concerted efforts to improve food and nutrition security in many parts of the world, food and nutrition security still remains a challenge, especially in developing countries. In the face of the increasing human ...
  • Hot water treatment and duration alleviates chilling injury of mango (Mangifera indica L.). 

    Emongor, V.E.; Pholoma, S.B.; Tshwenyane, S.O. (International Society for Horticultural Science, 2020)
    Low temperature storage is the most effective method of extending postharvest life and marketing period and maintain fruit quality. Unfortunately, for chilling injury (CI) sensitive fruits, low temperature storage may be ...
  • Treated sewage effluent (water) potential to be used for horticultural production in Botswana. 

    Emongor, V.E.; Ramolemana, G.M. (Elsevier, 2004-08)
    Botswana being semi-arid and arid country, the provision of drinking water and water for agricultural production is becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. Measures that can augment the available sources of water or ...
  • Preharvest factors that predispose apples to superficial scald. 

    Emongor, V.E.; Murr, D.P.; Lougheed, E.C. (Elsevier, 1994-09)
    Preharvest factors during fruit ontogeny greatly affect fruit quality at harvest, modify fruit response to various treatments, development of physiological disorders, and retention of fruit quality at the end of storage ...
  • Diversity of wild herbaceous legumes in southern Africa, their associated root nodule bacteria, and insect pests. 

    Pule-Meulenberg, F.; Obopile, M.; Chimwamurombe, P; Bernard, N.; Losologolo, M.; Hurek, T.; Sarkar, A.; Batlang, U.; Ngwako, S.; Schimiedel, U.; Nanyeni, L.; Mashungwa, G.; Tselaesele, N.; Reinhold-Hurek, B (CABI, 2018)
    Climate change models predict that most parts of southern Africa including Botswana and Namibia will experience severe water stress and temperature increases as a result of climate change. Wild drought-tolerant nitrogen-fixing ...
  • Current approaches to Alectra vogelii control in cowpea. 

    Ngwako, S; Mashungwa, GN (African Journals Online, 2013-03-14)
    Alectra vogelii (L.) Benth is a parasitic weed in the family Scrophulariaceae that causes substantial damage by attaching onto the cowpea, Vigna unguiculata (L. Walp.) plant and tapping nutrients from it. Cowpea is one of ...
  • Genotypic variation in response to drought stress is associated with biochemical and transcriptional regulation of ureides metabolism in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). 

    PHOLO-TAIT, Motlalepula; KGETSE, Thuto; TSHEKO, Gaone Nthabeleng; THEDI, Olerato Tshotlhe; LETHOLA, Katso; MOTLAMME, Ebenezer Oteng; ITHUTENG, Moagisi Innocent; NGWAKO, Samodimo (University of Ljubljana, 2022-05-29)
    Ureidic legumes such as common bean (Phaseoulus valgaris L.) plants export nitrogen from the nodules to shoots and leaves as ureides during symbiotic biological nitrogen fixation. Common bean gene encoding allantoinase ...
  • Alternative crops as a mitigation measure for elephant crop raiding in the eastern Okavango Panhandle. 

    Matsika, Tiroyaone A; Adjetay, Joseph A; Obopile, Motshwari; Songhurst, Anna C; Graham, McCulloch; Stronza, Amanda (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 2020-08-10)
    Elephant crop raiding causes food losses to subsistence farmers in the eastern Okavango Panhandle in Botswana. This study evaluated the effectiveness of using alternative crops such as groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.), ...
  • Combating drought: food for all. 

    Mpofu, B.; Kgosidintsi, N.; Lekalake, R.; Maruapula, S. (World Health Organization, 1988)
    Although Botswana entered its sixth year of drought in 1987, there have been no reports of deaths due to starvation. This is attributed to the country's early warning system and to the comprehensive relief measures that ...
  • Effects of phenolics in sorghum grain on its bitterness, astringency and other sensory properties. 

    Kobue-Lekalake, Rosemary Ikalafeng; Taylor, John RN; de Kock, Henriette L (Wiley, 2007-06-12)
    Despite the fact that condensed tannins are potentially important antioxidants, there is a general belief that tannins in sorghum confer objectionable sensory attributes. The objective of this study was to determine ...
  • Influence of PROP taster status on the consumer acceptability of food made from tannin sorghums. 

    Kobue-Lekalake, Rosemary I; Taylor, John RN; de Kock, Henriëtte (Wiley, 2009-08-30)
    BACKGROUND: Condensed tannins in sorghum are powerful antioxidants, beneficial for health. However, tannin sorghums are believed to be unpalatable. The objective was to determine the influence of 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) ...
  • Application of the dual attribute time-intensity (DATI) sensory method to the temporal measurement of bitterness and astringency in sorghum. 

    Kobue-Lekalake, Rosemary Ikalafeng; Taylor, John R. N.; de Kock, Henriëtte L. (Wiley, 2011-12-01)
    Bitterness and astringency are attributes generally cited as the cause of tannin sorghums being unpalatable. The objective here was to determine the effect of sorghums with varying tannin content on bitterness and astringency ...
  • Validation and Reproducibility of a Food Frequency Questionnaire for use among Adults in Botswana. 

    Jackson, Maria D; Motswagole, Boitumelo S.; Kwape, Lemogang D; Kobue-Lekalake, Rosemary I; Rakgantswana, Tidimalo B; Mongwaketse, Tiyapo; Mokotedi, Motlalepula; Jackson-Malete, Jose (Cambridge University Press, 2012-11-01)
    Objective: To evaluate the validity and reproducibility of a 122-item interviewer-administered quantitative FFQ developed to determine food and nutrient intakes of adults in Botswana. Design: Relative validity of the FFQ ...
  • The Efficacy of Micronutrient-Fortified Sorghum Meal in Improving the Immune Status of HIV-Positive Adults. 

    Motswagole, Boitumelo S.; Mongwaketse, Tiyapo C.; Mokotedi, Motlalepula; Kobue-Lekalake, Rosemary I.; Bulawayo, Bernard T.; Thomas, Tinku S.; Kurpad, Anura V.; Kwape, Lemogang D. (Karger Publishers, 2013-06-20)
    Background: Micronutrient deficiencies are common and compound the effects of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in Africa. Nutritional interventions, particularly vitamin A supplementation, may improve immune ...
  • Application of the deuterium-oxide dose-to-mother technique to determine the exclusivity of breastfeeding in women in Kanye, Botswana. 

    Motswagole, BS; Matenge, STP; Mongwaketse, T; Bogopa, J; Kobue-Lekalake, R; Mosetlha, K; Kwape, L (National Inquiry Services Centre (NISC), 2015-03-28)
    Objective: The objective of the study was to determine breastfeeding exclusivity and impact on the nutritional status of mothers and infants. Design: This was an observational descriptive study. Setting: The setting was ...
  • Application of high resolution NMR, FTIR, and GC–MS to a comparative study of some indigenous seed oils from Botswana. 

    Yeboah, Elizabeth Miriam Ohui; Kobue-Lekalake, Rosemary Ikalafeng; Jackson, Jose Candace; Muriithi, Eva Njeri; Matenanga, Ompelege; Yeboah, Samuel (Elsevier, 2017-12)
    Spectroscopic techniques utilizing FTIR, 1H and 13C NMR spectral fingerprints of the neat oils, as well as standard titrimetric and GC–MS analyses were all employed to determine the quality parameters and fatty acid (FA) ...

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