Bester Tawona Mudereri (Zimbabwe)

Bester Mudereri

Research project title: Analysing the possibility to monitor Striga weed infestation levels in eastern Africa using space-borne and in situ time series observations.

Research goals: Investigate the use of very high-resolution, space-borne sensors to monitor the flowering Striga signal and plot level texture related to the weed’s infestations. The explicit data sets to be generated will contribute towards upscaling the icipe Push-Pull technology to priority areas.

Host project and funding: Push-Pull for sub Saharan Africa, funded by Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development, Switzerland.

Supervisors: Dr Tobias Landmann and Prof. Zeyaur Khan (icipe).

Bio: Bester holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Bindura University, Zimbabwe; an MSc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente, Netherlands, and a postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. He is a member of the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS), Kenya.