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Winisia Makirita

Country of origin: Tanzania Currently in: United States, Worcester General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2016 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
2012 Undergraduate Biological Systems and Organisms
2020 Doctorate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Agricultural Sciences

Developing and designing strategies for management of insect pests including field and post harvest pests. This is done though the use of natural available and synthesized materials.

Publications resulting from Research: 

1.Makirita, W.E., Chacha, M., He, N., Li, X., Zhang, F. and Liu, T., 2020. Influence of Metal Oxides Nanoparticles on Pathogenicity of Steinernema carpocapsae Nematodes Against Lepidopteran Galleria mellonella. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Volume 20 (3), 1470-1477(8)
2. Makirita, W.E, Chacha, M, Ndakidemi,P.A Mbega, E.R 2020. Fall armyworm infestation and management practices on maize fields of smallholder farmers in Northern Tanzania. Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences. Volume 15(4):10-18
3. Makirita, W.E., Liu, Y., He, N., Mbega, E.R ,Chacha, M., Li, X., Zhang, F. 2020. Effects of Nanoparticles of Metal Oxides on the Survival of the Entomopathogenic Nematode: Steinernemacarpocapsae. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Volume 20, 1–6.
4. Makirita, W.E., Pentok, M., Wu, L., Liu, Y., Chacha, M., He, N., Li, X., Zhang, F. and Liu, T., 2019. Sustainable Crop Protection Using Nematodes (SteinernemaSpp) as Biological Control Agents. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy. Volume 13(3), 279-289
5. Zhang, F., Makirita, W.E., Wu, L., Gou, Y., Liu, Y., Peng, L., Chacha, M., Mbega, E.R., Li, X., He, N. and Liu, T., 2019. Effects of Growth Conditions on the Forms of Xenorhabdusnematophila: A Symbiotic Bacterium of the Entomopathogenic Steinernema carpocapsae. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenerg. Volume 13(3), 346-352.
6. Sillo, A.J., Makirita, W.E., Swai, H. and Chacha, M., 2019. Larvicidal activity of Hypoestes forskaolii (Vahl) R. Br root extracts against Anopheles gambiae Giless. s, Aedes aegypti L, and Culex quinquefasciatus Say. Journal of Experimental Pharmacology. Volume 66(69.242), 23-27.
7. Makirita, W.E, Chauka, L.J., and Chacha, M. (2016). Antimicrobial and Cytotoxicity Activity of Clausena anisata, Acokanthera shemperii and Olea europaea growing in Tanzania. European Journal of Medicinal Plants. Volume 14(2): 1-9.
8. Makirita, W.E, Chauka, L.J., and Chacha, M. (2015). Larvicidal activity of Clausenaanisata Fruits and Leaves Extracts against Anopheles gambiaeGiles s.s, Culex quinquefasciatus Say, and Aedes egyptiae. Spatula DD. Volume 5(3) 147-153.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Scientist, working on developing strategies for pest management

Workshop and Conference Attended

2015 Arusha Tanzania The 34th International Workshop on Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation
2015 Arusha, Tanzania 16th NAPRECA Pre-Symposium Workshop at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology
2022 Helsinki, Finland Europe XXVI International Congress of Entomology (ICE2022)


Africa Technical Research Center

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