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Call for Applications: ABSbio Idea Challenge Competition

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Makerere University together with its Partner Universities Leipzig University, Germany and IRGIB Africa University Benin invite young researchers and students to take part in the ABSbio Idea Competition in Uganda from 26 October to 11 December 2020.

  • Are you a student or young researcher with a bio-based innovative idea that promotes sustainable use of biodiversity?
  • Does your innovative idea have potential to positively contribute to the triple bottom line (people, planet & profit)?
  • Do you have a solution to current biodiversity challenges?
  • If so, convince us by submitting a competitive business idea and become one of the Accesses and benefit sharing – sustainable use of biodiversity (ABSbio) project idea awardee for 2020.

The aim of the competition is to develop and present innovative ideas for sustainable businesses and measures to address current biodiversity challenges based on scientific research.

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Godwin Anywar inducted as a Fellow of UNAS

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Mr. Godwin Anywar, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology, CoNAS, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda and CARTA PhD fellow at Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in Leipzig, Germany. Photo credit: CARTA

Mr. Godwin Anywar was inducted as a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) at a ceremony held on the 23rd October 2020 during the 20th Scientific Conference and General Meeting of the Academy. Fellows of the academy are inducted following a rigorous nomination and vetting process. Mr. Anywar is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology, College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University.

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Partners Launch Mak-RIF funded Bee-Nutri-Medicine Project

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Partners from CoNAS, NaLIRRI, MAAIF, KYU and Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital that took part in the launch of the Mak-RIF funded Bee-Nutri-Medicine Project at NaLIRRI, Nakyesasa Wakiso District on 28th October 2020.

The Bee-Nutri-Medicine research project was on 28th October 2020 launched at the National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Nakyesasa, Wakiso District. The project is ‘Exploring stingless bee products for nutritional & medicinal values in Uganda’. The Principal Investigator, Dr. Moses Chemurot from the Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences (ZEFs) is working with partners at NaLIRRI, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Golden Bees Limited, Kyambogo University and Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital to implement the research.

In his remarks while explaining the details of the research project, Dr. Chemurot highlighted its objectives as i) Determine the nutritional profiles of stingless bee pollen and honey to enhance understanding of their potential benefits; ii) Explore antimicrobial properties of stingless bee honey & propolis; and iii) Investigate the potency of stingless bee honey & propolis as medicines for wounds & skin infections.

He further reiterated that the theme was chosen because stingless bees are given less attention in beekeeping development programmes and there is limited understanding of the benefits from these insects. He noted that beekeeping is ranked second (when all aspects including pollination services and bee products is considered) among livestock income generating activities in Uganda and therefore must be given the necessary support.

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Mak’s Dr. Robert Kityo Recognised

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Dr. Kityo Robert Martin, Principal Assistant Curator, Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences Museum, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Courtesy Photo

Dr. Kityo Robert Martin, the long serving Principal Assistant Curator of the Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences Museum, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University has been recognised for his work on bats. A specie of bats has been named after him. The award plaque dated 3rd August 2020 reads.

CONGRATULATIONS

DR KITYO R.M.

(PSEUDOROMICIA KITYOI)

This species is named in honour of

Robert M. Kityo, a seasoned

mammologist, mentor and

long-term curator at the

Zoological Museum, Makerere

University; in recognition of his

valuable contributions to bats

and small mammals research in the

region. His welcoming nature,

curiosity, hospitality and support

have facilitated numerous and

diverse research agendas over

the decades for both domestic

and international researchers. 

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