Dr. Ladslaus Mnyone

Dr. Ladslaus Mnyone

Center Director 
Pest Management Center – Sokoine University of Agriculture 

Address

Sokoine University of Agriculture 
Pest Management Center 
P.O. Box 3110 
Morogoro, Tanzania. 

Contact Information

Phone: +255 764 876 530 
Email: llaurent@sua.ac.tz | lmnyone@gmail.com 

Dr. Ladslaus Mnyone holds a PhD in Medical Entomology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. This dynamic and solution driven researcher has the passion for studying and controlling the world’s most important insect disease vectors, particularly mosquitoes. Over the years, he has persistently demonstrated his wish to bring up potential vector control technologies to reality ‘bridging the gap between discovery and implementation'.

He has championed the development of entomopathogenic fungi as greener control tools against mosquitoes and other important disease vectors. He is also involved in exploring the mosquito control potential of endectocides (e.g. Ivermectin) and other novel insecticides.

Even more inspiring, Dr. Mnyone was among the team of Tanzanian (in fact, the lead Tanzanian researcher) and foreign researchers, who recently developed a new generation mosquito control technology ‘Eave Tubes’. Among other merits, Eave tubes technology is easy to install, protect the whole family and kill even the mosquitoes that are resistant to conventional insecticide formulations.

Subsequent to this exemplary endeavor, Dr. Mnyone became one among the first recipients of HDIF grants with his project titled ‘Eave tubes/bricks for elimination of malaria in peri-urban Tanzania’. Under the duration of this project (2015 – 2017), Mnyone et al. aim to i) install eave tubes/bricks in 2000 houses within peri-urban Morogoro and Dar es Salaam ii) measure impact and consumer acceptance, iii) establish a network of public and private stakeholders and iv) initiate activities towards local manufacturing of the technology. Undouptfully, Dr. Mnyone’s key ambition as a scientist will continue being ‘conducting high quality and solution oriented research’.

Academic Qualifications

·    Ph.D. in Medical Entomology, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2007-2010

·    Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Sokoine University of Agriculture, 2004 – 2005

·    Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Sokoine university of Agriculture, 1999-2004

  • Biology, ecology, behaviour and control of malaria vectors.
  • Biological control of mosquito vectors based on the use of entomopathogenic fungi.
  • Biology, ecology, and control of rodent-borne ectoparasites.

1. Fungus coated nets against mosquito-borne diseases (FCNet), funded by UBS (2011 to 2012), (€ 32,526) (Co-Principal Investigator).

2. A low –cost mosquito contamination device (MCD) for sustainable malaria mosquito control, funded by European Union (3 years project, 2012 – 2015) (€5,260,569) (Local Principal Investigator).

3. Eave tubes/bricks for malaria elimination in peri-urban Tanzania, funded by DFID through Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) (2 years, 2015 – 2017) (£397,000) (Principle Investigator)

4. Assessing the risk of malaria mosquitoes by identifying the genetic basis of their host preference, funded by Swedish Research Council (4 years, 2018 – 2022) (258,745 USD), (Local Principle Investigator)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2018

1.      Irene R Moshi, Lenore Manderson, Halfan S Ngowo, Yeromin P Mlacha, Fredros O Okumu, Mnyone Ladslaus L. (2018). Outdoor malaria transmission risks and social life: a qualitative study in South-Eastern Tanzania. Malaria journal 17(1), 397.doi.org/10.1186/s12936-018-2550-8

2017

1.      Lyimo I.N, Kessy S.T, Mbina K.F, Daraja A.A, Mnyone Ladslaus L: Ivermectin-treated cattle reduce blood digestion, egg production and survival of a free-living population of Anopheles arabiensis under semi-field condition in south-eastern Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2017, 16:239

2.      Moshi I.R., Ngowo H, Dillip A, Msellemu D, Madumla E.P. Okumu F.O, Coetzee M, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Manderson L: Community perceptions on outdoor malaria transmission in Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2017, 16:274

2016

1.      Knols BGJ, Farenhorst M, Andriessen R, Snetselaar J, Suer RA, Osinga AJ, Knols JMH, Deschietere J, Ng’habi KR, Lyimo IN, Kessy ST, Mayagaya VS, Sperling S, Cordel M, Sternberg ED, Hartmann P, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Rose A, Matthew TB: Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: an introduction. Malaria Journal 2016, 15:404

2.      Sternberg ED, Ng’habi KR, Lyimo IN, Kessy ST, Farenhorst M, Thomas MB, Knols BGJ, Mnyone Ladslaus L: Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: initial development and semi-field evaluations in Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2016, 15

3.      Moshi I.R., Ngowo H, Dillip A, Msellemu D, Madumla E.P. Okumu F.O, Coetzee M, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Manderson L: Community perceptions on outdoor malaria transmission in Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2017, 16:274

2015

  • Andriessen R, Snetselaar J, Suer Remco A, Osinga Anne J, Deschietere J,Lyimo Issa N, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Brooke Basil D, Ranson H, Knols Bart GJ, Farenhorst M: Electrostatic coating enhances bioavailability of insecticides and breaks pyrethroid resistance in mosquitoes: PNAS 2015, 112: 12081-12086.

2013

1.      Mazigo Humphrey D, Morona D, Kweka Eliningaya J, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Heukelbach J: Epilepsy and tropical parasitic infections in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Review, Tanzania Journal of Health Research 2013, 15:(2)

2012

  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Ng’habi Kija R, Mazigo Humphrey D, Katakweba Abdul A, Lyimo Issa N: Entomopathogenic fungi, Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana reduces the survival of Xenopsylla brasiliensis larvae (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) Parasites & Vectors 2012, 5:
  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Lyimo IN, Lwetoijera DW, Mpingwa MW, Nchimbi N, Hancock P, Russell TL, Kirby MJ, Takken W, Koenraadt CJM: Exploiting the behaviour of wild malaria vectors to achieve high infection with entomopathogenic fungus. Malaria Journal 2012, 11:87.

2010

  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Koenraadt Constantianus JM, Lyimo Issa N, Mpingwa Monica W Takken Willem, Russell Tanya L: Anopheline and Culicine mosquitoes are not repelled by surfaces treated with the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana. Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:80.
  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Kirby Mathew J, Lwetoijera Dickson W, Mpingwa Monica W, Simfukwe Emmanuel T, Knols Bart GJ, Takken Willem, Russell Tanya L: Tools for delivering entomopathogenic fungi to malaria mosquitoes: effects of delivery surfaces on fungal efficacy and persistence. Malaria Journal 2010, 9: 246.
  • Luz C, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Sangusangu R., Lyimo Issa N, Rocha LFN, Humber Richard A, Russell Tanya L: A new resting trap to sample fungus-infected mosquitoes, and the pathogenicity of Lecanicillium muscarium to culicid adults. Acta Tropica 2010, 116: 105-107.
  • Lwetoijera Dickson W, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Sumaye Robert D, Russell Tanya L, Okumu Fredros O: An extra domiciliary method for delivering entomopathogenic fungi against wild malaria vectors. Parasites & vectors 2010, 3: 18.
  • Mazigo Humphrey D, Obasy E, Mauka W, Manyiri P, Zinga M, Kweka Eliningaya J, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Heukelbach J: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices about malaria and its control in rural northwest Tanzania. Malaria Research and Treatment 2010, doi:10.4061/2010/794261.

2009

  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Russell Tanya L, Lyimo Issa N, Lwetoijera Dickson W, Kirby Matthew J, Luz C: First report of Metarhizium anisopliae IP 46 pathogenicity in adult Anopheles gambiae s.s. and An. arabiensis (Diptera; Culicidae). Parasites & vectors, 2009, 2: 59.
  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Kirby Matthew J, Lwetoijera Dickson W, Mpingwa Monika W, Knols Bart GJ, Takken W, Russell Tanya L: Infection of the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae s.s., with two species of entomopathogenic fungi: effects of concentration, co-formulation, exposure time and persistence. Malaria Journal 2009, 8: 309.

Leadership at the university

1. Director, Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania, June 2017 to date
2. Deputy Director, Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania, 2014 – 2017

Supervision of undergraduate Students

1. Miss. Restituta Sanga (BVM), 2018
2. Mr. Godfrey Katusi (BLS), 2017
3. Miss. Veronica Mwanyika (BLS), 2017

Supervision of Postgraduate Students

1.Mrs Irene Moshi (PhD), 2019

2.Mr. Godfrey Katusi (MSc), 2018 – 2020.

3.Miss Stella T. Kessy (MSc),2017.