Dr David Livingstone Nsibo

Postdoctoral Fellow


Plant and Soil Sciences
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My doctoral research focuses on grey leaf spot (GLS) disease, a notorious foliar disease of great economic importance in maize (Zea mays) producing countries worldwide. As the demand for maize increases, its production is continually being threatened by an array of biotic stresses including GLS, whose causative pathogen is Cercospora zeina in Africa, China and Eastern parts of United States. My research is aimed at elucidating the genetic diversity of C. zeina in African countries north of South Africa with interest in understanding the evolutionary forces driving its population structure.


I completed my MSc in Plant Science at Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands, where I accomplished two theses. My major thesis, under the Phytophthora group in the Phytopathology department focussed on understanding the role of legume-like lectin receptor kinases in Nicotiana benthamiana in the resistance of Phytophthora species. For my minor thesis under the Biosystematics department, I unveiled the evolutionary history of the legume-like lectin kinase gene family in Brassicaceae and also proposed a uniform nomenclature for a group of 11 legume lectin proteins based on their protein domains and Phylogenetic analysis. For my BSc Hons degree in Crop Science, I studied the role of integrated weed management (IWM) in controlling Striga hermonthica in maize-based cropping systems in Uganda at Makerere University.

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Grain Research Field Trip to the Eastern Cape July 2020


FABI launches its multi-disciplinary Grain Research Programme

FABI launched its multidisciplinary Grain Research Programme (GRP) during an online event on 21 August.

Grain Research Programme field trip to the Eastern Cape

Three researchers from the FABI Grain Research Programme, Dr David Nsibo, Dr Godfrey Kgatle and PhD candidate Pfano Mbedzi, visited farms in the Eastern Cape from 12-17 July.

David Nsibo becomes the 13th FABIan to pass his PhD in 2019

FABI celebrated the completion of the Institute’s 13th PhD candidate in 2019 with David Nsibo successfully defending his PhD on 21 November.

Modelling Workshop hosted by FABI

FABI hosted a simulation modelling workshop led by two leaders in the field, Dr Serge Savary and Dr Laetitia Willocquet; both senior scientists at the AGIR Research unit of INRA’s Research Centre of Toulouse in France.

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Nsibo DL, Barnes I, Omondi DO, Dida MM, Berger DK. (2021) Population genetic structure and migration patterns of the maize pathogenic fungus, Cercospora zeina in East and Southern Africa. Fungal Genetics and Biology (103527) 10.1016/j.fgb.2021.103527
Nsibo DL, Barnes I, Kunene NT, Berger DK. (2019) Influence of farming practices on the population genetics of the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina in South Africa. Fungal Genetics and Biology 125:36-44. 10.1016/j.fgb.2019.01.005
Wang Y, Nsibo DL, Juhar HM, Govers F, Bouwmeester K. (2016) Ectopic expression of Arabidopsis L-type lectin receptor kinase genes LecRK-I.9 and LecRK-IX.1 in Nicotiana benthamiana confers Phytophthora resistance. Plant Cell Reports :1-11. 10.1007/s00299-015-1926-2 PDF
Hofberger JA, Nsibo DL, Schranz ME, Govers F, Bouwmeester K. (2015) A Complex Interplay of Tandem- and Whole-Genome Duplication Drives Expansion of the L-Type Lectin Receptor Kinase Gene Family in the Brassicaceae. Genome Biology and Evolution 7(3):720-734. 10.1093/gbe/evv020