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Dr. Solomon Tefera Beyene

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Senior Lecturer

Dept: Livestock and Pasture Science

Email: sbeyene@ufh.ac.za; teferabeyenesolomon@yahoo.com

Tel: +27 406022499 (office)

Qualification:

  • PhD (Grassland Sciences), University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2003.
  • MSc (Animal Production) , Alemaya University Ethiopia, 1998
  • BSc (Animal Sciences), Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia, 1992

Development/ Research Interest and career goals:

1)      Improvement of livestock and forage resource base in the communal/pastoral livestock production

2)      population dynamics of savannas and impact assessment of interventions in terms land uses, expansion of agriculture, development of water ponds and Diptanks in the marginal communal/pastoral and private cattle and game rangelands, 

3)       Investigation of nutritive value and in vitro fermentation of  herbaceous and browse plants on rangelands, and developing selected species to be utilized at communal-small scale and/or commercial-large scale level,

4)      restoration of degraded pasture/ rangelands,

5)       invasion of rangelands by alien plants, ethno-botany of rangeland plants and wild food/feed plants,

6)      Indigenous knowledge and perceptions of the communal people towards rangeland degradation and integration of the IK in rangeland development and rehabilitation interventions,  restoration of rangelands from the soil seed banks,

7)       Impact assessment of global climate change on rangeland vegetation cover, diversity and composition as well as on soil characteristics

Teaching  experience

  • Range Ecology, Diversity and
  • Ranch Management
  • Pasture and Fodder Management
  • Apiculture
  • Presentation skills
  • Rang Management
  • Game ranching & Farming
  • Rangeland Ecosystem Structure and Function
  • Rangeland Degradation and Mitigation

Research Grants and consultancy

-Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC) research and scholarship funds (2011-current)

-UNISWA Research award, September 2004. Evaluation of vegetation diversity and grassland condition, soil seedbank characteristics and diet selection of cattle in Swazil rangelands.

-UNISWA Research award, September 2007. Assessment livestock production and rangeland degradation, vegetation and soil quality around dip tank areas in the lowveld communal grazing lands of Swaziland.

Consultancy

-Building Climate Change Resilience For African Livestock Production Systems: Case report on Namibia, Malawi and Kenya (Given By International Union For Conservation of Nature)

-Developing pastoral Policy frame work (By African Union and UN-OCHA)

 

Editorial and peer reviewing activity

-Journal of Environmental Management

-Journal of Arid Environments

-Agriculture, Ecosystems and Management

-Agronomy and Soil Science

-Basic and Applied Ecology

-Environmental Science & Policy

-Land Degradation and Development

-International Journal of Agricultural Science

-International Journal of Botany

-Research Journal of Botany

-Research Journal of Environmental Sciences

- UNISWA Journal of Agriculture

-African Journal of Ecology

-African Journal of Range and forage Science

 

Peer-reviewed articles

 

1.        Solomon Tefera Beyene. Rangeland degradation in a semi-arid communal savanna of Swaziland: Long-term dip-tank use effects on woody plants structure, cover and their indigenous use in three soil types. (In Press: Land Degradation and Development).

 

2.        Solomon T. Beyene. Rangeland degradation in a semi-arid Swaziland: Effects of dip-tanks on herbaceous vegetation and soil properties. (In Press: African Journal of Range and Forage Sciences).

 

3.        Solomon T Beyene and V. mlambo. 2012. Yield and Nutritive Values of Grasses in Degraded Communal Savannas of Swaziland Surrounding Dip-tanks and Relationship with Soil and Herbaceous Structure.   Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology. 12: 279-296

4.        B. Solomon Tefera and M.W. Mabuza. Preliminary investigation on piosphere  formation around dip-tank areas in the lowveld and lower middleveld communal grazing  lands of Swaziland: 1) grass species distribution and soil nutrients (Accepted, UNISWA Research Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology)

 

5.        B. Solomon Tefera and M.W. Mabuza.  Preliminary investigation on piosphere formation around dip-tank areas in the semi-arid communal grazing lands of Swaziland:  2)  Assessment of the rangeland condition(Accepted, UNISWA Research Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology)

 

6.        Solomon Tefera. B and Victor Mlambo.  Botanical and chemical composition of common grass species around dip-tank areas in semi-arid communal rangelands of Swaziland. Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems. 15: 143-152

 

7.        Solomon Tefera B. 2011. Soil seed bank dynamics in relation to land management and soil types in the semi-arid savannas of Swaziland. African Journal of   Agricultural Research. 6 (11): 2494-2505.

 

8.        V Mlambo, B J Dlamini, M D Ngwenya, N Mhazo, S T Beyene, J L N Sikosana. 2011.  In sacco and in vivo evaluation of marula (Sclerocarya birrea) seed cake as a protein source in commercial cattle fattening diets. Livestock Research for Rural development.  23 (5). http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd23/5/mlam23121.htm

 

9.        B. Solomon Tefera. and V. Mlambo. 2010. Encroachment of Acacia brevispica and Acacia drepanolobium in semi-arid rangelands of Ethiopia and their influence on understorey species. Research Journal of Botany . 5 (1): 1-13.

 

10.    Solomon Tefera., B.J. Dlamini and A.M Dlamini. 2010. Changes in soil characteristics and grass layer condition in relation to land management systems in the semi-arid Savannas of Swaziland. Journal of Arid Environment. 74 (6): (675-684)

 

11.    S. Tefera., V. Mlambo1, B. J. Dlamini1., A.M. Dlamini., K.D.N.Koralagama and  F. L. Mould. 2009. Chemical composition and in vitro Fermentation of selected grasses in the semi-arid savannas of Swaziland. African Journal of Range and Forage Science. 26 (1): 9-17

 

12.    V. Mlambo,   B.J. Dlamini,  Solomon Tefera. and N.F. Dlamini. 2008. Effect of Dichrostachys cinerea and Acacia nilotica leaf phenolics on in vitro degradability of substrates with different fibre and protein content. UNISWA Research Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology.  11 (1): 44-50.

 

13.    Solomon Tefera., B.J. Dlamini and A.M. Dlamini. 2008. Dynamics of savannas in Swaziland: Encroachment of woody plants in relation to land management and soil classes in the semi-arid Lowveld rangelands. Research Journal of Botany. 3 (2): 49-64.

 

14.    Solomon Tefera., B.J. Dlamini, and A.M. Dlamini. 2008. Invasion of Chromolaena odorata on semi arid rangelands of Swaziland and its effect on the herbaceous layer Productivity. International Journal of Agricultural Research. 3 (2): 98-109.

 

15.    Solomon Tefera., V. Mlambo, B. J. Dlamini, A.M. Dlamini., K.D.N. Koralagama and F. L. Mould. 2008. Chemical composition and in vitro rumenal fermentation of common tree forage in the semi-arid rangelands of Swaziland. Animal Feed Science and Technology.  142: 99-110. 

 

16.    Solomon Tefera., Dlamini B.J. and A.M Dlamini. 2007. Current range condition in relation to land management systems and soil classes in semi-arid savannas of Swaziland. African Journal of Ecology. 46 (2): 158-167.

 

17.    Solomon Tefera, H.A. Snyman & G.N. Smit. 2007. Rangeland dynamics in Ethiopia: 3. Assessment of rangeland condition in relation to land use and distance from water in semi-arid Borana. Journal of Environmental management. 85: 453-460.

 

18.     Solomon Tefera, H.A. Snyman & G.N. Smit. 2007. Rangeland dynamics in Ethiopia: 2. Assessment of woody vegetation structure in relation to land use and distance from water Journal of Environmental management. 85. 443-452.

 

19.     Solomon Tefera, H.A. Snyman & G.N. Smit. 2007. Rangeland Dynamics in Ethiopia: 1. Botanical composition of grasses and soil characteristics in relation to land use and distance from water. Journal of Environmental management. 85:429-442.

 

20.     T.B. Solomon, H.A. Snyman & G.N. Smit. 2007. Cattle-rangeland management practices and perceptions of the pastoralists towards rangeland degradation in the Borana of Southern Ethiopia.  Journal of Environmental Management. 82: 481-494.

 

21.    T.B. Solomon, H.A. Snyman & G.N. Smit. 2006. Soil seed bank characteristics in relation to land use systems and distance from water in a semi-arid rangeland of southern Ethiopia. South African Journal of Botany. 72:263-271.

 

22.    Alemu Yami, Solomon Tefera & Tadele Dessie. 2002. Evaluation of pepper spent as an egg yolk coloring agent in the diet of white leghorn layers. Ethiopian Journal of Science. 25 (1): 27-34.

 

 


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