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Prof. Shakkie Kativu


DPhil in Botany (University of Zimbabwe), BSc Hons in Biological Sciences (University of Zimbabwe)

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Cytogenetics; Evolution and phytogeography of petaloid monocotyledons; Anthericaceae, Asphodelaceae, Alliaceae and Hyacinthaceae; Vegetation ecology; Plant biodiversity assessment.

Faculty: Science
Department: Biological Sciences and Ecology
Research Category: Bioscience

Interests in botany cover a wide range of areas that include systematics, evolution, phytogeography, ethnobotany, pollination and reproductive biology and conservation biology. In systematics, he has primarily worked on petaloid monocotyledons, and taken responsibility to the writing of parts of Flora Tropical East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), Flora Zambesiaca (Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia) and Flora Namibia. Studies have focused on families Agapanthaceae, Alliaceae, Anthericaceae, Hyacinthaceae and Asphodelaceae, but also include works on Poaceae and Cyperaceae. Scholarly works include studies in conservation biology.

Phone: +263 242 303211

1. Nyoka, B.I., Tembani, M.C., Madhiba, T.P., Mushongahande, M., Gondo, P. Machena, C., Chingarande, Y.T., Kusena, K., Kativu, S., Mujuru, L., Mafuratidze, R. & Mudhefi, A. (2011). State of forest genetic resources in Zimbabwe. Forestry Commission, Harare. ISBN – 07974-5000-4
2. Timberlake, J. & Kativu, S. (1999). African Plants: diversity, taxonomy and uses. Kew Publications, London, pp 581.

Articles in book chapters and refereed journals
1. Kativu, S. (1996). Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. Kirkia 16(1): 27-53.
2. Kativu, S. (1996). A study on microsporogenesis and ovule morphology in tropical African Anthericaceae and Asphodelaceae. In: L.J.G. van der Maesen, X.M. van der Burgt & J.M. van Medenbach de Rooy (eds), The Biodiversity of African Plants. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/London. 477-480.
3. Kativu, S. (1993). Four new species of Chlorophytum (Anthericaceae) from tropical Africa. Nordic Journal of Botany 13(5): 501-505.
4. Kativu, S. (1994). Anthericaceae in Zimbabwe: a study on cytology and reproduction. In: J.H. Seyani and A.C. Chikuni (eds), Plants for the People. Chancellor College, Zomba. 525-534.
5. Kativu, S. (1994). Notes on Coleochloa Gilly (Cyperaceae) in the Flora Zambesiaca area. Kirkia 15(1): 33-37.
6. Kativu, S. (1994). The identity of Chlorophytum sphacelatum (Anthericaceae) and its range of variation in the Flora Zambesiaca area. Kirkia 15(1): 38-42.
7. Kativu, S. (1994). Synopsis of Anthericaceae in the Flora Zambesiaca area. Kirkia 5(1): 43-111.
8. Kativu, S. (1994). New combination in genus Thuranthos C.H. Wright (Hyacinthaceae) and a new record for T. macranthum (Bak.) C.H. Wright in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 15(1): 112-116.

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