Lecturer, Quality assurance and UG deputy coordinator, College Of Natural And Applied Sciences

Ph.D.(Biotechnology), University of Dar es Salaam


For the past 10 years, she has been teaching the following undergraduate courses:

Agricultural Biotechnology;Agricultural Microbiology and Biotechnology research projects.



  1. Management of Maize Lethal Necrotic Disease (MLND) in Tanzania. Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI)-Tanzania –2015 to 2017; funded by USAID/ iAGRI to MARI (USD 740,000). Post- doctoral Research Fellow.
  2. Microbial and Aflatoxin quality evaluation in marketed spices and herbs in Tanzania –Jan 2016 to 2018 self-funded (ca USD1,000)– Principal Investigator.
  3. Marker assisted selection of useful cassava germplasm adapted to biotic and abiotic stresses caused by global climate change 2016-2019; funded by EC through FAO (USD 467,134). Research Scientist/Assistant PI.
  4. Enhancing Productivity of Taro and Yams in the Coastal Low lands of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar through Micro-propagation Techniques-2015-2018; funded by COSTECH (ca USD50,000). Principal Investigator

Other projects through Ph.D and MSc supervision:

  1. Banana nematodes diversity and management strategies
  2. Banana endophytes for control of Fusarium wilts
  3. Characterization of plant viruses from non-crops
  4. Establishment of evolutionary and genetic diversity of Dioscorea species grown in Tanzania.
  5. Incidence, distribution and genetic diversity of sweet potato leaf curl viruses in selected agro-ecologies of Tanzania.


  1. Doreen M. Mgonja, Gladness E. Temu, Sylvester L. Lyantagaye, Abdalah Makaranga, Joseph C. Ndunguru and Nessie D. Luambano (2020). Plant parasitic nematodes occurrence and genetic diversity of banana cultivars grown in Tanzania" Plant Omics, Vol. 13, pg 21-29.
  2. Doreen M Mgonja, Gladness E Temu, Joseph C Ndunguru, Magreth F Mziray, Sylvester L Lyantagaye, and Nessie D. Luambano (2020). Molecular Approach to Confirm Traditional Identification of Radopholus similis Sampled in Tanzania. Journal of Nematology Vol 52: pg 1-8  DOI: 10.21307/jofnem-2020-020
  3. Doreen Mgonja, Gladness Temu, Magreth Mziray, Beatrice Kashando, Ambilikile Mwenisongole, Minza Masunga, Sylvester Lyantagaye, Nessie Luambano (2019). Morphological and Molecular Identification of Pratylenchus goodeyi Associated with Banana in Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science. Vol 45, No 2 (2019)
  4. Temu, G.E (2016). Fungal Contaminants of Selected Commonly Used Spices in Tanzania. Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology 8(2): 1-8.  
  5. Temu, G E (2016).  Molecular Identification of Aspergillus Strains and Quick Detection of Aflatoxin from Selected Common Spices in Tanzania. Journal of Scientific Research & Reports 10 (7): 1-8.
  6. Elibariki, G. (2014).Regeneration, diversity and RNA interference strategies to enhance resistance to cassava mosaic viruses in Tanzanian Manihot esculenta. PhD thesis. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania pg 131
  7. Elibariki G, Lupembe M, Hosea K and Ndunguru J (2014) Evaluation of regeneration potential of farmer preferred cassava (Manihot esculenta) landraces to unlock cassava transformation barriers. Intl J Agri Crop Sci.  7 (9): 560-568
  8. Gladness Elibariki, Moses Njahira, Bramwel Wanjala, Kenneth Hosea and Joseph Ndunguru (2013) Genetic diversity and identification of duplicates in selected Tanzanian farmer-preferred cassava landraces using simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. Int. J. of Res. in Plant Science 3 (4):81-87
  9. Elibariki, G; Njahira, M; Skilton, R; Hosea, K.M.M and Ndunguru, J (2012). Somatic embryogenesis and development of RNAi constructs for transformation of Tanzanian cassava landraces for resistance against cassava mosaic disease (CMD): Proceedings of Global cassava partnership (GCP21-II) conference, Speke Resort and Conference Center, Munyonyo, Kampala-Uganda. 18th -22nd June 2012 pg
  10. Elibariki, G (2006). Molecular Characterization of Fungi associated with Idundi, a traditional fermented banana food from North Eastern Tanzania. MSc Thesis, University of Dare s Salaam, Tanzania. Pgs 98
  11. Elibariki, G; Hosea KMM and Muruke, MHS (2006). Identity and phylogeny of some yeasts associated with Idundi, a therapeutic traditionally fermented banana food for new mothers from Northeastern Tanzania. In the Proceedings of Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) Scientific and Technological Conference, Golden Tulip Dar es Salaam. May 24th -26th May 2006. Pg 90-91


Book chapter

  1. Gladness Temu and Joseph Ndunguru (2020). Sustainable Use of Cassava Genetic Resources in Tanzania Through Genetic Database:In: Sabran et al (Eds) Boosting The Big Data Of Plant With Digital Identifiers Vol 1 (pg 77-93) Penerbit (Publisher), IAARD PRESS. ISBN: 978-602-344-282-9


Other publications

Press clippings

  1. (Researchers: Plant more yams for food security)
  3. of yams
  4. utafiti= (UDSM embarked on  research for industry)
  5. (mazao yaliyo tayari kutoweka yaibuliwa)=(forgotten crops uncovered)
  6. Utafiti wa magimbi na viazi vikuu (research on taro and yams)
  7. (Mkuranga wapatiwa mbegu za magimbi)= (Mkuranga receives yam and taro planting materials)
  8. (Yams, forgotten crops in research)
  9. =(farmers in Njombe happy for quality cassava varieties)
  11. aim to develop hardy cassava seeds (CGTN Africa)
  15. University of Dar es Salaam Book of Abstract 3rd Research Week, 2017
  16. Mlimani University of Dar es Salaam Newsletter, issue 1, 2017