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Name: Fikre Lemessa (PhD, Professor)
Academic Rank: Professor 
Field of Specialization: Plant Pathology and Horticulture
Research Interest: Plant Bacteriology, Disease Epidemiology, Host Pathogen Interaction, Integrated Pest Management, Tea Production and Processing, Floriculture
Current Post: President,  Jimma University
Biodata of Professor Fikre Lemessa

Prof. Fikre Lemessa is currently the President of Jimma University and Professor of Plant Pathology. He received his BSc in Plant Sciences and MSc in Plant Protection from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. He got his PhD in Horticultural Sciences (Plant Pathology) from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. He attended trainings in Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues in International Trade at Texas A&M University, US; Training on Horticulture and Competence Based Curriculum Development, Wageningen University, the Netherlands; Design of Experiments, Data Analysis using SAS, and Publishing in Scientific Journals, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada. He has served in the university at various positions has made successful contributions that brought him to the level of president position at the University.

Prof. Fikre Lemessa has been involved in teaching, research and student advisory services for more than two decades. He has been offering several courses to undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc and PhD) students in various universities of Ethiopia. He has published more than 30 multidisciplinary research papers in national and international peer reviewed journals in the areas of agriculture and life sciences. He has served as editor of different national and international journals. He has supervised more than 30 postgraduate (both MSc and PhD) students in national and international universities.

He has coordinated a number of international projects that contributed to the betterment of Ethiopian rural farmers’ livelihood and the academia. Prof. Fikre Lemessa was the national coordinator of two Netherland’s Government sponsored NUFFIC capacity building projects at Jimma University in which different universities and private institutions partnered.  He was also a steering committee member of a CIDA (Canadian) funded project in the area of post harvest management to improve livelihood. Currently, he is coordinating a joint Ethio-Netherlands Project “Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production in Ethiopia” at Jimma University.

He has been awarded USAID-Borlaoug Institute fellowship (2009) at Texas A&M University, Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Research by Jimma University (2007), and German Catholic Exchange Program (KAAD) PhD scholarship (2002).

Prof. Fikre Lemessa has chaired the Ethiopian Horticulture Science Society (EHSS) for years and has established strong linkage between the professional society and universities. He is also the chairman of the Ethiopian Universities HIV/IDS Forum (since 2010). He is a governing board member of Mettu University, Ethiopia, and the steering committee member of the Ethiopian Horticulture Development Agency. He is a member of various professional societies in Ethiopia and abroad. He has organized different national and international conferences in which a large number of professionals, policy makers and decision makers participated. Prof. Fikre Lemessa is the Chief Executive of Jimma City Development Advisory Forum, Jimma, Ethiopia, which is playing catalytic role in the development of the city. He is also a member of Mentors of the African Entrepreneurship Award powered by BMC Bank of Africa and is helping and encouraging Africans to apply for the award.


  1. Weyessa Garedew, Fikre Lemessa and Fabrice Pinard (2017). Assessment of berry drop due to coffee berry diseases and non-CBD factors in Arabica coffee under farmers fields of Southwestern Ethiopia. Crop Protection. 98 (2017) 276-282.
  2. Amsalu Abera, Fikre Lemessa and Girma Adugna (2016).Prevalence and intensity of mango (Mangifera indica L.) anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum Species in South-western of Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Applied Sciences and Technology, 8 (1): 1-10.
  3. Fikre Lemessa Ocho, Fikadu Mitiku Abdissa, Gezahegn Berecha Yadessa, Adugna Eneyew Bekele (2016). Smallholder farmers’knowledge, pereception and practice in pesticide use in South Western Ethiopia. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development. 110(2): 307-323.
  4. Chemeda Abdeta Gerbaba, Lemlem Gurmu Denboba, Fikre Lemessa Ocho, Oliver Hensel (2016). Nutritional deterioration of stored maize Zea mays L. along supply chain in southwestern Ethiopia: Implication for unseen dietary hunger. Journal of Stored Products Research. 70(2017):7-17.
  5. Kumlachew Alemu, Girma Adugna, Fikre Lemessa and Driba Muleta (2016). Current status of coffee berry disease (colletotrichum kahawae Waller &Bridge) in Ethiopia. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection. 49: 17-18.
  6. Mesele Haile, Girma Adugna and Fikre Lemessa (2016). Reactions of improved faba bean varieties to chocolate spot (Botrytis fabae Sard.) epidemics across contrasting altitudes in southwest Ethiopia. African Journal of Agricultural Research. 11(10): 837-848.
  7. Alemu Nega, Fikre Lemessa and Gezahegn Berecha (2016). Morphological characterization of Cercospora zeae maydis (Tehon and Daniels) isolates in South and Southwestern Ethiopia. Scientia Agriculturae. 15(2):348-355.
  8. Binyam Tsedale, Girma Adugna and Fikre Lemessa (2016). Distribution and importance of sorghum anthracnose (Colletotrichum sublineolum) in Southwestern and Western Ethiopia. Plant Pathology Journal. 15(3):75-85.
  9. Alemu Nega, Fikre Lemessa and Gezahegn Berecha (2016). Distribution and importance of maize grey leaf spot Cercospora zeae maydis (Tehon and Daniels) in South and Southwestern Ethiopia. Journal of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. 7:362.
  10. Amsalu Abera, Fikre Lemessa and Girma Adugna (2016).Morphological characteristics of Colletotrichum Species associated with mango (Mngifera indica L.) in Southwest Ethiopia. Food Science and Quality Management. 48:106-115. 
  11. Mulusew G. Jebena, Mohammed Taha, Motohiro Nakajima, Andrine Lemieux, Fikre Lemessa, Richard Hoffman, Markos Tesfaye, Tefera Belachew, Netsanet Workineh, Esayasa Kebede, Teklu Gemechu, Yinenbeb Tariku, Hailemariam Segni, Patrick Kolsteren and Mustafa al’Absi (2015). Household food insecurity and mental distress among pregnant women in Southwestern Ethiopia: a cross sectional study design. BMC Pregnancy and Child Birth. 15:250.
  12. Fikre Lemessa, Amsalu Abera, Girma Adugna and Weyessa Garedew (2015). Association of mycoflora with coffee (Coffea arabica L.) beans at Limmu Coffee Plantation, Southwestern Ethiopia. Plant Pathology Journal. 14(3):136-141.
  13. Fikre Lemessa, Mulatu Wakjira (2015). Cover crops as a means of ecological weed management in agroecosystems. Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology. 18(2):133-145.
  14. Temesgen Deressa, Fikre Lemessa, and Mulatu Wakjira (2015). Antifungal activity of some invasive alien plant leaf extracts against mango (Mangifera indica) anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum gloesporioides. International Journal of Pest Mangement. 61(2): 99-105.
  15. Fikre Lemessa and Mulatu Wakjira (2014). Mechanisms of ecological weed management by cover cropping: A review. Journal of Biological Sciences. 14(7):452-459.
  16. Negesu Debere, Fikre Lemessa, Kaba Urgessa and Gezahegn Berecha (2014). Influence of combined application of inorganic-N and organic-P fertilizers on growth of young tea plant (Camellia sinensis var. assamica) in humid growing area of SW Ethiopia. Journal of Agronomy. 13(4): 179-186.
  17. Ayantu Tucho, Fikre Lemessa and Gezahegn Berecha (2014). Distribution and occurrence of mango anthracnose (Colletotrichum gloesporioides Penz and Sac) in humid agro-ecology of southwest Ethiopia. Plant pathology Journal. 13(4):268-277.
  18. Derib Alemu, Fikre Lemessa, Mulatu Wakjira and Gezahegn Berecha (2014). Inhibitory effects of some invasive alien species leaf extracts against tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum Mill) bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum). Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection. 47(11): 1349-1364.  
  19. Mulugeta Fentahun, Mohd Sayeed Akhtar, Diriba Muleta and Fikre Lemessa (2013). Isolation and characterization of nitrogen deficit Rhizobium isolates and their effect on growth of haricot bean. African Journal of Agricultural Research 8(46):5942-5952.
  20. Sihen Getachew, Girma Adugna, Fikre Lemessa and H. Hindorf (2013). Population structure of Gibberella xylarioides Heim and Saccas in Ethiopian forest coffee (Coffea arabica L.) systems. African Journal of Biotechnology 12(33):5157-5163.
  21. Derib Alemu, Fikre Lemessa, Mulatu Wakjira and Gezahegn Berecha (2013). Antibacterial activity of some invasive alien species extracts against tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum Mill) bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith). Plant Pathology Journal 12(2):61-70.
  22. Sihen Getachew, Girma Adugna, Fikre Lemessa and H. Hindorf (2012). Coffee wilt disease (Gibberella xyalrioides Heimand Saccas) in forest coffee systems of southwest and southeast Ethiopia. Plant Pathology Journal 11(1):10-17.
  23. Fikre Lemessa, Waktole Sori and Mulatu Wakjira (2011). Association between angular leaf spot (Phaeoisariopsis griseola (Sacc.) Ferraris) and common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) yield loss at Jimma, southwestern Ethiopia. Plant Pathology Journal 10 (2): 57-65.
  24. Amsalu Abera, Fikre Lemessa and Diriba Muleta (2011). The antifungal activity of some medicinal plants against coffee berry disease caused by Colletotrichum kahawae. International Journal of Agricultural Research 6(3): 268-279.
  25. Gezahegn Berecha, Fikre Lemessa and Mulatu Wakjira (2011). Exploring the suitability of coffee pulp compost as growth media substitute in greenhouse production. International Journal of Agricultural Research 6(3): 255-267.
  26. G.B. Yadessa, AHC. Van Bruggen and Fikre L. Ocho (2010). Effects of different soil amendements on bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum and yield of tomato. Journal of Plant Pathology, 92(2) 429-440.
  27. Fikre Lemessa, Wolfgang Zeller and Dereje Negeri (2010). Genetic diversity of strains of Ralstonia solanacearum from Ethiopia assessed by repetitive sequence-based polymerase chain reaction (rep-PCR). Ethiopian Journal of Applied Sciences and Technology 1(1):17-26.
  28. Fikre Lemessa and Wolfgang Zeller (2007). Pathogenic characterisation of strains of Ralstonia solanacearum from Ethiopia and influence of plant age on susceptibility of hosts against R. solanacearum. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection 114 (6): 241-249.
  29. Fikre Lemessa and Wolfgang Zeller (2007). Screening rhizobacteria for biological control of Ralstonia solanacearum in Ethiopia. Biological Control 42: 336-344.
  30. Fikre Lemessa and Wolfgang Zeller (2007). Isolation and characterization of Ralstonia solanacearum strains from Solanaceae crops in Ethiopia. Journal of Basic Microbiology 47: 40-49.
  31. Fikre Lemessa and Abush Tesfaye (2005). Evaluation of bean (Pahseolus vulgaris) genotypes for multiple resistances to angular and floury leaf spot diseases. Tropical Science 45: 48-51.
  32. Fikre Lemessa (2004). Effects of intercropping and cultivar mixtures on bean diseases and yield. Pest Management Journal of Ethiopia 8:71-81.


  1. Teshome Abdissa, Haile Deressa, Abnet Dereje, Biyensa Gurmessa, Gezahegn Berecha, Wondimu Tesfaye, Solomon Tulu, Fikre Lemessa, Nigussie Dechassa, Tesfaye Abebe, Desalegn Ayele, Tamiru Amenu, Dawit Asefa and Bemihiretu Boka (2015). Participatory evaluation of improved maize varieties in different agro-ecological zones of Ethiopia. Pp 98-105. In: Eyasu Elias and Christy van Beek (2015). Scaling innovations and agricultural best practices in Ethiopia: Expereinces and Challenes, Proceedings of the CASCAPE National Stakeholder Conference 23-24 April 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CASCAPE Project, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  2. Fikre Lemessa (2000). Host range and biology of Altica pyritosa Erich var. impyritosa Wiese (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), a potential biological weed control agent. A paper presented on the 8th Annual Conference of Crop protection Society of Ethiopia (CPSE), 10-11 August 2000, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  3. Fikre Lemessa (1999). Altica pyritosa Erich var impyritosa Wiese(Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) as a potential biological weed control agent. In: Arem. The 6th Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Weed Science Society (EWSS), 25-26 November 1999, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  4. Fikre Lemessa and Mengistu Hulluka (1999). Effect of bean cultivar mixtures on severity of bean rust and common bacterial blight. (Abstract). pp. 16. In: Seventh Annual Conference of Crop Protection Society of Ethiopia, 5-6 August 1999, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  5. Amsalu Ayana and Fikre Lemessa (1996). Agronomic and genetic improvement of castor bean (Ricinus communis L.) under Jimma conditions. (Abstract). pp. 11. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on the 2nd Cycle Local Research Grant. March 1996, Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  6. Mashilla Dejene and Fikre Lemessa (1991). Coffee, tea and spices protection in Ethiopia. pp. 50-58. In: Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Production Constraint Assessment of Coffee, Tea and Spices (CTS). 11-17 November 1991, Jimma College of Agriculture, Jimma, Ethiopia.

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