Senior Research Plant Pathologist

Mr Petros Zvoutete

Mr Zvoutete is a Plant Pathologist with more than 30 years experience. He graduated with an MSc degree in Plant Pathology from Kansas State University in 1991. He also holds a number of management and professional qualifications including a Master of Business Leadership. He is currently employed at ZSAES as a Senior Plant Pathologist, and his major interests are disease diagnostics, etiology and management. His day-to-day operations involve screening varieties against major diseases of sugarcane, monitoring incidences of and advising farmers on management of diseases.

Key Publications

Zvoutete P., Nzima M.D.S., Nyati C., Mabveni A.R., Chinorumba S., and Mupondi L.T. (2014). Soil Microbial Biomass in Sugarcane Cropping Systems of Soybeans, Sunhemp, and Velvet Beans During Fallowing for Control of Ratoon Stunting Disease. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass (2014) 87: 334 – 344.

Zvoutete, P. (2008). Fluctuations in levels of smut (Ustilago scitaminea Sydow) in response to changes in disease management strategies in the Zimbabwe Sugar Industry. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 82.

Zvoutete, P. (2006). Fungicide sprays to control brown rust (Puccinia melanocephala) resulted in variable cane and sugar yield responses in Zimbabwe. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 80.

Zvoutete, P. (2004). Ratoon stunting disease reduces cane and sugar yields of five commercial varieties grown in the South-east lowveld of Zimbabwe. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 78.

Zvoutete, P. (2000). Getting the best out of Hot Water Treatment. Paper presented at the ZSAES Annual Field Day, Triangle.

Mazodze, R and Zvoutete P. (1999). Efficacy of Metarhizium anisopliae against Heteronychus licas (Scarabaedae: Dynastinae) in sugarcane in Zimbabwe. Crop Protection 18:571-575.

Zvoutete, P. (1997). The history and distribution of yellow leaf syndrome in the South East Lowveld of Zimbabwe. Paper presented at the International Society of Sugarcane Technologists, Pathology and Molecular Biology Workshop, Durban, South Africa

Zvoutete, P. (1996). Yellow Leaf Syndrome in Zimbabwe. Second Sugar Seminar. Triangle.

Zvoutete, P. (1991). Epidemiological aspects of Xanthomonas campestris pv. holcicola, the causal agent of bacterial streak of sorghum. MSc. Thesis, Kansas State University.

Zvoutete, P., Claflin, L.E. and Ramundo, B.A. (1991). Susceptibility of Xanthomonas campestris pv. holcicola to various antibiotics. 17th Bienn. Grain Sorghum Res. Util. Conf. Texas.

Zvoutete, P., Claflin, L.E. and Ramundo, B.A. (1991). Seedborne role and longevity of Xanthomonas campestris pv. holcicola in grain sorghum. Phytopathology 81:1194.

Zvoutete, P., Claflin, L.E. and Ramundo, B.A. (1991). Portal of entry of Xanthomonas campestris pv. holcicola. Phytopathology 81:1193.

Giga, D. P. and Zvoutete, P. (1990). The evaluation of different insecticides for the protection of maize against some stored product pests. International Pest Control: 32 (1) 1013.