Prof. Ladslaus Mnyone

Prof. Ladslaus Mnyone

Associate Proffesor


Sokoine University of Agriculture
Institute of Pest Management
P.O. Box 3110
Morogoro, Tanzania.

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Dr. Ladslaus Mnyone holds a PhD in Medical Entomology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. This dynamic and solution driven researcher has the passion for studying and controlling the world’s most important insect disease vectors, particularly mosquitoes. Over the years, he has persistently demonstrated his wish to bring up potential vector control technologies to reality ‘bridging the gap between discovery and implementation‘.

He has championed the development of entomopathogenic fungi as greener control tools against mosquitoes and other important disease vectors. He is also involved in exploring the mosquito control potential of endectocides (e.g. Ivermectin) and other novel insecticides.

Even more inspiring, Dr. Mnyone was among the team of Tanzanian (in fact, the lead Tanzanian researcher) and foreign researchers, who recently developed a new generation mosquito control technology ‘Eave Tubes’. Among other merits, Eave tubes technology is easy to install, protect the whole family and kill even the mosquitoes that are resistant to conventional insecticide formulations.

Subsequent to this exemplary endeavor, Dr. Mnyone became one among the first recipients of HDIF grants with his project titled ‘Eave tubes/bricks for elimination of malaria in peri-urban Tanzania’. Under the duration of this project (2015 – 2017), Mnyone et al. aim to i) install eave tubes/bricks in 2000 houses within peri-urban Morogoro and Dar es Salaam ii) measure impact and consumer acceptance, iii) establish a network of public and private stakeholders and iv) initiate activities towards local manufacturing of the technology. Undouptfully, Dr. Mnyone’s key ambition as a scientist will continue being ‘conducting high quality and solution oriented research’.

Academic Qualifications

  •  PhD. in Medical Entomology, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2007-2010
  • Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Sokoine University of Agriculture, 2004 – 2005
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Sokoine university of Agriculture, 1999-2004


  • Biology, ecology, behaviour and control of malaria vectors.
  • Biological control of mosquito vectors based on the use of entomopathogenic fungi.
  • Biology, ecology, and control of rodent-borne ectoparasites.


  1. Fungus coated nets against mosquito-borne diseases (FCNet), funded by UBS (2011 to 2012), (€ 32,526) (Co-Principal Investigator).
  2. A low –cost mosquito contamination device (MCD) for sustainable malaria mosquito control, funded by European Union (3 years project, 2012 – 2015) (€5,260,569) (Local Principal Investigator).
  3. Eave tubes/bricks for malaria elimination in peri-urban Tanzania, funded by DFID through Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) (2 years, 2015 – 2017) (£397,000) (Principle Investigator)
  4. Assessing the risk of malaria mosquitoes by identifying the genetic basis of their host preference, funded by Swedish Research Council (4 years, 2018 – 2022) (258,745 USD), (Local Principle Investigator)


Journal Articles and Book Chapters


Broecke BV; Mariën J, Sabuni CA, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Massawe AP, Matthysen E, Leirs H: Relationship between population density and viral infection: A role for personality? Ecology and Evolution 2019, 9:10213–10224.

 Mulungu LS, Mchukya BM, Mnyone Ladslaus L:  Trap barrier system (TBS) as a new tool for rodent pest management in irrigated rice in Africa. Intech Science, 2019.


  1. Irene R Moshi, Lenore Manderson, Halfan S Ngowo, Yeromin P Mlacha, Fredros O Okumu, Mnyone Ladslaus L. (2018). Outdoor malaria transmission risks and social life: a qualitative study in South-Eastern Tanzania. Malaria journal 17(1),


  1. Lyimo I.N, Kessy S.T, Mbina K.F, Daraja A.A, Mnyone Ladslaus L: Ivermectin-treated cattle reduce blood digestion, egg production and survival of a free-living population of Anopheles arabiensis under semi-field condition in south-eastern Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2017, 16:239
  2. Moshi I.R., Ngowo H, Dillip A, Msellemu D, Madumla E.P. Okumu F.O, Coetzee M, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Manderson L: Community perceptions on outdoor malaria transmission in Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2017, 16:274


  1. Knols BGJ, Farenhorst M, Andriessen R, Snetselaar J, Suer RA, Osinga AJ, Knols JMH, Deschietere J, Ng’habi KR, Lyimo IN, Kessy ST, Mayagaya VS, Sperling S, Cordel M, Sternberg ED, Hartmann P, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Rose A, Matthew TB: Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: an introduction. Malaria Journal 2016, 15:404
  2. Sternberg ED, Ng’habi KR, Lyimo IN, Kessy ST, Farenhorst M, Thomas MB, Knols BGJ, Mnyone Ladslaus L: Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: initial development and semi-field evaluations in Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2016, 15
  3. Moshi I.R., Ngowo H, Dillip A, Msellemu D, Madumla E.P. Okumu F.O, Coetzee M, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Manderson L: Community perceptions on outdoor malaria transmission in Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2017, 16:274


  • Andriessen R, Snetselaar J, Suer Remco A, Osinga Anne J, Deschietere J,Lyimo Issa N, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Brooke Basil D, Ranson H, Knols Bart GJ, Farenhorst M: Electrostatic coating enhances bioavailability of insecticides and breaks pyrethroid resistance in mosquitoes: PNAS 2015, 112: 12081-12086.


  1. Mazigo Humphrey D, Morona D, Kweka Eliningaya J, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Heukelbach J: Epilepsy and tropical parasitic infections in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Review, Tanzania Journal of Health Research 2013, 15:(2)


  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Ng’habi Kija R, Mazigo Humphrey D, Katakweba Abdul A, Lyimo Issa N: Entomopathogenic fungi, Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana reduces the survival of Xenopsylla brasiliensis larvae (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) Parasites & Vectors 2012, 5:
  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Lyimo IN, Lwetoijera DW, Mpingwa MW, Nchimbi N, Hancock P, Russell TL, Kirby MJ, Takken W, Koenraadt CJM: Exploiting the behaviour of wild malaria vectors to achieve high infection with entomopathogenic fungus. Malaria Journal 2012, 11:87.


  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Koenraadt Constantianus JM, Lyimo Issa N, Mpingwa Monica W Takken Willem, Russell Tanya L: Anopheline and Culicine mosquitoes are not repelled by surfaces treated with the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana. Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:80.
  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Kirby Mathew J, Lwetoijera Dickson W, Mpingwa Monica W, Simfukwe Emmanuel T, Knols Bart GJ, Takken Willem, Russell Tanya L: Tools for delivering entomopathogenic fungi to malaria mosquitoes: effects of delivery surfaces on fungal efficacy and persistence. Malaria Journal 2010, 9: 246.
  • Luz C, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Sangusangu R., Lyimo Issa N, Rocha LFN, Humber Richard A, Russell Tanya L: A new resting trap to sample fungus-infected mosquitoes, and the pathogenicity of Lecanicillium muscarium to culicid adults. Acta Tropica 2010, 116: 105-107.
  • Lwetoijera Dickson W, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Sumaye Robert D, Russell Tanya L, Okumu Fredros O: An extra domiciliary method for delivering entomopathogenic fungi against wild malaria vectors. Parasites & vectors 2010, 3: 18.
  • Mazigo Humphrey D, Obasy E, Mauka W, Manyiri P, Zinga M, Kweka Eliningaya J, Mnyone Ladslaus L, Heukelbach J: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices about malaria and its control in rural northwest Tanzania. Malaria Research and Treatment 2010, doi:10.4061/2010/794261.


  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Russell Tanya L, Lyimo Issa N, Lwetoijera Dickson W, Kirby Matthew J, Luz C: First report of Metarhizium anisopliae IP 46 pathogenicity in adult Anopheles gambiae s.s. and An. arabiensis (Diptera; Culicidae). Parasites & vectors, 2009, 2: 59.
  • Mnyone Ladslaus L, Kirby Matthew J, Lwetoijera Dickson W, Mpingwa Monika W, Knols Bart GJ, Takken W, Russell Tanya L: Infection of the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae s.s., with two species of entomopathogenic fungi: effects of concentration, co-formulation, exposure time and persistence. Malaria Journal 2009, 8: 309.


Leadership at the university

  1. Director, Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania, June 2017 to 2021
  2. Deputy Director, Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania, 2014 – 2017


Supervision of undergraduate Students

  1. Veronica Mwanyika (BLS), Repellent effect of Lantana camara against Culex quinquifasciatus, 2017 (Graduated)
  2. Godfrey C. Katusy (BLS), Susceptibility of malaria vectors to selected pyrethroids at SUA Main Campus, 2017 (Graduated)
  3. Tito A, Emmanuel (BVM), Co-existence of Anopheles and Culicine mosquitoes in natural breeding sites in Morogoro rural district (2018) (Graduated)
  4. Sambula Paul (BVM), Title: Species composition and abundance of cockroaches across microhabitats in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania (2018)(Graduated)
  5. Adamson Steven (BVM), Title: Effectiveness of control agents used against cockroaches in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania (2018) (Graduated)
  6. Besimtwa Alfred (BVM), Title: Species composition and breeding sites characterization of Anopheles mosquitoes in Morogoro rural district, Tanzania (2018). (Graduated)
  7. Emmanuel Siyame (BVM), Title: Prevalence of Plasmodium parasites in wild and domestic rodents in Morogoro Municipality (2018-2019)
  8. Engitrauda Nyakunga (BVM), Title: Determining the effect of ivermectin and pyriproxyfen on survival and reproduction of cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis (2019)
  9. Petro Charles (BVM), Title: Assessing community knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards bedbugs infestation in peri-urban Morogoro (2019)
  10. Miss. Restituta Sanga (BVM), 2018

Supervision of Postgraduate Students

Postgraduates Students

PhD Students

  1. Irene Moshi (PhD) Title: Socio-cultural gatherings and ceremonies and their role on mosquito biting exposure and outdoor malaria transmission in the Kilombero Valley, South Eastern Tanzania. University of Witwatersrand, South Africa (Graduated).
  2. Anna Ngumbi (PhD) Title: Use and misuse of Trypanocides and comparison of putatively drug resistant and sensitive stocks of Trypanosoma congolense isolated from Tanzania (Completed)

MSc Students

  1. Stella T. Kessy (MSc) Title: A passive odour baited device for controlling Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Graduated)
  2. Emmanuel Josephat (MSc) Title: Metagenomics analysis of viruses in rodents and other associated ectoparasites from selected human-wildlife interfaces in Tanzania, Sokoine University of Agriculture (2017 onwards)
  3. Grace Paul (MSc), Title: Insecticide susceptibility status of plague flea vectors in Lushoto and Mbulu districts, Tanzania (2018 onwards)
  4. Godfrey C. Katusy (MPhil), Title: Malaria mosquitoes host preference and response to cattle associated volatiles. Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (2018 onwards)
  5. Aikambe Joseph (MSc), Title: Anopheles mosquito species composition, abundance and biting behaviour: A case study of Kiloka and Mkuyuni, Morogoro, Tanzania (2017 onwards

Membership in committees, boards and professional organizations


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