Staff Profiles

Prof Baleseng Justice Moseki

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Faculty of Science

Biological Science

Associate Professor

Location: 235\244
Phone: 2613
Email Prof Baleseng Justice Moseki

BSc (Biology & Environmental Science- University of Botswana)

MPhil (Plant Physiology - University of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K)

PhD (Crop Physiology - University of Botswana, England, U.K)

I joined the University of Botswana as Staff Development Fellow in 1988. In 1991, upon completion of MPhil degree I was appointed a Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences. I was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2006. In 2008 I was appointed Head, Department of Biological Sciences. From 2011 to 2017 as served the Faculty of Science as Deputy Dean. In 2011 I was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Since joining the Department of Biological Sciences I taught the following courses at different levels:

1. BIO112 - Animal and Plant Diversity

2. BIO213- Plant Structure and Function

3. BIO316 - Plant Physiology

4. BIO430 - Post-harvest Physiology

5. BIO431 - Plant Responses to Environmental Stress

My research Interest focuses on:

1. Phyto-remediation of potentially toxic metals (heavy metals) around Cu/Ni mines

2. How plants tolerate abiotic stress viz., water stress, salt stress, Low and high temperatures, etc.

3. Information based optimization of Jatropha biomass energy production in the frost and drought-prone regions of Botswana. The research project is funded by Botswana Government.

The project aims at producing fuel from Jatropha curcas seeds .


1. Assessment of phyto-extraction potential of plants grown in polluted soil with and without coal fly ash: a case study of BCl Cu/Ni mine, Selibe-Phikwe, Botswana

2. Morphological and physiological responses of bambara ground nut to short periods of water stress.

3. Performance of planted indigenous trees in semi-arid Botswana.

Moseki,  B (2004) Characterization of low temperature effects on photosynthetic performance of maize cultivars using chlorophyll fluorescence. South African Journal of Botany. 70(5): 730 - 733.

Yamada, M., Malambane G., Yamada S., Tsujimoto H, Moseki, B & Akashi, K (2018). Differential physiological responses and tolerance to potentially toxic elements in biodiesel tree plant Jatropha curcas. Scientific Reports (Nature):

8: 1635 I DOI : 1038/s41598-018-20188-5.

Vurayai R., Moseki, B., Nkoana, B., Chaturvedi, P. (2020). Evaluation of phytoremediation potential of Moringa oleifera and Moringa stenopetala when grown in polluted polluted soil with & without coal fly ash. International Journal of Biosciences. 16 (4): 136 - 151.

Moseki, B (2017) Effect of salinity on membrane potential difference of the roots of S. portulacastrum. Scientific Reserach and Essays. 12 (9): 81 - 87.


In pursuit of academic excellence