Diriba B Kumssa is an interdisciplinary research scientist with extensive international experiences. His areas of specialization include conducting both quantitative and qualitative research that combines various scientific disciplines. Specifically, he has focused on human and ruminant livestock mineral nutrition, geographic information science, agroforestry, forestry, and restoration ecology. Currently, as a Leverhulme Research Fellow, his primary objective is to establish comprehensive nutritional and biochemical profiles of numerous edible fruits derived from wild woody plants that thrive in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hot Spot region.
Diriba teaches the Biofortification session of the Plants and the Soil Environment (PSE) module.
In his role as a Leverhulme Research Fellow, Diriba's objective is to analyze and establish the nutritional composition as well as other significant biochemical profiles of various edible fruits… read more
In his role as a Leverhulme Research Fellow, Diriba's objective is to analyze and establish the nutritional composition as well as other significant biochemical profiles of various edible fruits obtained from wild woody plants that thrive in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hot Spot region.
Throughout my previous research endeavors, I have focused on several key areas. These include:
- Investigated the global occurrence of human dietary mineral undernutrition and exploring alternative approaches to address this issue.
- Conducted studies on hypomagnesaemic tetany in ruminant livestock within the United Kingdom.
- In the context of Ethiopia, my research has centered around forestry and agroforestry practices.
- Delved into the field of restoration ecology, studying the recovery of ecosystems following natural or human-induced disturbances.
- Utilized remote sensing techniques to monitor and detect forest fires.
Drawing upon his interdisciplinary research background, Diriba aims to investigate the potential of underutilized and readily accessible natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa as a means to alleviate the prevalent issue of micronutrient deficiencies.