Professor A. B. Mashingaidze, BSc Agric Hons (Crop Science), UZ; MS Agronomy, Iowa State, USA; PhD Crop Weed Ecology, Wageningen, the Netherlands; is the Director of the Unit. His responsibility is to provide leadership in consultation with theme leaders in generating and prioritizing research themes and topics, writing proposals to generate funds for research, outreach and advocacy activities on invasive species in Zimbabwe and fostering of collaborative activities with national, regional and international partners. His research interests and publications are in weed ecology and management and pesticide science. He is also the leader for the for the Management and Control thematic research area.