Book Prize 2016

Position I – Teresiah Njihia

Teresiah Njihia is a postgraduate student pursuing a PhD in Plant Health Science and Management at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya. She holds a BSc in Horticulture from Maseno University, Kenya and a MSc in Plant Health Science and Management from JKUAT. Her current research work is being conducted at International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, icipe. Her research interests include studying pest olfactory systems and subsequent development of sustainable pest management tools through use of semiochemicals that act as baits or repellents of various economically important pests. Teresiah aspires to become a distinguished scientist. She is a member of the Entomological Society of America and Horticultural Association of Kenya. Her hobbies include hiking and watching movies. 

Title of presentation:   Volatile compounds from coffee berries elicit responses in the coffee stink bug, Antestiopsis thunbergii (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae)

Position II – George Nyarieko Nyaboga

Education: B.Ed. sci. – Kenyatta University;  M.Sc. (Microbiology) – Pwani University, Currently TSC teacher; Lutsangani Boys High School, Kilifi.

Publications: Nyaboga Nyarieko, Mwafaida Mghalu, Paul Guyo and Mwandogo Chigodi, 2016. Screening for Bioactivity of Phytochemical Extracted from Acacia stuhlmannii Against Ralstonia solanacearum. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, 6(16), pp.65–70

Motivation:  Horticulture industry is enterprising with contribution that range from potted plants to large field farming. Despite this extensive input, the transformed output is far below sustainability. Horticulture sector has more opportunity not fully exploited to address the shortfall.

Career: plant protection and breeding seems favorite since its targets challenges of field crops including diseases, pests and abiotic dynamics. I therefore aspire to contribute towards achievements noted in plant protection.

Areas of research interest: Bioactivity of secondary metabolites and their application against pathogens, with major interest in those that are important in horticulture. Plant protection for sustainable production in agriculture with major interest in biocontrol techniques incorporated in integrated pest and disease management. Studies in extrinsic and intrinsic factors that control yield in solanaceous crops.

Title of presentation: Management of tomato bacterial wilt using root barks extracts of Acacia stuhlmannii

Position III – James Munywoki

Mr James Munyoki is a student in the Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University. He is pursuing PhD in Horticulture at Egerton University. He studied Diploma, BSc and Msc in Horticulture at Egerton University between August, 2008 and 2016. He considers himself a disciplined, hardworking and self starter with a burning desire to excel. His vision is to contribute to the community by making it a better place for people to live. His hobbies include travelling, networking and socializing. Between July 2003 and Nov 2006 he was a youth member of the Kenya Red Cross Society.

Title of presentation: Improving French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) pod yield and quality through the use of different coloured agronet covers