Secretary – Dr. Lucy Kananu Murungi

Department of Horticulture
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
P.O Box 62000 00200 Nairobi-Kenya
Email: lucykananu@yahoo.com; lkananu@jkuat.ac.ke
Cell phone: +254 722 905368

Profile
Lucy Kananu Murungi is a crop protection expertin the Department of Horticulture at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Her role in the department includes, but not limited to, capacity building and research. Dr. Murungi who holds a BSc, MSc and PhD in Horticulture from JKUAT has specializedon the ecological interactions between plants and pests found below- and above ground. She recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) where she was evaluating allelochemicals involved in the interactions between high value vegetables and root-knot nematodes. Dr Murungi is a principal investigator and a collaborator in various vegetable integrated pest management projects both locally and internationally. She haspublishedseveral scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and is supervising a number of postgraduate students working on various crop pests. Dr Murungi was a fellow of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) from 2013-2015. She was selected recently as an affiliate member of the African Academy of Science where she will serve in the next five years.Dr Murungi belongs to other professional associations and sheis working closely with various stakeholders in order to apply scientific knowledge to develop simple and affordable tools to solve pest problems at the smallholder farmer level and improve food security.

Selected Publications
Jared, J.J. Murungi, L.K. Wesonga, J. Torto, B. (2015). Steroidal glycoalkaloids: Chemical defence of edible African nightshades against the tomato red spidermite, Tetranychus evansi (Acari: Tetranychidae). Pest Management Science DOI 10.1002/ps.4100

Njihia, T.N. Jaramillo, J., Murungi, L.K., Mwenda, D., Orindi, B., Poehling, H-M., Torto, B. (2014). Spiroacetals in the colonization behaviour of the coffee berry borer: a ‘push-pull’ system. PLoS One 9(11), e111316. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111316

Murungi, L.K. Salifu, D. Masinde, P. Wesonga, J. Nyende, B. and Knapp, M. (2014). Effects of the invasive tomato red spider mite (Acari: Tetranychidae) on growth and leaf yield of African nightshades. Crop Protection 59: 57-62

Murungi, L.K. Kirwa, H and Torto, B. (2013). Within plant variation in essential oil composition of Solanumsarrachoides and its effects on oviposition of the tomato spider mite (Tetranychus evansi). Industrial Crops and Products 46:73-79

Murungi, L. K., Nyende, A. B., Wesonga, J. M., Masinde, P. W. and Knapp, M. (2010) Effects of different African nightshade species on developmental time and life table parameters of Tetranychus evansi (Acari: Tetranychidae). Experimental and Applied Acarology 52:19–27