Ruth Kihika (Kenya)
Research project: Identification of effectors and allelochemicals regulating root knot nematode parasitism
Research goals: Focus will be on chemical signals involved in the parasitism of root knot nematodes (RKNs) with the aim of developing a semiochemical based tool for their management.
Host project and funding: Identification of semiochemicals regulating biology of potential invasive pests to the United States project, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS).
Bio: Ruth holds a BSc in Chemistry from Moi University, Kenya and an MSc in Chemistry from Kenyatta University. She is a member of the Horticultural Association of Kenya (HAK) and the International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE).
Supervisors: Dr David Tchouassi and Prof. Baldwyn Torto.