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Currently researching on nematodes of finger millet (Eleusine coracana) at Meru University of Science and Technology, Kenya and Ghent University, Belgium. Previously researched on the role of plant hormones auxin, jasmonic acid (JA) and salicylic acid (SA) during infection with Meloidogyne incognita in mutant and transgenic Arabidopsis plants
Rotylenchus wimbii n. sp. was found associated with finger millet in Kenya and is described based on light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and molecular information. Sequence analysis was performed on ITS, 18S, and D2-D3 of 28S of ribosomal DNA and COI of mitochondrial DNA. This new species is characterized by a moderate female body size...
Plant-parasitic root-knot nematodes induce the formation of giant cells within the plant root, and it has been recognized that auxin accumulates in these feeding sites. Here, we studied the role of the auxin transport system governed by AUX1/LAX3 influx proteins and different PIN efflux proteins during feeding site development in Arabidopsis thalia...
This project aims to: (i). study nematode damage in finger millet; (ii) study possible intervention measures; (iii) develop a nematology module within the existing MSc. in Plant Pathology (Moi University), (iv) equip laboratories and develop a web-based nema-app; (v) train local personnel and students in nematology and (vi) disseminate project generated information and technology.