Display name Anne Njoroge First name Anne Last name Njoroge email@example.com Role Scientist Country Kenya Organisation Crop Health Consulting Services Area of Research Host Plant Resistance Describe your research
I research and deal with invasive plant pest and diseases. Beyond monitoring the impact of globalization of agriculture on the successful establishment of these pests and diseases, I have assessed extensively the value of host plant resistance in integrated pest and disease management. I have managed projects in the field in different countries in eastern Africa to evaluate host resistance, obtained both conventionally and using biotech approaches and the pros and cons of both approaches. I have also studied extensively the biology and population dynamics of a disease causing pathogen exposed to transgenic host plants.
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Funding by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to addresses three major activity areas including integrated pest management (IPM) with a special focus on tackling the presence of the invasive arthropod pest, Fall Army Worm (FAW).
March 10, 2021
$499,000 for a three-year project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture titled “An integrative approach to determining fall armyworm population genomics and dispersal”
February 18, 2021
Scientific Conference: “Migratory Pests and Invasive Species: Early Warning System, Monitoring, Control and their Impact on Food Security, Environment and Livelihoods during COVID-19 pandemic”.
February 15, 2021
Your thoughts? Some reasons given against #GM crops to control #fallarmyworm: 1). Dominance by a few agricultural companies hence creating seed dependence as farmers have to buy from them. 2) Conserve genetic resources of the country and local seed varieties.
January 20, 2021
What #HostPlantResistance real time experiences can you share, in form of an “elevator speech”, considering the new potential of the #fallarmyworm to attack any crop where food choice is limited?
December 22, 2020
@matshediso, I completely agree with you. The adoption of technologies, including GE crops, will be facilitated by a wider participatory approach involving a range of stakeholders. This way, informed decisions will be evaluated.
January 21, 2021
Thank you @rgoodman2unl-edu for raising such pertinent issues that need to be considered if the war on the #FAW has to be won. Also true that legal constraints are a major bottleneck in the advancement of #HostPlantResistance obtained using the #GMTechnology. Some advancement has been made in the region though. Towards the end of last year, Kenya approved commercial farming of #BtCotton making it the first biotech crop to be planted in the country after years of research and emotive debates. https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2019/12/kenyas-bt-cotton-approval-opens-door-to-other-gmo-crops/. Also the push to have the #BtMaize approved is now been voiced by government officials. https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/government-urged-to-approve-gm-maize-variety/ https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2020/11/kenya-advances-gm-maize-to-improve-increase-yields-reduce-pesticide-use/
December 21, 2020
@allan-hruska do you think Bt-maize “for food” versus “for feed” even though none represents a nutritional concern in humans and animals is the reason #HostResistance, the surest way to fight #FallArmyWorm, still suffers acceptance in Africa? Just following up on your comment on #twitter. Thanks for your insights!
December 9, 2020
@bbett, my exact sentiments!
December 9, 2020
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