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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Development of insect resistance against the Bt-toxin is not different to the development of resistance to any other chemical used in insect control. Does the lack of this knowledge outside the scientific community derail the acceptance of Bt-maize globally?
December 3, 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
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”.
15 Feb 2021