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Ruth Kihika

Country of origin: Kenya Currently in: Kenya, Nairobi General field of specialization: Chemical Sciences
Academic Background


2017 Master Chemical Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities


Chemistry/Chemical Ecology

Publications resulting from Research: 

Kihika R.M., Murungi L.K., Ng’ang’a M.M., Coyne, D.L., Teal, P.E.A., Hassanali A., and Torto B. (2017) Parasitic nematode Meloidogyne incognita interactions with different Capsicum annum cultivars reveal the chemical constituents modulating root herbivory, Scientific Reports, 7: 2903. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-02379-8.

Torto, B., Kirwa, H., Murungi L.K., Kihika R.M., (2018) Strategies for the Manipulation of Root Knot Nematode Behaviour with Natural Products in Small Scale Farming Systems. In Roles of Natural Products for Biorational Pesticides in Agriculture. August 2018 ACS Symposium Series. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2018-1294.ch009

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Higher Education Study
African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS) PhD Scholar, icipe


International Society of Chemical Ecology
Royal Society of Chemistry
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Nov 2019
L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Young Talents Fellowship-2019
Endowment fund of EURO 10,000
Nov 2017
First runner-up in the icipe Governing Council Award for best published science paper by icipe scholar
Dec 2015
Overall winner in the oral presentations’ category at the 15th Horticultural Association of Kenya Workshop

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