Saturday, 19 August 2017

Dr. Felix Rotich Profile


Name: Felix Rotich
Title/Qualification: PhD
Position: Lecturer
Department: Agricultural Resource Management
School:  Agriculture
Area of Specialization:  Plant Pathology
Contact Address: P.O. Box 6 – 60100, Embu
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Short Biography

Hold a PhD from University of Arkansas – USA, a master of science (Horticulture) and BSc (Horticulture) from Moi University, Eldoret. For my PhD I investigated the diversity of Magnaporthe oryzae in the U.S. and Africa. I also worked on the identification of resistance genes for disease management of rice blast disease. My master thesis was on the characterization of Ralstonia solanacearum the pathogen that causes bacterial wilt of potato.

Research Interests

Plant pathogen characterization, plant disease management and breeding for resistance to plant diseases

Publications in Journals:

1. R. Felix, O. J. Onyango and O. M. Eliazer. (2010). Assessment of Irish potato cultivars’ field tolerance to Bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) in Kenya. Plant Pathology Journal, 9(3): 122-128. doi=ppj.2010.122.128
2. Rotich, F., Ochuodho, J.O. and Omunyin, M. E (2010). Bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) of Irish potatoes: Incidence and pathogen diversity in Kenya. J. agric. pure appl. sci. technol. 5, 8-15.

Presentation of Papers at Academic and Professional Conferences

  • Felix Rotich, Samuel Mutiga, David Mwongera, Jagger Harvey, Lusike Wasilwa, Ibrahima Ouedraogo, Tom Mitchell, Guo-Liang Wang, James Correll, and Nick Talbot. 2015. Utilization of differential rice lines and vegetative compatibility for the characterization of isolates of Magnaporthe oryzae. Poster presented on August 1-5, 2015 at the Annual American Phytopathological Society (APS) conference, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
  • Felix Rotich, Chunda Feng, Yulin Jia, and Jim Correll. Characterizing virulence phenotypes among U.S. isolates of Pyricularia oryzae using IRRI NILs, U.S. germplasm, and NERICA lines. Poster presented on August 10-14, 2013 at the Annual American Phytopathological Society (APS) conference, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

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