Knowledge for a sustainable world

Research Group:
Plant Health
  • Maruthi MN, Whitfield C, Otti G, Tumwegamire S, Kanju E, Legg JP, Mkamilo G, Kawuki R, Benesi I, Mhone A, Zacarias A, Munga T, Mwatuni F, Mbugua E, 2018, A method for generating virus-free cassava plants to combat viral disease epidemics in Africa. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology (
  • Macfadyen S, Paull C, Boykin LM, DeBarro P, Maruthi MN, Ghosh S, Otim M, Kalyebi A, Vassão DG, Sseruwagi P, Tek Tay W, Delatte H, Seguni Z, Colvin J, Omongo CA, 2018, Cassava whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), in sub-Saharan African farming landscapes: a review of the factors determining abundance. Bulletin of Entomological Research (doi:10.1017/S0007485318000032).
  • Ghosh S, Bouvaine S, Richardson SCW, Ghanim M, Maruthi MN, 2018, Fitness costs associated with infections of secondary endosymbionts in the cassava whitefly species Bemisia tabaci. Journal of Pest Science 91:17–28.
  • Cheke RA, 2018. New pests for old as GMOs bring on substitute pests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 115: 8239-8240.
  • Tian Y, Tang S, Cheke RA, 2018. Nonlinear state-dependent feedback control of a pest-natural enemy system. Nonlinear Dynamics 93: (in press)  (published online 31 July 2018).
  • Fennell J, Veys C, Dingle J, Nwezeobi J, van Brunschot S, Colvin J, Grieve B, 2018. A method for real-time classification of insect vectors of mosaic and brown streak disease in cassava plants for future implementation within a low-cost, handheld, in-field multispectral imaging sensor. Plant Methods, 14 (1). ISSN 1746-4811 (doi:10.1186/s13007-018-0350-3)
  • Malka O, Santos-Garcia D, Feldmesser E, Sharon Elad, Krause-Sakate R, Delatte H, van Brunschot S, Patel M, Muhindira PV, Mugerwa H, Seal S, Colvin J, Morin S, 2018. Species-complex diversification and host-plant associations in Bemisia tabaci: a plant-defense, detoxification perspective revealed by RNAseq analyses. Molecular Ecology, 27 (21): 4241-4256. (doi:10.1111/mec.14865)
  • Maruthi MN, Jeremiah SC, Mohammed IU, Legg JP, 2017, The role of the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius), and farmer practices in the spread of cassava brown streak ipomoviruses. Journal of Phytopathology 165:707–717.
  • Tumwegamire S, Kanju E, Legg JP, Shirima R, Kombo S, Mkamilo G, Mtunda K, Sichalwe K, Kulembeka H, Ndyetabula I, Saleh H, Kawuki R, Alicai T, Adiga G, Benesi I, Mhone A, Zacarias A, Nicosa N, Matsimbe SF, Munga T, Ateka E, Navangi L, Maruthi MN, Mwatuni F, Ngudo G, Mwangangi M, Mbugua E, Ndunguru J, Rajabu C, Mark D, 2017, The process and lessons of exchanging and managing in-vitro elite germplasm to combat CBSD and CMD in Eastern and Southern Africa. Food Security 10: 351-368 (
  • Masinde EA, Mkamillo G, Ogendo JO, Hillocks R, Mulwa RMS, Kimata B, Maruthi MN, 2017. Genotype by environment interactions in identifying cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) resistant to cassava brown streak disease. Fields Crops Research 215: 39-48.
  • Xie W, Chen C, Yang Z, Guo L, Yang X, Wang D, Chen M, Huang J, Wen Y, Zeng Y, Liu Y, Xia J, Tian L, Cui H, Wu Q, Wang S, Xu B, Li X, Tan X, Ghanim M, Qiu B, Pan H, Chu D, Delatte H, Maruthi MN, Ge F, Zhou X, Wang X, Wan F, Du Y, Luo C, Yan F, Preisser EL, Jiao X, Coates BS, Zhao J, Gao Q, Xia J, Yin Y, Liu Y, Brown JK, Zhou XJ, Zhang Y, 2017. Genome sequencing of the sweetpotato whitefly Bemsia tabaci MED/Q. GigaScience 6(5):1-7. doi:10.1093/gigascience/gix018. IF7.4
  • Mohammed IU, Ghosh S, Maruthi MN, 2017, Generating virus-free cassava plants by in vitro propagation with chemical and heat treatment. African Journal of Biotechnology 16: 1551-1560.
  • Wang Q, Liu Z, Zhang X, Cheke RA, 2017. Incorporating prey refuge into a predator-prey system with imprecise parameter estimates. Computational & Applied Mathematics 36: 1067–1084.
  • Vyskočilová S, Tay WT, van Brunschot S, Seal S, Colvin J, 2018. An integrative approach to discovering cryptic species within the Bemisia tabaci whitefly species complex. Scientific Reports, 8:10886. (doi:10.1038/s41598-018-29305-w)
  • Mugerwa H, Seal S, Wang HL, Patel MV, Kabaalu R, Omongo CA, Alicai T, Tairo F, Ndunguru J, Sseruwagi P, Colvin J, 2018. African ancestry of New World, Bemisia tabaci-whitefly species. Scientific Reports, 8 (1):2734. (doi:10.1038/s41598-018-20956-3)
  • Mollel HG, Sseruwagi P, Ndunguru J, Alicai T, Colvin J, Navas-Castillo J, Fiallo-Olivé E, 2017. Desmodium mottle virus, the first legumovirus (genus Begomovirus) from East Africa. Archives of Virology, 162 (6). pp. 1799-1803. (doi:10.1007/s00705-017-3289-1)
  • Mollel HG, Ndunguru J, Sseruwagi P, Alicai T, Colvin J, Navas-Castillo J, Fiallo-Olivé E, 2016. A novel East African monopartite begomovirus-betasatellite complex that infects Vernonia amygdalina. Archives of Virology, 162 (4): 1079-1082. (doi:10.1007/s00705-016-3175-2)