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Harun Murithi

Visiting Postgraduate Student
The 2Blades Group

I am interested in pathogen-host interactions and currently I am working on a biotrophic fungus (Phakopsora pachyrhizi) that causes rust on soybean. At TSL, I am working with the 2Blades research group to understand the genetic diversity of soybean rust isolates from Africa.

Publications

Murithi HM, Haudenshield J, Beed F, Mahuku G, Joosten MHAJ, Hartman GL (2017)

Virulence diversity of Phakopsora pachyrhizi isolates from East Africa compared to a geographically diverse collection. Plant Disease 101:1194-1200.

Murithi HM, Beed F, Tukamuhabwa P, Thomma BPHJ, Joosten MHAJ (2016)

Soybean production in eastern and southern Africa and threat of yield loss due to soybean rust caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi. Plant Pathology 65: 176–188

Murithi H, Owati A, Madata CS, Joosten M, Beed F, Kumar PL (2015)

First report of 16SrII-C subgroup phytoplasma causing phyllody and witches’-broom disease in Soybean in Tanzania. Plant Disease, 99:886-886.

Murithi HM, Beed F, Soko M, Haundenshield J, Hartman GL (2015)

First report of Phakopsora pachyrhizi causing rust on soybean in Malawi. Plant Disease 99:420.

Murithi HM, Beed F, Madata C, Haundenshield J, Hartman GL (2014)

First report of Phakopsora pachyrhizi on soybean causing rust in Tanzania. Plant Disease 98:1586.

Job History

2014 – present Graduate Fellow (PhD student), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Tanzania and Wageningen University, Netherlands

2014 – 2014 Visiting Scientist (Soybean Pathology Lab), University of Illinois, USA

2011 – 2014 Associate Professional Officer-Plant Pathology, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Tanzania

2009 – 2011 MSc Plant Protection, University of Pannonia-Georgikon Faculty, Hungary

2003 – 2007 BSc Horticulture, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya