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Join the fifth CONNECTED Seminar – Thursday 14th October

The firth of the 2021 CONNECTED Online Seminar Series will take place on Thursday 14th October (10.30 – 12 noon, UK time), with two presentations,  opportunities for Questions and Answers, and for networking.


The speakers and topics will be:

Dr Jane Wamaitha Mwathi
Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Nairobi, Kenya

“Our experience on managing and educating farmers on Maize lethal necrosis in Kenya”

Dr Jane Wamaitha Mwathi is a microbiologist with expertise in molecular virology, survey and mapping of crops and insects and field trials, pathogen analyses, sequencing approaches and bioinformatics analysis. She has an established track record in performing and analysing the causes of maize lethal necrosis disease (MLND) in Kenya. Her group have also developed activities to educate farmers on MLND management.


Professor Richard Hopkins
University of Greenwich, Natural Resources Institute (NRI), UK

“Location, Location, Location: Insect Searching Patterns and Host Selection”

Professor Richard Hopkins has led a series of research and capacity development projects, focusing on applied and strategic research to control pests and vectors of disease in crops and humans. This work has been increasingly linked with Sub-Saharan Africa. Key priority areas have been insect behaviour and the movement patterns of vectors. He has extensive experience of involvement in cross-disciplinary research, and leading and developing collaborative projects. He maintains a broad interest in insect behaviour, including the different scales at which insects make decisions whilst finding their egg laying site. In addition to his work on insect plant relationships, he maintains work on habitat selection and egg laying site selection on mosquitoes. This is linked to The Ethiopian Institute for Water Resource Management, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and CGIAR.


There is no need to pre-register.  To attend this Online Seminar please use this link:

Meeting ID: 984 5055 7758
Passcode: 815003

It takes place from 10.30 – 12 noon (UK time), Thursday 14 October. Please check carefully for time differences as they relate to your own location.