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List of Publications

Year 2020

  1. Karanja Edward Nderitu, Fliessbach Andreas, Adamtey Noah, Kambura AnneKelly, Musyoka Martha, Fiaboe Komi and Mwirichia R (2020) Diversity and structure of prokaryotic communities within organic and conventional farming systems in central highlands of Kenya. PLoS ONE 15(8)
  2. Mwirichia Romano and Boga Hamadi Iddi (2020). Description of Nitrincola elmenteitensis nov.; a haloalkaliphilic bacterium isolated from Lake Elmenteita in Kenya. African Journal of Biological Sciences 2 (3), 81-87
  3. Karanja, Edward Nderitu, Andreas Fliessbach, Noah Adamtey, Anne Kelly Kambura, Martha Musyoka, Komi Fiaboe, and Romano Mwirichia (2020). "Fungal diversity within organic and conventional farming systems in Central Highlands of Kenya." African Journal of Microbiology Research 14, no. 6: 242-258
  4. Eunice Mulango, Remmy Kasili, Romano Mwirichia, Anne-Kelly Kambura, Christabel Muhonja (2019). Isolation and Characterization of Haloalkaliphilic Bacteria from the Hot Springs of Lake Magadi. African journal of Microbiology Research 14 (7), 294-302.
  5. Mutitu, Daniel Karanja, Jackson Muthengia Wachira, Romano Mwirichia, Joseph Karanja Thiong’o, Onesmus Mulwa Munyao, and Muriithi Genson (2020). "Biocementation Influence on Flexural Strength and Chloride Ingress by Lysinibacillus sphaericus and Bacillus megaterium in Mortar Structures." Journal of Chemistry 2020
  6. Munyao, Onesmus Mulwa, Joseph Karanja Thiong’o, Jackson Muthengia Wachira, Daniel Karanja Mutitu, and Romano Mwirichia (2020). Influence of Starkeya novella on Mechanical and Microstructural Properties of Cement Mortars. Journal of Chemistry May 18:2020
  7. Munyao, Onesmus Mulwa, Joseph Karanja Thiong'o, Jackson Wachira Muthengia, Daniel Karanja Mutitu, Romano Mwirichia, Genson Muriithi, and Joseph Mwiti Marangu. "Study on the effect of Thiobacillus intermedius bacteria on the physico-mechanical properties of mortars of ordinary portland cement." Heliyon 6, no. 1 (2020): e03232.
  8. Orwa Philemon, Vitalis Wekesa, George Mugambi and Romano Mwirichia (2020) Isolation of haloalkaliphilic fungi from Lake Magadi in Kenya. Heliyon. 2020 Jan; 6(1): e02823.

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Year 2019 – 2009

  1. Kiplimo, Denis, Julius Mugweru, Sarah Kituyi, Alex Kipnyargis, and Romano Mwirichia (2019). "Diversity of esterase and lipase producing haloalkaliphilic bacteria from Lake Magadi in Kenya." Journal of Basic Microbiology 59, no. 12 (2019): 1173-1184.
  2. Mutitu, Daniel Karanja, Jackson Muthengia Wachira, Romano Mwirichia, Joseph Karanja Thiong'o, Onesmus Mulwa Munyao, and Genson Muriithi (2019). Influence of Lysinibacillus sphaericus on compressive strength and water sorptivity in microbial cement mortar. Heliyon5, no. 11 (2019): e02881.
  3. Edwin, Ngetha, Julia Khayeli Akhwale, and Romano Mwirichia (2019). "Phylogenetic and morphological diversity of culturable cyanobacteria from Lake Magadi in Kenya." African Journal of Biological Sciences 1, no. 4: 24-31.
  4. Munyao, Onesmus Mulwa, Joseph Karanja Thiong'o, Jackson Muthengia Wachira, Daniel Karanja Mutitu, Mwirichia Romano, and Genson Murithi. "Use of Bacillus Species Bacteria in Protecting the Concrete Structures from Sulphate Attack-A Review." Journal of Chemical Reviews 1, no. 4, pp. 252-299 (2019): 287-299.
  5. Mutitu, Karanja D., Mulwa O. Munyao, Muthengia J. Wachira, Romano Mwirichia, Karanja J. Thiong'o, and Mwiti J. Marangu (2019). Effects of biocementation on some properties of cement-based materials incorporating Bacillus Species bacteria–a review. Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials 8, no. 5 (2019): 309-325.
  6. Munyao, Onesmus Mulwa, Joseph Karanja Thiong'o, Jackson Wachira Muthengia, Daniel Karanja Mutitu, Romano Mwirichia, Genson Muriithi, and Joseph Mwiti Marangu. "Study on the effect of Thiobacillus intermedius bacteria on the physico-mechanical properties of mortars of ordinary portland cement." Heliyon 6, no. 1 (2020): e03232
  7. Evans Nyakeri Manyara, Romano Mwirichia, Hamadi Boga. (2018). Isolation and characterization of enzyme producing bacteria from Lake Magadi, an extreme soda lake in Kenya. J Microbiol Exp. 6(2):57–68. DOI: 10.15406/jmen.2018.06.00189
  8. Makonde, Huxley Mae, Romano Mwirichia, Edith Mnyazi Muwawa, Hans-Peter Klenk, and Hamadi Iddi Boga (2017). Fungal diversity and community structure in gut, mound and surrounding soil of fungus-cultivating termites. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 11(12), 504-515.
  9. Kambura, Anne Kelly, Romano Mwirichia, Remmy Wekesa Kasili, Edward Nderitu Karanja, Huxley Mae Makonde, and Hamadi Iddi Boga. "Bacteria and Archaea diversity within the hot springs of Lake Magadi and Little Magadi in Kenya." BMC microbiology 16, no. 1 (2016): 1-12.
  10. Kambura, Anne Kelly, Romano Kachiuru Mwirichia, Remmy Wekesa Kasili, Edward Nderitu Karanja, Huxley Mae Makonde, and Hamadi Iddi Boga. "Diversity of fungi in sediments and water sampled from the hot springs of Lake Magadi and Little Magadi in Kenya." African Journal of Microbiology Research 10, no. 10 (2016): 330-338.
  11. Mwirichia, Romano, Intikhab Alam, Mamoon Rashid, Manikandan Vinu, Wail Ba-Alawi, Allan Anthony Kamau, David Kamanda Ngugi et al. "Metabolic traits of an uncultured archaeal lineage-MSBL1-from brine pools of the Red Sea." Scientific reports 6, no. 1 (2016): 1-14.
  12. Ndwigah FI.,Boga IH.,Wanyoike, W and Romano K. 2016. An Aspergillus isolate and its secondary metabolites from Lake Elmenteita in Kenya. Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology, 17(1) 2016.
  13. Makonde H., Mwirichia R., Osiemo Z., Boga H., Klenk H-P. (2015). 454 Pyrosequencing-based assessments of bacterial diversity and community structure in termite guts, mounds and surrounding soils. 2015, 4:471. DOI: 10.1186/s40064-015-1262-6.
  14. Wafula, E.N., Kinyua, J., Kariuki, D., Muigai, A., Mwirichia, R., Kosgei, T.K. Morphological characterization of soil bacteria in Ngere tea catchment area of Murang'a County, Kenya. International Journal of Life Sciences Research 3 (1), 121-134
  15. Ndwigah FI.,Boga IH.,Wanyoike, W and Romano K. 2015. Characterization, Enzymatic Activity, and Secondary Metabolites of Fungal Isolates from Lake Sonachi in Kenya. IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences (IOSR-JPBS)e -ISSN: 2278-3008, p-ISSN:2319-7676. Volume 10, Issue 2 Ver.1 (Mar -Apr. 2015).
  16. Wafula, E.N., Kinyua, J., Kariuki, D., Muigai, A., Mwirichia, R., Kosgei, T.K. Molecular and culture-based analyses of soil bacteria in Ngere tea catchment area of Murang’a county, Science Journal of Biotechnology, Volume 2014, Article ID sjbt-105, 10.7237/sjbt/105
  17. Wafula, E.N., Kinyua, J., Kariuki, D., Muigai, A., Mwirichia, R. Isolation and characterization of bacillus species from soil in Ngere tea catchment area of Murang'a County, Kenya. International Journal of Life Sciences ResearchISSN 2348-3148 (online) Vol. 2, Issue 3, pp: (27-35)
  18. Scheuner C, B J. Tindall, Megan Lu, Matt Nolan, AllaLapidus, Jan-Feng Cheng, Lynne Goodwin, Sam Pitluck, Marcel Huntemann, KonstantinosLiolios, IoannaPagani, KonstantinosMavromatis, Natalia Ivanova, Amrita Pati, Amy Chen, Krishna Palaniappan, Cynthia D. Jeffries, Loren Hauser, Miriam Land, Romano Mwirichia, Manfred Rohde, BirteAbt, John C. Detter, TanjaWoyke, Jonathan A. Eisen, Victor Markowitz, Philip Hugenholtz, Markus Göker, Nikos C. Kyrpides and Hans-Peter Klenk (2014). Complete genome sequence of Planctomycesbrasiliensis type strain (DSM 5305T), phylogenomic analysis and reclassification of Planctomycetes including the descriptions of Gimesia nov.,Planctopirus gen. nov.andRubinisphaera gen. nov.and emended descriptions of the order Planctomycetales and the family Planctomycetaceae. Stand. Genomic Sci. 2014 Dec 8: 9-10.
  19. Huxley M. Makonde, Hamadi I. Boga, Romano Mwirichia, Lucy M. Mackenzie, Markus Göker, Hans-Peter Klenk (2013). 16S-rRNA-based analysis of bacterial diversity in the gut of fungus-cultivating termites (Microtermes and Odontotermes species)", Antonie van Leeuwenhoekvolume 104: 869–883
  20. Huxley M. Makonde, Hamadi I. Boga, ZipporahOsiemo, Romano Mwirichia, J. Benjamin Stielow, Markus Göker, Hans-Peter Klenk (2013). Diversity of Termitomyces Associated with Fungus-Farming Termites Assessed by Cultural and Culture-Independent Methods. PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0056464
  21. Daniel Anyika, HamadiBoga and Romano Mwirichia (2013). Development of cost-effective media for the culture of Chilopartelluslarvicide in Kenya. International Journal for Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Research Vol. 4(1), pp. 1-8, March 2013 DOI: 10.5897/IJBMBR12.011
  22. Kambura AK, Mwirichia RK, Ngaira J, Boga HI. 2013. Isolation and characterization of bacterial isolates from Lake Magadi. Trop. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 8:17-25 17
  23. Regina C. Ronoh, Nancy L. M. Budambula, Romano K. Mwirichia and Hamadi I. Boga (2013). Isolation and characterization of Actinobacteria from Lake Magadi, Kenya. African Journal of Microbiology Research. 7(32), pp. 4200-4206.
  24. Atuncha, H., Amata, E. A. R., Mwirichia, R., Kasina, M., Mbevi, B., & Wakoli, E. (2013). Evaluation of predation potential of coccinellids on cassava whiteflies. Journal of Entomology and Nematology, 5(7), 84-87
  25. Mathu Samuel, Herrmann Laetitia, Pypers Pieter, MatiruViviene, Mwirichia Romano, Lesueur Didier (2012). Potential of indigenous Bradyrhizobia versus commercial inoculants to improve cowpea (Vignaunguiculata walp.) and green gram (VignaradiataL. wilczek.) yields in Kenya. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. 58(6). p.750.
  26. Beatrice N. Irungu ,Murungi J. Mbabu , Daniel M. Kiboi , EnockMoindi , Johnson Kinyua , and Mwirichia Romano (2012). In vivo antimalarial and acute toxicity properties of hexane and chloroform extracts from Clausenaanisata (Willd.) Benth. J. Pharmacol. Ther. 1 (1): 24-29.
  27. Amrita Pati, Xiaojing Zhang, AllaLapidus, Matt Nolan, Susan Lucas, TijanaGlavina Del Rio, Hope Tice, Jan-Fang Cheng, Roxane Tapia, Cliff Han, Lynne Goodwin, Sam Pitluck, KonstantinosLiolios, IoannaPagani, Natalia Ivanova, KonstantinosMavromatis, Amy Chen, Krishna Palaniappan, Loren Hauser, Cynthia D. Jeffries, Evelyne-Marie Brambilla, Alina Röhl,Romano Mwirichia, Manfred Rohde, Brian J. Tindall, Johannes Sikorski, Reinhard Wirth, Markus Göker, TanjaWoyke, John C. Detter, James Bristow, Jonathan A. Eisen, Victor Markowitz, Philip Hugenholtz, Nikos C. Kyrpides, Hans-Peter Klenk, Miriam Land. Complete genome sequence of Oceanithermusprofundustype strain (506T) Genomic Sci.4 (2) 210-220
  28. Cliff Han, Romano Mwirichia, Olga Chertkov, Brittany Held, AllaLapidus, Matt Nolan, Susan Lucas, Nancy Hammon, Shweta Deshpande, Jan-Fang Cheng, Roxanne Tapia, Lynne Goodwin, Sam Pitluck, Marcel Huntemann, KonstantinosLiolios, Natalia Ivanova, IoannaPagani, KonstantinosMavromatis, Galina Ovchinnikova, Amrita Pati, Amy Chen, Krishna Palaniappan, Miriam Land, Loren Hauser, EvelyneBrambilla, Manfred Rohde, Stefan Spring, Johannes Sikorski, Markus Göker, TanjaWoyke, James Bristow, Jonathan A. Eisen, Victor Markowitz, Philip Hugenholtz, Nikos C. Kyrpides, Hans-Peter Klenk, John C. Detter. 2011. Complete genome sequence of Syntrophobotulusglycolicus type strain (FlGlyRT) Genomic Sci.4 (3):371-380 Doi:10.4056/sigs.2004648
  29. TanjaWoyke, Olga Chertkov, AllaLapidus, Matt Nolan, Susan Lucas, TijanaGlavina Del Rio, Hope Tice, Jan-Fang Cheng, Roxanne Tapia, Cliff Han, Lynne Goodwin, Sam Pitluck, KonstantinosLiolios, IoannaPagani, Natalia Ivanova, Marcel Huntemann, KonstantinosMavromatis, Natalia Mikhailova, Amrita Pati, Amy Chen, Krishna Palaniappan, Miriam Land, Loren Hauser, Evelyne-Marie Brambilla, Manfred Rohde, Romano Mwirichia, Johannes Sikorski, Brian J. Tindall, Markus Göker, James Bristow, Jonathan A. Eisen, Victor Markowitz, Philip Hugenholtz, Hans-Peter Klenk, Nikos C. Kyrpides. Complete genome sequence of the gliding freshwater bacterium Fluviicolataffensistype strain (RW262T) Genomic Sci.2011 5:1
  30. Markus Göker, HajnalkaDaligault, Romano Mwirichia, AllaLapidus, Susan Lucas, Shweta Deshpande, IoannaPagani, Roxanne Tapia, Jan-Fang Cheng, Lynne Goodwin, Sam Pitluck, KonstantinosLiolios, Natalia Ivanova, KonstantinosMavromatis, Natalia Mikhailova, Amrita Pati, Amy Chen, Krishna Palaniappan, Cliff Han, Miriam Land, Loren Hauser, Chongle Pan, Evelyne-Marie Brambilla, Manfred Rohde, Stefan Spring, Johannes Sikorski, Reinhard Wirth, John C. Detter, TanjaWoyke, James Bristow, Jonathan A. Eisen, Victor Markowitz, Philip Hugenholtz, Nikos C. Kyrpides, Hans-Peter Klenk. Complete genome sequence of the thermophilic sulfur-reducerDesulfurobacteriumthermolithotrophumtype strain (BSAT) from a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. Genomic Sci. 2011 5:3
  31. H Atuncha, K Monjero, L Ateya, I Mbogo, R Mwirichia, R Amata, E M Ateka (2011). Mitochondrial DNA variation of Bemisiatabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: aleyrodidae) infesting cassava in Kenya. Proceedings of 2011 JKUAT scientific technological and industrialization conference.
  32. D Anyika, H Boga, R Mwirichia (2011). Characterisation of various Bacillus thuringiensis strains having larvicidal activity on Chilopartellus first-instar larvae, after culture on cost-effective medium, in Kenya. Proceedings of 2011 JKUAT scientific technological and industrialization conference.
  33. Mwirichia, R.,Muigai, A.W., Cousin, S., Boga H.I. and Stackebrandt, E. (2011):Bacterial Diversity in the Haloalkaline Lake Elmenteita in Kenya Current Microbiology (2010) 62:209–221DOI:10.1007/s00284-010-9692-4).
  34. Mwirichia, R.,Muigai, A.W., Cousin, S., Boga H.I. and Stackebrandt, E. (2010): Archaeal diversity in the haloalkaline Lake Elmenteita in Kenya Current Microbiology60: 47-52.
  35. Mwirichia, R.,Muigai, A.W., Tindall, B., Boga H.I. and Stackebrandt, E. (2010):Isolation and characterization of bacteria from the haloalkaline Lake Elmenteita, Kenya. Extremophiles14, Number 4,339-348 DOI 10.1007/s00792-010-0311-x
  36. Ntabo, R., Boga HI.,Muigai AW and Mwirichia, R. (2010): Isolation and Characterization of Bacteria Isolates from soil feeding termites and soil from Juja and Kakamega forest in Kenya: In: Proceeding of the 2010 JKUAT scientific conference 177-191.
  37. Mwirichia, R., Nancy, M.B and Hamadi, I. B. (2009): Isolation, Characterization and Identification of Enterobacteriaceae from well water in Juja Town in Kenya. Journal of Tropical Microbiology and Biotechnology 5:31-36
  38. Microbial Diversity of Lake Elmenteita, Kenya, PhD Thesis

Workshops, Trainings, Seminars and Conferences

  1. September 27th - 28th, 2018: Trainer in the soda lake "techniques and skills in bio prospecting" workshop Held at SAJOREC, JKUAT, Kenya
  2. September 19th - 20th, 2018: Cooperation with foreign scientists under new ABS regulations. International Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing: New legislation and practice on ABS, and their compliance with the Nagoya Protocol, Bremen Germany
  3. June 19th to 21st, 2018: Amplicon-based assessment of the Prokaryotic microbial community composition across four Kenyan soda lakes; 5th Humboldt Kolleg, Nanyuki – Kenya.
  4. April 5th to 8th, 2016: Microbial dark Matter: opportunities and challenges; 4th Humboldt Kolleg, Naivasha - Kenya
  5. March 7th to 11th 2016: ProGrant training on grant proposal writing organized by DAAD, Karatina University and University of Cologne
  6. July 17th to 20th, 2012: Microbial Ecology of the Kenyan Soda lakes: 3rd Humboldt Kolleg, Voi- Kenya
  7. December 9th to 11th, 2015: CIRCLE Institutional Strengthening Programme workshop, African Academy of Sciences, Kenya
  8. May 16th to 17th 2015: CIRCLE training of trainers’ workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  9. January 20th to 21st, 2012: Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge: Research Cooperation and Facilitated Access, Göttingen, Germany.
  10. May 31st - June 1st, 2011: GBRCN meeting: Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions Workshop Exploratory and Preparatory Measures- Bonn/Germany
  11. February 21st - 25th, 2011: Isolation and characterisation of local biodiversity GBRCN Seminar in Kenya, Nairobi
  12. December 20th - Nov 4th, 2010: Meeting and Training towards the Establishment of a BRC in Kenya, DSMZ Germany.
  13. November 29th -30th, 2010: The Kenyan Biological Resource Centre- A long Journey: Capacity building in Africa – a Kenyan experience, Joint human & microbial domain GBRCN pilot phase meeting. Federal Ministry of Science and Research Freyung 3, 2nd Floor, A-1010 Vienna
  14. October 3rd to 8th, 2010: Third Bio-prospecting strategy developing workshop, Sai Rock hotel, Mombasa Kenya.
  15. April 21st to 25th, 2010: Second Bioprospecting Policy and Strategy meeting, Voi safari Lodge, Voi Kenya
  16. September 8th -11th, 2009: Microbial Diversity in Kenya -Current status and the potential Mukonyi, K. W, & Lusweti, A. M., 2009. Proceedings of Bioprospecting Experts Brainstorming Workshop at Lake Bogoria Spa Resort, Baringo, Kenya.
  17. April 24th, 2009: Trainer, PhD Proposal Writing workshop.  ICIPE Conference Center, Nairobi.
  18. January 13th - 15th, 2009. Facilitator for the HINARI/AGORA/OARE (HINAGOA) Training-Of-Trainer National Workshop (AICAD), Nairobi, Kenya

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