Mr Eddy Onkendi

PhD student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Research Profiles

Primary Supervisor
Lucy Moleleki

I graduated from Moi University, Kenya (2009) with a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology before joining the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya where I trained and worked briefly in 2010. In 2011, I joined the University of Pretoria to undertake my MSc studies in Microbiology under the supervision of Dr. L. N. Moleleki. During this period, my main focus was to identify, carry out phylogenetic studies and develop real-time PCR diagnotic techniques for various Meloidogyne spp. in South Africa.

Currently I am busy with my PhD studies under the supervision of Dr. L. N. Moleleki and  Prof. Ian Toth (TJHI). My research is mainly focussed on using various molecular approaches among others, genetic manipulations and transcriptome profiling to understand the genetic networks governing virulence in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense (Pcb). Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense is a serious phytopathogen that is responsible for blackleg and soft rot diseases in potato (Solanum tuberosum). An understanding of the virulence mechanisms in this pathogen will be crucial in designing and implementing effective control strategies against Pcb.

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Onkendi EM, Ramesh AM, Kwenda S, Naidoo S, Moleleki LN. (2016) Draft Genome Sequence of a Virulent Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense Isolate Causing Soft Rot of Cucumber. Genome Announcements 4(1) 10.1128/genomeA.01530-15 PDF
Onkendi EM, Moleleki LN. (2014) Characterization of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum and brasiliense from diseased potatoes in Kenya. European Journal of Plant Pathology 139:557-566. 10.1007/s10658-014-0411-z
Onkendi EM, Kariuki GM, Marais M, Moleleki LN. (2014) Threat of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) in Africa: a review. Plant Pathology 63(4):727-737. 10.1111/ppa.12202
Onkendi EM, Maluleke N, Moleleki LN. (2013) First report of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense causing soft rot and blackleg diseases of potatoes in Kenya. Plant Disease 98(5):684. 10.1094/PDIS-09-13-0988-PDN
Onkendi EM, Moleleki LN. (2013) Genetic diversity of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) in potatoes from South Africa. Plant Pathology 62 :1184–1192. 10.1111/ppa.12035
Onkendi EM, Moleleki LN. (2012) Detection of Meloidogyne enterolobii in potatoes in South Africa and phylogenetic analysis based on intergenic region and the mitochondrial DNA sequences. European Journal of Plant Pathology 135(1):1-5. 10.1007/s10658-012-0142-y
Moleleki LN, Mongae A, Onkendi EM, Kubheka GC. (2012) Characterisation of Pectobacterium wasabiae causing blackleg and soft rot diseases in South Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology 135:279-288. 10.1007/s10658-012-0084-4