Mr Maxwell Kibor
Zoology and Entomology
He holds a Master of Science in Biology (Biodiversity & Environmental Health) from the University of Siena, Italy and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Extension from Egerton University, Kenya. His MSc research study project focused on Grapevine (Vitis Vinifera) genotyping and molecular authentication of wines with an aim of developing protocols for detection of counterfeit wines in the European market through tracking of DNA in wines to the orchards.
Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Entomology at the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa. His PhD project focuses on the diversity and agro-ecology of thrips (Thysanoptera) in the Levubu region of Limpopo province, South Africa with the aim of addressing a lack of knowledge on the thrips assemblage in the region, the species associated with damage on avocados and macadamias and the close association of the two commodities, as well as other plant formations that can represent alternative hosts and refuges for thrips through integration of morphological and molecular diagnostic technniques. The project also aims to determine the drivers of thrips abundance, diversity and distribution of thrips on avocado and macadamia agricultural landsapes through integrated spatial analysis and machine learning approaches. The outcomes of the research study will however contribute to Integrated pest management strategies for control interventions of polyphagous and pestiferous thrips in the region and South Africa as a whole.