Dr. Eston Mutitu

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Dr. Eston Mutitu

Chief Research Scientist and Regional Director
E-mail : emutitu@kefri.org
Researcher ID : 0000-0001-8056-6001
Designation : Chief Research Scientist and Regional Director
Expertise : Entomologist

Journal Papers

  1. Eston K. Mutitu,Thierry B. Hoareau, Brett P. Hurley, Jeff R. Garnas, Michael J. Wingfield and Bernard Slippers (2020). Reconstructing early routes of invasion of the bronze bug Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae): cities as bridgeheads for global pest invasions. Biological Invasions. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-020-02258-w.
  2. Mesfin Wondafrash, Bernard Slippers, Alphonsine Nambazimana, Isaac Kayumba, Samuel Nibouche, Simon van der Lingen, Birhane A. Asfaw, Herbert Jenya, Eston K. Mutitu, Idea A. Makowe, Donald Chungu, Peter Kiwuso, Emmanuel Kulimushi, Andrianantenaina Razafindrakotomamonjy, Paul P. Bosu, Preeaduth Sookar & Brett P. Hurley. (2020). Distribution and genetic diversity of five invasive pests of Eucalyptus in sub-Saharan Africa. Biological Invasions. ISSN 1387-3547, DOI 10.1007/s10530-020-02250-4, Pp 1-19.
  3. Mutitu, E. K., Garnas, J. R., Hurley, B. P., Wingfield, M. J., Harney, M., Bush, S. J., and Slippers B. (2013). Biology and Rearing of Cleruchoides noackae (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae), an Egg Parasitoid for the Biological Control of Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae). Journal of Economic Entomology, 106 (5), 1979-1985.
  4. Nyeko P., Mutitu, E. K. and Day, R.K. (2007). Farmers' knowledge, perceptions and management of the gall-forming wasp, Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), on Eucalyptus species in Uganda. International Journal of Pest management, 53(2): 111-119.
  5. Mutitu E. K., Otieno, B. Oeba, V., Nyeko, P. and Day, R.K. (2007). Spatial distribution of Blue Gum Chalcid, Leptocybe invasa on Eucalyptus species in Kenya. Discovery and innovation, 19(4): 369-394.
  6. Nyeko, P., Mutitu E. K., Day, R.K., Otieno, B. and V. Oeba (2007). Farmers’ experiences of the blue gum chalcid, Leptocybe invasa Fisher & LaSalle, on Eucalyptus species in East Africa. Discovery and innovation, 19(4): 382-388.
  7. Mutitu E. K., Otieno, B. Oeba, V., Nyeko, P. and Day, R.K. (2007). Farmers’ knowledge and perceptions on management of Leptocybe invasa on Eucalyptus species in western Kenya. Discovery and innovation, 19(4): 287-293.
  8. Nyeko, P. Mutitu K. E., and Day, R. K. (2009). Eucalyptus infestation by Leptocybe invasa in Uganda. African Journal of Ecology, Vol. 47, Pages 299 – 307.
  9. Otieno, B., Mutitu K. E., Mwangi, L., and Minjire, M. (2009). Insect Pests and diseases associated with Eucalyptus hybrids clones in Kenya. A short Communication. Journal of East African Natural Resources Management (JEANARM). Vol. 3. No. 1, 2009. Pages 252 – 256.
  10. Nyeko P., Mutitu K. E., Otieno B., Ngae G., and Day R (2010). Variations in Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) population and infestation on eucalyptus germplasms in Uganda and Kenya. International Journal of Pest Management (IJPM) Vol. 56, No. 2 April – June 2010, Pages 137 - 144.

Book Chapters

  1. E. M. Mwanza and K. E. Mutitu (1992). Diseases and Insect Pests of Trees. In A Dryland Forestry Handbook for Kenya. Published by KEFRI. 95 pages.
  2. Day, R. K. Day, M. T. K. Kairo, Y, J. Abraham, T. Murphy, K. E. Mutitu, and C. Z. Chilima (2003). Biological Control of Homopteran Pests of Conifer in Africa. A Book Chapter In Biological Control in IPM Systems in Africa. Edited by P. Neuenschwander, C. Borgemeister and J. Langewald. Wallingford, Oxon, UK; Cambridge, MA, USA: CABI Pub. In association with the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. ISBN 0851996396.DOI 10.1079/9780851996394.000.
  3. 5.3 Technical Notes/Research Note/Protocols/Guidelines/Bulletins/Proceedings
  4. Mutitu K. E., L. Mwangi, B. Otieno, and M. Minjire (2008). Pests and Diseases Associated with Eucalyptus in Kenya. KEFRI Research Note No. 7. June 2008.
  5. Mutitu, K. E., R. K. Day, T. Cross, P. Chege, and M. Lusele (1992). Rearing of Cypress Aphids In IIBC Technical Bulletin Series, No. 1: Biological Control of Forest Aphids in Africa.
  6. R. K. Day, S. Atuahene, M. Gichora, K. E. Mutitu, and D. Chacha (1993). Sampling Cypress Aphids. In IIBC Technical Bulletin Series, No. 2: Biological Control of Forest Aphids in Africa.
  7. Oballa P., Chagala-Odera E., Wamalwa L., Oeba V., Mutitu E. and Mwangi L. (2005). The performance of Eucalyptus hybrid clones and local landraces in various agr-oecological zones in kenya. A technical KEFRI Report. March 2005, Pp 1-13.
  8. Mutitu, K. E, R. K. Day, T. Cross, C. Chilima, and J. Agano (1994). Rearing Pine woolly Aphids. In IIBC Technical Bulletin Series, No. 3: Biological Control of Forest Aphids in Africa.
  9. Mutitu K. E. Muchiri, M. N., Mwangi, L. (March 2007). Sensitization of Eucalyptus growers on status of Blue gum chalcid, Leptocybe invasa in Kenya. Proceedings of the Blue gum Chalcid, L. invasa workshop at Bungoma Kenya.
  10. Mwatika, N., Orinda B., Wairungu S., Mutitu E., Mwangi L., and Kuria D., (2014): Guidelines for monitoring pests and diseases for on-farm tree species

Academic Thesis

  1. Mutitu, E. K (2016). Invasion history of Thaumastocoris peregrinus and development of a biological control agent. PhD Thesis. University of Pretoria. South Africa.
  2. Mutitu, K. E. (1997). Effect of Clonal and site factors on feeding behaviour of Large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis, (L.) (Col. Curculionidae). MSc. Thesis. Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. University of London. UK.


  • Sept. 2017 : Current Position – Chief Research Scientist (CRS), Integrated Pest Management (IPM), KEFRI
  • 2009-2017 : Principal Research Scientist – Forest Entomologist in IPM Section in KEFRI
  • 1996-2009 : Senior Research Officer - Forest Entomologist in IPM Section in KEFRI
  • 1992-1996 : Project Entomologist – Conifer Aphids Project, International Institute of Biological Control (IIBC), Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1994-1996 : Research Officer – IPM Section, KEFRI Nairobi Kenya
  • 1989-1991 : Assistant Research Officer, Entomology and Zoology Section, KEFRI, Nairobi, Kenya.

Administrative Responsibility

  1. Dec. 2019 to date : Regional Director (RD), Central Highlands Eco-Region Research Programme (CHERP), Muguga, KEFRI.

Academic Qualification

2016 PhD in Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

1997 Master of Science in Applied Entomology, University of London, Imperial College, UK

1997 Diploma in Pest Management, Imperial College, UK

1989 BSc. (Botany and Zoology), University of Nairobi, Kenya

Other Courses

Dec 2019 Senior Management Course (SMC 320/2019)

April 2010 ISO 19011 Course for Auditors to FSC® Standards

April 2019 FSC® Forest Management Auditor cours

July 2009 Course on Public Procurement by Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA)

May 2009 Course on Pest Surveillance and Monitoring Methodologies

2008 Training course on Eucalyptus galls wasp and their management in Israel

2000 Course on Science writing, Editing and Oral Presentation

1998 Course on Introduction to Bryology and Tropical Cryptogams Ecology in Uganda

1997 Course on Biological Control of Arthropod Pests and Weeds

1992 Course on Scientific photography

1992 Course on Insect Classification and Identification for Agriculture and Forestry

1992 Training on tree climbing and seed harvesting

1991 Training on Micro-computers for Scientific and Technological Information Handling

1990 Training of Trainers course