Ongoing Research Projects in Plant Science and Crop Protection

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Ongoing Projects

Project Name Sponsor Start Year End YearAmountProject Link
Development Of Integrated Management Methods For Banana Weevil In Central Province

KARI,National Council for Science and Technology

Principal invesitgators: Dr.  Shelminth Waruguru, Prof. J. Kimenju & D. Kilalo

2012 2014 Kshs. 2,000,000.00 View Details
Enhancing Production, Value Addition And Marketing Of Indigenous Vegetables (cowpea, Spider Plant, Nightshades, Amaranth, Pumpkin), French Beans And Mushrooms Among Smallholder Farmers In Kenya

 Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Program (KAPAP)

Principal Investigators: Prof. A. W. Mwang’ombe,Dr. M. Hutchinson, Prof. J. Nderitu Mount Kenya University,


2011 2014 Kshs 3,866,463.00 View Details
Enhancing Kenya’s Food Security In The Face Of Climate Change Through Improved Potato Productivity

Collaborators: KARI -Tigoni

Principal Investigators:Dr. R. Nyankanga Dr. Charles Lungaho  ,Prof. S. Shibairo


2011 2014 Kshs 1,800,000.00 View Details
Occurrence And Evaluation Of Maize Germplasm To Common Rust Disease In Kenya

UoN Deans Committee grant

Principal investigator: Dr. W. Muiru

2011 2014 Kshs. 250,000.00 View Details
Enhancing Cassava Productivity, Value Addition And Market Access For Food And Feed And Nutritional Security: Empowering Women Farmers At The Kenyan Coast

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

Principal Investigators: Prof. A.W. Mwang’ombe, Dr. R. Mwinga, Prof N . Karanja, Prof S.K, Mbugua,,Dr. T. Munga, Prof. F. Olubayo, Dr. K. Ngugi



2011 2013 Kshs. 10,426,840 View Details
Multipurpose Legumes And Management Strategies For Reinvigorating And Maintaining The Health And Productivity Of Smallholder Mixed Farming Systems.

 Mcknight Foundation

Principal investigators:Dr. J. W. Muthomi, Dr. Ojiem, Prof. J. H. Nderitu, Dr. S. Mwonga

2011 2013 Kshs. 2,000,000.00 View Details
Conserve And Screen Premimium Value Indigenous Plant Biodiversity And Products On Small-holder Farming Systems Of Lake Basin In East Africa


Principal investigators: Dr. Namutebi (makerere) and Prof. L. S. Akundabweni


2011 2013 US$. 30,000 View Details
Mechanisms For Multiplication And Distribution Of Disease Free Planting Material For Improved Passion Fruit Production

National Council for Science and Technology

Principal investigators: Dora C. Kilalo, Dr. M. Hutchinson, Mr. Kori Njuguna, Dr Esther Kimani, Mrs. Lucy Njenga, Mrs. Lydia Njuguna

2011 2013 Ksh. 2,000,000.00 View Details
Enhancing Sorghum Production, Processing And Marketing For Improved Small-holder Incomes And Livelihoods In Kenya

Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPP)

Principal investigators:Dr. Erick Cheruiyot, Dr. E. Ngugi, Prof. G. Ouma, Mr. M. Kaibui, Dr. J. Mutysia, Dr. J. Mukhwana, Dr. I Agina, Dr. J. Mutunga, Mr. L. Maina

2011 2013 Kshs 1,663,667.00 in year one View Details
Value Added Bean Technologies For Enhancing Food Security, Nutrition, Income And Resilience To Cope With Climate Change And Variability Challenges In Eastern Africa.

Bioresources Innovation Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate).

Principal Investigators: Prof. P. M. Kimani/Mr. D. Karanja

2011 2013 US$ 82,900 in year one View Details
Screening Finger Millet Varieties For Adaptation To Drought Prone Ecological Regions Of Eastern Kenya As A Strategy To Combat Food Insecurity And Climate Change


2011 2013 US$ 59 930 View Details
Abundance, Genetic Diversity And Nodulation Efficiency Of Cowpea (vigna Unguiculata L.) Rhizobia In South Western Kenya Soils

National Council for Science and Technology

2011 2013 Kshs. 1,200,000.00 View Details
Enhancing Productivity Of Maize – Cowpea Intercropping Systems In Coastal Lowland Kenya Through Drought Resilent Varieties And Improved Water And Nutrient Management

National Council for Science and Technology

2011 2013 Kshs 800,000.00 View Details
Improving Incomes For Smallholder Farmers And Other Value Chain Actors Through Enhanced Productivity, Post Harvest Handling Technologies, Value Addition And Marketing Of Mango And Passion Fruit Products

KARI, Kenyatta University, Kamurugu/RIDA, KEFRI, Kamumo Products, JKUAT, KENFAP

2011 2012 Kshs. 825,000.00 View Details
Contribution Of Cleome Gynandra (cat’s Whiskers) To Food, Nutrition And Income For Rural Populations 2011 2012 Kshs. 250,000.00 View Details
Establishment Of Seed Enterprise Management Institute Project, To Facilitate Capacity Building And Support Quality Seed Production For Increased Food Security And Poverty Alleviation.

University of Nairobi, CIMMYT, AGRA and Iowa State University

2010 2013 US$ 4,508,686 Semis-Africa
Enhancing Productivity Of Drybean In The Face Of Climate Variability Through Drought Resilient Varieties.

KARI, Ministry of Agriculture

2010 2012 US$ 60,000 View Details
Enhancing The Postharvest Shelf Life Of Passion Fruits Grown Under Different Agro-ecological Conditions Through Application Of An Ethylene Inhibitor, 1-methylcyclpropene (1-mcp).

University of Nairobi and JKUAT 

2010 2012 US $ 9,400 View Details
Management Of The African White Rice Stem Borer, Maliarpha Separatella Ragonot (lepidoptera: Pyralidae) In Kenya 2010 2012 Kshs. 1,200,000.00 View Details
Role Of Hormonal Cross Talk And Signaling In The Postharvest Physiology Of Lisianthus Cut Flowers 2010 2012 Kshs. 1,200,000.00 View Details
Building Human And Institutional Capacity For Enhancing The Conservation And Use Of Neglected And Underutilized Species Of Crops In West Africa, And Eastern And Southern Africa

University of Nairobi, RUFORUM, IFS, Bioversity International, African Network for Agriculture, IRDCAM-(Benin), PGRRI (Ghana), University of Malawi

2009 2013 Euro 38,540.60 in year one View Details
Improving Tropical Legume Productivity For Marginal Environments In Sub-saharan Africa

University of Nairobi (CIAT, EAIR (Ethiopia), PABRA, Agric Research Council-Zimbabwe, CIAT-Malawi, Chitedze Agric Research Institute-Malawi

2009 2012 US$92,000 View Details
Strengthening Capacity For Marker Assisted Breeding For Common Bean In Eastern Africa

University of Nairobi, Makerere University

2009 2012 Kshs. 8,925,404.00 View Details
Amaranth Grain Production And Value Addition For Improved Livelihoods In The Lake Victoria Basin (lvb)

University of Nairobi, Makerere University Uganda, VEDCO

2008 2012 US$ 150,000 View Details
Centre Of Phytosanitary Excellence KEPHIS, CAB International, and International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). 2008 2010 View Details
An Analysis Of The Adaptive Capacity Of Rural Poor To Water Scarcity In Kenya United Nations Institute for Training and Research Prof Mwangombe(PI) 2007 70,000 View Details
Improving Competitiveness Of Snap Beans For Domestic And Export Market Uganda, Tanzania, & Rwanda/ASARECA/Prof. J.H. Nderitu (PI) 2006 2009 538,714 Improving competitiveness of snap beans for domestic and export market
Developing Biotechnologies To Ameliorate Biotic And Abiotic Stresses In Sorghum (total Budget Bioearn(kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania) 2006 1,719 View Details
Agricultural Innovation In Dryland Africa (aida) EU (INCO),CIRAD,UON 2006 352,285 View Details
Capacity Building For Biosafety And Ecological Impact Assesment Of Transgend Plant In East Africa Danish institute/Chairman(PI) 2006 37,800 View Details
Enhanced Utilisation Of Nutrient Rich Beans For Improved Nutrition And Income CIAT/ Prof. P. M. Kimani(PI) 2006 48,908 View Details
Enhanced Competitivenes Of Shap Beans For Domestic & Export Markets Asareca/ Prof John Nderitu(PI) 2006 28,182 View Details
Gray Leaf Spot Disease Of Maize In Kenya Prof. Mwangombe (PI) 2006 65,811 View Details
Proposal And Scientific Writing Workshops RAIN-ASARECA/ Prof. Mwangombe (PI) 2006 View Details
Enhanced Utilization Of Nutrient Rich Beans For Nutrition And Income. CIAT, CIDA, SDC, ACABEN/Chaiman Dept. of Plant Science & Crop Protection (PI) 2005 2008 114,470 View Details
Enhancing Competitiveness Of Beans For Domestic And Export Markets ASARECA/EU/CIAT, CIDA, SDC, ACABEN/Chairman(PI) 2005 2008 110,758 View Details
Participatory On-farm Identification, Dissemination And Maintenance Of Sweet-potato Varieties RUFORUM/CIP,PRPACE,M.W Mburu(PI) 2005 2007 54,000 View Details
Marker Assisted Breeding Of The Stay-green Trait Of Sorghum To Enhance Terminal Drought Tolerance In Eastern Africa- Asareca ASARECA/Dr. L. Ngugi(PI) 2005 2007 45,000 View Details
Fighting Striga; Deploying Genes For Resistance In Sorghum ASARECA (Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea)/Dr. Kahiu Ngugi(PI) 2005 2007 400,000 View Details
A Collaborative Program On Strengthening Environmental And Agricultural Capacities Through Distance Education (seac-de) A Collaborative Program of University of Florida and CIAT in Partnership with University of Nairobi and Makerere University. It is a funded Pilot Project for Africa/Prof. Mwangombe (PI) 2005 2005 12,000 View Details
Likelihood Of Insect Pest Becoming Resistant To Insectcide Protein Rockefeller/Chairman, Dept. of Plant Science & Crop Protection/ Regina Tende(PI) 2005 8,706 View Details
Capacity Building For Faculty Of Agriculture Rockefeller/ Prof Agnes Mwangombe(PI) 2005 5,314 View Details
Partipation On Farms Identification Dissemination 7 Maintenance Of Potato Variaties Correrant To Virus Infection regional University forum/Dr Mary Mburu(PI) 2005 49,369 View Details
Intergrated Management Of Cassava Mosaic And Cassava Brown Streak Disease In Coastal Kenya Inter university Council/ Dr. Rose Njeru(PI) 2005 64,102 View Details
Staygreen Sorghum For Drought Resistance ASARECA/Biotech(PI Akundabweni, Ngugi) 2005 12,857 View Details
Marker Breeding Of The Stay-green Trait Of Sorghum To Enhance Terminal Drought Tolerance In Eastern Africa ASARECA/Levi S M Akundabweni & Dr. ECK Ngugi(PI) 2005 150,000 View Details
Gray Leaf Spot Of Maize In Kenya: Occurrence, Distribution, Pathogen Variability And Host Resistance. PROF. MWANGOMBE AGNES W.(PI) 2005 View Details
Arresting The Scourge Of Striga Weed In Sorghum In Africa By Combining The Strengths Of Marker Assisted Breeding With Farmer Participatory Approaches Lead institute-ICRISAT, Partners: KARI, ARC Sudan, MALI , Eritrea Dr. Ariga(PI) 2004 2007 133,000 View Details
Intergrating The Gender Factor In Agriculture Research Asareca/ Elias obudho(PI) 2004 7,945 View Details
The Occurance Of Head Blight Of Wheat In Kenya And The Associated Fungi IFS/ Dr. James muthomi(PI) 2004 10,399 View Details
Sweet Potato Vines Disease In Coastal Kenya UNESCO/ Rose Njeru(PI) 2004 4,337 View Details
Legume Production In Machakos District Africa Institute for capacity development/Chairman,Dept. of Plant Science & Crop protection(PI) 2004 16,359 View Details
Curriculum Development Rockefeller/ Prof Agnes Mwangombe(PI) 2003 22,533 View Details
Biofortification Project CIAT/ P. M. Kimani(PI) 2003 103,513 View Details
Phd Project DAAD/Jane Ambuko 2003 9,097 View Details
Phd Project DAAD/Muiru W. maina (PI) 2003 11,279 View Details
Traditional Vegetables Ref 2001 Fs 135 Rockefeller/ Dr. Margaret J. Hutchison(PI) 2002 78,780 View Details
Citrus Tissue Culture Project Rockefeller/ S. D. Obukosia(PI) 2001 2000 40,420 View Details
Extent Of Carrot Infection/ Mycotoxin Contamination In Maize Rockefeller/ Dr. E. Mutulu(PI) 2001 5,569 View Details
Aphid And Disease Management On Seed Potatoes (ref: 2001 Fs 097) Rockefeller/ Prof Florence Olubayo(PI) 2001 26,793 View Details
Bean Disease Rockefeller/ Prof Agnes Mwangombe(PI) 2001 48,727 View Details
Angular Leaf Spot In Beans Rockefeller/ isabel Nyokabi Wagara(PI) 2001 14,393 View Details
On Farm Rockefeller/ E. Obudho(PI) & D. Yobera 2001 1,036 View Details
Pegeon Pea Maize Intercropping Systems In Kenya Rockefeller/ Dr. Mary W. Mburu(PI) 2001 54,763 View Details
Uon Ipgri Workshop IPGRI/ Prof akundabweni(PI) 2001 21,532 View Details
African Leafy Vegetable IPGRI/ Prof akundabweni(PI) 2001 4,038 View Details
Phd Project DAAD/Isabel Wagara 2001 3,381 View Details
Intergarted Pest Management Of Snap Beans Rockefeller/ Dr. John H. Nderitu(P.I) 2001 3,160 View Details
Improvement Of Drought Tolerance And Insect Resistance In Kenya Maize Using Biotechnologies KARI, ARC Sudan, MALI , Eritrea/ Dr. Kahiu Ngugi(PI) 2000 2004 157,142 View Details
Growth, Development And Post-harvest Handling Of Several Flower And Traditional Vegetable Crops 2000 View Details
Maize And Sesame Rockefeller/ Prof. Ayieko P. O(PI) 2000 20,341 View Details
Identification Of Sweet Potato Viruses European Community/ Rose Njeru(PI) 2000 84,841 View Details
Collaborative Bean Research Project CIAT/ P. M. Kimani(PI) 2000 86,909 View Details
Omolo Ms Horticultural Program chairman, Dept. of Planct Science & Crop Protection(PI) 2000 25,525 View Details
Adoption Of Crop Production Rockefeller/ Chairman, Plant Science & Crop Protection(PI) and Prestono Chitere 1999 38,136 View Details
Approaches Preventing Micro Neutrient. Thrasher research Fund/ Dr. Solomon(PI) 1999 4,465 View Details
Biometry Curriculum Development In Faculty Of Agriculture Rockefeller/ Parinbanu Kurji(PI) 1998 22,533 View Details
Biometry Curriculum Development/ R.f. Foundation Rockefeller/ Prof. L.S.M. Akundabueni(PI) 1998 4,192 View Details
Surface Soil Loss & Erosion Rockefeller/ Dr. C.K Gachene (PI) 1998 7,591 View Details
Visiting Scientist/multiple Constraint Breeding ECABREN, USAID/Dr.Olubayo(PI) 1998 View Details
Development Of Tissue Culture Protocols For Ornamental Plants DR. HUTCHINSON M JESANG (P.I) 1997 View Details
Post-harvest Physiology Of Ornamental Crops -alstroemeria And Tuberose DR. HUTCHINSON M JESANG(PI) 1996 View Details
The Occurrence Of Head Blight Of Wheat In Kenya And The Associated Fungi. Funded by the International Foundation for Science (IFS)/DR. MUTHOMI JAMES W (P.I) View Details
Breeding And Improvement Of Maize Productivity In Semi-arid Areas. DR. NJOROGE KIARIE(P.I) View Details
Drought Stress And Physiology Of Nitrogen Use Efficiency Of Maize. DR. NJOROGE KIARIE (P.I) View Details
Seed Issues In Semi-arid Eastern Kenya; Problems And Solutions. DR. NJOROGE KIARIE(P.I) View Details
Value Addition In Maize E.g Quality Protein Maize. DR. NJOROGE KIARIE (P.I) View Details
Research On Mulberry Tree Variety Evaluation And Management For Silk Production Using Commercial Insects In Central Kenya. ICIPE and Ministry of Agriculture/Dr. Kinama J. Mwivandi(P.I) View Details
Agrometeorology And Crop Modeling In Relation To The Management Of Climatic Change In Agricultural Production Systems View Details
Root - Knot Rockefeller/ Prof. J. W. Kemenju(PI) View Details
Prebreeding Solanum Vegetables Germplasm Using The X-ray Energy Dispersive Fluorescence Analysis Atomic Agency/Akundabweni (PI) 8,000 View Details
Mosquito Repellant Plants Prof. Akundabweni(PI)/ IPGRI View Details
Agricultural Gender Integrated Reesearch In Variety Selection ASARECA OBUTHO (PI) View Details
Development Of Post Harvest Technologies In Indigenous And Traditional Vegetables And Fruits. View Details
Carrying Out Research In The General Area Of Horticulture, Crop Production And Crop Physiology. View Details
A Collaborator In Potato Seed Project With Kari, Cip And Prappace Scientists To Develop Post Harvest Technologies Of Seed Potato Tubers. View Details
Screened Tested And Preserved Many Microbial Antagonists Effective Against Important Plant Pathogens. PROF. MUTITU EUNICE W.(P.I) View Details
Common Bean (phaseolus Vulgaris) Fertilizer Response Trials: Dr. Mburu Mary Wambui K (PI) View Details
Pigeonpea (cajanus Cajan) N Contribution In Maize Based Intercrop: Dr. Mburu Mary Wambui K (PI) View Details
Screening Sweetpotato Varieties Against Sweetpotato Virus Disease (spvd). Dr. Mburu Mary Wambui K (PI) View Details