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Dr. Mwanarusi Saidi, PhD

Dr. Mwanarusi Saidi, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Horticulture Programs

Faculty of Agriculture,

Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: +254 - 722 739 311

Email: mwanarusi@yahoo.com OR This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

EDUCATION

2009

Ph.D., Horticulture (Olericulture)

Michigan State University, USA/Egerton University, Kenya

2000

MSc. Horticulture (Olericulture)

Egerton University, Kenya

1995

B.Sc. Horticulture

Egerton University, Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Vegetable science, Cropping systems, crop environment manipulation, insect pest management

WORK EXPERIENCE

May 2011 - present

Coordinator, Horticulture programs in the department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University

Feb 2012 - Present

Senior Lecturer, Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University

2007-2012

Lecturer, Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University.

2001-2007

Assistant Lecturer, Egerton University

1996-2001

Teaching Assistant, Egerton University

1995-1996

Assistant Farm Manager, Coast Development Authority, Kenya

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

2013-2016

Strengthening University capacity to enhance competitiveness of Agribusiness in East and West Africa - ACP-EU Co-operation Programme in Higher Education (EDULINK II) - (Euro 496,368)

2010- 2014

Low cost pest exclusion and microclimate modification for small scale vegetable growers in East and West Africa– Funded by USAID – HortCRSP (US $ 500,000)

2012-2014

Linking agriculture to tourism for improved livelihoods in coastal Kenya - Funded by NCST (Ksh 2,823 000)

2012 - 2013

Potential of integrating African indigenous vegetables into agropastoral livelihoods for income and food security: The case of Narok and Kajiado Counties, Kenya s – Funded by the African Economic Research Consortium (US$ 15, 000)

2012-2013

Vermicomposting for organic waste management and improved vegetable yields. Funded by Egerton University (Ksh. 400,000)

2008- 2009

Economic assessment of cowpea as influenced by leaf harvesting and cropping regime. Funded by Egerton University (Ksh. 400,000)

2006-2007

Optimization of watermelon production in semi arid areas of Marigat through enhanced utilization of organic nutrient sources’. (Ksh. 200,000)

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Rioba, N.B., F.M. Itulya, M. Saidi, Nirit B. and Dudai N. 2015. Effect of nitrogen, phosphorus and irrigation frequency on essential oil content and composition of sage (Salvia officinalis L.). Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 2 (2015) 21–29

2

Gogo E.O., M. Saidi, J.M. Ochieng, T. Martin, V. Baird and M. Ngouajio. 2014. Microclimate modification and insect pest exclusion using agronet improve pod yield and quality of French bean. HortScience 49(10):1298–1304.

3

Muleke, E.M., M. Saidi, F.M. Itulya, T. Martin and M. Ngouajio. 2014. Enhancing Cabbage (Brassica oleraceae Var capitata) Yields and Quality through Microclimate Modification and Physiological Improvement Using Agronet Covers. Sustainable Agriculture Research; Vol. 3, No. 2; pp 24-34.

4

Gogo E.O., M. Saidi, F.M. Itulya, T. Martin and M. Ngouajio. 2014. Eco-friendly nets and floating row covers reduce pest infestation and improve tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) yields for smallholder farmers in Kenya. Agronomy 2014, 4, 1-12; doi:10.3390/agronomy4010001.

5

Martin. T, A. Kamal, E. Gogo, M. Saidi, E. Dele´ Tre´, R. Bonafos, S. Simon, and M. Ngouajio. 2014. Repellent effect of alphacypermethrin-treated netting against Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). Journal of Economic Entomology Vol. 107, no. 2: pp 684-690.

6

Wachira J.M., P. M. Mshenga and M. Saidi. 2014. Comparison of the profitability of small-scale greenhouse and open-field tomato production systems in Nakuru-North District, Kenya. Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 6(2): pp54-61.

7

Rioba B. N, M. Saidi and F.M. Itulya. 2014. Effects of nitrogen, phosphorus and irrigation regimes on growth and leaf productivity of sage (Salvia officinalis L.) in Kenya. Annals of Biological Research vol 5 (2):84-91.

8

Saidi M., E.O.Gogo, F.M. Itulya, T. Martin, and M. Ngouajio. 2013. Microclimate modification using eco-friendly nets and floating row covers improves tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) yield and quality for small holder farmers in East Africa. Agricultural Science. vol.4, No.11, 577-584. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/as.2013.411078.

9

Jeptoo, A., J.N. Aguyoh, and M. Saidi. 2013. Tithonia manure improves carrot yield and quality. Global Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Health Sciences vol.2 (4):136-142

10

Muleke E.M., M. Saidi, F.M. Itulya, T. Martin, and M. Ngouajio. 2013. The assessment of the use of eco-friendly nets to ensure sustainable cabbage seedling production in Africa. Agronomy 3:1-12.

11

Agnes Jeptoo, Joseph N. Aguyoh and Mwanarusi Saidi. 2013. Improving Carrot Yield and Quality through the Use of Bio-slurry Manure. Sustainable Agriculture Research; Vol. 2 (1):164-172.

12

Isaboke, H.N., P. Mshenga and M. Saidi. 2012. The Effect of Butternut Squash (Cucurbita moschata) on the Incomes of the Small-Holders in Suba District, Kenya. Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 4(5): 319-324.

13

Gogo E.O., M. Saidi, F.M. Itulya, T. Martin, and M. Ngouajio. 2012. Microclimate Modification Using Eco-Friendly Nets for High Quality Tomato Transplant Production by Small-Scale Farmers in East Africa. HortTechnology 22(3):292-298.

14

Isaboke, H.N., P. Mshenga, B.K. Mutai and M. Saidi. 2012. Determinants of adoption of butternut squash (cucurbita moschata) farming among small-holders in Suba district, Kenya. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development 9: 82-97.

15

Saidi M., F. M. Itulya, J. Aguyoh, and M. Ngouajio. 2010. Effects of cowpea leaf harvesting initiation time and frequency on tissue nitrogen content and productivity of a dual purpose cowpea-maize intercrop. HortScience, 45(3):369-375. 2010.

16

Saidi M., F. M. Itulya, J. Aguyoh, and M. Ngouajio. 2010. Leaf harvesting time and frequency affect vegetative and grain yield of cowpea. Agronomy Journal. 102:827-833.

17

Aguyoh J.N, W. Audi, M. Saidi and L. Gao-Qiong (2010) Growth, yields and quality response of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus (Thumb) Mansf. & nakai) Cv. Crimson Sweet) subjected to different levels of tithonia manure. International Journal of Science and .Nature 1(1):7-11.

18

Saidi M., F.M. Itulya, J.N. Aguyoh, and P.M. Mshenga. (2010) .Yields and profitability of a dual-purpose sole cowpea and cowpea-maize intercrop as influenced by cowpea leaf harvesting frequency. ARPN Journal of Agriculture and Biological Science 5(5):65-71.

19

Saidi M., F.M. Itulya, J.N. Aguyoh, G. Owuor and P.M. Mshenga. (2010) .Effects of cowpea leaf harvesting initiation time on yields and profitability of a dual-purpose sole cowpea and cowpea-maize intercrop. EJEAFChe 9(6):1134-1144.

20

Saidi M., M. Ngouajio, F.M. Itulya F.M. and J. Ehler. (2007). Leaf harvesting initiation time and frequency affect biomass partitioning and yield of cowpea (Vigna unguculata (L) Walp. Crop Science Journal 47:1159 – 1166.

21

Saidi, M. and F.M. Itulya. 2006. Effect of intercropping collard with beans or onions on aphid population and yields of collard under high altitude conditions in Kenya. Tanzanian Journal of Agricultural Science 7(2):57-66.

22

Said M. and F.M. Itulya (2003). Intercropping and nitrogen management effects on diamondback moth damage and yields of collards in the highlands of Kenya. African. Crop Science.11(1):35-42

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Horticulture, General Horticulture, Vegetable cropping systems, manipulation of crop environment, nutrient and pest management, Adaptive research

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