Dr. Paul K. Kimurto

Dr. Paul K. Kimurto

Senior Lecturer,

Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, ,

Faculty of Agriculture

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: +254 – 725-309162

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EDUCATION

2008

PhD Crop Physiology/Agronomy

Egerton University, Kenya & ATB, Germany

2000

Master of Science Agronomy (Crop Production)

Egerton University, Kenya.

1995

BSc Agriculture (Agronomy)

Egerton University, Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Crop Physiology, Agronomy, Crop modeling & Crop improvement, Breeding

WORK EXPERIENCE

April 2009 - Present

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

2005-2009

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

2005-2007

Research Fellow, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Njoro, Kenya

2001-2004

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University, Kenya

1996-2000

Assistant lecturer/Research Assistant, Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University, Kenya

 

 

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

2013 -2014

Improving Pigeon Pea productivity in Semi-Arid areas of Rift valley for enhanced food security Funded by Egerton University Division of Research & ICRISAT (Ksh 500,000)

2011-2015

Improving Live hoods of smallholder farmers in drought-prone areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia through enhanced grain legume production and productivity (Tropical Legume II-TLII). Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/ICRISAT

2010-2013

HOPE for Finger Millets; Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement of Millets in ESA and Kenya’s Rift valley. Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation & ICRISAT (Ksh 2.7 million-U$,35,548)

2013-2014

CIAT/PABRA Bean Seed systems Project -Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance which aims to overcome constraints in common bean production and marketing. Funded by International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) US$ 8,000, Ksh 680,000)

2012-2015

AGRA-PhD student funding for Application of Molecular breeding Techniques in Chickpea at University of Ghana under West Africa Institute for Crop Improvement (WACCI) and Egerton University, Kenya. Funded by AGRA and Generation Challenge Project (GCP)

2009-2014

Improving Tropical Legume Productivity for Marginal environments in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia using Modern Breeding approaches: Phase II. Funded by Generation Challenge Program (GCP)

2011-2012

Genetic Diversity analysis of local Kenyan and ICRISAT developed finger millets using SSR markers. Funded by Generation Challenge Program (GCP) (Ksh 992,000-US$ 11,950)

2011-2013

Pearl millet innovations for improved livelihoods in drought-prone areas of Eastern and Central Africa (ECA); Kenya dryland areas of Rift valley and Eastern in collaboration with UON. Funded by ASARECA US$ 63,000

2010-2013

Responding to Tran-boundary Threat of Wheat Black Stem Rust (Ug99) Funded by IAEA PI-Prof Kinyua M.G. (as Co-PI) Project umber INT/5/150

2009-2010

Molecular characterization of drought tolerant chickpea germplasm for introduction into the Kenyan ASALs. Funded by Egerton University (Ksh. 399,400)

2010-2014

Enhancing Infrastructural Capacity for NARS to conduct Modern Breeding through Chickpea Research by establishing Modern Greenhouse, Irrigation, Weather stations and Lab equipment for Crops Department at Egerton University. Funded by Generation Challenge Program/ICRISAT (GCP) US$ 35,450)

2012-2015

SORGHUM VALUE CHAIN; Enhancing sorghum production, processing and marketing for improved small-holder incomes and livelihoods in Kenya Funded by KAPAP 2nd COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANTS PI Dr Cheruiyot

2012-2014

Promotion of finger millet (Eleusine coracana) and Chickpea (Cicer arietinum production and use by developing improved varieties using Nuclear and biotechnology techniques. Funded by IAEA

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Kimurto P.K, Towett B.K., Mulwa R.M.S., Njogu N., Jeptanui L., Gangarao N.V.R.O., Silim S., Kaloki P.K., Korir P.K. & Macharia J.K. 2013. Evaluation of chickpea genotypes for resistance to Ascochyta blight (Ascochyta rabiei) disease in the dry highlands of Kenya. Journal of Phytopathologia Mediterranea (2013) 52, (1); 613−611.

2.

Kimurto Paul K, Bernard Towett, Richard S. Mulwa, Nancy Njogu, Alice Kosgei, Serah Songok, Moses Oyier, Daniel Rutto, Paul Korir, Gangarao Rao, Said Silim, Peter Kaloki, Ruth Muruiki, Grace Barmao and Ogola Ochanda. 2013. An overview of chickpea breeding programs in Kenya. In Press Journal of Crop Science

3

Rajeev K. Varshney S. Murali Mohan, Pooran M. Gaur, N.V.P.R. Gangarao, Manish K. Pandey, Abhishek Bohra, Shrikant L. Sawargaonkar, Annapurna Chitikineni, Paul K. Kimurto, Pasupuleti Janila, K.B. Saxena, Asnake Fikre, Mamta Sharma, Abhishek Rathore, Aditya Pratap, Shailesh Tripathi, Subhojit Datta, S.K. Chaturvedi, Nalini Mallikarjuna, G. Anuradha, Anita Babbar, Arbind K. Choudhary, M.B. Mhase, Ch. Bharadwaj, D.M. Mannur, P.N. Harer, Baozhu Guo, Xuanxqiang Liang, N. Nadarajan, C.L.L. Gowda. 2013. Achievements and prospects of genomics-assisted breeding in three legume crops of the semi-arid tropics. Biotechnology Advances 34: 23-33, 2013

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Kimurto P.K., Mulwa R.M.S., Towett B.K., Cheruiyot E.K., Gangarao R., Silim S., Rutto, D.K., Kirui G., Gaur P and Varshney R. 2013. Screening for Drought and Pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera) tolerance in selected Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) germplasm in Semi-arid areas of Kenya. Accepted Egerton Journal of Science & Technology.

5

Kimurto P.K, Ogola J.B.O. Kinyua M.G and Towett 2013. Biochemical and physiological basis of drought tolerance in wheat: A review. . In press South African Journal of Plant and Soil Vol 31 (2).

6

Kimurto P.K, Towett B.K. Mulwa R.M.S., Cheruiyot E.K, Gangarao R and Silim S, Rajeev, V, Gaur P Kirui G and Rutto E. 2013. Screening for Drought Tolerance in Selected Chickpea (Cicer Arietinum L.) germplasm in semi-arid areas of Kenya. In Press Journal of Discovery and Innovation 2012

7

Shivachi A, Kinyua M.G, Kiplagat K.O and Kimurto P.K, & Towett B.K. 2012. Cooking time and sensory evaluation of selected Dolichos (Lablab purpureus) genotypes. 2012. African Journal of Food Science and Technology; 3(6) 24-32

8

Kimurto, P.K, K. Gottschalk, J.B.O. Ogola, M.G. Kinyua and W. Herppich 2010. Crop conceptual model for predicting productivity of bread wheat in semi-arid Kenya. Engineering International: CIGR Journal, CIGR Vol. 12, No. 3.

9

Kimurto P.K., Ogola, J.B.O, Kinyua, M.G., Macharia, J.K. and Njau, P.N. 2009. Physiological traits associated with drought tolerance in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under tropical conditions. South African Journal of Plant and Soil Vol 26(2): 80-90.

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Korir P.C, Nyabundi J.O and Kimurto P.K. 2006. Responses of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to moisture stress conditions in Kenya. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences 5 (1): 24-32.

11

Kimurto P.K, Kinyua M.G, Birech R, Korir P.C, Njoka E.M, and Njau, P.N. 2005. Root and shoot characteristics as selection criteria for drought tolerance in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) at seedling stage under tropical environment. Journal of Discovery and Innovation 17 (1-2): 74-84.

12

Kimurto, P. K., Kinyua, M. G., Ogolla, J. B. O., Macharia, J. M., Njau, P. N. 2005. Responses of some bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) germplasm to varying drought stress conditions under rain shelter. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences 4(3): 284-292

13

Kinyua M.G, Njau P. N., Kimurto P.K., and Mulusyki. N. 2005. Drought tolerant wheat varieties developed through mutation breeding technique. Journal of Science and Technology 3 (5): 44-53..

14

Kimurto, P.K. M.G. Kinyua, J.M. Njoroge and Njoka E. 2004. Use of Rain shelter to assess watering regimes x wheat genotypes interaction in Kenya. Egerton Journal of Science and Technology 5(1): 142-154.

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Kimurto, P.K., M.G. Kinyua and J.M. Njoroge. 2003. Response of bread wheat genotypes to drought simulation in Kenya. African Crop Science Journal 12 (1) 14-22

INNOVATIONS AND PRODUCTS

1

Njoka E.M., Kimurto P.K., Towett B.K. Ogumu M.O., Ngolo A., Macharia J.K. and Gatongi I. 2009. Development and Release of 3 bean varieties (Chelalang, Tasha and Ciankui) for Commercial Production in high ad medium altitudes of Kenya. KEPHIS Reports, 2009 and Kenya Gazette Vol 9 (3), 2009

2.

Kimurto P.K. and Towett B.K., Gatongi I. 2011. Development and Release of 2 chickpea varieties (EU Chania Desi 1, EU Chania Desi 2) for commercial production in Kenya. KEPHIS Reports, 2012 and Kenya Gazette Vol 16 (3), 2013

3.

Kimurto P.K., Towett B.K. and Mulwa R.M.S. 2011. Development, Evaluation and Release of 1 Medium Duration Pigeon pea Variety (Egerton Mbaazi 1) for Commercial Production in ASALs of Kenya. KEPHIS Reports, 2013 and Kenya Gazette 2013

RESEARCH AREAS AND INTERESTS

Drought stress crop physiology, Dryland Resource use in cropping systems, Crop improvement and breeding for resilience agriculture, modeling for increased productivity in drylands, development and validation of breeding techniques for increased crop productivity in ASALs, Drought Technology and Seed Production.