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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PhD Crop Physiology/Agronomy

Egerton University, Kenya & ATB, Germany


Master of Science Agronomy (Crop Production)

Egerton University, Kenya.


BSc Agriculture (Agronomy)

Egerton University, Kenya


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


April 2009 - Present

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


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


Research Fellow, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Njoro, Kenya


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


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




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)


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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


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


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)


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


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



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.


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


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


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.


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).


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


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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..


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.


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



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


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


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


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.

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