Prof. Richard M.S. Mulwa, PhD

Prof. Richard M.S. Mulwa, PhD

Assoc. Professor and Director, Institute of Crop Management Research Training

Faculty of Agriculture,

Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: +254 - 722 557 037

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EDUCATION

2005

Ph.D., Horticultural Biotechnology

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

2000

Master of Applied Science, Horticulture

University of Melbourne, Australia.

1997

Graduate Diploma in Production Horticulture

University of Melbourne, Australia

1995

B.Sc. Horticulture

Egerton University, Kenya

1990

Diploma in Horticulture

Egerton University, Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Fruit Science, Horticultural Plant Biotechnology

WORK EXPERIENCE

April 2013

Associate Professor of Horticulture, Egerton University

Sept 2009 - present

Director, Crop Management Research Training Project, Egerton University

2009 - 2013

Senior Lecturer, CHS Department

2006-2009

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

2001-2005

Teaching Assistant/ Research Assistant, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

2000-2001

Assistant lecturer, Egerton University

1997-2000

PC2 Greenhouse manager, Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Group, University of Melbourne, Australia

1997-1999

Harvest/ grading supervisor, Seville Cherry Orchard, Aitken Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia.

1995-1997

Teaching Assistant, Egerton University

1990-1992

Demonstrator in horticulture, Egerton University

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

2013 - 2016

Cassava Post Harvest Value Addition for Improved Food, Nutrition Security and better Livelihoods in Kenya (Ksh. 17M)

2011-2013

Improvement and mainstreaming production of indigenous vegetables in Kenya. KAPAP funded project (Ksh 3,600,000)

2011

Genetic characterization of local Kenyan and ICRISAT developed finger millets. GCP funded (US$ 5, 000)

2010

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

2010

Development of research greenhouse for Crops Department at Egerton University. GCP funded Project (Ksh. 1,200,000)

2009-2012

Evaluation of advanced lines of pigeon pea and chickpea in arid zones of the Rift Valley in Kenya. GCP TL1 funded project (US$ 30, 000)

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

E. A. Masinde, J. N. Malinga, W.A. Ngenya, R.M.S. Mulwa and M. Cakir. (2014). Molecular characterization of resistance to Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia Kurdjumov) in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) line “KRWA9”. International Journal of Biotechnology and molecular Biology Research, 5(6): 68 – 75.

2

Mahendar Thudi, Pooran M. Gaur, Lakshmanan Krishnamurthy, Reyazul R. Mir, Himabindu Kudapa, Asnake Fikre , Paul Kimurto, Shailesh Tripathi, Khela R. Soren, Richard Mulwa, Chellapilla Bharadwaj, Subhojit Datta , Sushil K. Chaturvedi and Rajeev K. Varshney. 2014. Genomics-assisted breeding for drought tolerance in chickpea. Functional Plant Biology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/FP13318

3

Paul K. KIMURTO1, Bernard TOWETT, Richard S. MULWA, Nancy NJOGU, Alice KOSGEI, SerahSONGOK, Moses OYIER, Daniel RUTTO, Paul KORIR, GangaraoRAO, Said SILIM, Peter KALOKI, Ruth MURUIKI, Grace BARMAO and Joseph K. MACHARIA. (2014). An overview of chickpea breeding programs in Kenya. Legume Perspectives, 3: 55 - 57

4

Paul K. KIMURTO, Bernard K. TOWETT, Richard S. MULWA, Nancy NJOGU, Lilian J. JEPTANUI, Gangarao

N.V.P.R. RAO, Said SILIM, Peter KALOKI, Paul KORIR and Joseph K. MACHARIA. (2013). Evaluation of chickpea genotypes for resistance to Ascochyta blight (Ascochyta rabiei) disease in the dry highlands of Kenya. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 52(1), 212−221

5

F.O. Amulaka, R.S. Pathak, M. Cakir, J.N. Maling’a, and R.M.S. Mulwa. (2013). Development and Characterization of Wheat Germplasm with Combined Resistance to Russian Wheat Aphid and Stem Rust (race ‘ug99’) in Kenya. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 4: 767-773.

6

F.O. Amulaka, R.S. Pathak, M. Cakir, J.N. Maling’a, and R.M.S. Mulwa*. (2013). Yield Evaluation of a Wheat Line with Combined Resistance to Russian Wheat Aphid and Stem Rust Race ‘Ug99’ in Kenya. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 4: 1494-1499.

7

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. Screening for Drought and Pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera) tolerance in selected Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) germplasm in Semi-arid areas of Kenya. Submitted to Plant Varieties Journal.

8

Kitonga-Mwanza, L.M., Swiader J. and Mulwa, R.M.S. 2011. Evaluation of SPAD Chlorophyll Fluorescence for Onsite Nitrogen Assessment in Drip Fertigated Sweet Corn. Journal of Applied Horticulture, 13(1): 13-17

9

Mulwa, R.M.S., Norton, M.A. and Skirvin, R.M. 2010. Plant Regeneration via Somatic Embryogenesis from Leaf and Floral Explants of ‘Chancellor’ Wine Grape. Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology, 20(2): 157-170

10

Gesimba, R.M., Struve, D.K., Rhodes, L. and R.M.S. Mulwa. 2010. The effect of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Passiflorae on wilt development in Passiflora species from Kenya. Bots. J. Agric. Appl. Sci, 6 (2):41-48.

11

Shehata, A., Mulwa, R.M.S., Babadoost, M., Uchanski, M., Norton, M.A. Walters, A.S. and R.M. Skirvin. 2009. Horseradish: Botany, Horticulture, Breeding. In Jules Janick (ed): Horticultural Reviews, 35: 221-261.

12

Mulwa, R.M.S. and P.L. Bhalla. 2007. Assessment of clonal stability of in vitro regenerated shoots of Macadamia tetraphylla by RAPD analysis. Australian J. Agric. Research, 58: 253-257.

13

Mulwa, R.M.S., Norton, M.A., Farrand, S.K. and R.M. Skirvin. 2007. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and regeneration of transgenic ‘Chancellor’ wine grape plants expressing the tfdA gene. Vitis, 46(3): 110-115.

14

Skirvin, R.M., Norton, M.A., Mulwa, R., Shehata, A., Uchanski, M. and Wannarat, W. 2007. Somatic embryogenesis of horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) plants. In: Horseradish Research Review and Proceedings from the Horseradish Growers School, January, 25th, 2007, Collinsville, IL. Pp 23-24.

15

Mulwa, R.M.S., Norton, M.A. and Skirvin, R.M. 2006. In vitro regeneration and genetic engineering for grapevine (Vitis spp.) improvement. In: Recent Research Developments in Agron.and Hort., 2(2006), pp 13-38.

16

Mulwa, R.M.S. and P.L. Bhalla. 2006. In vitro plant regeneration from immature seed cotyledon explants of Macadamia. Plant Cell Reports, 25: 1281-1286.

17

Mulwa, R.M.S. and Mwanza, L.M. 2006. Biotechnology approaches to developing crop herbicide tolerance/ selectivity. African Journal of Biotechnology, 5: 396-404.

PATENTS

Skirvin, R.M., Mulwa, R.M.S., Norton, M.A. and Farrand, S. 2009. 'Improved Chancellor' grape. United States Plant Patent PP20428, October 20, 2009.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Horticulture, Viticulture and Plant Biotechnology. Sexual and Asexual improvement of crop plants.

 

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