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DR PHILIP K. BETT

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LECTURER
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Faculty of Science
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Biological Sciences
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SUMMARY

Dr. Bett is a holder of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Crop Protection. He has over twenty years working experience in academia, research, public sector and civil society. Currently, he works as lecturer in Egerton University, Kenya in the Crop Protection and Zoology Sections where his main responsibilities include lecturing various Crop Protection and Zoology courses. In addition, he undertakes research on insect pest management, sustainable utilization of plant resources and community outreach initiatives.  He has over fifteen years’ experience in participatory research and project management focusing on Insect pest management, food security and sustainable utilization of plant resources.  He is currently Principal Investigator Essential Oils Tablet Formulation project and a collaborating researcher in the Natural Pest Regulation on Orphan Crop Legumes in Africa (NaPROCLA) and the Pigeon pea Technologies, Innovations, Management practices for Enhanced Productivity, Food and Nutrition Security of Small Communities in Kenya Project. Furthermore he has authored/co-authored   over 30 scientific articles including refereed journals, one book chapter, one book editorial, conference proceedings and research reports

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

1990: BSc (Zoology), University of Nairobi, Kenya

1995: MSc (Agricultural Entomology), University of Nairobi, Kenya

2015: PhD (Crop Protection-Entomology), University of Nairobi, Kenya

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION
  • Zoology
  • Crop Protection
  • Botanical Pesticides Technology
  • Biostatistics
  • Project Management.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  1. International course on Food Security and Grain Storage Technologies and Management, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Volcani Centre, Bet Degan, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 4-22 June 2017. Training course on sustainable agriculture production/development, Utafiti Hall, Egerton University, 10th -19 December, 2015
  2. Training course on sustainable agriculture production/development, Utafiti Hall, Egerton University, 10th -19 December, 2015
  3. Training workshop on Spectroscopy and Bioassay techniques (Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa-NAPRECA). 1st - 5th August 2011. Nairobi, Kenya.
WORK EXPERIENCE

Remunerated employment

  1. 2009-Present:  Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University
  2. 1994-2009: Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Egerton University
  3. 1992-1994: Fisheries Officer,  Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Kenya
  4. 1988-1989: High School Teacher- Ministry of Education, Kenya

Non –remunerated assignments

  1. 2013-Present: Programs officer, Pesticidal Plants Technologies Network (NGO)
  2. 2009-2013: Liaison Officer , African Dry-land Alliance of pesticidal Plants Technologies (ADAPPT Network- Kenya Chapter)
  3. 2007-2013: Project Technical Assistant, Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes) - Ethno-botanical products for insect pest management in subsistence agriculture in the Lake Victoria Basin
KEY PROJECTS

Completed Research Projects

  1. Ethnobotanical products for insect pest management in subsistence agriculture in the LVB region. Donor: VicRes/SIDA. Partners: Egerton University (KE), Makerere University (UG), Open University of Tanzania (TZ). Scientists: Prof L Deng(PI), P.K. Bett (Project Technical Assistant) , Dr. Maud Kamatenesi-Mugisha,  Prof. Joshua O. Ogendo, Joel M. Mihale
  2. African Dry land Alliance for Pesticidal-Plant Technologies Network (ADAPPT) Donor: European Commission ACP S & T. Partners: NRI-UK, Tanzania, Egerton University-Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Republic of South Africa, Ghana and Namibia. Scientists: Prof. J.O. Ogendo (PI), Prof. A.L. Deng, P.K. Bett (Liaison Officer) and others
  3. Chemical composition of plant essential oils and bioactivity against lepidopteran and coleopteran insect pests of stored cereals and legumes. Funding: National Council of Science and Technology, Kenya  (Science, Technology and Innovation)  grant /Egerton University Internal Research Grant- Scientists: Dr. PK Bett(PI), Prof. A.L. Deng, Prof. J.O. Ogendo

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Plant-based essential oils-based tablet formulation for the management of stored product insect pests. Funding; Egerton University Innovation Grant. Collaborating Scientists : Dr. PK Bett,(PI), Prof. J.O. Ogendo & Prof. J.C. Matasyoh
  2. Natural pest regulation on orphan crop legumes in Africa (NaPROCLA) project. Funding BBSRC-GCRF (Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan). Collaborating Institutions: University of Greenwich/NRI (UK) Nelson Mandela African Institute (TZ),  Bunda College of Agriculture(Malawi). Collaborating researchers: Prof. J.O. Ogendo (PI), Dr. P.K. Bett, Prof. E.K. Cheruiyot, Dr. JG. Nyaanga, Prof. R.S. Mulwa and others
  3. Pigeon pea Technologies, Innovations, Management practices for Enhanced Productivity, Food and Nutrition Security of Small Communities in Kenya- Funding: Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture project, Ministry of Agriculture KE/World Bank - Collaborating researchers: Prof Paul Kimurto(PI), Dr Jane Nyaanga, Dr. Miriam Karwitha, Bernard Towet, Prof. Samwel Mwonga, Dr Philip K. Bett and others
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
  1. Wambua, L.M., Deng, A. L., Ogendo, J.O., Owuoche, J., Bett, P.K. Toxic, antifeedant and repellent activity of aqueous crude extracts of Tephrosia vogelii Hook on the larval stages of Helicoverpa armigera Hubner. Baraton Interdisciplinary Research Journal 1(1): 19-29.
  2. Ogendo, J.O., Deng, A.L. , Kostyukovsky, M., Ravid, U., Matasyoh, J.C.,Omolo, E.O; Kariuki, S.T., Kamau, A.W., Bett, K. and Shaaya, E. 2011. Biocontrol potential of selected plant essential oil constituents as fumigants of insect pests attacking stored food commodities. Baraton Interdisciplinary Research Journal 1(1): 13-19.
  3. Ogendo, J.O., Deng A. L., Birech, R. J. and Bett, K. 2012. Plant-Based Products as Control Agents of Stored-Product Insect Pests in the Tropics, in: Progress in Food Preservation, Bhat, R., Alias, A.K. and Paliyath, P. (Ed.). ISBN NO. 13:978-0-470-65585-6(Hard cover)/10:0-470-65585-2), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: London, pp. 581-601.
  4. Ogendo, J.O., Deng, A.L., Kostyukovsky, M., Ravid, U., Matasyoh, J.C.,Omolo, E.O., Kariuki, S.T., Kamau, A.W., Bett, P.K., Shaaya, E. Residual bioactivity of Ocimum americium L. and Tephrosia vogelii Hook essential oils against coleopteran pests and inhibition of wheat seed germination. In Ogendo, J. O., Lukhoba, C. W., Bett P. K., Machocho, A. K.(Editors). Proceedings of the First International Conference on Pesticidal Plants Volume 1 (August, 2013) pp 91-94, ADAPPT-Network, Egerton University, Kenya.
  5. Bett, K., Deng, A.L., Ogendo, J.O., Kamatenesi-Mughisha, M., Mihale, J.M. 2013.Toxic and repellent properties of Cupressus lusitanica and Eucalyptus saligna essential oils against Callosbrochus chinesis and Sitophilus Zeamais. In Ogendo, J. O., Lukhoba, C. W., Bett, P. K., Machocho, A. K. (Editors). Proceedings of the First International Conference on Pesticidal Plants Volume 1 (August, 2013) pp 121-123, ADAPPT-Network, Egerton University, Kenya.
  6. Kariuki, S. T., Kariuki, J. M., Ogendo, J.O., Bett P. K. Evaluation of Girardinia diversifolia as a potential biopesticide in Kenya. In Ogendo, J. O., Lukhoba, C. W., Bett P. K., Machocho A. K. (Ed.). Proceedings of the First International Conference on Pesticidal Plants Volume 1 (August, 2013) pp 47-50. ADAPPT-Network, Egerton University.
  7. Chebet, F., Deng, A.L., Ogendo, J.O, Kamau, A.W., Bett, P.K. Bioactivity of selected plant powders against Prostephanus truncatus (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) in stored maize grains. Plant Protect. Sci. 49: 34–43.
  8. Ogendo, O., Lukhoba, C. W., Bett P. K., Machocho, A. K. (Ed.). 2013. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Pesticidal Plants Volume 1 (August, 2013) 275 pp, ISBN 978-9966-033-00-0. ADAPPT-Network, Egerton University, Kenya.
  9. Bett, P.K., Deng, A.L., Ogendo, J.O, Kariuki, S.T. Kamatenesi-Mugisha, M., Mihale, J.M.  and Torto, B. 2016. Chemical composition of Cupressus lusitanica and Eucalyptus saligna leaf essential oils and bioactivity against major insect pests of stored food grains, Industrial Crops and Products 82:51-62
  10. Bett, P.K., Deng, A.L., Ogendo, J.O, Kariuki, S.T. Kamatenesi-Mugisha, M., Mihale, J.M.  and Torto, B. 2017. Residual contact toxicity and repellence of Cupressus lusitanica Miller and Eucalyptus saligna Smith essential oils against major stored product insect pests, Industrial Crops and Products 110:65-74
  11. Kiplagat, A.J, Maina, C.I., and Bett, P.K. 2020. Chemical composition of oils of Azadirachta indica Juss and Ricinus communis Linn seed in Marigat, Baringo County, Kenya. East African Journal of Science, Technology and Innovation, Vol. 1 (2): 1-11

 

CONFERENCES & INVITED PRESENTATIONS
  1. The First International Conference on Pesticidal Plants, 21st-24th January 2013. ICIPE, Nairobi, Kenya (Theme: Harnessing pesticidal plant technologies for improved livelihoods)
  2. Scientific Writing and Grant Sourcing Workshop, 25th January, 2013.Utafiti Hall, Egerton University.
  3. Training course on quality and safety of agro-products, 2nd - 11th Dec 2013 Utafiti Hall, Egerton University.
  4. Stakeholder workshop for validation of the proposed natural products industry policy, 2012. Natural products industry initiative for Kenya, a new flagship project in Kenya Vision 2030.Min of Sports, Culture and the Arts. 11th March 2014.
  5. Eighth Egerton University International Conference: Research and Expo. (Theme: Innovative research and technology for global development) 26th – 28th March, 2014 Education complex, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya.
  6. National Stakeholders workshop on indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants, Utafiti Hall, Egerton University, 21st May, 2014.
  7. Fourth RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture) Biennial Conference (Theme: “Celebrating the Contribution of Universities and Partners to Africa’s Agricultural Development”), 21-25 July 2014, Maputo, Mozambique.
  8. National Stakeholders workshop on indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants, Utafiti Hall, Egerton University, 30th July-1st August, 2015
  9. Training course on sustainable agriculture production/development, Utafiti Hall, Egerton University, 10th -19 December, 2015
  10. Tenth Egerton University International Conference and agricultural summit (Theme: Research and Innovative for the advancement of humanity) 30th March- 1st April, 2016, FEDCOS complex, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya.
  11. Humboldt conference, (Theme Research and Networking: Laying the Foundation for a Sustainable Development Goals), 6th -8 April, 2016, Sweet Lakes Lodge, Naivasha, Kenya.
  12. Bio-pesticides for Improved Food Productivity, Safety and Security: Launch of Bio-pesticide Products for the Smallholder Farmers, 26th August 2016.Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Loresho, Nairobi
  13. 2nd International conference on pesticidial plants (Harnessing pesticidal plants technologies for improved livelihoods), 6-9 February 2017, Elephant Hills resort. Victoria falls Zimbabwe.
  14. International course on Food Security and Grain Storage Technologies and Management, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Volcani Centre, Bet Degan, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 4-22 June 2017.
  15. Twelve Egerton University International Conference and agricultural summit (Theme: Knowledge solutions for the society, the economy and environment) 28-30th March, 2018, FEDCOS complex, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya
  16. Eighth Symposium/AGM of the Society of Economic Botany of Kenya, 8th Dec 2018, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
  17. Symposium/AGM of Pesticidal Plant technologies Network (PEPTEN). 15th 2018 Utafiti Hall, Egerton University, Kenya.
  18. Seminar: African Postharvest Losses Information System (APHLIS). 4th March 2019, the ARC Hotel, Egerton University, Kenya.
  19. 12th International Working Conference on Stored Product Protection (IWCSPP). 7-11 October,2019, Maritim proArte, Hotel, Berlin, Germany.
  20. Croton seed oil partnership networking event, 12th February 2020, ARC Hotel Egerton University, Kenya.
  21. 13th Biannual Egerton University International Conference 24-26th, 2020, Agriculture Resources Centre Hotel, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya.
  22. Experts series of webinars on postharvest practices in crop production. The Center for Foreign Trade and International Cooperation - CFTIC, in Cooperation with the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) - Volcani Center, the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel. 6th-20th April 2021. Via Zoom.
POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION
MASTERS LEVEL :

Supervised more fifteen undergraduate and Master of Science degree student projects and thesis researches in Crop Protection, Medical Parasitology, and Animal Physiology among others.

OTHER SOCIETIES
  1. Secretary/member-International Society of Pesticidal Plants(ISPP)
  2. Programs Officer/member-Pesticidal Plant Technologies  Network (PEPTEN)-NGO
  3. Member-Society for Economic Botany(SEB)-International and Kenya Chapter
  4. Member-Natural Products Research Network for East and Central Africa (NAPRECA)
REFEREES

Arop L. Deng        

IPPC/ FAO,

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy.

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Joshua O. Ogendo

Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University,

P.O. Box 536-20115 Egerton, Kenya

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Baldwyn Torto                 

Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Department,

icipe,

P.O. Box 30772-00100 Nairobi, Kenya

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