Prof Samuel Nyalala is an Associate Professor of Horticulture (Crop Protection and Floriculture) in the Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soil, and the Deputy Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies, Egerton University. Prof Nyalala holds PhD degree in Horticultural Crop Protection from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2011), MSc degree in International Horticulture from the University of Essex, UK (2005), a BSc degree in Horticulture from Egerton University, Kenya (1996) and a Diploma in Horticulture from Egerton College (1985). Prof Nyalala has also attended Professional Development Course in Horticulture at Writtle College, UK (1997) and International course on Research & Development in Postharvest Physiology, Pathology and Handling of Fresh Commodities at The Volcani Centre, Israel (1999). Prof Nyalala has over 30 years of teaching experience in horticulture rising from the level of senior technician to senior lecturer in horticulture. As a technologist in horticulture, Prof Nyalala played a pivotal role in the implementation and management of a Horticultural Technology Experimental Project (a pioneer greenhouse crop production project) at Egerton University in collaboration with Professors from Nanjing Agricultural University, China. Prof Nyalala lectures postgraduate and undergraduate students in horticultural courses including crop protection, floriculture, ornamental horticulture, landscaping, greenhouse management, agricultural experimentation, seminars, scientific writing and emerging issues in horticulture. In addition Prof Nyalala has supervised six (6) postgraduate students to completion including two (2) PhDs and a number of on-going students. Prof Nyalala is a prolific scholar with 40 publications including three (3) books and several papers in refereed international journals. As the Deputy Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies, Prof Nyalala has drafted the following documents for improved academic standards and quality and timely completion: (i) Procedure for Online Submission, Processing and Oral Presentation of Research Proposals during the Corona Virus (Covid-19) Pandemic, DOC. NO. : EU/AA/OP/33(2020), (ii) Procedure for Online Thesis Submission and Examination During the Corona Virus (Covid-19) Pandemic, DOC. NO. EU/AA/OP/34 (2020) (iii) Postgraduate Students Handbook (2021) (iv) Egerton University Plagiarism Policy (2021). Prof Nyalala has also been a co-PI in a number of projects including NAWASSCO/NCSP-Egerton University Project, which was part of a £3 Million five–year project co-funded by: European Union (EU) Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). Currently Prof Nyalala is involved in over £100,000 Global SCOPE project at Egerton University in collaboration with the University of Lincoln, UK on postharvest loss reduction for sustainable food supply and security. Besides, Prof Nyalala is a university consultant on tomato value chain in the Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Project (KCSAP), a Government of Kenya project jointly supported by the World Bank to the tune of USD 250 M. Over the last 14 years, Prof Nyalala has been a consultant in conducting pesticide efficacy trials in flowers and vegetables for the major agro-chemical companies in Kenya. Prof Nyalala ha trained extension officers and farmers on greenhouse management in various counties in Kenya. Prof Nyalala is also the Chairman of the Board of Management, St John’s Got Kabok Secondary School.
2008-2011 – PhD HORTICULTURAL CROP PROTECTION (UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, DENMARK)
Thesis Title: Miticidal properties of Gynandropsis gynandra L (Briq)
2003-2005 – MSc INTERNATIONAL HORTICULTURE (WRITLLE COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, UK)
Thesis Title: African spider plant (Cleome gynandra L.) as a spider mite (Tetranychus urticae Koch) repellent in greenhouse cultivated rose (Rosa hybrida L.)
1993-1996 – BSc. HORTICULTURE (EGERTON UNIVERSITY, KENYA)
1982-1985 – DIPLOMA IN HORTICULTURE (EGERTON COLLEGE, KENYA)
1. March 2019 to Date - Deputy Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies (BPGS), Egerton University, Kenya
Responsibilities: Deputising the Director, BPGS in running the directorate.
2. July 2014 to Date – Senior Lecturer in Horticulture, Egerton University, Kenya
Teaching Responsibilities: Lecturing horticultural courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students:
3. 2010- 2014 - Lecturer in Horticulture, Egerton University, Kenya
4. 2006 to 2010 – Assistant Lecturer in Horticulture, Egerton University, Kenya
Teaching Responsibilities: Lecturing horticultural courses and conducting practical sessions for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
5. 1989 - 2005 - Senior Technician: Department of Horticulture, Egerton University
Teaching Responsibilities: Conducting practical sessions of horticultural courses for Diploma, B.Sc. and M. Sc. degree students:
6. 1985-1989: Assistant Agricultural Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
Responsibilities: supervision of technical and administrative staff at location and divisional levels; conducting training sessions for the District Subject Matter Specialists, Front-line Extension Workers, Technical staff from Non- governmental Organizations, Women Groups and farmers in a wide range of horticultural and general crop production subjects; organization of Agricultural Shows, Field days and On-farm demonstrations and planning, implementation and evaluation of agricultural development programmes and projects in the area of jurisdiction.
Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Project (KCSAP). This is a Government of Kenya project jointly supported by the World Bank to the tune of USD 250 M. The main objective of KCSAP is to increase agricultural productivity and enhance resilience or copying mechanisms to climate change risks in the targeted smallholder farming and pastoral communities in Kenya. The project is being implemented over a five year period (2017-2022). Our assignment in the project is to provide technical capacity services for the implementation of Technologies, Innovations and Management Practices (TIMPS) for tomato value chain in Kajiado County, Kenya.
Over £100,000 Global SCOPE project at Egerton University in collaboration with the University of Lincoln, UK on postharvest loss reduction for sustainable food supply and security. Our assignment in the project is to identify critical points of postharvest and nutritional losses along the crop supply chains and develop low-cost technologies for mitigating the losses.
Pesticide efficacy trials for registration in Kenya for use in cut flowers, ornamental plants and vegetable crops. The efficacy trials have been conducted for multinational and local agrochemical companies in Kenya including: Syngenta East Africa, Bayer East Africa, Koppert Biological Systems, Kenya Biologics, DuduTech, Bioproduction Kenya, Osho Chemicals, Orbit Chemicals, Elgon Kenya, Greenlife, Hangzhou Agrochemicals Industries, Twiga Chemicals among others.
Collaborative project between Egerton University and Nakuru Water And Sanitation Services Company (NAWASSCO) /Nakuru County Sanitation Programme (NCSP) as part of £3 Million five–year project co-funded by: European Union (EU) Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). The project aimed at improving crop productivity and safety through development and testing of processed faecal matter as soil amendment and organic fertiliser. Our assignment was to conduct field experiments to: determine the response of test crops to the different processed faecal matter products (nutrient content and form), assess the heavy metals accumulation in cabbage (Brassica oleracea var capitata) grown using sewage sludge, and evaluate the efficacy of faecal fertilizers on growth, nutrient uptake and yield of maize.
Development of growing manuals and training of agricultural extension agents and farmers in Homa Bay , Machakos and Vihiga Counties , Kenya on Greenhouse Crop Production.
Consultancies on development of growing manuals and training of technical staff of various flower farms on cut flower production. The farms trained included: Equator Flowers, Fontana Flowers, Karen (Ravine) Roses, Kreative Flowers, Maji Mazuri Flowers, Sian Agriflora and Winchester Flowers.
Innocent Nyalala, Cedric Okinda, Qi Chao, Peter Mecha, Tchalla Korohou, Zuo Yi, Samuel Nyalala, Zhang Jiayu, Liu Chao & Chen Kunjie (2021). Weight and volume estimation of single and occluded tomatoes using machine vision. International Journal of Food Properties, 24:1,818-832, DOI: 10.1080/10942912.2021.1933024.
Prof Joshua O. Ogendo
Department of Crops, Horticulture & Soils
P.O Box 536,
Prof Liu Gaoqiong
Crop, Horticulture and Soils Department
P.O. Box 536
Prof. Nzula Kitaka
Board of Postgraduate Studies