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DR MARIAM MWANGI

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Faculty of Agriculture
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DEPT OF CROPS, HORT AND SOILS
Horticulture
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SUMMARY

Dr. Mariam Mwangi is a ...

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

2003: Ph.D  Horticulture - Indian Agricultural Research Institute (I.A.R.I), New Delhi, India.

  • Major Subject: Floriculture; Minor Subject: Plant physiology & Plant pathology.
  • Laboratory experience in
    • Analysis of biochemical constituents of rose (Starch, TSS, TFAA and Total Phenols).
    • Bacterial counts in vase water of cut flowers.

1990: M.Sc Horticulture B.Sc Agriculture, passed with Distinction from Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad University, UP., India.

1988: B.Sc Agriculture, passed with Distinction from Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad University, UP., India.

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION
  • Floriculture
  • Post harvest Technology
  • Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Horticulture.
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • 1991 – 1993 Two years of working experience in an N.G.O. (Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, India) in the Dept. of Programme for Agricultural Education as Assistant Programme Officer.
  • 1993 – 1997: Assistant Lecturer in the Horticulture Department of Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya.
  • 1997 – 2005: Lecturer in the Horticulture Department of Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya.
  • 2005 To DateSenior Lecturer in the Crops, Horticulture & Soils Department of Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya.
KEY PROJECTS

Completed Research Projects:

  1. Short term Scholar in Louisiana State University under USDA Scientific Cooperation Research Program Grant – Additional Capacity Building to Alleviate Postharvest and Marketing Constraints facing Small Scale Horticultural Crop Farmers in Kenya. US $ 40,000; 2018-2019
  2. USDA Scientific Cooperation Research Program Grant – Capacity building to Alleviate Post harvest and Marketing Constraints facing Small Scale Horticultural Crop Farmers in Kenya;  US $ 40,000; 2016- 2017
  3. Internal Competitive Grant Research Funding of 400,000 Khs for project entitled ‘Biochemical Changes and Microbial Genera associated with Senescence of cut Gladioli (Gladiolus grandiflorus) as affected by pulsing and wet storage; 2013.
  4. Analyses of the Maize, Banana, Tomato and Dairy Value Chains in Kenya, funded by Kenya Agribusiness and Agro-industry Alliance (KAAA – KEPSA); US $ 5,814; 2013
  5. NCST Research Grant for Women Scientist of 1.8 million for Project entitled ‘Enhancing Food Safety in the Kenyan Domestic Market through reduced Pesticide Residues on vegetables – A value chain approach; 2012.
  6. NCST Research Grant for Women Scientist of 2.8 million for project entitiled ‘Linking Agriculture to Tourism for improved livelihoods in Coastal Kenya; 2012.
  7. Internal Competitive Grant Research Funding of 400,000 Khs for Vermicomposting and improvement of vegetable yields, 2012.

       8.  IFS (International Foundation for Science) Grant for Capacity Building for Women Scientist at Egerton University,                                    three  workshops funded and each workshop grant given is 3700 Euros – 2008-2010.

Ongoing research Project:

      1. RUFORUM CARP+ Grant Funding of US$ 200,096 for project entitled ‘Enhancing Access to High Quality Seed Potato for Improved                    Productivity and Income for Smallholder Farmers in Nakuru County’; 2017 – 2021

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Floriculture
  • Post harvest Technology
  • Organic farming and Herbs production
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

RESEARCH PAPERS PUBLISHED

  1. Amos Nyakeyo, Mariam Mwangi and Jane Nyaanga (2021). Effect of different vermicomposts and bioslurry on growth, yield and postharvest quality of Statice. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol.17(1), pp.79-91. DOI : 10.5897/AJAR2020.15292 http://www.academicjournals.org/AJAR
  2. K.J.Chore, M.Mwangi, S.M. Karori and A.M. Kibe (2020).  Changes in Carbohydrates associated with Senescence of cut Gladiolus          spikes under Pulsing and Wet Cold Storage durations.  African Crop Science Journal, Vol.28 Issue Supplement, sl pp. 41- 53. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/acsj.v28s1.1
  3. M.J. Ong’ayo, E.O. Gido, O.I. Ayuya. M. Mwangi and A.M. Kibe (2020).  Role of Networking capability, Socio-Economic and Institutional characteristics on Adoption Tendencies of clean seed potato Agri-enterprises in Central Rift Valley, Kenya. African Crop Science Journal, Vol.28 Issue Supplement, sl pp. 131 – 144. https://www.ajol.info/index.php/acsj/article/view/200179
  4. Judith Kavulani Chore, Mariam Mwangi and Stephen Karori Mbuthia (2019).  Changes in total free amino acids as quality biomarkers in cut gladiolus spikes as affected by pulsing and wet cold storage. Progressive Horticulture Vol 51(2):186-191. DOI: 10.5958/2249-5258.2019.00030.7 https://www.indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=ijor:pho&volume=51&issue=2&article=014
  5. Judith Kavulani Chore, Mariam Mwangi and Stephen Karori Mbuthia (2019). Effect of pulsing and wet cold storage on the quality and vase life of cut (Gladiolus grandiflorus) cv. Fado. Journal of Ornamental Plants, Vol 9, No.1: 13 22. https://www.sid.ir/FileServer/JE/1034120190102.pdf
  6. A.N. Niyokuri, S. Nyalala and M. Mwangi (2018). Residual effects of bioslurry and amino acids plant biostimulant on Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.) flower quality. Advances in Horticulture Science 32(1): 137-142.
  7. A.N. Niyokuri, S. Nyalala and Mariam Mwangi (2017). Effects of bioslurry and plant biostimulant Hicure on yield, flower quality and vase life of Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus, L). Journal of Applied Horticulture 19(1):29 – 34
  8. Grace O. Chongori, Samuel Nyalala and Mariam Mwangi (2016). African spider plant (Cleome gynandra L) as biofumigant against weeds  during Turfgrass (Paspalum notatum) establishment. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry Vol 8 (6): 44-50.2.   
  9. Mbithi M.A., Mwanarusi S. and Mwangi M (2015). Effects of Vermicompost on Growth and Yield of Beetroot (Beta vulgaris L). Egerton Journal of Science & Technology Vol 15: 30-43.
  10. Situma M.N, Mwangi Mariam, Mulwa, R.M.S (2015). Influence of Benzyladenine and Gibberellic acid Pretreatments on Dormancy Release, Flowering and Multiplication of Oriental lily bulbs. Journal of Applied Horticulture, 17(1): 26-30.
  11. Kapsoot, M.Mwangi and A. Kamau (2015). Repellence and Toxicity effect of crude plant extracts on the two-spotted spider  mite Tetranychus urticae on roses. Acta Horticulturae1077, ISHS 2015
  12. Sigei K. Geoffrey, Ngeno K. Hillary, Kibe M. Antony, Mwangi Mariam, Mutai C. Mary (2014). Challenges and Strategies to Improve Tomato Competitiveness along the Tomato Value Chain in Kenya. International Journal of Business and Management 9 (9) 205-212.
  13. M.Karanja, A.M.Kibe, P.N. Karogo and Mariam Mwangi (2014). Effects of Intercrop Population Density and Row Orientation on Growth and Yields of Sorghum- Cowpea Cropping Systems in Semi Arid Rongai, Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Science Vol 6. No.5: 34-              43.
  14. Situma M.N, Mwangi M, Mulwa, R.M.S and Kibe A.M. (2013). Influence of Gibberallic acid and Benzyladenine pre-treatments on growth and flowering characteristics of Oriental lily (Lilium longiflorum) bulbs. Journal of International Academic Research for                               Multidisciplinary. Vol 1 (6): 352 – 364.
  15.  Mungai N.W, Mwangi M, Ouma J.P, Nakhone L.W and Mutai, M (2010). Research and Management Skills for Women in Agricultural and Natural Sciences. Published Book Article of a Workshop sponsored by UNU-INRA, IFS and Egerton University.
  16.  Mwangi Mariam., Kibe A. M. and Bhattacharjee, S. K. (2008). Influence of Wet and Dry Cold Storage and Holding Solutions on the Respiration Rate and Post Harvest Life of Cut Flowers. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 10(1):43-55.
  17.  Mwangi, Mariam and Bhattacharjee, S.K. (2004). Influence of pulsing and wet cool storage on the postharvest life and quality of ‘Golden Gate’ cut roses. Scientific Horticulture 9. 181-186.

List of publications up to Senior Lecturer

  1. Mwangi, Mariam and Bhattacharjee, S.K. (2003).  Influence of pulsing and dry cool storage on the postharvest life and quality of ‘Noblesse’ cut roses. Journal ofOrnamental Horticulture, Vol. 6 (2): 126 – 129.
  2. Mwangi, Mariam; Chatterjee, S.R. and Bhattacharjee, S.K. (2003).  Changes in the biochemical constituents of ‘Golden Gate’ cut rose petals as affected by precooling with ice-cold water spray, pulsing and packaging. Journal of Plant Biology, 30 (1): 95 – 97.
  3. Mwangi, Mariam; Chatterjee, S.R. and Bhattacharjee, S.K. (2003). Effect of precooling and pulsing on the biochemical changes during senescence in Golden Gate cut rose petals. Indian Journal of Horticulture, 60 (4): 394-398.
  4. Mwangi, Mariam and Bhattacharjee, S.K. (2002).  Studies on precooling of Golden Gate cut roses. Floriculture Research Trend in India, Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture pp. 219 – 221.
  5. Mwangi, Mariam; Chowdhry, P.N. and Bhattacharjee, S.K. (2003). Studies on the growth of micro-organisms at the basal stem portion of ‘Noblesse’cut roses. The Indian Rose Annual, The Indian Rose Federation, pp. 110-115.
  6. Mwangi, Mariam; Chowdhry, P.N. and Bhattacharjee, S.K. (2003). Influence of precooling and pulsing on the growth of microorganisms in the vase water of cut rose cv. Noblesse. Annals of Agricultural Science,  Ain Shams Univ. Cairo, Vol. 48 (1) : 343-351.
HONORS, PRIZE AND AWARDS

AWARDS GRANTED

  1. RUFORUM CARP+ Grant Funding of US $ 200,096 for project entitled " Enhancing access to high quality Seed Potato for improved productivity and income for Small holder Farmers in Nakuru County"; 2017 - 2021.
  2. Short term Scholar in Louisiana State University under USDA Scientific Cooperation Research Program Grant - Additional Capacity Building to Alleviate post harvest and marketing constraints facing small scale horticultural crop farmers in Kenya, US $ 40,000; 2018-2019.
  3. USDA Scientific Cooperation Research Program Grant -  Capacity Building to Alleviate Postharvest and Marketing Constraints Facing Small-Scale Horticultural Crop Farmers in Kenya. US $ 40,000; 2016 - 2017.
  4. Internal Competitive Grant Research Funding of 400,000 kes for project entitled 'Biochemical changes and microbial genera associated with senescence of cut Gladioli ( Gladiolus grandiflorus) as affected by pulsing and wet storage" ; 2013.
  5. Analyses of the Maize, Banana, Tomato and Dairy Value chains in Kenya, funded by Kenya Agribusiness and Agro-industry Alliance (KAAA - KEPSA); US $ 5.814; 2013.
  6. NCST Research Grant for Women Scientist of 1.8 million for project entitled ' Enhancing Food Safety in the Kenyan Domestic Market through reduced Pesticide Residues in Vegetables - A Value Chain approach; 2012.
  7. NCST Research Grant for Women Scientist of 2.8 million for project entitled ' Linking Agriculture to Tourism for improved livelihoods in Coastal Kenya'; 2012.
  8. Internal Competitive Grant Research Funding of 400,0 $ for Vermi-composting and improvement of vegetable yields, 2012.
  9. IFS (International Foundation for Science) Grant for Capacity Building for Women Scientist at Egerton University (10,350 Euros – 2008-2010. (Team member)
  10. China Government financial support to attend an Advanced course on Quality and Safety of Horticulture Crops at Nanjing Agriculture University, China – 2006.
  11. Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue Ph.D studies in India –1999.
  12. British Council financial support to attend a short course in Horticulture Crop Production at Writtle College, Britain – 1995.
  13. KHS (Kenya Horticultural Society First prize awards for participating in the Horticulture Show organized by the Nakuru district.
TEACHING AREAS
  • Hort 0362- Ornamental Horticulture ; Hort 0261- Floriculture; Hort 0363- Landscape Design, and Maintenance ; Hort 0351 – Postharvest Technology of Horticulture Crops; Hort 0374 and Hort 0375 – Research Projects to Diploma Horticulture Students
  • Hort 111 – Principles and Practices of Horticulture; Hort 212 – Horticultural Plant Identification ; Hort 361 – Floriculture I ; Hort 362 – Floriculture II; Hort 434 – Herbs and Spices; Hort 474 and Hort 475 – Research Projects to B.Sc Horticulture Students.
  • Hort 761 – Advances in Floriculture; Hort 751- Post harvest Physiology of Horticultural Crops to M.Sc Horticulture Students.
POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION
MASTERS LEVEL :

Completed

  • Successfully supervised M.Sc Thesis entitled ‘Effects of Gibberellic Acid and Benzyladenine on dormancy breaking, growth and multiplication of Oriental lily bulbs’ by Maureen Namusonge Situma, 2011
  • Successfully supervised Sc Thesis entitled ‘Effects of Stinging Nettle, African Spider flower and Chilli extracts on two spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae Koch) population and damage on roses’ by Esther Kapsoot,2014
  • Successfully supervised M.Sc Thesis entitled ‘ Efficacy of Biofumigation using African Spider Plant (Cleome gynandra) on weed control, growth and quality of Paspalum Turfgrass’ by Grace Chongori, 2016
  • Successfully supervised M.Sc Thesis entitled ' Effects of Bioslurry and plant biostimulant Hicure on growth, yield and postharvest qualtity of Carnation' by Niyokuri Nshuti Aristide, 2016

Ongoing

  • Ongoing supervision of M.Sc Thesis entitled ‘Effects of vermicompost on the growth, flowering and corm production of Gladiolus sp.’ by Stanley Kiprono.
  • Ongoing supervision of M.Sc Thesis entitled ‘Effects of type and application rates of organic fertilizers on the growth, yield and quality of Beetroot” by Alice Mbithi.
  • Ongoing supervision of M.Sc Thesis entitled ‘Effects of different bioslurry enriched vermicomposts on the two spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) population, yield and post harvest quality of Statice’ by Amos Nyakeyo.
PhD. LEVEL :

       Completed

  • Successfully supervised Ph.D thesis entitled ' Biochemical changes and Microbial genera associated with senescence of cut Gladiolus         ( Gladiolus grandiflorus) as affected by pulsing and wet storage' by Judith Kavulani Chore. 2021.
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing supervision of Ph.D thesis entitled ' In vitro and Field Screening of selected Seed Potato ( Solanum tuberosum) genotypes for water stress tolerance in Nakuru, Kenya' by Judy Oggema.
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