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PROF. ERICK KIMUTAI CHERUIYOT

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Faculty of Agriculture
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DEPT OF CROPS, HORT AND SOILS
Njoro
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EXT 3344
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P.O. Box 536-20115, Egerton KENYA
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D Agronomy, MSc Crop Production, BSc Agriculture, Diploma Agriculture

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION

Field of specialization

Agronomy, with emphasis on crop physiology.

Technology of crop production, crop responses to environmental variables, contribution of environment to crop yield and quality

KEY PROJECTS
  • 2020-2023: Principal Investigator (PI) - Introgression of Brown Mid-rib and Stay Green Traits on Sweet Sorghum to Enhance Feed Value for Dairy Production in Kenya. National Research Fund- No NRF/2/MMC/364, KES 8,807,500.00
  • 2020-2022: Team Leader - Enterprise Development Plan, Sorghum Value Chain, service provider on extension services; County Government of Laikipia. Consultancy – KES 3,000,000.00
  • 2020-2022: Research Collaborator - Validation of climate smart sorghum technologies for increased productivity and improved livelihoods. Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP). KES 22,000,000.00
  • 2019-2020: Research Collaborator - Natural Pest Regulation on Orphan Crop Legumes in Africa (NaPROCLA) Project- collaborator with the Kenyan team on the project being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.
  • 2013-2015: Principal Investigator (PI) - Up-scaling & Deepening of sorghum production, processing and marketing for improved small-holder incomes and livelihoods in Kenya. Supported by Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP) under KAPAP Competitive Grant No. KAPAP CGS/FP 2013 (2013-2015). Grant total KES. 23 million. (2013-2015). Grant total KES. 23,000,000.
  • 2011-2014: Principal Investigator (PI) - Enhancing sorghum production, processing and marketing for improved small-holder incomes and livelihoods in Kenya. Supported by Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP) under KAPAP Competitive Grant No. KAPAP CGS/FP 2011 (2011-2014). Grant total KES. 24,000,000.
  • 2008-2011: Research CollaboratorPhenotypong chickpea lines for drought tolerance. Tropical Legume Programme, supported by Generation Challenge Program (Melinda Gates through ICRISAT).
  • 2010-2012: Principal Investigator (PI) Genotyping sorghum collection in Kenya for drought tolerance and seed quality. Supported by Generation Challenge Program. Laboratory material support sent to BecA-ILRI Hub
  • 2006-2009: Research CollaboratorLinking farmers to value markets through participatory scaling up of soil fertility management techniques. Supported by IDRC, a pilot project in six countries in Africa.
  • 2003-2006: PhD Thesis Research Effect of nitrogen nutrition and soil moisture content on growth, yield and polyphenol content in selected tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] clones in Kenya. Supported by Egerton University, Tea Research Foundation of Kenya (TRFK) and International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
  • 2003-2005: Principal Investigator (PI)The influence of Dolichos mineralization schedule on nitrogen uptake and performance of succeeding maize crop in the Rift Valley highlands of Kenya. Supported by International Foundation for Science (IFS). US $ 1,160.
  • 1997-2000: MSc Thesis ResearchEffect of legumes on nitrogen dynamics and the performance of wheat and maize in a legume-cereal cropping sequence in the Kenya Highlands. Supported by Rockefellor Foundation under FORUM.
RESEARCH INTERESTS

Research focus: Underutilized, high value and drought resilient crops for food, feed and industrial use, tailoring research to market needs

Research interest: crop environment and its influence on crop yield and quality, plant secondary metabolites in plant response to stress, linking phenotypic plant traits to genotypic markers

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
  • Mwani, C. N., Nyaanga J., Cheruiyot E. K., Ogendo J. O., Bett P. K., Mulwa R., Stevenson P. C, Arnold S. E. J, Belmain S. R. 2021.Intercropping and diverse field margin vegetation suppress bean aphid (Homoptera: Aphididae) infestation in dolichos (Lablab purpureus L.). Journal of Plant Protection Research, 61(3): 290–301, 2021, https://doi.org/10.24425/jppr.2021.137953
  • Mwamlima LH, Cheruiyot EK, Ouma JP.2021. Soil Moisture Modulates Carbon Dioxide Assimilation in Soybean (Glycine max). Agricultural Research. (2021) https://doi.org/10.1007/s40003-021-00601-8
  • Chepkoech E. T., Cheruiyot E. K., Ogendo J. O. 2021. Metribuzin and 2,4-D as potential herbicides for weed management in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L) Moench]. African Journal of Agricultural, 17: 442-447, https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2020.15369.
  • Muller L., Cheruiyot E., Ouma L., Osano A., Ogendo J. 2020. Evaluation of Potential Fodder Sorghum Genotypes for Prussic Acid, Lignin and Cellulose Content. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 10: 39-43, DOI: 10.17265/2161-6256/2020.01.006
  • Mwamlima L. H., Ouma J.P., Cheruiyot E.K. 2020. Leaf Gas Exchange and Root Nodulation Respond to Planting Density in Soybean [Glycine max (L) Merrill]. Advances in Agriculture, 2020, 1-7, https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/6424389
  • Mwamlima LH, Cheruiyot EK, Ouma JP.2020. Reduced stomatal conductance and irradiance account for soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] yield decline in maize-soybean intercrop. Journal of Bioscience and Agriculture Research, 24(1): 1977-1989, https://doi.org/10.18801/jbar.240120.242
  • Mwamlima L.H., Ouma J. P., Cheruiyot E.K. 2019. Physiological response of soybean [Glycine max (L) Merrill] to soil moisture stress. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 14: 725-735, http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2019.13961
  • Mwamlima LH, Ouma JP, Cheruiyot EK. 2019. Soybean (Glycine max (L) Merrill) Root Growth and Nodulation Responses to Different Soil Moisture Regimes. Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology, 22 (2): 153-159, https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/6424389
  • Njuguna VW, Cheruiyot EK, Mwonga S., Rono JK. 2018. Effect of genotype and environment on grain quality of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) lines evaluated in Kenya. African Journal of Plant Sciences, 12: 324-330, https://doi.org/10.5897/AJPS2018.1642
  • Oyier MO, Owuoche JO, Oyoo ME, Cheruiyot EK, Mulianga B, Rono J. 2017. Effect of Harvesting Stage on Sweet Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) Genotypes in Western Kenya. Scientific World Journal, 2017, ID 8249532, https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8249532
  • Oyier M, Owuoche J, Cheruiyot E, Oyoo M, Rono J. 2016. Utilization of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench.) hybrids in Kenya: A review. International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research, 9(6): 65-76, http://www.innspub.net
  • Rono JK, Cheruiyot EK, Othira JO, Njuguna VW, Macharia JK, Owuoche JO, Oyier M, Kange MA. 2016. Adaptability and Stability Study of Selected Sweet Sorghum Genotypes for Ethanol Production under Different Environments Using AMMI Analysis and GGE Biplots, The Scientific World Journal, 2016: 1-14, https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/4060857
  • Maritim T. K., Kamunya S. M., Mireji P., Mwendia C., Muoki R. C., Cheruiyot E. K., Wachira F. N. 2015. Physiological and biochemical response of tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] to water-deficit stress. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 90: 395–400, https://doi.org/10.1080/14620316.2015.11513200
  • Kange, A.M, Cheruiyot E.K, Ogendo J.O., Arama S.O. 2015. Effect of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) grain conditions on occurrence of mycotoxin producing fungi. Agriculture & Food Security Journal, 4: 15, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40066-015-0034-4
  • Kange, A.M, Cheruiyot E.K, Ogendo J.O., Arama S.O and Ochola S.O. 2014. Pre- and post harvest factors affecting sorghum production (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) among smallholder farming communities. International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research, 5: 40-47, http://www.innspub.net
  • Kimani, P.M., Wachira, F., Cheruiyot, E.K., Owuoche, J., Kimani, E. 2014. Genetic diversity of farmers’ preferred sorghum accessions and improved lines from ICRISAT reveal a disconnect between innovation and technology transfer. Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology, 17: 97-102, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12892-013-0130-6
  • Kimani, P.M., Wachira, F., Cheruiyot, E.K., Owuoche, J., Kimani, E. 2014. Genetic diversity of African sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) accessions based on microsatellite markers. Australian Journal of Crop Science, 8: 171-177, https://search.informit.org/doi/10.3316/informit.197761540569142
  • Kiprotich, F.K., Cheruiyot, E.K., Mwendia, C.M., Wachira, F.N., Owuoche, J. 2013. Biochemical quality indices of sorghum genotypes from east Africa for malting and brewing. African Journal of Biotechnology, 13: 313-321, https://academicjournals.org/journal/AJB/article-authors/7A8880842700
  • Ogeto, R.M, Cheruiyot, E.K., Mshenga, P., Onyari, C.N. 2013. Sorghum production for food security: A socio-economic analysis of sorghum production in Nakuru County, Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 8: 6055-6067, https://academicjournals.org/journal/AJAR/article-abstract/71C468042111
  • Ogeto, R.M, Mshenga, P., Cheruiyot, E.K., Onyari, C.N. 2012. Influence of institutional factors on Sorghum production in Nakuru County, Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Economics and Development, 1(6): 130-137, https://www.academia.edu/5210271/
  • Cheruiyot, E.K., L.M. Mumera, W.K. Ng’etich, A. Hassanali and F. Wachira. 2010. High fertilizer rates increase susceptibility of tea to water stress. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 33: 115-129, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01904160903392659
  • Cheruiyot, E.K., L.M. Mumera, W.K. Ng’etich, A. Hassanali and F. Wachira. 2008. Shoot Epicatechin and Epigallocatechin Contents Respond to Water Stress in Tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze]. Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry, 72 (5), 1219–1226, https://academic.oup.com/bbb/article/72/5/1219/5941091
  • Cheruiyot, E.K., L.M. Mumera, W.K. Ng’etich, A. Hassanali and F. Wachira. 2007. Polyphenols as Potential Indicators for Drought Tolerance in Tea (Camellia sinensis L.). Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, 71 (9), 2190–2197, See discussions, stats, and author profiles for this publication at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/6012353
  • Cheruiyot, E.K., S.M Mwonga, L.M. Mumera, J.K Macharia, I.M.Tabu and J.G. Ngugi. 2006. Rapid decay of dolichos [Lablab purpureus (L.) Sweet] residue leads to loss of nitrogen benefit to succeeding maize (Zea mays L.). Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 47(8) 1000-1007 https://doi.org/10.1071/EA06146
  • Cheruiyot, E.K., L.M. Mumera, L. Nakhone, and S. Mwonga. 2003. Effect of legume-managed fallow on weeds and soil nitrogen in following maize (Zea mays L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) crops in the Rift Valley highlands of Kenya. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 43(6) 597 – 604, https://www.publish.csiro.au/an/EA02033
  • Cheruiyot, E.K., L.M. Mumera, L. Nakhone, and S. Mwonga. 2001. Rotational effects of grain legumes on maize performance in the Rift Valley Highlands of Kenya. African Crop Science Journal, 9(4) pp. 667-676, https://www.ajol.info/index.php/acsj/article/view/27588

 

TEACHING AREAS

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate courses

AGRO 100, 200,300,400 – Agronomy Practicals (I-IV)

AGRO 211: Crop environment and Physiology

AGRO 234: Weed Science

AGRO 473: Seminars

Post-graduate

AGRO 711: Crop Physiology & Metabolism

AGRO 737: Weed Science

POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION
MASTERS LEVEL :

 

1) Rosephy Cheptoo Koskei – KM18/2504/09

MSc Thesis Title: ACCES AND USE OF INFORMATION BY SMALL HOLDER TEA FARMERS IN BURETI, KENYA

Graduated: 2012

2) Robert Moracha Ogutu – KM15/2856/10

MSc ThesisTitle: INFLUENCE OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS ON PARTICIPATION AND EXTEND OF SORGHUM PRODUCTION: CASE OF NAKURU COUNTY, KENYA

Graduated: 2012

3) Makola Raeisibe Lydia – KM12/2838/10

MSc Thesis Title: THE EFFECT OF GENOTYPE BY ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS ON YIELD AND QUALITY OF TEA (Camellia sinensis (L) O. Kuntze)

Graduated: 2013

4) Muigai Paul Kimani – SM14/2853/10

MSc Thesis Title: EVALUATION OF SORGHUM [Sorghum bicolor (L) Moench] ACCESSIONS FROM AFRICAN COUTRIES FOR GENETIC DIVERSITY USING SSR MARKERS

Graduated: 2013

5) Kiprotich Felix – SM14/2784/10

MSc Thesis Title: EVALUATION OF MALTING AND BREWING QUALITY PARAMETERS OF SORGHUM GENOTYPES FROM EAST AFRICA

Graduated: 2013

6) Justice Kiprono RonoSM14/3678/13

EVALUATION OF SELECTED SWEET SORGHUM (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) GENOTYPES FOR INDUSTRIAL ETHANOL PRODUCTION

Graduated: 2016

7) Virginia Wanjiku Njuguna KM12/3738/14

EVALUATION OF SELECTED INDUSTRIAL SORGHUM (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) LINES FOR SUITABILITY TO DIFFERENT AGRO-ECOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTS IN WESTERN KENYA.

Graduated: 2018

8) Emily Chepkoech KM12/3711/13

EVALUATION OF SELECTED HERBICIDES FOR WEED CONTROL IN SORGHUM [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]

Graduated: 2021

 9) Christine Nkuene Mwani - KM122/19004/18

EFFECT OF MAIZE-DOLICHOS INTERCROP AND FIELD MARGIN SPECIES ON BEAN APHIDS AND THEIR NATURAL ENEMIES

Current: Awaiting Thesis Oral Examination

10) Dorine Adongo Oware - KM121/19014/18

THREE-STRATA FORAGE CROPPING SYSTEM AS A DIVERSIFIED CROPPING SYSTEM AND ITS IMPACT ON SOIL CONDITIONS IN KENYA

Current: Writing Thesis

11) Nelly Chebet - KM121/13531/19

EVALUATION AND DETERMINATION OF SALT TOLERANCE IN SORGHUM (Sorghum bicolor (L). Moench GENOTYPES

Current: Undertaking Thesis Research

12) Rachael Muthoni Kamau - KM121/13705/19

PHYSIOLOGICAL MECHANISM ASSOCIATED WITH REPRODUCTIVE-PHASE COLD TOLERANCE IN SORGHUM [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]

Current: Undertaking Thesis Research

 

PhD. LEVEL :

1) Moses Owuor Oyier KD21/13574/14

COMBINING ABILITIES AND HETEROSIS FOR ETHANOL RELATED TRAITS IN SWEET SORGHUM (Sorghum bicolor L.)

Graduated: 2018

2) Louis Hortensius Mwamlima KD12/12294/16

EFFECTS OF SOIL MOISTURE, PLANTING DENSITY AND INTERCROPPING ON GROWTH AND YIELD OF SELECTED SOYBEAN CULTIVARS IN KENYA

Graduated: 2019

3) Lilian Ouma Atieno KD121/16513/18

INFLUENCE OF GENOTYPE, SOIL AND TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS ON ANTI-NUTRITIVE PROPERTIES AND BIOMASS OF SELECTED POTENTIAL FODDER SORGHUM

Current – Awaiting Submission of Thesis for Examination

4) Illa Absalom Obuya KD121/15526/19

EVALUATION OF NEWLY RELEASED MAIZE HYBRIDS FOR STRIGA (Striga hermonthica (Del.) Benth) TOLERANCE MECHANISMS

Current – undertaking Thesis Research

5) Kiplagat Kurgat KD21/15538/19

GENETIC DIVERSITY AND MARKER-TRAIT ASSOCIATION ANALYSIS FOR GRAIN QUALITY IN SORGHUM

Current – undertaking Thesis Research

 

REFEREES

Prof Ahmed Hassanali

Professor (Chemical Ecology & Bioprospecting), School of Pure & Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

Prof Wilson Ng’etich

Associate Professor in Soil Science

Chepkoilel University College

Prof. Francis Wachira

Professor of Biochemistry, South Eastern Kenya University

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