Prof.  Peter Masinde


May-November 2009, Visiting researcher, International Centre for Cooperation in Agricultural Education (ICCAE), Nagoya University, Japan: on Evaluation of cold tolerance in NERICA rice varieties.

April-October 2005, postdoctoral research at Okayama University, Japan on: Mutational breeding of tomato (Lycopersicon esulentum Mill.): In Matsumae International Foundation Fellowship Report, 2005, pp. 309-330.

MSc Research 2020 titled “Growth, yield and quality of selected sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam.), lines under varying soil moisture and potassium nutrient conditions” By Peninah Ngugi

Msc Research 2020 titled “Influence of spacing, nitrogen supply and soil moisture on growth and yield of Chia (Salvia hispanica l.) in low-mid land zone (Meru county)

PhD Research 2017 titled “The influence of transplanting and agronomic practices on the growth, yield and quality of baby corn (Zea mays) in Kenya. By Mr. Richard Kirigia.

PhD Research 2017 titled “Control of Early and Late blight Using Trichoderma asperellum and Warburgia ugandensis Spray on Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esulentum Mill.)” by Esther Waithira Kamau.

PhD. Research 2014 titled “Assessment and optimization of dietary selenium intake in Kenya: exploration of biofortification as a solution to the ‘hidden hunger’ “ by Peter Biu

MSc. Research 2013 titled: Critical shoot nitrogen for potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L) varieties in Kenya by Mugo James Njeru (completed).

MSc. Research 2013 titled: Influence of nitrogen application on phytochemicals, nutritional and sensory characteristics of accessions of cleome gynandra harvested at different developmental stages by Daniel Ong’era Kebwaro (completed).

PhD. Research 2012 titled: The influence of variety and nitrogen on the growth, oil yield and fatty acid profile of linseed by Lillian Kariuki (Completed)

PhD. Research 2011 titled: Adaptation to climate change through intergration of reduced canopy exposure and micro-catchments for green gram production in the arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya by Margaret K. Masaku

MSc. Research 2010 titled: Growth and productivity of selected vegetables under alternate furrow irrigation in the “asal areas of Eastern Kenya with special reference to Kibwezi district by Makau J. Mulei (Completed)

MSc. Research 2009 titled: Plant growth, yield and gas exchange in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill cv. Anna F1) grown in different media under capillary wick irrigation system by Cornelius Mbathi Wainaina (completed)

PhD research 2009, titled: Screening, yield evaluation and genetic fingerprinting of orange flesh sweet potato (Ipomea batatas Lam) under drought conditions in East Africa by Sammy Agili (completed)

PhD research 2009, titled: The influence of leaf surface morphology and phytochemical factors on tobacco spider mite (Tetranychus evansi Baker and Pritchard) attack in African nightshade (Solanum spp.), a traditional leafy vegetable in Kenya by Lucy Kananu Murungi (completed)

PhD research 2004, titled: Physiological responses of grafted tea to water stress by John Kipkoech Bore (completed)

MSc research 2005, titled: Response of virus infection on local sweet potato varieties by Grace Mumbi (completed)

MSc thesis 2005, titled: Chemical composition and activity of volatile compounds and essential oils in tomato accessions against the tobacco spidermite. Tetranychus evansi Baker and Pritchard by Lucy Kananu Murungi (completed, funded by International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology, ICIPE)

  1. External examiner, Taita Taveta University College, 2015-2016.
  2. External examiner for MSc and PhD, University of Nairobi, Department of Crop Science since 2013
  3. Reviewer for African Journal of Horticultural science
  4. Reviewer of Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology
  5. Reviewer of Asian Research Journal of Agriculture

2021: Restoration of soil health and biodiversity by smallholder farmers in Kenya. Funded by Global Challenges Research Fund to Exter University, UK (British pounts 24000)

2020: Towards improved environmental management and increased food productivity through biochar production and use. Funded by NRF

2020: ICT and Market-based Irrigation Water Productivity Improvement for Food and Nutritional Security in Water Deficit Counties. Funded by Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project.

2019: Enhancing Partnerships for Industry-led Vocational Training and education (ePIVOT) in the horticulture value chains of Kenya. Funded by NUFFIC.

2018: Evaluation of the influence of Fortified Biochar on Production and Nutritional Quality of Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var capitata), Onion (Allium cepa) and Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) Funded by MUST

2017: Biochar Project, The influence of Biochar from agricultural wastes and sewage on the growth, yield and quality of Kale (Brassica oleracea var acephala) and Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) in Kenya Funded by JICA

2013-2015: Water Use efficiency in Traditional Vegetables; A sub-project of the HORTINLEA Project within the framework of the program “Global Food Security (Globe) of the Federal Ministry of Education and research Germany

2011-2014: Modification of the fatty acid profiles of farmed tilapia and catfish for improved health and livelihood in Kenya: Funded By RPE, JKUAT (Collaborator)

2010-2012: Participatory evaluation and selection of high yielding spiderplant lines for increased per-urban vegetable production. Funded by National Council for Science and Technology (PI)

2009-2012: Assessment of agronomic, water use efficiency, nutrition, value addition and market potentials of slenderleaf (Crotalaria spp) in Kenya. Funded by RPE, JKUAT. (Collaborator)

2009-2011: Increasing profitability of horticultural production through water saving irrigation, improved crop husbandry and value addition technologies. Funded by National Council for Science and Technology (Collaborator)

2008-2012: Evaluation of capillary wicks for use in irrigation for horticultural crop production in Kenya. Funded by RPE, JKUAT. (Collaborator)

Evaluation of NERICA upland rice varieties in Kenyan highland areas and developing appropriate upland rice-vegetable intercropping systems (Funded by JKUAT), 2009

A member of an Edulink project team on strengthening university capacity for teaching rural innovations, funded by EU, 2008

November 2005-March 2006, Use of mycorrhiza in nutrient management of indigenous vegetables, funded by International foundation of science

April 2004-March 2005: AICAD research project grant on: Improvement of indigenous/traditional plants utilized as vegetables and medicinal plants in Kenya, final report submitted to African Institute of Capacity Development (AICAD), Kenya.

Evaluation, selection and improvement of African nightshade genotypes for higher leaf yields. (Joint project with Dr. C.O. Ojiewo and Prof. M. Masuda, Okayama University, Japan)

August 2006, Applied for and obtained funding for purchase of scientific equipment costing Euros 1700.33 from the Germany Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD)

2005-2007, As an alumni of the Germany Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD), applied for and obtained literature useful in Horticulture and related sciences:  Wien, H.C. (1997) The Physiology of Vegetable Crops, Brown, L.V. (1996). Applied Principles of Horticultural Science, George, A. (2005). Horticulture: Principles and Practices, Journal of Herbs and Spices, 2004, Davies G. and Lennartsson M. (2005). Organic vegetable production.

Horticultural Association of Kenya

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