Dr. Duncan Thungu Kirubi

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Agricultural Science and Technology
Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844 , 00100 Nairobi

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Area of Specialization:

  1. Plant Breeding
  2. Genetics
  3. Biotechnology

Research Interests:

  1. Maize breeding
  2. Biotechnology
  3. Development of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  4. Breeding for Drought
  5. Insect and Disease resistance
  6. Quality traits

Presentations

  1. Monocot and Dicot transformation using Agrobacterium tumefaciens and the shoot apex. Cell biology; A Laboratory Handbook.

Publications

  1. Monocot and Dicot transformation using Agrobacterium tumefaciens and the shoot apex. Cell biology.
  2. Effects of Low Nitrogen and Drought on Genetic Parameters of Grain Yield and Endosperm Hardness of Quality Protein Maize.
  3. Effects of low nitrogen and drought on genetic parameters of protein and tryptophan concentrations in grain of quality protein maize.
  4. Development of Virus Resistant Sweetpotato.
  5. Survival of monocot shoot apices on selection medium after co-cultivation with A. tumefaciens.
  6. Integrated Striga Control: Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Africa.
  7. Usefulness of stress Tolerant Open Pollinated Maize Varieties in the Development of Double Top Cross Hybrids adapted to the Medium Altitude of Eastern Africa.
  8. Genetic Improvement for Drought Tolerance Increases Tolerance to High Plant Density in Tropical Maize under Low Input Levels.
  9. Yield Performance of Disease Resistant Double Top Cross Maize Hybrids Adapted to the Medium Altitude Ecology of Western Kenya.
  10. CIMMYT’s maize pre-breeding program
  11. Engineered resistance to sweet potato feathery mottle virus in sweet potato.
  12. Engineered resistance to sweetpotato feathery mottle virus in sweetpotato.
  13. Usefulness of stress Tolerant Open Pollinated Maize Varieties in the Development of Double Top Cross Hybrids adapted to the Medium Altitude of Eastern Africa.
  14. Integrated Striga Control: Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Africa. IIPS Abstract 2009.
  15. Usefulness of stress Tolerant Open Pollinated Maize Varieties in the Development of Double Top Cross Hybrids adapted to the Medium Altitude of Eastern Africa. CIMMYT 2003. Book of Abstracts: Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium on Plant Breeding, 17-22 August 2003, Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico, D.F.
  16. Genetic Improvement for Drought Tolerance Increases Tolerance to High Plant Density in Tropical Maize under Low Input Levels. CIMMYT 2003. Book of Abstracts: Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium on Plant Breeding, 17-22 August 2003, Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico, D.F. 9th Inter Region Corn Breeding Conference. Ames, USA.
  17. Yield Performance of Disease Resistant Double Top Cross Maize Hybrids Adapted to the Medium Altitude Ecology of Western Kenya. 2003. CIMMYT 2003. Book of Abstracts: Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium on Plant Breeding, 17-22 August 2003, Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico, D.F.
  18. CIMMYT’s maize pre-breeding program: 9th Inter Region Corn Breeding Conference. Ames, USA.
  19. . Engineered resistance to sweet potato feathery mottle virus in sweet potato. The National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group Annual Meeting. Fort Worth, Texas.
  20. . "Engineered resistance to sweetpotato feathery mottle virus in sweetpotato." National Sweetpotato Collaborators group meeting. January 27 – 28, 2001. Georgia, USA .
  21. Engineered resistance to sweet potato feathery mottle virus in sweet potato. Fifth Triennial Congress of the African Potato Association. Kampala, Uganda, pp. 37.
  22. Effects of heterosis on abiotic stress tolerance in maize. Abstract/Poster. 3rd International Crop Science Congress, August 17-22, 2000, Hamburg, Germany.
  23. Engineered resistance to sweet potato feathery mottle virus in sweet potato. XIth International Congress of Virology. Sydney, Australia. VP57.10: 162.
  24. Development of virus resistant sweetpotato through biotechnology. Abstract/Poster. July 1998. Monsanto Corporation, US
  25. Introgression of exotic germplasm to enhance heterosis and per se performance in medium maturity maize populations in Kenya. Abstract/Poster. The genetics and exploitation of heterosis in crops. An international symposium. Mexico City, 17-22 August, 1997.
  26. Developing maize streak resistant maize varieties. Paper presented during Third KARI scientific conference held in Nairobi, October 7-9, 1992.

Consultancy

  1. Training seed companies in herbicide seed treatment for the control of Striga.
  2. Technical development, backstopping and stewardship, including seed coating, quality assurances, resistance monitoring and provision of information.
  3. Training of seed companies and farmers in the application of the technology and monitoring of herbicide application and quality control with the local agents, distributors and regulatory bodies.
  4. To strengthen the capacity of seed companies in Africa
  5. Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project Training Course on Variety Testing and Seed Production

 

 

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