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Name: Wilson M. Thagana

Title/Qualifications: PhD

Department/Unit/Section: Agricultural Science and Technology (AST)

Contact Address: Kenyatta University, 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

Position: Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean

Area of Specialization: Plant Breeding & Biotechnology

Research Interests: Application of biotechnological tools in crop improvement, Breeding for drought and salinity tolerance

 

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Publications

  • Gimase, J.M, Thagana, W.M, Omondi, C.O, Cheserek, J.J, and E. K. Gichuru, (2021). Genetic Relationship and the Occurrence of Multiple Gene Resistance to Coffee Berry Disease (Colletotrichum kahawae Waller & Bridge) within Selected Coffea arabica Varieties in Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 15(1), pp 39-48. DOI 10.5897/AJPS2020.2074
  • Wakhanu, J, Nyambaka, H, Kimiywe, J, Nawiri, M and W.M. Thagana. (2020). Nutrition-Sensitive Interventions with African Indigenous Vegetables among School Going Children in Machakos County, Kenya. (2020). Journal of Medicinally Active Plants 9, (3):111-125. Doi: https://doi.org/10.7275/15kg-3r28
  • Gimase, J.M, Thagana, W.M, Omondi, C.O, Cheserek, J.J, Gichimu B.M, Gichuru, E.K, Ziyomo, C and C.H. Sneller. (2020). Genome – Wide Association Study identify the Genetic Loci Conferring Resistance to Coffee Berry Disease (Colletotrichum Kahawae) in Coffea arabica var. Rume Sudan. Euphtytica (2020)16:86: 1-17.

  • Nyaga, C, Gowda M, Beyene, Y, Muriithi, W.T, Burgueno. J, Toledo, F, Makumbi, D, Olsen, M.S, Das, B, Suresh, L.M, Bright, J.M and B.M. Prasanna, (2020). Hybrid Breeding for MLN Resistance: Heterosis, Combining Ability, and Hybrid Prediction. Plants 2020,9,468:1-15.

  • Gimase, J.M, Thagana, W.M, Omondi, C.O and J.M. Ithiru, (2019). Evaluation of Coffee Berry Disease Resistance (Colletotrichum Kahawae) in F₂ Populations Derived from Arabica Coffee Varieties Rume Sudan and SL 28. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science 11(9): 225-233.

  • Nyaga, C, Gowda M, Beyene, Y, Muriithi, W.T, Olsen, M.S, Suresh, L.M, Makumbi,D, Jumbo, M.B, Das,B and B.M. Prasanna, . (2019). Genome-Wide Analyses and Prediction of Resistance to MLN in Large Tropical Maize Germplasm. Genes 2020,11,16;doi:10.3390/genes: 1-16

  • Nyaga, C, Gowda M, Beyene, Y, Muriithi, W.T, Olsen, M.S, Suresh, L.M, Makumbi,D, Jumbo, M.B, Das,B and B.M. Prasanna, . (2019). Genomic Prediction and SNP-Based GWAS to Reveal Marker-Trait Associations for MLN Resistance in Large Tropical Maize Germplasm (In Press).

  • Gimase, J.M, Thagana, W.M, Omondi, C.O, Cheserek, J.J, Gichuru, E.K, Gichimu, B.M, Ziyomo, C and C.H. Sneller. (2019). Genetic Loci Conferring Resistance to Coffee Berry Disease (Colletotrichum Kahawae) in Coffea arabica Variety Rume Sudan, Identified by Genome-Wide Association Study and QTL Mapping (in Press).

  • Wakhanu, J, Nyambaka, H, Kimiywe, J, Nawiri, M and W.M. Thagana. (2019). Consumption of African Indigenous Vegetables Improves Children’s Body Fat Free Mass in Machakos County, Kenya. Journal of Food Science and Engineering 9: 305-319. doi: 10.17265/2159-5828/2019.08.002

  • Gimase, J.M, Thagana, W.M, Omondi, C.O and J.M. Ithiru. (2019). Evaluation of Coffee Berry Disease Resistance (Colletotrichum kahawae) in F2 Populations Derived from Arabica Coffee Varieties Rume Sudan and SL 28. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science 11(9): 225-233 ISSN 2006-9758.

  • Henga, S.A, Thagana, W.M and M.W. Githendu. (2019). Rice Seedlings, Vegetative Growth and Vigour as Influenced by Seed Storage Period. (2019). African Journal of Education, Science and Technology 5(2): 92-100.

  • Henga, S.A, Thagana, W.M and M.W. Githendu. (2019). Assessing Seed Vigor Characters of Selected Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Genotypes Using Accelerated Ageing Method. Asian Journal of Agricultural and Horticultural Research 4(3): 1-5.

  • Ndung’u, F.W, Thagana, W.M and D.K. Ndung’u. (2019). Yield of the Testcrosses across the Different Environments. International Journal of Agriculture 4(1): 15-27 ISSN 2520-4629.

  • Ndung’u, F.W, Thagana, W.M and D.K. Ndung’u. (2019). Heterotic Orientation of the Inbred Lines. International Journal of Agriculture 4(1): 1-14 ISSN 2520-4629.

  • Kariithi Tabitha, Thagana Wilson and P. Gweyi-Onyango Joseph (2018). Influence of Organic and Inorganic Manures on Macro-Nutrients, Micro-Nutrients and Anti-Nutrients in two Amaranth spp in Kiambu Couny, Kenya. Asian Journal of Research in Crop Science. 1: (1) 1-17.
  • Thagana, W.M.,2016,Appropriate Plant Growth Regulators and Genotypes for Propagation of Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis L.) International Journal of Current Research (IJCR) 8(1): 24876-24882 ISSN: 24876-24882 (Online)
  • Thagana, W.M. 2016 Effect of some Agricultural Practices on Field Performance of Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis L.) Seedlings in Semi-Arid Areas of Voi, Kenya Merit Res. Agric. Sci. soil Sci. 4(1): 014-022 ISSN: 2,350-2,274 (Online)

  • Thagana, W.M. 2016 Assessment of Sweet Potato Propagules for Re- infection by Various Viruses in East Kamagak Location – Homa Bay County-Kenya American Journal of Experimental Agriculture (AJEA) 11(1): 1-9 Article no.AJEA.21,868 ISSN: 2,231-0606 (Online)

  • Thagana, W.M. 2015 Yield and Nutritive Attributes Are Not Considered by Farmers in Choice of Sweet Potato Varieties Grown in East Kamagak Location –Homabay County-Kenya. The International Journal of Technoledge 3(9): 69-73 ISSN: 2,321-919X (Online)

  • Thagana, W.M., 2015, Sex Determination of Young Nursery Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis L) Plants using Morphological Traits in Semi-Arid Areas of Voi, Kenya. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare 5(16): 113-123 ISSN 2,224-3,208 (Paper) ISSN 2,225-093X (Online)              
  • Thagana, W.M. 2015 Studies on Seed Size and Storage on Germination and Performance of Young Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis L) Seedlings in Semi-arid Areas of Kenya, Agriculture and Healthcare 5(12): 10-16 ISSN 2,224-3,208 (Paper),ISSN 2,225-093X (Online)

  • Thagana, W.M., 2014, Beverage Quality and Biochemical Attributes of Arabusta (C. arabica x C canephora P.) and their Parental Genotypes, African Journal of Food Science,ISBN: 8(9): 456-464
  • Thagana,W.M., 2014, Genetic Characterization of Arabusta Coffee Hybrids and Their Parental Genotypes using Molecular Markers , Plant Cell Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, ISBN 15(1&2):31-42, Available online at: http://www.ikpress.org/abstract.php?iid=429&id=34&aid=3559#.VBr3QvmSyho
  • Thagana W.M., 2013, Seed Abortion and Numerical Components of Seed Yield of Soyabean (Glycine max L. Merr.) in Three Contrasting , J. Agri. Sci., ISBN 4(1):1-5.
  • Momo J.A. and Thagana W.M., 2013, Effect of withholding Irrigation Water after complete Heading on Rice Yield and Components in Mwea-Kenya, J. Agri. Sci., ISBN 4(2):69-75
  • Thagana W.M., 2013, Variability in M2 Generations and Characteristics of Advanced Mutant lines of Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), J. Agri. Sci., ISBN 4(2):83-86
  • Thagana W.M., 2011, Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, Odel Module
  • Thagana W.M., 2010, Agricultural Biotechnology, Odel Module
  • Thagana W.M., 2009, Heterosis in hybrids derived from cultivars and mutant lines of rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), PhD thesis
  • Thagana W.M., 2007,Performance of rapeseed (Brassica napus L. ) hybrids and parental mutant lines in three environments,Egerton journal
  • Muriithi, W.T.,Indra, S. H.,Yeung,E.C. & Thorpe,T.A.., 1993,Plantlet regeneration in Chir Pine (Pinus roxburghii Sarg.): Morphogenesis and Histology.Forest Ecology and Management,57: 141-160.
  • Thagana W.M., 1992,Plantlet Regeneration and Bud Developmental Anatomy of Pinus roxburghii, Sarg.MSc Thesis

Books and Books Chapters

  1. Thagana W.M., 2021, KST 845: Population and Quantitative Genetics, DSVOL Blended Module
  2. Thagana W.M., 2016, KST 209: Principles of Crop Improvement, DSVOL Module
  3. Thagana W.M., 2016, KST 206: Principles of Agricultural Biotechnology, DSVOL Module
  4. Thagana W.M., 2014, KST 130: Field Course, DSVOL Module
  5. Thagana W.M., 2014, KST 813: Agricultural Biotechnology, DSVOL Module
  6. Thagana W.M., 2014, KST 835: Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources, DSVOL Module
  7. Thagana W.M., 2014, KST 845: Population and Quantitative Genetics, DSVOL Module
  8. Thagana W.M., 2014, KST 850: Seed Physiology and Biotechnology, DSVOL Module
  9. Thagana W.M., 2011, KST 832:Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, DSVOL Module
  10. Thagana W.M., 2010, KST 513: Agricultural Biotechnology, DSVOL Module.

    
Conference Presentations

  • Thagana,W.M., Identification of SSR Markers associated with Cassava Mosaic Disease in Kenya ASACSES conference, ECOWAS Parliament Building, Abuja, Nigeria 2nd -5th November, 2015

  • Thagana,W.M. Envisaged MSc Postharvest Technology Curriculum at Kenyatta University Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda 5th-9th August, 2015

  • Thagana W.M., Efficacy of a Local and Commercial Rooting powder on Roses, 1st School of Agriculture Biennial International Conference sponsored by KU/AGRA/DAAD/UoN, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, 1st -5th December, 2014
  • Thagana W.M., Effects of Withholding Irrigation Water after Complete Heading on Seed Quality Traits in Mwea, 1st School of Agriculture Biennial International Conference sponsored by KU/AGRA/DAAD/UoN, Kenyatta University(KU), Nairobi, Kenya, 1st -5th December, 2014
  • Thagana,W.M., Targeted Plant Breeding,KARI-Thika/Kenya, 1/11/13
  • Thagana, W.M.,Effect of Seed Size on Germination and Early Growth of Jojoba in Semi-arid Areas of Kenya,11th African crop Science Society Conference. Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe-Uganda.13th -17th October 2013.
  • Thagana, W.M., Enhancing Cassava Productivity Through Host plant Resistance Breeding Against Cassava Mosaic Disease and Cassava Brown Streak Disease using Genetic Engineering and Marker Assisted Selection-a Kenyan project, Arusha/Tanzania, 28/1/13 -1/02/13
  • Thagana, W.M.,Effect of Withholding Irrigation Water after Complete Heading on Rice Yield and Components in Mwea, Kenya,11th African crop Science Society Conference. Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe-Uganda.13th -17th October 2013.
  • Thagana, W.M.,Characterization of Arabusta (Coffea arabica L. x Coffea canephora Pierre) Coffee and it’s Parental Genotypes using Molecular Markers ,11th African crop Science Society Conference. Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe-Uganda.13th -17th October 2013.
  • Thagana, W.M.,Effect of Genotype, Plant Spacing and Weeding Regimes on Weed Density and Yields of Upland Rice in Uganda.11th African crop Science Society Conference. Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe-Uganda.13th -17th October 2013.
  • Thagana, W.M.,Enhancing Cassava Productivity Through Host plant Resistance Breeding Against Cassava Mosaic Disease and Cassava Brown Streak Disease using Genetic Engineering and Marker Assisted Selection-a Kenyan project.Arusha/Tanzania.28/1/13 -1/02/13
  • Thagana, W.M., Occurrence of seed abortion and numerical components of seed yield of soyabean (Glycine max L. Merr.) in three contrasting environments. El Minia/Egypt, 25th-29th March, 2012
  • Thagana, W.M.,Characterization of Sweet Potato [Ipomea batatas (L)] Landraces using Morphological and DNA markers in East Kamagak Location of Rachuonyo District,Bondo University College (BUC), Bondo, Kenya.4th-7th December 2012.
  • Thagana W.M., Commercialization and Utilization of Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis [Link] Schneider)as a basis for Industrialization and Income Generation in ASALs, UniBRAIN/PanAAC Fair, Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, 26th-27th Nov, 2010
  • Thagana, W.M., Selection and characterization of superior bushes of Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis [Link] Schneider) for ASALs in Kenya. Nairobi, 7th-9th April, 2010
  • Thagana, W.M., Chickpea - a promising new food legume crop for drought prone cool areas of Kenya. Cape Town/South Africa 2009
  • Thagana, W.M., Comparison of phenotypic characters of mutant lines of rapeseed (Brassica napus L) with the original parents. Nairobi/Kenya, 2008
  • Thagana, W.M.,Invitro embryo culture and immature seed germination techniques for rapid generation advance in soyabean [Glycine max (L.)Merrill],Nairobi/Kenya,2006
  • Thagana, W.M.,Variability in M2 generations and characteristics of selected advanced mutant lines of rapeseed.2006
  • Thagana, W.M.,Characterization and genetic relationships of rapeseed(Brassica napus L.),Entebbe/Uganda,2005
  • Thagana, W.M.,Introduction and status of Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis (Link) Schneider productionin Kenya.Nairobi/Kenya,2004.
  • Thagana, W.M.,Genotype-environment interactions and stability estimates for sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) varieties grown in diverse environments in Kenya.Johannesburg/ South Africa.2002.
  • Thagana, W.M.,Holistic approach in the dissemination of technologies in Lare division, Nakuru district,Egerton university/Kenya.2001
  • Thagana, W.M.,The status of Kenya in the Global production and supply of oilseed and oilseed products.Nairobi/Kenya.2000.

Research

  • Thagana, W. M. 2017-2018 Commercialization of Locally Developed Agricultural Inputs-Foliar Fertilizers, Hydrophonic Nutrient Solutions and Rooting, Powders Kenyatta University Vice Chancellors’ Research Grant Call 2016

  • Thagana, W. M.2017-2019 Development of Net Blotch Resistant Doubled Haploid Genotypes of Barley by Chromosome Elimination using Bulbosum Technique, NRF
  • Thagana, W. M.2016-2018 Fingerprinting and Relating Juvenile Characters of Rice to Yield and Its ComponentsNACOSTI
  • Thagana, W. M. 2014-15 Nutrition-sensitive Intervention with African Leafy Vegetables to Improve Nutrition Status of School Going Children in Kenya, Kenyatta University Vice Chancellors’ Research Grant Call 2013

  • Thagana, W.M., 2012-15, Enhancing Cassava Productivity Through Host Plant Resistance Breeding Against Cassava Mosaic Disease and Cassava Brown Streak Disease, EAAPP
  • Thagana, W.M., 2011-12, Characterization of Sweet Potato (Ipomea batatas [L.] Lam) Landraces Using Morphological and DNA Markers in East Kamagak Location of Rachuonyo District, NCST
  • Thagana, W.M., 2008-2010, Enhancing Chickpea Productivity and Production in Drought-Prone Areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates
  • Thagana, W.M., 2008-09, Commercialization and utilization of Jojoba in ASALS, KAPP
  • Thagana, W.M., 1993-2010, Breeding Oilseed Crops,KARI
  • Thagana, W.M., 1983-1993, Maize and Sorghum Variety Performance Trials, SRD/MoA