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Dr. Bernard M. Gichimu Publications

Publications in Journals 

  1. Daniel M. Wambua, Bernard M. Gichimu and Samuel N. Ndirangu (Under Review). Coffee Productivity Among Smallholder Farmers as Influenced by Socio-economic Factors and Adoption of Recommended Technologies. Hindawi - International Journal of Agronomy, Manuscript ID: 8852371.
  2. Marline Hanny Owino, Bernard Mukiri Gichimu and Phyllis Wambui Muturi (In press). Agro- morphological Characterization of Horned Melon (Cucumis metuliferus) Accessions from Selected Agro- ecological Zones in Kenya. Australian Journal of Crop Science
  3. Robert O. Okayo, Darius O. Andika, Mathews M. Dida, George O. K’Otuto and Bernard M. Gichimu (2020). Exploring the Changes of Resistant Genes Expression in Groundnuts (Arachis hypogea) in Response to Aspergillus flavus Exposure at Seedling Stage. International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation, Volume VII, Issue VII, pp. 203-208
  4. Robert O. Okayo, Darius O. Andika, Mathews M. Dida, George O. K’Otuto and Bernard M. Gichimu (In Press). Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Toxigenic Aspergillus flavus from Groundnut Kernels in Kenya. Hindawi - International Journal of Microbiology, Manuscript ID: 8854718.
  5. James Mwita Gimase, Wilson Muriithi Thagana, Chrispine Ogutu Omondi, Jane Jerono Cheserek, Bernard Mukiri Gichimu and Elijah Kathurima Gichuru (2020). Quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping of resistance to coffee berry disease (Colletotrichum kahawae Waller & Bridge) in Coffea arabica L. variety Rume Sudan. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 16(8), pp. 1184-1194.
  6. Lydia G. Mugao, Phyllis W. Muturi, Bernard M. Gichimu and Ezekiel K. Njoroge (2020). In-vitro control of Phytophthora infestans and Alternaria solani using crude extracts and essential oils from selected plants. Hindawi - International Journal of Agronomy, Volume 2020, Article ID 8845692. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/8845692
  7. Fridah A. Mwakha, Nancy L.M. Budambula, Johnstone O. Neondo, Bernard M. Gichimu, Eddy O. Odari, Peter K. Kamau, Calvins Odero, Willy Kibet, Steven Runo (2020). Witchweed’s Suicidal Germination: Can Slenderleaf Help? Agronomy, 10, 873; doi:10.3390/agronomy10060873.
  8. James M. Gimase, Wilson M. Thagana, Chripine O. Omondi, Jane J. Cheserek, Bernard M. Gichimu, Elijah K. Gichuru, Cathrine Ziyomo, Clay 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. Euphytica 216: 86, 17 pp. Springer Nature Shared It Link: https://rdcu.be/b38qi
  9. Fridah A. Mwakha, Bernard M. Gichimu, Johnstone O. Neondo, Peter K. Kamau, Eddy O. Odari, Joshua K. Muli and Nancy L.M. Budambula (2020). Agro-morphological Characterization of Kenyan Slender Leaf (Crotalaria brevidens and C. ochroleuca) Accessions. Hindawi - International Journal of Agronomy, Volume 2020, Article ID 2710907, 10 pages https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/2710907
  10. Bernard M. Gichimu, Arphaxard Ireri Muthee and Paul Njiruh Nthakanio (2020). Agronomic benefits of shubhodaya-mycorrhizal bio-fertilizer on banana production in Embu County, Kenya. Journal of Agronomy, 19: 65-75.
  11. Daniel M. Wambua, Samuel N. Ndirangu, Lucy K. Njeru and and Bernard M. Gichimu (2019). Effects of recommended improved crop technologies and socio-economic factors on coffee profitability among smallholder farmers in Embu County, Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 14(34), pp. 1957-1966.
  12. Susan K. Onsongo, Bernard M. Gichimu, Komivi S. Akutse, Thomas Dubois and Samira A. Mohamed (2019). Performance of Three Isolates of Metarhizium anisopliae and their Virulence against Zeugodacus cucurbitae under Different Temperature Regimes, with Global Extrapolation of Their Efficiency. Insects 2019, 10, 270; doi:10.3390/insects10090270.
  13. Eliud K. Murimi, Lucy K. Njeru, Bernard M. Gichimu and Samuel N. Ndirangu (2019). Effects of Urban Expansion on Agricultural Resources: A Case Study of Embu Town in Kenya. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, 33(4): 1-11, 2019.
  14. Arphaxard Ireri Muthee, Bernard Mukiri Gichimu and Paul Njiruh Nthakanio (2019). Analysis of banana production practices and constraints in Embu County, Kenya. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, 9(1), 123-132.
  15. Chrispine Omondi, Bernard Gichimu, Jane Cheserek and James Gimase (2016). Leveraging on germplasm acquisition for Arabica coffee improvement in Kenya. Journal of Agricultural and Crop Research Vol. 4(1), pp. 9-16.
  16. Daniel Mutiso Nthiwa, David O. Odongo, Horace Ochanda, Samoel Khamadi, and Bernard M. Gichimu (2015). Trypanosoma Infection Rates in Glossina Species in Mtito Andei Division, Makueni County, Kenya. Journal of Parasitology Research, Volume 2015, Article ID 607432, 8 pages.
  17. S.G. Ligabo, E.K. Gichuru, O. Kiplagat, B.M. Gichimu (2015). Status of Coffee Leaf Rust Resistance on Kenyan Commercial Resistant Cultivars. British Microbiology Research Journal; 8(6): 655-662.
  18. Lucy K. Njeru, Bernard M. Gichimu, Mary C. Lopokoiyit and John G. Mwangi (2015). Influence of Kenyan Youth’s Perception towards Agriculture and Necessary Interventions; a Review. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology; 5(1): 40-45.
  19. Lucy K. Njeru and Bernard M. Gichimu (2014). Influence of Access to Land and Finances on Kenyan Youth Participation in Agriculture; a Review. International Journal of Development and Economic Sustainability; 2(3): 1 – 8.
  20. J.M. Gimase, W.M. Thagana, D.T. Kirubi, E.K. Gichuru and B.M. Gichimu (2014). Genetic Characterization of Arabusta Coffee Hybrids and their Parental Genotypes using Molecular Markers. Plant Cell Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 15(1&2):31-42
  21. M.W. King’oro, D. Mushimiyamana, J.J. Cheserek and B.M. Gichimu, 2014. Effect of Different Watering Regimes on Agro-morphology of Selected Coffee Genotypes. American Journal of Experimental Agriculture; 4(9):1016-1026.
  22. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2014. Biochemical Composition within Coffea arabica cv. Ruiru 11 and its Relationship with Cup Quality. Journal of Food Research; 3(3): 31-44.
  23. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2014. Occurrence of Ck-1 gene conferring resistance to Coffee Berry Disease in Coffea arabica cv. Ruiru 11 and its parental genotypes. Journal of Agricultural and Crop Research, 2(3): 51-61.
  24. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2013. Variation and Association of Cup Quality Attributes and Resistance to Coffee Berry Disease in Coffea arabica L. Composite Cultivar, Ruiru 11. Afr. J. Hort. Sci. (December 2013) 7:22-35.
  25. Ithiru J.M., Gichuru E.K., Gitonga P.N., Cheserek J.J. and Gichimu B.M., 2013. Methods for early evaluation for resistance to bacterial blight of coffee. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 8(21): 2450- 2454
  26. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2013. Yield Selection within Coffea arabica cv. Ruiru 11. American Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 3(1): 76-88.
  27. Cheserek J.J. and Gichimu B.M., 2012. Drought and heat tolerance in coffee: a review. International Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Soil Science, 2(12): 498-501.
  28. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2012. Selection within Coffea arabica cv. Ruiru 11 for high cup quality. African Journal of Food Science, 6(18): 456-464
  29. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2012. Selection of Ruiru 11 Hybrid Sibs on Raw Coffee Quality. Afr. J. Hort. Sci., 6:72-82
  30. Gichimu B.M., 2012. Field Screening of Selected Coffea arabica L. Genotypes against Coffee Leaf Rust. Afr. J. Hort. Sci. (June 2012) 6:82-91
  31. Kathurima C.W., Kenji G.M., Muhoho S.M., Boulanger R., Gichimu B.M. and Gichuru E.K., 2012. Genetic diversity among commercial coffee varieties, advanced selections and museum collections in Kenya using molecular markers. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, 4(2): 39-46.
  32. D.M. Mureithi, M.O.A. Onyango, P. Jeruto and B.M. Gichimu, 2012. Response of French Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to Intra-Row Spacing in Maseno Division, Kenya. J. Applied Sci., 12(1): 96-100.
  33. R.B.Mugiira, P.F. Arama, J.M. Macharia and B.M. Gichimu, 2011. Antibacterial Activity of Foliar Fertilizer Formulations and their Effects on Ice Nucleation Activity of Pseudomonas syringae Pv. garcae Van Hall, the Causal Agent of Bacterial Blight of Coffee. Int. J. Agric. Res., 6(7): 550-561
  34. A.G. Wagura, J.W. Kimenju and B.M. Gichimu, 2011. Comparative Antibacterial Effects of Raw Extracts and Essential Oils of Ocimum gratissimum L. against Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Int. J. Plant Pathol. 2(3): 144-152
  35. A.G. Wagura, S.O. Wagai, L.Manguro and B.M. Gichimu, 2011. Effects of Selected Plants’ Extracts on In-Vitro Growth of Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith), the Causal Agent of Bacterial Wilt of Irish Potatoes. Plant Pathol. J. 20(2): 66-72.
  36. Onyango B.O., Palapala V.A., Arama P.F., Wagai S.O. and Gichimu B.M., 2011. Morphological characterization of Kenyan native wood ear mushrooms [Auricularia auricula (L. ex Hook.) Underw.] and the effect of supplemented millet and sorghum grains in spawn production. Agric. Biol. J. N. Am., 2(3).
  37. Onyango B.O., Palapala V.A., Arama P.F., Wagai S.O. and Gichimu B.M., 2011. Suitability of Selected Supplemented Substrates for Cultivation of Kenyan Native Wood Ear Mushrooms (Auricularia auricula). American Journal of Food Technology. Vol. 6:395-403
  38. Gichimu B.M. and Omondi C.O., 2010. Morphological Characterization of Five Newly Developed Lines of Arabica Coffee as Compared to Commercial Cultivars in Kenya. International Journal of Plant Breeding and Genetics, 4(4): 238-246, 2010.
  39. Gichimu B.M. and Omondi C.O., 2010. Early Assessment of Growth and Yield Characters of Five Newly Developed Lines of Arabica Coffee in Two Environments and Spacings in Kenya. African Journal of Horticultural Science (AJHS), Vol. 3:98-111.
  40. D.M. Musyimi, G.W. Netondo , B.Owuor and Gichimu B.M., 2010. Growth and Nutrient Uptake among Three Wetland Plant Species Occurring in Lake Victoria Basin in Kenya. Agriculture and Biology Journal of North America, 1(3): 250-264.
  41. Gichimu, B.M., B.O. Owuor and M.M. Dida, 2010. Yield of Three Commercial Watermelon Cultivars in Kenya as Compared to a Local Landrace. African Journal of Horticultural Science (AJHS), Vol. 3:24-33.
  42. Gichimu B.M. and Omondi C.O., 2010. Early Performance of Five Newly Developed Lines of Arabica Coffee under Varying Environment and Spacing in Kenya. Agriculture and Biology Journal of North America, 1(1): 32-39.
  43. Kathurima C.W., Gichimu B.M., Kenji G.M., Muhoho S.M. and Boulanger R., 2009. Evaluation of Beverage Quality and Green Bean Physical Characteristics of Selected Coffea arabica Genotypes in Kenya. African Journal of Food Science Vol 3.(11) pp. 365-371.
  44. Gichimu B.M., Barack O. Owuor and Mathews M. Dida, 2009. Comparing the yield components of three most popular commercial watermelon cultivars in kenya with one newly introduced cultivar and one landrace. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science. Vol.1(4). pp.065-071.
  45. Gichimu B.M., Barack O. Owuor, Gideon N. Mwai and Mathews M. Dida, 2009. Morphological Characterization of Some Wild and Cultivated Watermelon (Citrullus sp.) Accessions in Kenya. Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science. Vol. 4, No. 2.
  46. Gichimu, B.M., B.O. Owuor and M.M. Dida, 2008. Agronomic Performance of Three Most Popular Commercial Watermelon Cultivars in Kenya as Compared to One Newly Introduced Cultivar and One Local Landrace grown on dystric nitisols under sub-humid tropical conditions. Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences. Vol. 3 No. 5&6.
  47. Gichimu, B.M., B.O. Owuor and M.M. Dida, 2008. Assessment of Three Most Popular and One Newly Introduced Commercial Watermelon Cultivars in Kenya alongside One Local Landrace for Their Response to Naturally Occurring Diseases, Pests and Non-pathogenic Disorders in Sub-Humid Tropical Conditions. Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences. Vol. 3 No. 5&6.

PAPERS PRESENTED IN SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES

  1. Gichimu, B.M. (2020). Youth and Women; the Fulcrum of Food Security in Kenya. Presented During the KSG Symposium on “Role of Governance on Food Security and Nutrition” on 30th June, 2020. A virtual presentation.
  2. Gichimu, B.M. (2020). Coffee, the Crucified Saviour of Kenyan Economy. Presented During Leland International Hunger Fellows Mid-Field Retreat on April 23, 2020. A virtual presentation.
  3. Gichimu, B.M. (2019). Post-Harvest Management: Challenges and Solutions. Presented During the Food Security and Nutrition Symposium at Kenya School of Government on 14th March 2019.
  4. Gichimu, B.M., Gichuru E.K., Nyende A.B. and Mamati, G.E. (2018). Introgression of Coffea canephora Genome in Ruiru 11 Sibs and its Effect on Quality and CBD Resistance. Presented in the 27th ASIC Conference held from 16th - 20th September, 2018 in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  5. Gichimu B.M., 2014. Coffee Growing in Kenya; Climate Change Challenges and their Mitigation. Presented in the 1st DeKUT International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation, Nyeri – Kenya, 4th to 7th November, 2014.
  6. Gichimu B.M., 2014. Coffee Sustainability in Kenya: Role Played by Improved Varieties. Presented in the 25th International Conference on Coffee Science, Armenia – Colombia, 8th to 13th September, 2014.
  7. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2014. Combining CBD Resistance with High Yields and Good Cup Quality: Success case in Ruiru 11 Cultivar. Presented in the 25th International Conference on Coffee Science, Armenia – Colombia, 8th to 13th September, 2014.
  8. Omondi C.O. and Gichimu B.M., 2014. Coffee Variety Development and Expansion of Growing Areas to New Frontiers. Presented during Kenya Coffee @50 Forum (National Coffee Stakeholders Conference), Ruiru, Kenya. 7th - 8th February 2014.
  9. Gichimu B.M., 2013. Arabica Coffee Breeding; Challenges Posed by Climate Change. Presented in the 10th African Fine Coffee Conference in Kampala Uganda on 16th February 2013.
  10. Gichimu B.M., 2013. Coffee Breeding in Kenya; Achievements, Gaps and Priorities. Presented in the 3rd African Coffee Sustainability Forum in Kampala Uganda on 13th February 2013.
  11. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2012. Variation and Associations of Cup Quality traits and CBD Resistance in Coffea arabica cv Ruiru 11. Presented in the 12th Workshop on Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics, Held at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology between 4th and 7th December 2012.
  12. Gichimu B.M., 2012. Coffee Breeding in Kenya; Achievements, Challenges and Current Focus. Presented in the 24th International Conference on Coffee Science, San Jose – Costa Rica, 11th to 17th November, 2012.
  13. Gichimu B.M., 2012. Coffee Breeding Lines in Kenya. Presented in a Conference on "Technologies and best practices for optimal utilization of by-products in the coffee value chain: how to increase sustainability in the coffee supply chain in East African countries" held at Trieste, Italy from 11th to 14th June 2012 organized by ICS-UNIDO in cooperation with the Ernesto Illy Foundation and illycaffè.
  14. Gichimu B.M., 2012. Batian Coffee; Its Merits and Demand Trends. Presented during the March 2012 Coffee Research Institute monthly seminar held at Coffee Research Station Lecture Theatre.
  15. Gichimu B.M., Gichuru E.K., Mamati G.E. and Nyende A.B., 2011. Discrimination of Ruiru 11 Hybrid Sibs based on Raw Coffee Quality. Presented in the 11th Workshop on Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics, Held at Pwani University College between 7th and 10th December 2011.
  16. Phiri N.A., Gichimu B.M., Gatarayiha C., Kutwayo D., Prakash N., Musoli P., Agwanda C., Kimani M., Musebe R. and Oduor G., 2011. Increasing the resilience of coffee production to Coffee Leaf Rust and other Diseases in India and four other African countries. Presented on 23rd March 2011 at ICRAF Complex, Gigiri, Nairobi.
  17. Kimemia J.K., Gichimu B.M. and Kathurima C.W., 2011. Highlights of Batian. A new tall statured and disease resistant Arabica coffee variety with excellent quality. In Kamau et al (Eds), African Fine Coffees Review, Issue No.7. African Fine Coffees Association.
  18. Gichimu B.M. and Phiri N.A., 2010. Response of Newly Developed and Introduced Arabica Coffee Genotypes to Colletotrichum kahawae, the Coffee Berry Disease Pathogen, in Kenya. Proceedings of 12th Biennial KARI Scientific Conference, KARI Headquarters Complex, Kaptagat Road, Loresho, Nairobi, 8th
    – 12th November, 2010.
  19. S.P. Nayani, Mishra M.K., Dandamudi P., Bhat S.S., Thimmasetty H.B., Subramani D., Reddy S.N., Revanna S.P., Bhat A.M., Murthy M., Harish D.M., Varzea V.M.P., Silva M., Jayarama, Phiri N.A. and Gichimu B.M., 2010. Evaluation of Coffee Varieties Derived from Diverse Genetic Sources of Resistance for Prospective Exploitation - An International Cooperative Effort. Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Coffee Science, Bali – Indonesia, 3rd - 8th October, 2010.
  20. Gichimu B.M., Omondi C.O. and Gichuru E.K., 2010. Early Agronomic Performance of Some New and Existing Arabica Coffee Varieties in Kenya. Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Coffee Science, Bali – Indonesia, 3rd - 8th October, 2010.
  21. Gichimu, B.M. and M.O.A. Onyango, 2007. Non-Chemical Weed Control Practices in Production of Commercial Watermelon (Citrullus lanatas) In: Isutsa et al. (Eds.). 2007. Proceedings of the Seventh HAK Workshop on Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics, held from 28th November to 1st December 2007 at the University of Nairobi, Upper Kabete Campus, Kenya.
  22. Gichimu, B.M. and M.F.O. Ndong’a, 2006. Effects of hot pepper (Capsicum frutescens) extracts on aphid’s infestation on cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). In: Isutsa et al. (Eds.). 2006. Proceedings of the 5th HAK Workshop on Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics, held from 23rd to 26th November 2005 at Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya. pp. 36-43.

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