Dr. Rose Onamu

Contact Details.
Department of Agricultural Land Use and Management
School of Agriculture Veterenary Science and Technology
P.O. Box 190-50100
Kakamega, KENYA
Office no: ABA 201
Kakamega-Webuye Road
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ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9837-792X
Researcher ID: GNO-9656-2022

Dr. Rose Onamu

Dr. Rose Onamu is a Lecturer of Horticulture in the Department of Agribusiness Management and Extension, School of Agriculture Veterinary Science and Technology at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. She is the Chairperson of the Department of Agricultural Land Use and Management where she oversees the whole operations of both academic and non academic staff in the department. She teaches postgdrauate and undergraduate courses on Horticulture, crop production, plant breeding and biotechnology.

Her areas of academic and research interests are in the fields of Bilateral project on Maize, Sweet potato, Irish potato viruses- Kenya- South Africa. Research works on molecular diversity of Rhyzobium spp. Molecular diversity of Ralstonia solanacearum. Rapid multiplication of virus free tissue cultured sweet potato vines and Molecular diversity of purple tea, Solanum nigrum complex, Alba spp., medicinal plants. Her areas of consultancy are in the fields of Agroforestry Floriculture, olericulture, pomology, phytosanitary standards-import/export, and postharvest technology, plant biotechnology-molecular breeding, tissue culture, genetic engineering, biosafety, ISO- certification

She holds PhD in Horticulture from The Autonomous University of Chapingo, Mexico (2012), Certificate in Spanish Language from The Autonomous University of Mexico, Foreign Languages School, Tesco (2009), M.Sc in Horticulture from the University of Nairobi, (2004) and B.Sc in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi (1989).

Her professional Fellowships and Accreditations Certifications are;
1. African Biotechnology Stakeholders´ Forum (ABSF)
2. Kenya Horticultural Society
3. Horticulture Association of Kenya
4. American Society for Horticulture Science.


Some of her key publications:

  1. Onamu, R, Juan P.L, Jaime, CS; Jose, L.R and Joel, N. P. 2012. Analysis of morphological and molecular markers in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.).Rev. Fitotec. Vol.35(4):267-277.
  2. Onamu, R, Juan P.L, Jaime, CS; Jose, L.R and Joel, N. P. 2015. Genetic diversity among varieties of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) cultivated in méxico. Rev. Fitotec. Vol.38(1):7-15.DOI: https://doi.org/10.29312/REMEXCA.V5I4.919
  3. Mulama. S, Onamu.R and Mwoma. J.O. Aboudance and symbiotic rhizobia colonizing soybean in soils of Kakamega County, Western Kenya. (Submitted on 10th November 2020 to Hyundai journal of agronomy). DOI:https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/6627541.
  4. Alinda.A, Okoth P.K, Onamu. R,Read.D,Genevivieve. T and Mwoma J.O (2020) Next generation sequencing platforms for potato virus hunting, surveillance and discovery. African Journal of Bacteriology Vol. 12 (1).pp.1-11. DOI:https://doi.org/10.5897/JBR2020.0307
  5. Kariaga. M.G, Onamu. R and Were.H.K. 2018. Reaction of Rice Blast Pyricularia oryzae CAV isolates on a set of improved rice varieties in Western Kenya indicator to presence of pathogenic strains.2018. Ruforum working document .17 (1)pp. 811-820
  6. Onamu, R, Juan P.L, Jaime, C.S, Jose, L.R and Joel, N. P. 2016. Molecular characterization of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) genotypes grown in Mexico using RAPD and ISSR markers. African Journal of Biotechnology. Vol. 15(22): 1015-1025. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5897/AJB11.2656
  7. Onamu, R; Juan, P.L; Jamie, CS, C, Jose L.R and Joel, N.P. 2012. In vitro regeneration and Agrobacterium mediated transformation of potato (Solanum tuberrosum L.) cultivars grown in Mexico. Plant Tissue Cult. & Biotech 22(2):93-105. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3329/ptcb.v22i2.14193
  8. Onamu, R; Molecular characterization of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) genotypes and transformation with reporter genes. PhD Thesis 2012, 180pp. DOI:https://doi.org/10.5897/AJB11.2656
  9. Hutchinson, M.J; Onamu, R, Kipkosgei, L and Obukusia, S.D. 2003. Effect of Thidiazuron, NAA and BAP on in vitro propagation of Alstroemeria aurantiaca cv. ‘Rosita’ from shoot tip explants. Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology. DOI:https://doi.org/10.4314/JAGST.V16I2
  10. Onamu, R; Obukusia S.D, Musembi, N and Hutchinson M.J. 2003. Efficacy of Thidiazuron in Vitro propagation of Carnation shoot tips: Influence of dose and duration of exposure. African Crop Science Journal 11:1-6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4314/acsj.v11i2.27525

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