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Publications in Journals

  1. Wafula, B. W., Arunga, E. E., & Rotich, F. (2023). Prevalence and Host Resistance to Common Bean Rust Disease in Western and Central Kenya. International Journal of Agronomy, 2023.
  2. Misango, S., Otsyula, R., & Arunga, E. E. (2022). Resistance to Pythium root rot and anthracnose among Kenyan common bean genotypes and marker-assisted introgression of resistance genes. Journal of Crop Improvement, 1-21.
  3. Parker, T. A., Cetz, J., de Sousa, L. L., Kuzay, S., Lo, S., Floriani, T. O., Njau, S., Arunga, E., Duitama, J., Jernstedt, J., Myers, J. R., Llaca, V., Herrera-Estrella, A. & Gepts, P. (2022). Loss of pod strings in common bean is associated with gene duplication, retrotransposon insertion, and overexpression of PvIND. New Phytologist, 235(6): 2454-2465.
  4. Kamiri, A.K., Arunga, E.E., Rotich, F. & Otsyula, R. (2021). Response of French bean genotypes to Colletotrichum lindemuthianum and evaluation of their resistance using SCAR markers. African Journal of Biotechnology, 20(2): 51-65.
  5. Wasonga, M. A., Arunga, E. E., Neondo, J. O., Muli, J. K., Kamau, P. K., & Budambula, N. L. (2020). A hybridization technique for orphan legumes: development of an artificial interspecific pollination protocol for Crotalaria Spp. Journal of Crop Improvement, 35(2), 264-275.
  6. Nderitu, P.W., Jonsson, M., Arunga, E., Otieno, M., Jamleck Muturi, J., & Wafula, G. O. (2020). Combining Host Plant Resistance, Selective Insecticides, and Biological Control Agents for Integrated Management of Tuta absoluta. Advances in Agriculture,
  7. Arunga, E. E., & Odikara, O. S. (2020). Characterization of Kenyan French Bean genotypes into gene pool affiliations using allele specific markers. African Journal of Biotechnology, 19(9), 653-660.
  8. Ndwiga, B. W., Arunga, E.E. & Ng’etich, F.K. (2019). Economic Assessment of Napier Grass Production Using Different Fertilizer Combinations under Smallholder Farming Conditions in the Central Highlands of Kenya. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science, 29(5), 1-6.
  9. Kiptoo, G. J., Arunga, E. E., & Kimno, S. K. (2018). Evaluation of French Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Varieties for Resistance to Anthracnose. Journal of Experimental Agriculture International, 27(4), 1-7.
  10. Nderitu, W. P., J.J. Muturi, Otieno, M., Arunga, E.E., Johnsson, M. (2018). Tomato Leaf miner (Tuta absoluta) (Meyrick 1917) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) prevalence and farmer management practices in Kirinyanga County, Kenya. Journal of Entomology and Nematology, Vol. 10(6),pp.43-49.
  11. Miller, T., Gepts, P., Kimno, S., Arunga, E.E, Chilagane, A.L., Nchimbi-Msolla, S., Namusoke, A., Namayanja, A., Rezene, T.Y. (2018). Alternative markers linked to the Phg-2 angular leaf spot resistance locus in common bean using the Phaseolus genes marker database. African Journal of Biotechnology 17(26):818-828.
  12. Rezene Y., Tesfaye, K., Mukankusi, C. Arunga, E.E & Gepts, P. (2018). Simple and rapid detached leaf technique for screening common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in vitro against angular leaf spot (Pseudocercospora griseola) disease. African Journal of Biotechnology 17(35):1076-1081.
  13. Mogita, G.W., Ochuodho, J.O., Gohole, L.S., Arunga, E.E. & Makumba, B. (2017). Incidence of bean anthracnose in Western Kenya and its management using aqueous extract of Aloe vera.  African Journal of Education, Science and Technology 3: 6-12.
  14. Kimno, S.K., Kiplagat, O.K., Arunga, E.E., and Chepkoech, E. (2016). Evaluation of Selected French Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Genotypes for Resistance to
    Angular Leaf Spot (
    Pseudocercospora griseola) in Western Kenya. American Journal of Experimental Agriculture 13(4): 1-6.
  15. Arunga, E. E. , Ochuodho, J.O., Kinyua, M.G., Owuoche, J.O. and Chepkoech, E. (2015). Genetic diversity of determinate French beans grown in Kenya based on morpho-agronomic and simple sequence repeat variation. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science. 7(8):240-250.
  16. Chepkoech E., Kinyua M., Kiplagat O., Arunga E.E and Kimno S. (2015). Genetic Diversity of Cassava Mutants, Hybrids and Landraces using Simple Sequence Repeat Markers. American Journal of Experimental Agriculture 5(4): 287-294.
  17. Arunga, E.E., Ochuodho, J.O., Kinyua, M.G. and Owuoche, J.O. (2012). Characterization of Uromyces appendiculatus isolates collected from snap bean growing areas in Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research 7: 5685-5691.
  18. Arunga, E.E., Van Rheenen H.A and Owuoche J. O. (2010). Diallel analysis of snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) varieties for important traits. African Journal of Agricultural Research 5(15):1951-1957.

Presentation of Papers at Academic and Professional Conferences

  1. Nderitu W. P., Wafula, G.O., Otieno, M., Muturi, J.J. & Arunga E. (2019). Tomato Leaf Miner (Tuta Absoluta) Incidence and Severity in Kirinyaga County, Kenya. In: Muange, E., Wekesa, D. and Mbithe, D.S.  Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Supporting Green Growth and Knowledge Economy through Research, Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development (pp 73–82). Machakos University, Machakos, Kenya.
  2. Odikara, S. and Arunga, E.E. (2019). Characterization of French Beans Based on Phaseolin Protein and Indel Spanning Molecular Markers. Paper presentation in the 13th Multidisciplinary International Conference held on 19th–21st June 2019, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya. Conference Theme: “Transformational Leadership, Innovation and Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development in Developing Countries”.
  3. Arunga E.E., Ochuodho, J., Woyengo, V.W. & Owuoche, J. (2018). Incidence and Prevalence of Groundnut Diseases in Western Kenya. Paper presented at the 3rd Kibabii University International Conference, 12th – 14th June.
  4. Arunga, E.E and Stephen, K.K. (2015). Introgression of angular leaf spot resistance to French beans adapted to Kenyan environment using molecular markers. Poster presentation at the Common Bean Disease Workshop on Angular Leafspot and Root Rot, Skukuza, South Africa, 20th -23rd July.
  5. Arunga, E.E., Eleba, W., Danso, K. and Obare, J.I. (2014). Sensitivity of Lablab (Lablab purpureus L.) to Gamma Irradiation and Ethyl Methane Sulphonate.  Paper presented at the 2nd Technical University of Kenya- Science Technology Innovation Research Conference: Nairobi, 24th to 27th June.
  6. Arunga, E.E., Ochuodho, J.O., Kinyua, M.G, Chepkoech and Karanja, D.K. (2013). Screening for bean rust resistance in French bean grown in Kenya. International Journal of Agribusiness, Innovations and Rural development 1:15-26. Paper presented at the Mount Kenya University First Annual Academic Conference and Agricultural Field Day, Kitale Kenya. 26th – 28th September.
  7. Chepkoech, E., Kiplagat, O., Kinyua, G., Arunga, E.E., and Kimno, S. (2013). Potato breeding potential to resistance to bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum ) in Kenya. Paper presented at the 11th African Crop Science Society Conference, Entebbe, Uganda, 13th -17th October.
  8. Chepkoech, E., Kiplagat, O., Kinyua, G., Arunga, E.E., and Kimno, S. (2013). Genetic diversity of cassava mutants, hybrids and landraces based on morphological and microsatellite markers. Paper presented at the 1st international and interdisplinary conference held at University of Eldoret, Kenya, 3rd – 5th September
  9. Arunga, E.E., Ochuodho, J.O., Kinyua, M.G. and Owuoche, J.O. (2012). Characterization of Uromyces appendiculatus isolates collected from snap bean growing areas in Kenya. Poster presentation at IV international Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics Conference, Hyderabad, India. 2nd – 7th October.
  10. Arunga, E.E., Kinyua, G. M. and Ochuodho, O. J. (2010). Application of Scar Markers for Breeding against Bean Rust in French bean. Paper presented at the Moi University 6th Annual International Conference, Eldoret, Kenya. 7th – 11th September.
  11. Arunga, E.E., Rao, B.S., Omega, B. and Rheenen, H.A. van (2008). Multilocational Trials of Advanced French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Breeding Material. Proceedings of 4th Annual International Conference, Moi University pp 21-27.
  12. Arunga, E.E., Angima, R. and Rheenen, H.A. van (2008). The Effect of Location on Seed Quality of French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Paper presented at the Moi University 4th Annual International Conference, Eldoret, Kenya. 29th  – 1st July.



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