Department of Plant Sciences


  • COWPEA Seed Production and Commercialization. January 2024.
  • Assessment of conservation farming techniques for integrated crop and livestock in the improvement of small holder farms- Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture- Funded by FAO. Jan 2017 to December 2018.
  • Delivering crop yield Nowcast and Forecasts by integrating satellite data and crop modelling in sub-Saharan Africa. PEER project. Funded by USAID. Jan 2017 to December 2019.
  • Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA) project. Sub project Title: Development of Common Bean and Cowpea with Bruchid Tolerance.  2005 to 2018.
  • Effects of tillering of tropical maize on maize yields with Syngenta, 2017 – to date.
  • Evaluating the efficacy of Stellar Star herbicide at different application rates and its residual effects on succeeding crops with BASF, 2016 – to date.
  • Effects of incomplete conservation practices on soil and crop productivity, in conjunction with Self Help Africa. (2017-2021).
  • Evaluation of underutilized vegetables- roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), Chili- Capsicum spp. In conjunction with Horticultural Innovation Labs consortium/ Rutgers University USA. (2015-2020).
  • WorldFish mushroom project on domestication of indigenous mushroom. (2014-2018).
  • Improving Photosynthesis in Grain Legumes with New Plant Phenotyping Technologies. Funded by Legume Innovation Lab, Feed the Future Program (US Government), Project Duration (2015-2017).
  • Genetic Improvement of Common Bean in Zambia for Multiple Disease Resistance Using Marker-Assisted Selection and Conventional Breeding. Funded by the Kirkhouse Trust of the United Kingdom. Project Duration (2017-2019).
  • Improving Genetic Yield Potential of Andean Beans with Increased Resistances to Drought and Major Foliar Diseases and Enhanced Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF), Funded by Legume Innovation Lab, Feed the Future Program (US Government). Project Duration (2013-2017).
  • Integrated Genetic Improvement of Maize, Rice, Sweet potato and Tomato. Supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). (2017-2021).

Ongoing Research Activities

  • Spirulina production using different solutions
  • Controlling weeds in cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata Walp.) using Lantana camara
  • Yield plasticity and elasticity in soybeans (Glycine max)
  • Laboratory Screening of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) and Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) for tolerance to Al toxicity and bruchid infestation ((Callosobruchus maculatus F.).
  • Development and selection of mutation-derived lines of common beans and cowpeas through induced mutation.
  • Sustainable Agriculture Approach in Cereal Crop Production using Mother-Baby Trials Scheme.
  • Wheat improvement research aimed at developing wheat variety with heat tolerance. 
  • Soybean improvement research aimed at developing soybean varieties with heat and aluminum toxicity tolerance.
Agricultural Science