South Eastern Kenya University Management

prof francis wachiraDeputy Vice Chancellor, Administaration and Human Resource Management

 

 

 

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  • Has contributed to development of five (5) registered and commercialized tea varieties and applied for 3 patents.
  • Has published 136 articles in peer refereed Journals and 3 book chapters.
  • Some of the journals published in include; BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Journal of Plant Biotechnology, Journal of Insect Science, Food Chemistry, Parasitology International, Nutritional Neuroscience, Journal of Microbiological Methods, Journal of Plant Nutrition, Plant and Soil , Heredity, Genome, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Silvae Genetica, Bioscience Biochemistry and Biotechnology, International Journal of Pest Management, New Forest, Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, Euphytica, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Plant Cell Reports among many others

Primary Discipline: Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Degrees:

  • PhD, Dundee University, U.K. (1996)/ Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK.
  • M.Sc, Kenyatta University, Kenya (1990).
  • B.Ed (Sc), Kenyatta University, Kenya (1986).

Other Credentials/Recognitions & Awards

  1. The “2008 Researcher of the Year Award- Egerton University”
  2. The “1st Award in the Crops Research Program, 2003” an award given by the World Bank funded Agricultural Research Fund (ARF)
  3. The “1999 Tea Research Foundation of Kenya Merit Award for a distinguished research contribution to the Kenya tea industry”
  4. Research work on tea crop germplasm analyses, conservation and utilization was recognized in 2000 as an “ Example of a Successful Initiative in Science and Technology in the South ” and published in “Sharing Innovative Experiences” by the Special Unit for Technical Co-operation among Developing Countries (SUTCDC); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the
  5. Third World Network of Scientific Organizations(TWNSO).
  6. The Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellowship Award , Japan, 1999.
  7. A British Government (Overseas Development Agency- ODA) Graduate Scholarship Award , Dundee University and Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK, 1993-1996.

Current Professional/Scientific Interests, Memberships, and Activities:


  • The African Crop Science Society (ACSS)
  • The Plant Breeders Association of Kenya (PBAK).
  • The International Association of Plant Tissue Culture (IAPTC).
  • Consulting Editor of the Contemporary Who's who.
  • The Biochemical Society of Kenya (BSK)
  • The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).

Publications


  1. Kimani, E.; Matasyoh, J.; Kinyua, M. and Wachira, F.N. (2017). Characterization of volatile compounds and flavor attributes of Lablab purpureus bean accessions. African Journal of Biotechnology, (Accepted- In press).
  2. Muturi, C.; Rono, M.K.; Masiga, D.K.; Wachira, F.N.; Ochieng, R. and Mireji, P. (2017). Transcriptional responses of Anopheles gambiae S.S. mosquito larvae to chronic exposure of cadmium heavy metal. F1000 Research, 6: 2173 (doi:10.12688/f1000research.13062.1).
  3. Odak, J.A.; Owuor, P.O.; Mang’uro, L.O.A.; Wachira, F.N. and Cheramgoi, E. (2017). Influence of nitrogen fertilization on Red Spider mites (Oligonychus coffeae Nietner) and overhead volatile organic compounds in Tea (Camellia sinensis). International Journal of Tea Science, 13: 52-59 (doi:10.20425/ijts.v13:01-02.9985).
  4. Ochanda, S.O.; Rashid, K.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Faraj, A.K.; Onyango, C.A.; Ngotho, M.; Maranga, D.N. and Wachira, F.N. (2017). Assessing the in-vivo effects of ingesting tea fortified yoghurts in murine model. Interdisciplinary Journal of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, 1:1-9.
  5. Karori, S.M.; Mireji, P.O.; Ngure, R.M.; Stomeo, F.; Kyallo, M.; Muoki, C. and Wachira, F.N. (2017). Tea (Camellia sinensis) infusions ameliorate cancer in 4TI metastatic breast cancer model. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 17:202 (Doi 10:1186/s12906-017-1683-6).
  6. Bedada, L.T.; Seth, M.S.; Runo, S.M.; Teffera, W.; Mugoya, C.; Masiga, C.W.; Oduor, R.O.; Blumwald, E. and Wachira, F. (2016). Drought tolerant tropical maize (Zea mays L.) developed through genetic transformation with isopentenyl transferase gene. African Journal of Biotechnology, 15:2447-2464.
  7. Odak, J.A.; Owuor, P.O.; Mang’uro, L.O.A.; Wachira, F.N. and Cheramgoi, E. (2016). Variability of overhead volatile organic compounds in clonal tea (Camellia sinensis) and their influence on red crevice mite (brevipalpus phoenicis geijskes) infestations. International Journal of Tea Science, 12:16-29.
  8. Odak, J.A.; Cheramgoi, E.; Owuor, P.O.; Mang’uro, L.O.A. and Wachira, F.N. (2016). Evaluation of tea clones for resistance to mites infestations and the influence of weather parameters on mites dynamics in Kenyan tea farms. International Journal of Tea Science, 12:6-15.
  9. Muthiani, M.A.; Kanyiri, W.; Wachira, F.N.; Kamunya, S.M.; Chalo, R.; Kimutai, S.; Khalid, R. and Karori, S. (2016). Potential use of Kenya tea cultivars in development of high value diversified tea products. International Journal of Tea Science, 12:30-48 (Doi:10.20425/ijts.v0iof.9599).
  10. Maritim T.; Kamunya S.; Mwendia C.; Mireji P.; Muoki R.; Wamalwa M.; Francesca S.; Schaack S.; Kyallo M. and Wachira F. (2016). Transcriptome-based identification of water-deficit stress responsive genes in the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Journal of Plant Biotechnology, 43: 302-310 (doi:http//dx.doi.org/10.5010/JPB.2016.43.3.302).
  11. Ochanda, S.O.; Rashid, K.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Ngotho, M.; Faraj, A.K.; Onyango, C.A.; Wachira, F.N. and Maranga, D.N. (2016). Fortification of alcoholic beverages (12% v/v) with tea (Camellia sinensis) reduces harmful effects of alcohol ingestion and metabolism in mouse model. British Medical Journal Open Gastroenterology, 3:e000058 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000058.
  12. Kiarie, S.M.; Karanja, L.S.; Obonyo, M. and Wachira, F.N. (2016). Biochemical relationships involving multiple virus infections, dry matter and selected nutritional attributes in orange fleshed sweetpotato. Acta Horticulturae (ISHS) 1118:139-146.
  13. Muturi, S.M.; Wachira, F.N.; Karanja, L.S. and Njeru, L. (2016). The mode of transmission of Banana Streak Virus by Paracoccus burnerae (Homiptera; Planococcidae) vector is non-circulative. British Microbiology Research Journal, 12(6): 1-10.
  14. Too, J.; Wanyoko, J.; Kinyanjui, T.; Moseti, K. and Wachira, F. (2016). Quantitative estimation of γ-Glutamylethylamide in commercially available made tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kintze, Theaceae) in Kenya. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 7: 55-62.
  15. George, K.O.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Kinyanjui, T.; Moseti, K.O and Wachira, F.N. (2016). Comparative assessment of the fatty acid profiles of crude oils extracted from seeds of selected tea (Camellia sinensis L.) cultivars. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 7: 1-7.
  16. Muthiani, M.A.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Wachira, F.N. and Karori, S. (2016). Influence of geographical regions on catechin and caffeine levels in tea (Camellia sinensis). American Journal of Plant Sciences, 7: 562-571 (Doi:10.4236/ajps.73049).
  17. Kimutai, S.; Kanyiri, W.J.; Thomas, K. and Wachira, F.N. (2016). Determination of residual catechins, polyphenolic contents and antioxidant activities of developed Theaflavin-3,3’-Digallate rich black teas. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 7: 180-191 (Doi:10.4236/fns.2016.73020).
  18. Kimutai, S.; Kinyanjui, T.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Wachira, F.N. and Muthiani, A. (2015). Optimization of aeration time in the development of Theaflavin-3,3’-Digallate rich black teas. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 6: 3001-3012 (Doi:10.4236/ajps.2015.619295).
  19. Maritim, T.K.; Kamunya, S.M.; Mireji, P.; Mwendia, V.; Muoki, R.C.; Cheruiyot, E.K. and Wachira, F.N. (2015). Physiological and biochemical responses of tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) to water deficit stress. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 90: 355-400.
  20. Too, J.C.; Kinyanjui, T.; Wanyoko, J.K. and Wachira, F.N. (2015). Effect of sunlight exposure and different withering durations on Theanine levels in tea (Camellia sinensis). Food and Nutrition Sciences, 6: 1014-1021.
  21. George, K.O.; Moseti, K.O.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Kinyanjui, T. and Wachira, F.N. (2015). Quantitation of the total catechin content in oils extracted from seeds of selected tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze, Theacea) clones by RP-HPLC. American Journal of Plant Science, 6: 1080-1089.
  22. Njogu, R.N.E.; Kariuki, D.K.; Kamau, D.M. and Wachira, F.N. (2015). Economic evaluation of foliar NPK fertilizer on tea yields in Kenya. Journal of Plant Studies, 4:35-43.
  23. Kiprotich, F.; Cheruiyot, E.; Mwendia, C.M.; Wachira, F.N. and Kimani, P. (2015). Genetic variation of biochemical characteristics of selected Sorghum varieties from East Africa. African Journal of Food Science, 9: 314-321.
  24. Kamithi, K.D.; Kibe, A.M. and Wachira F. (2015). Effect of some priming methods, durations under various initial soil moistures in desi chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Journal of Cereals and Oil Seeds, 6: 8-13.
  25. Kamithi, K.D.; Kibe, A.M. and Wachira F. (2015). Effect of different initial soil moisture on desi chickpea ICCV 95107 (Cicer arietinum L.) dry matter production and crop growth rate. International Journal of Environmental and Agriculture Research, 1(6): 1-10.
  26. Karori, M.; Wachira, F.N.; Ngure, R.; Mireji, P. and Wachira, S. (2014). Antimutagenic effect of Kenyan Tea cultivars in a bacterial test system, The Pharma Innovation Journal, 3(8): 94-100.
  27. Karori, S.M.; Wachira, F.N.; Ngure, R.M and Mireji, P.O (2014). Polyphenolic composition and antioxidant activity of Kenyan Tea cultivars. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, 3(4): 105-116.
  28. Chore, J.K.; Obonyo, M.; Wachira, F.N. and Mireji, P.O. (2014). Larvicidal activity of selected Aloe species against Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culiciade). Journal of Insect Science, 14 (202), DOI:10.1093/jisesa/ieu064.
  29. Korir, M.W; Wachira, F.N.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Ngure, R.M. and Khalid, R. (2014). The fortification of tea with sweeteners and milk and its effect on in vitro antioxidant potential of tea product and glutathione levels in an animal model. Food Chemistry, 145:145-153.
  30. Rashid, K.; Wachira, F.N.: Nyariki, J.N. and Isaac, A.O. (2014). Kenyan purple tea anthocyanins and co-enzyme- Q10 ameliorate post treatment reactive encephalopathy associated with cerebral human African trypanosomiasis in murine model. Parasitology International 63:417-426.
  31. Koech, R.K.; Wachira, F.N.; Ngure, R.M.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Bii, C.C.; Karori, S.M. and Kerio, L.C. (2014). Antioxidant, antimicrobial and synergistic activities of tea polyphenols. African Crop Science Journal, 22: 837-846.
  32. Rashid, K.; Wachira, F.N.; Ngure, R.M. ; Nyabuga, J.N.; Wanyonyi, B.; Murilla, G. and Orina, A.O. (2014). Kenyan purple tea anthocyanins ability to cross the blood brain barrier reinforcing brain antioxidant capacity in mice. African Crop Science Journal, 22: 819-828.
  33. Kimani, P.M.; Cheruiyot, E.K.; Owuoche, J. O.; Wachira, F. and Kimani, E. (2014). Genetic diversity of farmers’ preferred Sorghum accessions and improved lines from ICRISAT reveal a disconnect between innovation and technology transfer. Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology, 17(2): 97- 102 (Doi No 10.1007/s12892-013-0130-6).
  34. Kimani, P.M.; Wachira, F.; Cheruiyot, E.K.; Owuoche, J. and Kimani, E. (2014). Genetic diversity of African Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) accessions based on microsatellite markers. Australian Journal of Crop Science, 8(2): 171-177.
  35. Moseti, K.O.; Kinyanjui, T.; Wanyoko, J.K. and Wachira, F.N. (2014). Some factors influencing free floride content in black tea infusions. African Crop Science Journal, 22: 897-904.
  36. Mbuthia, S.K.; Wachira, F.N. and Koech, R. (2014). In vitro antimicrobial and synergistic properties of water soluble green and black tea extracts. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 8(14): 1527-1534.
  37. Njogu, R.N.E.; Kariuki, D.K.; Kamau, D.M. and Wachira, F.N. (2014). Effects of foliar fertilizer application on quality of tea (Camellia sinensis) grown in the Kenyan highlands. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 5:2707-2715.
  38. Kiprotich, F.K.; Cheruiyot, E.K.; Mwendia, C.M.; Wachira, F.N. and Owuoche, J. (2014). Biochemical quality indices of Sorghum genotypes from east Africa for malting and brewing. African Journal of Biotechnology, 13(2): 312-321.
  39. Othira, J.O; Omolo, J.O.; Kiruki, S.; Onek, L.A. and Wachira, F.N. (2014). Molecular diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya. Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment 6(4): 145-152.
  40. Ndungu, J.N.; Wachira, F.N.; Kinyua, M.G.; Lelgut, D.K.; Njau, P.; Okwaro, H. and Obiero, H. (2014). Genetic diversity study of Kenyan cassava germplasm using simple sequence repeats. African Journal of Biotechnology 13(8): 926-935
  41. Njuguna, D.G.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Kinyanjui, T. and Wachira, F.N. (2014). Fatty acids residues composition in the de-oiled tea seed oil cake. Science Journal of Biotechnology. Doi:10.7273/sibt/263.
  42. Njogu, R.N.E.; Kariuki, D.K.; Kamau, D.M. and Wachira, F.N. (2014). Relationship between tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf uptake of major nutrients, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK) and leaf anatomy of different varieties grown in the Kenya highlands. International Journal of Humanities, Arts, Medicine and Sciences, 2(8):95-102.
  43. Koech, K.R.; Wachira, F. N.; Ngure, R.M.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Bii, C.; Karori, S.M. and Kerio, L.C. (2013). Antimicrobial, synergistic and antioxidant activities of tea polyphenols. In: Microbial pathogens and strategies for combating them: Science, Technology and Education, (A. Mendez- Villas, Ed)
  44. Muturi, S.M.; Karanja, L.S.; Wachira, F.N. and Wambulwa, M.C. (2013). Ten (10) M Ammonium acetate is an efficient molecular concentration for the extraction of genomic DNA used for rolling circle amplification. African Journal of Biotechnology, 12(39): 5770-5798.
  45. Rashid, K.; Wachira, F.N.; Nyabuga, J.N.; Wanyonyi, B.; Murilla, G. and Isaac, A.O. (2013). Kenyan purple tea anthocyanins ability to cross the blood brain barrier and reinforce brain antioxidant capacity in mice. Nutritional Nueroscience, Doi 10.1179/1476830513Y.0000000081.
  46. Kilel, E.C.; Faraj, A.K.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Wachira, F.N. and Mwingirwa, V. (2013). Green tea from purple leaf coloured tea clones in Kenya- their quality characteristics. Food Chemistry, 141:769-775.
  47. Koech, K.R.; Wachira, F. N.; Ngure, R.M.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Bii, C. and Karori, S.M. (2013). Antibacterial and synergistic activity of different tea crude extracts against antibiotic resistant S. aureus, E. coli and a clinical isolate of S. typi. Science Journal of Microbiology doi:10.7237/sjmb/115.
  48. Kilel, E.C.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Faraj, A.K. and Wachira, F.N. (2013). Plain black tea quality parameters of purple leaf coloured tea clones in Kenya. International Journal of Research in Chemistry and Environment, 3: 81-88.
  49. Wanjala, B.W.; Obonyo, M.; Wachira, F.N.; Muchugi, A.; Mulaa, M.; Harvey, J.; Skilton, R.A.; Proud, J. and Hanson, J. (2013). Genetic diversity in Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) cultivars: Implications for breeding and conservation. AoB Plants, 5: plt022; doi:10. 1093/aobpla/plt022.
  50. Koech K. R.; Wachira F. N.; Ngure R. M.; Orina I. A.; Wanyoko J. K.; Bii C. and Karori S. M. (2013). Antifungal activity of crude tea extracts. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 8(19): 2086-2089.
  51. Kerio, L.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Wanyoko, J.K. and Rotich, M.K. (2013). Total polyphenols, catechin profiles and antioxidant activity of tea products from purple leaf coloured purple tea cultivars. Food Chemistry, 136: 1405-1413.
  52. Moseti, K.O.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Kinyanjui, T. and Wachira, F.N. (2013). Extractability of fluoride into black tea liquors, Kenya. International Journal of Environmental Protection, 3 (5): 14-19.
  53. George, K.O.; Kinyanjui, T.; Wanyoko, J.; Moseti, K.O. and Wachira, F.N. (2013). Extraction and analysis of tea (Camellia sinensis) seed oil from different clones. African Journal of Biotechnology, 12(8): 841-846.
  54. Njuguna, D.G.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Kinyanjui, T. and Wachira, F.N. (2013). Mineral elements in Kenyan tea seed oil cake. International Journal of Research in Chemistry and Environment, 3: 253-261.
  55. Wambulwa, M.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Karanja, L.S.; Kiarie, S.M. and Muturi, S.M. (2013). The influence of host and pathogen genotypes on symptom severity in Banana Streak Disease. African Journal of Biotechnology, 12: 27-31.
  56. Wachira, F.N.; Karori, S.; Kerio, L. and Wanyoko, J. (2012). Cultivar type and antioxidant potency of tea product. In: Tea in Health and Disease Prevention, Preedy, V.R. (Ed), Academic Press, London, UK, pp 91-102.
  57. Wachira, F.N.; Kamunya, S.; Karori, S.; Chalo, R. and Maritim, T. (2012). The tea plant: Botanical aspects. In: Tea in Health and Disease Prevention, Preedy, V.R. (Ed), Academic Press, London, UK pp 3-17.
  58. Wambulwa, M.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Karanja, L.S. and Muturi, S.M. (2012). Rolling Circle Amplification is more sensitive than PCR and serology-based methods in detection of Banana Streak virus in Musa germplasm. American Journal of Plant Science, 3: 1581-1587.
  59. Kamunya, S.M.; Wachira, F.N.; Pathak, R.S.; Muoki, R.C. and Sharma, R.K. (2012). Tea improvement in Kenya. In: Advanced topics in Science and Technology in China: Global tea breeding- Achievements, challenges and perspectives, (Chen, L.; Apostolides, Z. and Chen, Z.M. (Eds)), Zhejiang University Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp 177-22.
  60. Kerio, L.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Wanyoko, J.K. and Rotich, M.K. (2012). Characterization of anthocyanins in Kenyan teas: Extraction and identification. Food Chemistry, 131: 31-38. [DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2011.08.005].
  61. Ndungu, J.N.; Wachira, F.N.; Kinyua, M.G.; Lelgut, D.K.; Okwaro, H.; Njau, P. and Obiero, H. (2012). Influence of environment on Cassava quality traits in Central Rift Valley of Kenya. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 3: 1504-1512.
  62. Othira, J.O.; Omolo, J.O.; Wachira, F.N. and Onek, L.A. (2012). Effectiveness of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in protection of maize (Zea mays L.) against witchweed (Striga hermonthica Del. Benth.) infestation. Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development 4(3): 37-44.
  63. Obura, E.; Masiga, D.; Wachira, F.; Gurja, B. and Khan, Z.R (2011). Detection of phytoplasma by loop-mediated isothermal amplification of DNA (LAMP). Journal of Microbiological Methods 84: 312–316
  64. Kerio, L.C.; Bend, J.; Wachira, F.N.; Wanyoko, J.K. and Rotich, M.K. (2011). Attenuation of t-Butylhydroperoxide induced oxidative stress in HEK 293WT cells by tea catechins and anthocyanins. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences 3(14): 367-375.
  65. Kimani, E.N.; Wachira, F.N. and Kinyua, M.G. (2012). Molecular diversity of Kenyan lablab bean (Lablab purpureus (L.) Sweet) accessions using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism markers. American Journal of Plant Sciences 3: 313-321.
  66. Karori, S.M.; Ngure, R.M. and Wachira, F.N. (2011). Effects of tea on survival rates and liver pathology of Trypanosoma brucei brucei infected mice. Journal of Protozoology Research. 21: 1-7.
  67. Sudoi, V.; Cheramgoi, E.; Langat, J.K.; Kamunya, S.M. and Wachira, F.N. (2011). Screening of Kenyan tea clones for susceptibility to mite attack at different ecological zones. International Journal of Current Research 3(6):328-332.
  68. Matasyoh, L.G.; Wachira, F.N.; Kinyua, M.G. and Mungai, A.W. (2011). Genetic diversity of the medicinal plant Ocimum gratissimum L. (Mint) from Kenya based on AFLP markers. Journal of Life Sciences 5:92-101.
  69. Owuor, P.O.; Wachira, F.N.and Ng’etich, W.K. (2010). Influence of region of production on relative clonal plain tea quality parameters in Kenya. Food Chemistry 119:1168-1174.
  70. Obura, E.; Masiga, D.; Midego, C.A.O.; Wachira, F.; Pickett, J.A.; Deng, A.L. and Khan, Z.R. (2010). First report of a phytoplasma associated with Bermuda grass white leaf disease in Kenya. New Disease Reports 21:23, [DOI:10.5197/j.2044-0588.2010.021.023].
  71. Gemenet D.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Pathak, R.S. and Munyiri, S.W. (2010). Identification of molecular markers linked to drought tolerance using bulked segregant analysis in Kenyan maize (Zea mays L.) landraces. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences 9:1122-1134.
  72. Cheruiyot, E.K.; Mumera, L.M.; Ng’etich, W.K.; Hassanali, A.and Wachira, F.N. (2010). Higher fertilizer rates increase susceptibility of tea to water stress. Journal of Plant Nutrition. 33:115-129.
  73. Ngure, R.M.; Eckersall, P.; Burke, J.; Karori, S.M.; Mwangi, W.W.; Wachira, F.N.; Maathai, R. and Murray, M. (2009). Endotoxin-like effects in acute phase response to Trypanasoma brucei brucei infection are not due to gastrointestinal leakage. Parasitology International 58:325-329.
  74. Wasike, V.W.; Lesueur, D.; Wachira, F.N.; Mungai, N.W.; Mumera, L.M.; Sanginga, N.; Mburu, H.N.; Mugadi, D.; Wango, P. and Vanlauwe, B. (2009). Genetic diversity of indigenous Bradyrhizorbium nodulating promiscuous soyabean (Glycime max (L.) Merr.) varieties in Kenya: Impact of phosphorus and lime fertilization in two contrasting sites. Plant and Soil 322: 151-163 [DOI 10.1007/s11 104-009-9902-7].
  75. Ngure, R.M.; Ongeri, B.; Karori, S.M.; Wachira, W.; Maathai, R.G.; Kibugi, J.K. and Wachira, F.N. (2009). Anti-Trypanosomal effects of Azadirecta indica (Neem) extract on Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense infected mice. Eastern Journal of Medicine 14:2-9.
  76. Wasike, V.W.; Mburu, H.N.; Vanlauwe, B.; Wachira, F.N.; Mungai, N.W.; Mumera, L.M.; Sanginga, N.; Owuoche, J.O.; Wasilwa, L.A. and Lesueur, D. (2009). Environmental influence on the genetic diversity of indigenous Bradyrhizorbia nodulating promiscuous soyabean in Kenya. East African Agriculture and Forestry Journal 75(2): 109-119.
  77. Mahasi, M.J.; Wachira, F.N.; Pathak, R.S. and Riungu, T.C. (2009). Genetic polymorphism in exotic safflower (Carthamus tinctorious L.) using RAPD markers. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science. 1(1): 8-12.
  78. Chiveu, J.; Dangasuk, O.G.; Omunyin, M.E. and Wachira, F.N. (2009). Genetic diversity in Kenyan populations of Acacia Senegal (L.) Willd based on ISSR markers. Silvae Genetica 58:20-28.
  79. Kamunya, S.M.; Wachira, F.N.; Pathak, R.S.; Muoki, R.C.; Wanyoko, J.K.; Ronno, W.K. and Sharma, R.K. (2009). Quantitative genetic parameters in tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze): I. Combining abilities for yield, drought tolerance and quality traits. African Journal of Plant Science 3:93-101.
  80. Karori, S.M.; Ngure, R.M.; Wachira, F.N.; Wanyoko, J.K. and Ngugi, J.M. (2008). Different types of tea products attenuate chronic inflammation induced in Trypanosome brucei infected mice. Parasitology International 57: 325–333
  81. Cheruiyot, E.K.; Mumera, L.M.; Ng’etich, W.K.; Hassanali, A.; Wachira, F.N. and Wanyoko, J.K. (2008). Shoot epicatechin and epigallocatechin contents respond to water stress in tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze). Bioscience, Biochemistry and Biotechnology 72:1219-1226
  82. Machohi, S. K.; Wachira, F. N.; Langat, J.; Otieno, W. and Sudoi, V. (2008). Integrated management of root knot nematode (Meloidgyne spp) in tea (Camellia sinensis) in Kenya. International Journal of Pest Management 54:129-136
  83. Matasyoh, L.G.; Matasyoh, J.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Kinyua, M.G.; Muigai, A.W.T. and Mukiama, T.K. (2008). Antimicrobial activity of essential oils of Ocimum gratissimum L. from different populations of Kenya. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines 6: 760-765
  84. Chiveu, C.J.; Dangasuk, O.G.; Omunyin, M.E. and Wachira, F.N. (2008). Quantitatitive variation among Kenyan populations of Acacia Senegal Willd. for gum production, seed and growth traits. New Forests 38: DOI 10. 1007/s11 056-008-9128-1.
  85. Chiveu, C.J.; Dangasuk, O.G.; Omunyin, M.E. and Wachira, F.N. (2008). Genetic diversity in Kenyan populations of Acacia Senegal (L.) willd, revealed by combined RAPD and ISSR markers. African Journal of Biotechnology 7:2333-2340.
  86. Matasyoh, L.G.; Wachira, F.N.; Kinyua, M.G.; Muigai, A.W.T. and Mukiama, T.K. (2008). Leaf storage conditions and genomic DNA isolation efficiency in Ocimum gratissimum from Kenya. African Journal of Biotechnology 7:557-564.
  87. Muchugi, A.; Muluvi, G.M.; Simons, A.J.; Wachira, F.N. and Jamnadass, R.H. (2008) Estimation of outcrossing rate in a natural breeding population of Warbugia ugandensis using AFLP markers. African Journal of Biotechnology 7:139-146.
  88. Muoki, R.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Pathak, R.S. and Kamunya, S.M. (2008). Potential male gametophyte competition among Camellia sinensis genotypes in isolated biclonal seed orchards. African Crop Science Journal 15: 59-66.
  89. Karori, S.M.;Wachira, F. N.; Wanyoko, J.K. and Ngure, R.M. (2007). Antioxidant capacity of different types of tea products. African Journal of Biotechnology 6: 2287-2296.
  90. Cheruiyot, E.K.; Mumera, L.M.; Ng’etich, W.K.; Hassanali, A. and Wachira, F.N. (2007). Polyphenols as potential indicators for drought tolerance in tea (Camellia sinensis L.). Bioscience, Biochemistry and Biotechnology 71: 2190-2197.
  91. Muoki, R.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Pathak, R.S. and Kamunya, S.M. (2007). Assessment of the mating system of Camellia sinensis in biclonal seed orchards based on PCR markers. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 82: 733-738.
  92. Owuor, P.O.; Wachira, F.N.; Obanda, M. and Waller, G.R. (2007). Effects of caffeine on in-vitro growth of tea. Journal of Plantation Crops 35: 36-38.
  93. Matasyoh, L.G.; Matasyoh, J.C.; Wachira, F.N.; Kinyua, M.G.; Muigai, A.W.T. and Mukiama, T.K. (2007. Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of the essential oil of Ocimum gratissimum L. growing in Eastern Kenya. African Journal of Biotechnology 6: 760-765
  94. Owuor, P.O.; Kavoi, M.M.; Wachira, F.N. and Ogola, S.O. (2007) Sustainability of small holder tea growing in Kenya. A country Report. International Journal of Tea Science 6:1-23.
  95. Mahasi, M.J.; Pathak, R.S.; Wachira, F.N.; Riungu, T.C.; Kinyua, M.G. and Kamundia, J.W. (2006). Correlations and path coefficient analysis in exotic safflower (Carthamus tinctorious L.) genotyes tested in the arid and semi arid lands (ASALs) of Kenya. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences 5:105-1038.
  96. Mahasi, M.J.; Pathak, R.S.; Wachira, F.N.; Riungu, T.C.; Kinyua, M.G. and Waweru, J.K. (2006). Genotype by environment (GxE) interactions and stability in safflower (Carthamus tinctorious L.). Asian Journal of Plant Sciences 5: 1017-1021.
  97. Wachira, F. N. and Kamunya, S. K. (2005). Pseudo self incompatibility in some tea clones (Camellia sinensis L. (O.) Kuntze). Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 80: 716-720.
  98. Wachira, F. N. and Ronno, W. (2005). Tea research along value chains: Constraints and potential areas of inter-institutional collaboration. Tea 26:19-31.
  99. Wachira, F. N. (2005) Kenya: An important tea producer. Ryokucha (World Green Tea Association Bulletin) 16: 37-40. (In English with Japanese Translation)
  100. Kamunya, S.; Wachira, F. N.; Rotich, S. and Wanyoko, J. K. (2004). Clonal tea response to varying nursery rooting media. Tea 24(2): 52-60.
  101. Kamunya, S.; Wachira, F. N. and Ng'etich, W. K. (2004). Use of artificial shading material in a tea nursery. Tea 24(2): 61-62.
  102. Kamunya, S. and Wachira, F. N. (2004). Alternative means for rapid multiplication of tea: use of shoots in tea propagation- Preliminary indications Tea 24(2): 63-65.
  103. Wachira, .F. N; Wanyoko, J. K.; Ng'etich, W. K.; Bore, J and Makokha, M. (2004) Evaluation and terminal reports of selected experiments at the Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT). A Consultancy Report for the Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT).
  104. Magoma, G. N.; Wachira, F. N; Imbuga, M.; Agong, S. (2003). Biochemical differentiation in Camellia sinensis and its wild relatives as revealed by isozyme and catechin patterns. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 31: 995-1010.
  105. Ng’etich, W. K. and Wachira, F.N. (2003) Variations in leaf anatomy and gas exchange in tea clones with different ploidy. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 78(2): 172-176.
  106. Wachira, F. N. (2003). Characterization and estimation of genetic relatedness within the Kenyan pyrethrum germplasm by analysis of genomic DNA. A Consultancy project Report for the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya.
  107. Wachira, F. N.; Nge’tich, W. K.; Omolo, J. and Mamati, G. E. (2002). Genotype X environment interactions for tea yields. Euphytica 127: 289-296.
  108. Mamati, G. E.; Wachira, F. N. and Njuguna, C. K. (2002). Clonal tea evaluation for potential as new cultivars in the TRFK plant improvement programme: Preliminary results. Tea 23(2): 54-61.
  109. Wachira, F. N. (2002). Genetic mapping of tea: A review of achievements and opportunities. Tea 23(2): 91-102.
  110. Wachira. F. N. (2002). Detection of genetic diversity and characterization of Kenyan tea germplasm. A Tea Genetic Diversity (TGD) Project. TGD Final Project Document, Kericho, Kenya.
  111. Wachira, F.N.; Tanaka, J.; Takeda, Y. (2001). Genetic variation and differentiation in tea (Camellia sinensis) germplasm revealed by RAPD and AFLP variation. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 76: 557-563.
  112. Wachira, F. N. (2001). A preliminary study on the characterization and estimation of genetic relatedness among Kenyan commercial clones of pyrethrum by analysis of genomic DNA samples. A Consultancy Project Report for the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya.
  113. Magoma, G. N.; Wachira, F. N.; Obanda, M. (2001). The catechin diversity and pharmacological potential inherent in Kenyan tea. Tea 22(2): 83-93.
  114. Mamati, G. E.; Wachira, F. N.; Njuguna, C. K. (2001). 2001 TRFK released clones. Tea 22(1): 6-7.
  115. Wachira, F. N. (2000). Molecular markers: New tools for an old science: The case of tea. African Journal of Science and Technology (Science and Engineering Series) 1:1-9.
  116. Hackett, C. A: Wachira, F.N.; Paul, S.; Powell, W.; Waugh, R. (2000). Construction of a genetic linkage map for Camellia sinensis (tea). Heredity 85: 346-355.
  117. Magoma, G.; Wachira, F.N.; Obanda, M. ;Imbuga, M.; Agong, S.G. (2000).The use of catechins as Biochemical markers in diversity studies of tea (Camellia sinensis). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 47:107-114
  118. Wachira, F.N. (2000). Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs): What effect to the tea industry. TRFK Quarterly Bulletin, 5(4): 5-10.
  119. Koskey, J.K. and Wachira, F.N. (2000). The use of plastid chloroplast count technique to determine ploidy levels in tea. Tea 21: 15-18.
  120. Wachira, F.N.; Njagi, G.D.E. and Magambo, M.J.S. (1999). A comparative intraspecific karyotype analysis in some Kenyan tea cultivars (Camellia sinensis L.O. Kuntze). Discovery and Innovation 11(3/4): 199-206.
  121. Wachira, F. N. and Ngetich, W.K (1999). Dry matter production and partition in diploid, triploid and tetraploid tea. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology.74: 507-512.
  122. Wachira,F.N. (1999). Looking into Tea Leaves: Kenya .In; Sharing Innovative Experiences Volume 1: Examples of Successful Initiatives in Science and Technology in the South. A publication of the Special Unit for Technical Corporation among Developing Countries, United Nations Development Programme, Third World Academy of Sciences, Third World Network of Scientific Organizations, pp47-52
  123. Seurei, P.; Wachira, F.N ; Obanda, M and Owuor, P (1998). Breeding and Clonal selection: Preliminary results from a recent trial. Tea 19: 71-76.
  124. Wachira, F.N. and Muoki, R.C. (1997). Nucleolar and nucleolus organizer regions in tea as visualized by silver staining. African Crop Science Journal. 5 : 253 - 258.
  125. Wachira,F.N. (1997). In vitro multiplication of Eucalyptus grandis. African Crop Science Journal 5: 239 -252.
  126. Wachira, F.N.; Powell, W; and Waugh, R (1997). An assessment of genetic diversity among Camellia sinensis L (Cultivated tea) and its wild relatives based on randomly amplified polymorphic DNA and organelle specific STS. Heredity 78, 603-611.
  127. Paul, S; Wachira, F.N.;Powell, W and Waugh, R (1997). Diversity and genetic differentiation among populations of Indian and Kenyan tea (Camellia sinensis (L).O.Kuntze) revealed by AFLP markers Theoretical and. Applied. Genetics, 94:255-263
  128. Wachira, F.N. (1997). Advances in tea genetics. Tea 18:101-115.
  129. Seurei, P.;Wachira, F.N.; Njuguna, C.K.(1997). Cambod tea; Potential for commercial exploitation in Kenya.Tea 18 : 6-10.
  130. Wachira, F.N. (1997). Characterization and estimation of genetic relatedness among heterogeneous populations of commercial tea clones by random amplification of genomic DNA samples. Tea 18:11-20
  131. Wachira, F.N. (1996). Genetic diversity and differentiation in the Kenyan tea germplasm. TRFK-Quarterly bulletin 14 :5-6
  132. Wachira, F.N. (1996). Genetic diversity in Tea revealed by Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA markers. Tea 17:60-68.
  133. Wachira, F.N. (1996). Development of molecular markers in Camellia. PhD Thesis, Dundee University, U.K.
  134. Wachira, F.N. and Ogada, J. (1995). In vitro regeneration of Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze by somatic embryogenesis. Plant Cell Reports 14:463-466.
  135. Wachira, F.N.; Waugh, R; Hackett, C; Powell, W. (1995). Detection of genetic diversity in tea (Camellia sinensis) using RAPD markers. Genome 38:201-210.
  136. Wachira, F.N. (1994). Triploidy in tea (Camellia sinensis): Effect on yield and yield attributes Journal of Horticultural Science.69:53-60.
  137. Wachira,F.N. (1994). Tea Cytogenetics. Tea Biotech Newsletter 1 (Nov. 1994).
  138. Wachira, F.N.; Waugh, R;Powell, W. (1994). A potential for use of randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPDS) markers in assessing genetic diversity in Tea. Tea Biotech Newsletter 1 (Nov 1994).
  139. Wachira, F.N. and Njuguna, C.K. (1994). Clonal yield performance of some Cambod teas (“Shan tea”) Camellia sinensis var. assamica subsp. Lasiocalyx (Plancon ex. watt)- A technical note. Tea 15:70-73.
  140. Wachira, F.N. (1994) Breeding and clonal selection in relation to black Tea quality.Tea 15:56-66.
  141. Wachira, F.N.; Bore,J.K. and Njuguna,C.K. (1994). Evaluation of fuel wood species for use in the Tea industry. Tea 15:119-123.
  142. Ngetich, W.K. and Wachira, F.N.(1992). Use of a non-destructive method of leaf area estimation in triploid and diploid Tea plants. Tea 13:11-17.
  143. Wachira, F.N.and Kiplangat, J.K. (1991). Newly identified Kenyan polyploid tea strains. Tea 12: 10-13.
  144. Wachira, F.N.; Ngetich, W.K.; Obaga, S.O. and Othieno, C.O. (1990). Genotype x Environment interactions and genotypic stabilities in tea: A preliminary indication.Tea 11: 51-57.
  145. Wachira, F.N. (1990). Desirable tea plants: An overview of a search for markers. Tea 11: 42-48.
  146. Wachira, F.N. (1990). Biotechnology: An assessment of its applicability in the improvement of Kenyan tea clones.Tissue and cell culture. Tea 11:34-41.