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Francis B. Omondi K’opondo

Senior Lecturer
Agricultural Biosystems & Economics
University of Kabianga
Kenya

Biography

Dr. Francis B. Omondi K’Opondo is a Kenyan born in the present Ugunja Sub-county, Siaya County. He is an Agriculturalist and a Seed Scientist by specialization, who has dedicated most of his career to the Kenyan Public Service. Apart from serving in the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development for four (4) years (1984-1988), Dr. K’Opondo has served in the following Kenyan Public Universities: Egerton University (1988-1996), Moi University (1996-2008) and University of Kabianga (2008-date). He is currently serving his second term as Head of Department of Agricultural Biosystems and Economics in the School of Agriculture and Biotechnology, having been appointed as the founder Head of Department in September 2010. He became the founder Chairman of the University of Kabianga SACCO Society Ltd., after his appointment as the Interim Chairman on 25th January 2010.Dr. K’Opondo was on 19th May 2010 elected by the general meeting of members as the Chairman, following the official registration of the SACCO by the Government of Kenya on 3rd May 2010, a position he has held to date. Dr. K’Opondo was awarded a Diploma in Agriculture from Egerton College; earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Egerton University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Crop Management Research from CMRT of Egerton University, Master of Philosophy degree in Crop Production and Seed Technology (Seed Science and Technology specialization) from Moi University and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Seed Science from Moi University.

Research Interest

Seed Science and Technology, African Indigenous Vegetables, Vegetable Science, Plant Genetic Resources, Plant Biotechnology.

Publications

  • K’Opondo, F.B.O. (2011). Morphological characterization of selected spiderplant (Cleome gynandra L.) types from western Kenya. Annals of Biological Research 2 (2): 54-64. ISSN: 0976-1233.

  • K’Opondo, F.B.O. (2011). Influence of drying method and fruit position on the mother plant on seed quality of spiderplant (Cleome gynandra L.) morphotypes from western Kenya. Advances in Applied Science Research 2 (3): 74-83. ISSN: 0976-8610.

  • Ochuodho, J.O., F.B.O. K’Opondo and C.O. Ojiewo (2012). Good practices for production of spiderplant in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Good agricultural practices for African indigenous vegetables. International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Leuven, Belgium. ISSN: 1813-9205; ISBN: 978-90-6605-694-7, Scripta Horticulture Number 15.

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