Biography for Felister Mbute Nzuve

Felister Mbute Nzuve is a Lecturer of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi. She guides students on the aspects of plant breeding, molecular genetics and biotechnology.Her current research focuses on combating the threat posed by the



Nzuve, F.  2014.  Genetic Variability and Correlation Studies of Grain Yield and Related. Journal of Agricultural Science;. 6 (9):166-176.


Nzuve, F.  2013.  Analysis of Genotype x Environment Interaction for Grain Yield in Maize Hybrids. Journal of Agricultural Science. 5(11):75-85.
Nzuve, FM, Bhavani S, Tusiime G, Njau P.  2013.  Field screening of bread wheat for partial sources of resistance to stem rust. Third RUFORUM Biennial Meeting 24 - 28 September 2012, . :1419-1431., Entebbe, Uganda: RUFORUM
Nzuve, FM, Tusiime G, Bhavani S, Njau PN, Wanyera R.  2013.  Studies of the genetics of inheritance of stem rust. African Journal of Biotechnology. 12(21):3153-3159.
Nzuve, F, Githiri S, Mukunya DM, Gethi J.  2013.  Combining abilities of maize inbred lines for grey leaf. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science. 5(3):41-47.


Nzuve, FM, Bhavani S, Tusiime G, Njau P, Wanyera R.  2012.  Evaluation of bread wheat for both seedling and adult plant resistance to stem rust. African Journal of Plant Science. 6(15):426-432.evaluation_of_bread_wheat_for_both_seedling_and_adult_plant_resistance_to_stem_rust.pdf


Nzuve, FM, Bhavani S, Tusiime G, Singh D, Njau PN, Wanyera R.  2011.  Sources of resistance to stem rust among selected wheat germplasm. Abstract

Wheat (Triticum aestivum) is an important staple food crop contributing to food security and income generation among resource poor farmers. However, the crop is threatened by stem rust which pose a major constraint to wheat production in East Africa. This is because the Ug99 (TTKS) a virulent strain of the Puccinia graminis fsp tritici Eriks and Henns, has overcome major resistance genes; Sr31, Sr36 and Sr24 previously deployed against the stem rust. This has led to significant reduction in the wheat yields or sometimes to total crop failure under heavy epidemics. Thus, host resistance remains vital in combating the ug99 spread. A study carried out at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Njoro) in the field aimed at identifying sources of resistance to stem rust. This study revealed some promising wheat lines; R07F4-21258 and THELIN#2/TUKURU CGSS02Y00118S-099M-099Y-099M-16Y-OB which should constitute appropriate material for breeding programs. These promising lines have already been used in intercrosses and populations are being advanced into further generations for genetic studies and mapping of the resistance genes. The recurrent selection will be used to accumulate these resistance genes into high yielding wheat background in further breeding work to help avert further wheat yield losses in East Africa which is faced with acute malnutrition, famine and drought.


Nzuve, FM.  2010.  Studies into slow rusting resistance among selected wheat lines, 20 - 24 Septembe. Second RUFORUM Biennial Meeting. , Entebbe, Ugandastudies_into_slow_rusting_resistance_among_selected_wheat_lines_2.pdf

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