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James W. Muthomi is a Professor of Plant Pathology and Chairman of the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has 27 years research and teaching experience at the University of Nairobi. Prof. Muthomi holds a BSc in Agriculture (1987-1990), MSc in Plant Pathology (1990-1993) and PhD in Crop Protection (1997-2001). He is a member of Graduate School Board, University of Nairobi, and previously was the head of Crop Protection Section in the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, Chairman of the Faculty of Agriculture Postgraduate Studies Committee, coordinator of Open and Distance Learning for MSc Crop Protection, convenor of the Faculty of Agriculture PhD curriculum development committee, chairman Timetabling Committee and Head of Plant Pathology Unit. He teaches Microbiology, Plant pathology, Plant Disease Epidemiology and Seed Health, Bacteriology, Mycology and Phytosanitary Measures to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. His research interests include mycotoxins and food safety, host-pathogen interactions in plant diseases, plant disease management and use of biopesticides in plant disease management. He has attracted funding and successfully managed 21 research projects, has published 122 papers in international peer reviewed scientific journals and over 85 papers in conference proceedings. He has supervised 72 Masters and 11 Ph.D students to completion. He has been a reviewer of publications for various international journals and conferences. Prof. Muthomi has been an external examiner of examinations and theses for various universities in and outside Kenya and facilitated development of in-service short courses and outreach in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS).

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