Bio

Prof. Jane Ambuko - short biography

Jane Ambuko – Lukhachi is an Associate Professor of Horticulture, Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi. She holds a BSc Agriculture and MSc Horticulture (University of Nairobi, Kenya) and PhD Agricultural Sciences, Pomology and Postharvest Major (Tsukuba University, Japan). Her current duties and responsibilities at the University include teaching, research, student supervision and outreach activities. Her area of specialization and focus in training, research and outreach activities is postharvest management – science and technology.

Prof Jane Ambuko Lukhachi - CV

Publications


In Press

Bundi, A, Mburu J, Mbogoh S, Ambuko J.  In Press.  Factors Influencing the Adoption of Pre-Harvest Practices among Mango Farmers in Embu and Machakos Counties, Kenya. International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation.

2020

  2020.  Effect of Water Stress on Growth and Yield Components of Selected Spider Plant Accessions. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants . 9(2):81-97.Abstract
Tembe, K, Lagat S, Ambuko J, Chemining'wa G, Owino W.  2020.  Variation in Morphological and Agronomic Traits of Selected African Eggplant Accessions. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants . 9(2):34-46.abstract
Bitange, NM, Chemining’wa GN, Ambuko J, Owino W.  2020.  Can calcium sprays alleviate jelly seed in mango fruits? Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics. Vol. 121 (1):35-42.abstract

2019

C. CHEMUTAI., Chemining’wa GN, Ambuko J.  2019.  Effect of fertilizers and harvesting method on yield of cowpea. African Journal of Rural Development,. 3(2):779-785..
Atieno, L, Owino W, Ateka EM, Ambuko J.  2019.  Influence of Coating Application Methods on the Postharvest Quality of Cassava. International Journal of Food Science. 2019:1-16.abstract.pdf
Yumbya, P, Hutchinson M, Ambuko J, Owino W.  2019.  Effect of Hexanal as a Post-harvest Treatment to Extend the Shelf-life of Banana Fruits (Musa acuminata var. Sweet Banana) in Kenya. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science. 29(21-16):1-16.absract.pdf
Yumbya, P, Hutchinson M, Ambuko J, Owino W.  2019.  Effect of Hexanal as a Post-harvest Treatment to Extend the Shelf-life of Banana Fruits (Musa acuminata var. Sweet Banana) in Kenya. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science. 29(21-16):1-16.absract.pdf
Bitange, NM, Chemining’wa GN, Ambuko J, Owino WO.  2019.  Yield and Tissue Calcium Concentration of Mango (Mangifera indica L.) Fruit as Influenced by Calcium Source and Time of Application. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science. 28(4):1-12.
Nyangena, I, Owino W, Imathiu S, Ambuko J.  2019.  Effect of pretreatments prior to drying on antioxidant properties of dried mango slices. Scientific African. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2019.e00148
Mujuka, E, Mburu J, Ogutu A, Ambuko J.  2019.  Returns to investment in postharvest loss reduction technologies among mango farmers in Embu County, Kenya. Food and Energy Security . 10.1002/fes3.195abstract.pdf

2018

Stanley, KP, Margaret HJ, Ambuko J, Owino WO.  2018.  Efficacy of blanching techniques and solar drying quality of cowpea leaves. . African Journal of Horticultural Science. 9:18-34.
Ambuko, J, Karithi E, M. Hutchinson, Wasilwa L, Hansen B, Owino W.  2018.  Postharvest shelf life of mango fruits stored in a CoolbotTM cold room. Acta Horticulturae . :193-197.abstract.pdf
Ambuko, J, Wanjiru F, E. Karithi, Chemining'wa G, Mwachoni E, Hansen B, Wasilwa L, Owino W, Nenguwo N.  2018.  Cold chain management in horticultural crops value chains: options for smallholder farmers in Africa. . Acta Horticulturae. :85-91.abstract.pdf
Mungai, GW, Owino W, Ambuko J, Giovannoni JJ, Nyende AB, Michuki G.  2018.  Genetic diversity within African tomato using next generation sequencing. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization, . 16(4):296-305.
Atieno, L, Owino W, Ateka EM, Ambuko J.  2018.  Effect of Surface Coatings on the Shelf life and Quality of Cassava. Journal of Food Research. 7(1):46-60.abstract.pdf
Mbondo, NN, Owino WO, Ambuko J, Sila  DN.  2018.  Effect of drying methods on the retention of bioactive compounds in African eggplant. Food Science and Nutrition. 2018:1-10.abstract.pdf
Gateri M.W., R. N, J. A, Muriuki AW.  2018.  The Influence Of Rate And Time Of Nitrogen Top Dressing On The Storage Quality Of Onion (Allium Cepa L.). International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Bioresearch. 3(4):477-492.
Gateri, MW, Nyankanga R, Ambuko J, Muriuki AW.  2018.  Growth, Yield and Quality of Onion (Allium cepa L.) as Influenced by Nitrogen and Time of Topdressing . International Journal of Plant & Soil Science. 23(3):1-13.
Munene, AK, Nzuve F, Ambuko J, Odeny D.  2018.  Heritability Analysis and Phenotypic Characterization of Spider Plant (Cleome gynandra L.) for Yield. Advances in Agriculture. 2018abstract.pdf
Hutchinson, MJ, Ouko JR, Ambuko J, Owino WO, Subramanian J.  2018.  Effects of hexanal dip on the post-harvest shelf life and quality of papaya (Carica papaya L.) fruit. Tropical Agriculture . 95(1):43-70.abstract.pdf
Yumbya, PM, Hutchinson MJ, Ambuko J, Owino WO, Sullivan A, Paliyath G, Subramanian J.  2018.  Efficacy of hexanal application on the post-harvest shelf life and quality of banana fruits (Musa acuminata) in Kenya. Tropical Agriculture. 95(1):14-35.abstract.pdf
Tembe, KO, Chemining'wa G, Ambuko J, WillisOwinob.  2018.  Evaluation of African tomato landraces (Solanum lycopersicum) basedon morphological and horticultural traits. Agriculture and Natural Resources . 52(6):536-542.abstract.pdf
Chemining’wa, G, Ambuko JL, Koile S.  2018.  Effect of fertilizers, time of pinching and harvesting method on growth and yield of spider plant (Cleome gynandra). International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research (IJAAR). 13(5):9-21.
Manyozo, FN, Ambuko J, Hutchinson MJ, Kamanula JF.  2018.  Effectiveness of evaporative cooling technologies to preserve the postharvest quality of tomato. International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research. 13(2):114-127.
CHEMUTAI, C, Chemining’wa GN, Ambuko J.  2018.  Effect of fertilizers and harvesting method on yield of cowpea. African Journal of Rural Development. 3(2):779-785.

2017

Maloba, S, Ambuko J, Hutchinson M, Owino W.  2017.  Off-Season Flower Induction in Mango Fruits Using Ethephon and Potassium Nitrate. Journal of Agricultural Science. 9(9):158-167.
Stanley, KP, Margaret HJ, Ambuko J, Owino WO.  2017.  Efficacy of blanching techniques and solar drying quality of cowpea leaves. Afr. J. Hort. Sci.. 11:18-34.
Mibei, E. K., Owino, J., Ambuko, Giovannoni JJ, Onyango AN.  2017.  Metabolomic analyses to evaluate the effect of drought stress on selected African Eggplant accessions.. Journal of the Science and Food and Agriculture.
O, TK, Chemining’wa GN, Ambuko J, Owino W.  2017.  Effect of water stress on yield and physiological traits among selected African tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) land races. . International network for natural sciences – research journal. 10(1):78-85.
Thompson, JF, Reid MS, Felix L, Donis-Gonzalez I, Mjawa B.  2017.  DryCardTM — A Low-Cost Dryness Indicator for Dried Products. AIMS Agriculture and Food. 2(4):339-344.
Ambuko, J, Wanjiru F, Chemining’wa GN, Owino WO, Mwachoni E.  2017.  Preservation of Postharvest Quality of Leafy Amaranth (Amaranthus spp.) Vegetables Using Evaporative Cooling. Journal of Food Quality. :1-6.

2016

Ambuko, N.K. Onsongo, Hutchinson MJ, Owino. WO.  2016.  Response of ‘Apple Mango’ Fruit to 1-methylcyclopropene as Affected by Agro-ecological Zone and Maturity Stage.. Acta Horticulturae: . 1111:347-353.
Ambuko, Onsongo, N.K., Hutchinson MJ, Owino WO.  2016.  A comparative evaluation of quality and sensory characteristics of 'Apple' mango fruits produced under different agro-ecological zones in Kenya. . Acta Horticulturae. 1120, :429-434..
Owino, W, Yumbya P, Shibairo S, Ambuko. J.  2016.  Effect of 1-MCP and Modified Atmosphere Packaging on the shelf life of Purple Passion (Passiflora edulis Sims). . 1. Acta Horticulturae, :. 1120:85-89.
Njuguna, J, Ambuko J, Hutchinson M, Owino W.  2016.  Effect of Dolomitic Lime and Muriate of Potash on Jelly Seed Disorder and Fruit Tissue Mineral Content in Mango (Mangifera indica L.).. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science . 12(6):1-8.
G. W. Mungai, Giovanonni JJ, A.B. Nyende, Ambuko J, Owino W.  2016.  Phenotypic characterization of selected African eggplant accessions collected from a number of African countries.. International Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 6(6):1048-1058.

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