Dr. Jane Ambukois a senior lecturer and head of Horticulture at Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection of University of Nairobi. She holds a Bsc Agriculture and Msc Horticulture from University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences (Pomology and Postharvest Major) from Tsukuba University (Japan). She is a horticulturist with specialization in Postharvest science and technology. In this regard, she has received additional training on postharvest from the Postharvest Education Foundation, USA and Postharvest Training Center, UC Davis.
At the University, she is involved in teaching, research and outreach activities. Her research is focused on adapting, validation and promotion of postharvest technologies – special focus on appropriate technologies for smallholder farmers in developing countries. Some of the technologies she has been involved in validation and promotion include the Coolbot™ (a low-cold alternative to conventional cold rooms) developed by Store-It-Cold LLC, USA; evaporative cooling technologies (including zero energy brick cooler and charcoal cooler), modified atmosphere packing (MAP), small scale processing of fruits and vegetables, among others. She is involved in several collaborative research projects focusing on various aspects of crop production and postharvest management. Under these projects, Dr. Ambuko has supervised and mentored several graduate students in various disciplines. Besides teaching and research, she is involved in outreach and capacity development activities to empower smallholder farmers especially on postharvest management and market access.
Dr. Ambuko has authored several papers in peer reviewed journals and presented research findings in national, regional and international forums. She is a member of several professional associations including the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS), American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS), Horticultural Association of Kenya (HAK), Kenya National Young Academy of Sciences (KNYAS). She is a recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships including the Norman Borlaug Fellowship (2013-2014); African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund – ABCF (2014-2015). In 2013-2014, Dr. Ambuko was appointed by the FAO-United Nation’s Committee on Food Security to the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) project team the on ‘Food Losses and Waste in the Context of Sustainable Food Systems’ which releases HLPE report (#8).
Dr. Ambuko ishighly motivated, focused and self-driven in the performance of her duties and responsibilities.Her career goal as Horticultural Scientist is to contribute to the continued growth of the Horticultural Sector through generation, transmission and dissemination of relevant knowledge and technologies.

Bio

Dr Ambuko biography

Dr. Jane Ambukois a senior lecturer and head of Horticulture at Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection of University of Nairobi. She holds a Bsc Agriculture and Msc Horticulture from University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences (Pomology and Postharvest Major) from Tsukuba University (Japan). She is a horticulturist with specialization in Postharvest science and technology. In this regard, she has received additional training on postharvest from the Postharvest Education Foundation, USA and Postharvest Training Center, UC Davis.

Publications


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Njuguna, J, Ambuko J, Hutchinson M, Owino W.  Submitted.  Incidence of Jelly Seed Disorder in . Abstract
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Hutchinson, MJ, Muniu FK, Ambuko J, Mwakangalu M, Mwangombe AW, Okello JJ, Olubayo F.  Submitted.  Effect of Cattle Manure and Calcium Ammonium Nitrogen on Growth and Leaf Yield of Local Cowpea Accessions in Coastal Kenya. Abstract
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Owino, WO, Ambuko J.  Submitted.  Postharvest Ripening Physiology of Crops. Abstract
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Maloba, S, Ambuko J, Hutchinson M, Owino WO.  Submitted.  Effects of ethephon and potassium nitrate on off-season flower induction in mango. Abstract
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Ambuko, J, Ouma L, Shibairo S, Hutchinson M, Njuguna J, Owino WO.  Submitted.  A comparative evaluation of maturity indices of mango fruits produced in two contrasting agro-ecological zones of Kenya. Abstract
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Githiga, R, Ambuko J, Hutchnison M, Owino W.  Submitted.  Effect of Activebag® modified atmosphere packaging on the postharvest characteristics of mango fruits, Mangifera indica L, cultivar Tommy Atkins. Journal of Applied Biosciences. 83:7535–7544., Number 1: Elewa BioSciences Abstract
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2016

Okello, JJ, Hutchinson MJ, Mwang A, Ambuko J, Olubayo F, Mwakangalu M.  2016.  Consumer Demand for Value-added Products of African Indigenous Vegetables in Coastal Kenya: The Case of Sun-dried and Frozen Cowpea Leaves. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 6:189–207., Number 1 Abstract
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Mibei, EK, Ambuko J, Giovannoni JJ, Onyango AN, Owino WO.  2016.  Carotenoid profiling of the leaves of selected African eggplant accessions subjected to drought stress. Food Science & Nutrition. Abstract
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Mwendwa, R, Owino OW, Ambuko J, Wawire M, Nenguwo N.  2016.  Characterization of postharvest physiology attributes of six commercially grown tomato varieties in Kenya. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. 16:10613–10631., Number 1: Rural Outreach Program (Kenya) Abstract
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Owino, WO, Ambuko J.  2016.  Advances in Ethylene Signal Transduction in Fruits and Vegetables. Postharvest Ripening Physiology of Crops. 1:339.: CRC Press Abstract
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2015

Wasonga, DO, Ambuko JL, Chemining GN, Odeny DA, Crampton BG.  2015.  Morphological Characterization and Selection of Spider Plant (Cleome Gynandra) Accessions from Kenya and South Africa. Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 7:36–44., Number 4: Maxwell Science Publishing Abstract
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2014

Owino, WO, Yumbya P, Shibairo S, Ambuko J.  2014.  Efficacy of Activebag® packaging on postharvest quality of purple passion fruit (Passiflora edulis Sims). XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): 1120. :85–90. Abstract
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Ambuko, J, Onsongo NK, Hutchinson MJ, Owino WO.  2014.  A comparative evaluation of quality and sensory characteristics of'Apple'mango fruits produced under different agro-ecological zones in Kenya. XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): 1120. :429–434. Abstract
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Nyankanga, RO, Hutchinson JM, Landeo JA, Ambuko J, Njogu MK, Muchiri PD.  2014.  Comparative performance of true Potato seed (tps) propagated through nursery transplants, tubers and minitubers. : University of Nairobi Abstract
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Ambuko, J, Onsongo NK, Hutchinson MJ, Owino WO.  2014.  Response of'Apple'mango fruit to 1-methylcyclopropene as affected by agro-ecological zone and maturity stage. XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): IV 1111. :347–354. Abstract
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Nyongesa, O, Ambuko J, Shibairo SI, Onwonga R.  2014.  Variation of Nutritional and Anti-Nutritional Contents in Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) Genotypes. : University of Nairobi Abstract
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Ouma, L, Ambuko J, Shibairo S, Owino WO.  2014.  Comparison of quality attributes of mango fruits produced from two contrasting agro-ecological zones of Kenya. 4th Biennial Ruforum conference on" African Higher Education Week: Celebrating the contribution of African Universities and Partners to agricultural development in Africa" held in Maputo, Mozambique. Ruforum, Kampala, Uganda. Abstract
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Ambuko, J, Yumbya MP, Shibairo S, Owino WO.  2014.  Efficacy of 1–methylcyclopropene in purple passion fruit (Passiflora edulis Sims) as affected by dosage and maturity stage. International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation. 4:126–137., Number 2-4: Inderscience Publishers Abstract
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AJM Timmermans, J Ambuko, BHWJ.  2014.  Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems. : Food and Agriculture Organization Abstract
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Yumbya, P, Ambuko J, Shibairo S, Owino W.  2014.  Effect of Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) on the Shelf Life and Postharvest Quality of Purple Passion Fruit (Passiflora Edulis Sims). Journal of Post-Harvest Technology. 2:25–36., Number 1 Abstract
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2013

Hutchnison, MJ, Owino WO, Gemma H, Ambuko J, Githiga RW.  2013.  Effect of maturity stage and cultivar on the efficacy of 1-MCP treatments in mango fruits.. : University of Nairobi Abstract
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Ambuko, J, Sekozawa Y, Sugaya S, Gemma H.  2013.  A comparative Evaluation of Postharvest Quality Attributes of Two Banana (Musa spp) Varieties as Affected by Preharvest Production Conditions. Journal of Agricultural Science. 5:170., Number 3: Canadian Center of Science and Education Abstract
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Ambuko, J, Zanol GC, Sekozawa Y, Sugaya S, Gemma H.  2013.  Reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging in hot air preconditioning mediated alleviation of chilling injury in banana fruits. Journal of Agricultural Science. 5:319., Number 1: Canadian Center of Science and Education Abstract
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2012

Lopokoyit, M, Maina JG, Ambuko JL, CHEMINING GN.  2012.  Teaching and learning approaches that promote the achievement of vision 2030 for the agriculture sector. : University Of Nairobi Abstract
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Kamanu, JK, CHEMINING GN, Nderitu JH, Ambuko J.  2012.  Growth, yield and quality response of snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) plants to different inorganic fertilizers applications in central Kenya. Journal of Applied Biosciences. 55:3944–3952. Abstract
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CHEMINING, GN, Lopokoyit M, Ambuko JL, Maina JG.  2012.  Teaching and learning approaches that promote the achievement of vision 2030 for the agriculture sector. : University Of Nairobi Abstract
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Ambuko, J, Githiga RW, Hutchnison MJ, Gemma H, Owino WO.  2012.  Effect of maturity stage and cultivar on the efficacy of 1-mcp treatments in mango fruits. II All Africa Horticulture Congress 1007. :39–47. Abstract
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