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Dr. Francis Mwaura is a holder of PhD (Biogeography) from University of Nairobi, M.Sc (Biogeography) from University of Nairobi/McGill University, Canada and B.Sc (Geography, Botany & Zoology) from University of Nairobi.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies where he coordinates the Biogeography and NRM programs.

Publications


2016

Kiringe, J.W., Mwaura F, Warinwa F&.  2016.  Characterization of Water Source Types and Uses in Kirisia Forest Watershed, Samburu County, Kenya.. Environment and Natural Resources Research. 6(3):77-90.
Kiringe, J.W., Mwaura F, Warinwa F&.  2016.  Characterization of Chyulu Hills Watershed Ecosystem Services in South-Eastern Kenya.. Environment and Natural Resources Research. 6(3):65-76..
F., M, J.W. K, F W, Wandera P.  2016.  Estimation of the Economic Value for the Consumptive Water Use Ecosystem Service Benefits of the Chyulu Hills Watershed, Kenya. . International Journal of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. 4(4):36-48..
F., M, J.W. K, Warinwa & F.  2016.  Land Cover Dynamics in the Chyulu Watershed Ecosystem, Makueni-Kajiado Counties, Kenya.. International Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 4(3):17-26..
Mbugua-Gitonga Agnes, F M, Thenya & T.  2016.  Biotechnology and Food Security in Kenya - An Assessment of Public Concerns on Biosafety, Public Health and Religious Ethics.. Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology. . 9(3):1-13.
Warinwa, F, mwaura F, Kiringe JW, Ndubi AO.  2016.  Land Cover Dynamics in the Kirisia Forest Ecosystem, Samburu County, Kenya. . Advances in Remote Sensing. 5::168-182..
Dorothy Syallow Masiga, Mukhovi MS, mwaura F.  2016.  Wildlife Population Change in Africa from the Eyes of the Public-The Case of Mara Enoonkishu Conservancy in Southern Kenya. Natural Resources. 7:434-444.
Liza, L, mwaura F.  2016.  The Variability in the Generation, Disposal and Recycling of Mobile Phone E-waste According to Social Classes in Lang’ata Area, Nairobi, Kenya. Journal of Environment Pollution and Human Health. Vol. 4(No. 2):42-51..

2014

2013

Mutui, FN, Bao CV, Onyango V, Muhandiki V, and Mwaura F.  2013.  The Development and Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Kenya.. European Scientific Journal October 2013 Edition. Vol 19(29):165-185.
Abass, AM, and Mwaura F.  2013.  Remembering the drylands of Kenya integrating the ASAL economy to the Kenya Vision 2030. Mbugua wa Mungai and George Gona (ed). Remembering Kenya: Identity,Culture, Freedom, Vol. 4. , Nairobi: Twaweza Communications
Kamau, JW, and Mwaura F.  2013.  Climate change adaptation and EIA studies in Kenya. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management” (IJCCSM. Vol 5(2):152-165.

2012

Lobo, N, MOULTON, J.E., Lobo, C., Rothschild, L.J., Mwaura, F., Kabaru JM, and Duboise SM.  2012.  Ultrastructural and Biochemical Analysis of In Vivo and In Vitro Capsid Assembly of the Alkaliphilic Phage Φ1N2-2 for Applications in Nanomedicine.. Microscopy & Microanalysis . Vol 18, S2:110.
Mohammed-Katerere, J.C., Mafuta, C., Abdulla, A., Ali, O.M.M., Mwaura F, and Sithole B.  2012.  Policy Options for Africa (Chapter 9). In UNEP (2012) – Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) Environment for the Future We Want.. , Nairobi: UNEP

2011

MOULTON, J.E., Movassaghi, M., Jamison, J.L., Lobo, C., Lobo, C., Witbeck, W., Gikonyo, K., Gaynor, J., Rothschild, L.J., Mwaura F, and Duboise SM.  2011.  Isolation and Initial Study of Ø1M3-16, a Bacteriophage Infecting an Alkaliphilic Nitrincola sp Isolate from Lake Magadi, a Soda Lake in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.. Microscopy & Microanalysis,. 17, S2, :350-351b.

2010

Jamison, J.L., MOULTON, J.E., Riley, F.E., Ramsdell, D.L., Serio, V.M, Rothschild, L.J., F. Mwaura, and Duboise SM.  2010.  Integration of Transmission Electron Microscopy and Extremophile Virology Research into University and K-12 Education in Maine and Kenya.. Microscopy & Microanalysis. 16 S2:1962-1963.

2009

2008

Mwaura, F, and Kaburu HM.  2008.  Spatial variability in woody species richness along altitudinal gradient in a lowland dryland site, Lokapel Turkana, Kenya.. Biodiversity and Conservation. 18(1):19-32..

2006

Mwaura, F.  2006.  Some aspects of water quality characteristics in small shallow tropical man-made reservoirs in Kenya.. African Journal of Science & Technology (AJST) . 7(1):82-96.

2004

2003

Mwaura, F.  2003.  The spatio-temporal characteristics of water transparency and temperature in shallow reservoirs, Kenya.. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management . 8:259-268.: J Hum Ecol, 26(3): 163-173 (2009). AbstractWebsite

Fusarium wilt caused by Fusarium udum Butler, is an economically important disease of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Mill). Information on the mechanisms of resistance to this disease in pigeonpea is limited. To study the role of vascular occlusion in wilt resistance, isolates of F.udum were inoculated onto resistant and susceptible varieties of pigeonpea and observed under light and transmission electron microscopes. The presence of F. udum in wilt susceptible plants was characterized by mycelia and conidia in the xylem vessels, plugging in some vessels, disintegration of xylem parenchyma cells in the infected areas, and the formation of cavities due to heavy colonization in the pith cortex vascular bundle. Resistance to F. udum in the roots and stems of wilt resistant plants was associated with low fungal colonization and high occlusion due to tyloses and gels in the xylem vessels. There were significant differences (P = 0:05) in the number of xylem vessels occluded by tyloses in resistant and susceptible plants with a maximum of 22.5% and 8.0% occlusion, respectively. It is probable that tyloses and gels formed as a result of F. udum interaction in wilt resistant plants are part of a resistance mechanism. Key words: Fusarium wilt,cajanus cajan, resistance, tylose, vascular occlusion

Mwaura, F, and Zech B.  2003.  Small man-made reservoirs and the future of integrated watershed management in Kenya.. Hekima Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences . (2(1):67-79.: J Hum Ecol, 26(3): 163-173 (2009). AbstractWebsite

Fusarium wilt caused by Fusarium udum Butler, is an economically important disease of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Mill). Information on the mechanisms of resistance to this disease in pigeonpea is limited. To study the role of vascular occlusion in wilt resistance, isolates of F.udum were inoculated onto resistant and susceptible varieties of pigeonpea and observed under light and transmission electron microscopes. The presence of F. udum in wilt susceptible plants was characterized by mycelia and conidia in the xylem vessels, plugging in some vessels, disintegration of xylem parenchyma cells in the infected areas, and the formation of cavities due to heavy colonization in the pith cortex vascular bundle. Resistance to F. udum in the roots and stems of wilt resistant plants was associated with low fungal colonization and high occlusion due to tyloses and gels in the xylem vessels. There were significant differences (P = 0:05) in the number of xylem vessels occluded by tyloses in resistant and susceptible plants with a maximum of 22.5% and 8.0% occlusion, respectively. It is probable that tyloses and gels formed as a result of F. udum interaction in wilt resistant plants are part of a resistance mechanism. Key words: Fusarium wilt,cajanus cajan, resistance, tylose, vascular occlusion

2002

F. Mwaura, Mavuti KM, and Wamicha WN.  2002.  Biodiversity characteristics of small high altitude tropical man-made reservoirs in the eastern Rift Valley, Kenya.. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management. 7:1-12.
Mwaura, F.  2002.  Small Reservoirs and Rural Water Supply in Kenya: Balancing Landuse, Catchment Structure and Water Quality. Proceedings of the 12th International Stockhold Water Symposium, August 15. , Stockholm City Abstract

Fusarium wilt caused by Fusarium udum Butler, is an economically important disease of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Mill). Information on the mechanisms of resistance to this disease in pigeonpea is limited. To study the role of vascular occlusion in wilt resistance, isolates of F.udum were inoculated onto resistant and susceptible varieties of pigeonpea and observed under light and transmission electron microscopes. The presence of F. udum in wilt susceptible plants was characterized by mycelia and conidia in the xylem vessels, plugging in some vessels, disintegration of xylem parenchyma cells in the infected areas, and the formation of cavities due to heavy colonization in the pith cortex vascular bundle. Resistance to F. udum in the roots and stems of wilt resistant plants was associated with low fungal colonization and high occlusion due to tyloses and gels in the xylem vessels. There were significant differences (P = 0:05) in the number of xylem vessels occluded by tyloses in resistant and susceptible plants with a maximum of 22.5% and 8.0% occlusion, respectively. It is probable that tyloses and gels formed as a result of F. udum interaction in wilt resistant plants are part of a resistance mechanism. Key words: Fusarium wilt,cajanus cajan, resistance, tylose, vascular occlusion

2001

Mwaura, F.  2001.  Towards Total Ecosystems Management in Kenyan Watersheds. Some Opportunities in the small man-made reservoir approach. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Conservation and Management of Lakes, November 11-16. Abstract

Fusarium wilt caused by Fusarium udum Butler, is an economically important disease of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Mill). Information on the mechanisms of resistance to this disease in pigeonpea is limited. To study the role of vascular occlusion in wilt resistance, isolates of F.udum were inoculated onto resistant and susceptible varieties of pigeonpea and observed under light and transmission electron microscopes. The presence of F. udum in wilt susceptible plants was characterized by mycelia and conidia in the xylem vessels, plugging in some vessels, disintegration of xylem parenchyma cells in the infected areas, and the formation of cavities due to heavy colonization in the pith cortex vascular bundle. Resistance to F. udum in the roots and stems of wilt resistant plants was associated with low fungal colonization and high occlusion due to tyloses and gels in the xylem vessels. There were significant differences (P = 0:05) in the number of xylem vessels occluded by tyloses in resistant and susceptible plants with a maximum of 22.5% and 8.0% occlusion, respectively. It is probable that tyloses and gels formed as a result of F. udum interaction in wilt resistant plants are part of a resistance mechanism. Key words: Fusarium wilt,cajanus cajan, resistance, tylose, vascular occlusion

2000

Mwaura, F.  2000.  Catchment Based Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Rift Valley, Kenya - The Small Reservoir Approach. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference of the Eastern Africa Environmenal Network (EAEN) May 28-29 . : J Hum Ecol, 26(3): 163-173 (2009). Abstract

Fusarium wilt caused by Fusarium udum Butler, is an economically important disease of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Mill). Information on the mechanisms of resistance to this disease in pigeonpea is limited. To study the role of vascular occlusion in wilt resistance, isolates of F.udum were inoculated onto resistant and susceptible varieties of pigeonpea and observed under light and transmission electron microscopes. The presence of F. udum in wilt susceptible plants was characterized by mycelia and conidia in the xylem vessels, plugging in some vessels, disintegration of xylem parenchyma cells in the infected areas, and the formation of cavities due to heavy colonization in the pith cortex vascular bundle. Resistance to F. udum in the roots and stems of wilt resistant plants was associated with low fungal colonization and high occlusion due to tyloses and gels in the xylem vessels. There were significant differences (P = 0:05) in the number of xylem vessels occluded by tyloses in resistant and susceptible plants with a maximum of 22.5% and 8.0% occlusion, respectively. It is probable that tyloses and gels formed as a result of F. udum interaction in wilt resistant plants are part of a resistance mechanism. Key words: Fusarium wilt,cajanus cajan, resistance, tylose, vascular occlusion

1999

Mwaura, F.  1999.  A Spatio-chemical Survey of Hydrogeothermal Springs in Lake Elementaita, Kenya.. Discovery and Innovation . 12(1):73-79.: J Hum Ecol, 26(3): 163-173 (2009). AbstractWebsite

Fusarium wilt caused by Fusarium udum Butler, is an economically important disease of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Mill). Information on the mechanisms of resistance to this disease in pigeonpea is limited. To study the role of vascular occlusion in wilt resistance, isolates of F.udum were inoculated onto resistant and susceptible varieties of pigeonpea and observed under light and transmission electron microscopes. The presence of F. udum in wilt susceptible plants was characterized by mycelia and conidia in the xylem vessels, plugging in some vessels, disintegration of xylem parenchyma cells in the infected areas, and the formation of cavities due to heavy colonization in the pith cortex vascular bundle. Resistance to F. udum in the roots and stems of wilt resistant plants was associated with low fungal colonization and high occlusion due to tyloses and gels in the xylem vessels. There were significant differences (P = 0:05) in the number of xylem vessels occluded by tyloses in resistant and susceptible plants with a maximum of 22.5% and 8.0% occlusion, respectively. It is probable that tyloses and gels formed as a result of F. udum interaction in wilt resistant plants are part of a resistance mechanism. Key words: Fusarium wilt,cajanus cajan, resistance, tylose, vascular occlusion

1993

Mwaura., F, and Ogendo RB.  1993.  Some Aspects of Vegetation Structure in a High Altitude Tropical Lake Elementaita Drainage Basin, Kenya.. Eastern & Southern Africa Geographical Journal. 4[1]:73-89.

1991

Mwaura., F, and Moore TR.  1991.  Forest and Woodland Depletion in the Lake Elementaita Basin, Kenya.. Geoforum . 22[1] :17-26.

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