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Dr. Monica. Mucheru Muna

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Department : Environmental Sciences
Current Position: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:
1995-1999: Kenyatta University, Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Science)
2000-2003: Kenyatta University, Masters Degree in Environmental Studies (Agroforestry and Rural development)
2005-2008: Kenyatta University, PhD in Soil Science
Address Department of Environmental Sciences,Kenyatta University,P. O. Box 43844-00100,Nairobi, Kenya
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A) PAPERS/PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS
i) Local Journals

ii)International Journals

B) ARTICLES/PAPERS IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • Mwebia F.W., Mucheru-Muna M.W., Mugwe J.N. and Mugendi D.N. (2014). Farmer Groups’ Characteristics Influencing Application of Soil fertility Technologies in the Central Highlands of Kenya. 1st International Research Conference of Chuka University (Kenya) held on 29th – 31st October 2014
  • Mwebia F.W., Mucheru-Muna M.W., Mugwe J.N. and Mugendi D.N. (2014). Farmer Groups’ Members’ Household Factors Influencing Selection of Soil fertility Technologies in the Central Highlands of Kenya. 1st International Research Conference of Chuka University (Kenya) held on 29th – 31st October 2014
  • Mugendi DN, Mucheru MW, Micheni A, Mugwe JN, Kung'u JB and Otor S 2001. Soil fertility strategies for improved food production in the central highlands of Kenya. Proceedings of the 5th Africa Crop Science Conference, Lagos, Nigeria. 5:897-904. ISSN 1023-070X
  • Micheni A, Mugendi DN, Mucheru M, Mugwe J, Kung’u J, Otor S, Muriithi F and Gitari J 2003. Low cost soil fertility amendment strategies for improved food production in maize cropping systems in central Highlands of Kenya. In: Mureithi JG, Macharia PN, Gichuru M, Mburu MWK, Mugendi DN and Gachene CKK (eds.) Proceedings of the 18th Soil Science Society of East Africa (SSSEA) Conference held in Mombasa on 4th–8th December 2000. pp 111-118.
  • Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna M, Mugwe J, & Bationo A 2003. Enhancement of food productivity using leguminous shrubs in the Eastern highlands of Kenya. African Crop Science Conference Proceedings, Vol. 6. 581-586
  • Mugwe JN, Mugendi DN, Mucheru M, Micheni A and Kung’u JB. 2004. Agroforestry trees for soil productivity improvement in small scale farms of central Kenya. In: Muchiri MN, Kamondo B, Tuwei P and Wanjiku J. Recent advances in forestry research and technology development for sustainable forest management. Proceedings of the 2nd KEFRI Scientific Conference pg 55-62
  • Mucheru M, Mugendi DN, Micheni A, Mugwe J, Kung’u JB, Gitari J, 2004. Enhancement of food productivity using locally available nutrient replacements in the central highlands of Kenya. In: Msaky JJ, Msumali GP and Rwehumbiza FBR (Eds), Soil Science Research and Technologies: Foundations for Sustainable Food Security: Proceedings of the 19th SSSEA Conference, 2-7 December 2001, Moshi, Tanzania
  • Kangai A, Mugendi DN, Mucheru MW, Otor SCJ, Waswa BS, Kung’u J, Mugwe J, 2005. Cost-benefit analysis of farmer-tested soil fertility replenishment technologies in Kirege Location, Chuka Division, Eastern Kenya. In: Mugendi DN, Kironchi G, Gicheru PT, Gachene CKK, Macharia PN, Mburu M, Mureithi JG and Maina F (eds.) 2005. Proceedings of the 21st Soil Science Society of East Africa (SSSEA) Conference held in Eldoret on 1st – 5th December 2003. Eldoret, Kenya.
  • Mucheru-Muna M, Mugendi DN, Pypers P, Mugwe J, Vanlauwe B, Merckx R, and Kung'u J (2008) Enhancing crop productivity using tree biomass in the central highlands of Kenya. Paper presented in the 4th Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Scientific Conference
  • Zundel C, Schneider M, Musyoka M, Muriuki A, Vanlauwe B, Mucheru-Muna M, Chabi-Olaye A and Niggli U (2009) Long term performance of organic crop rotations in the tropics: First results from a high and medium potential site in sub-humid Central Kenya. African Organic Conference, Kampala, Uganda, 19-22 May 2009. In: Ssekyewa C and Neuhoff D (EDS). Fast tracking sustainable development in Africa through harnessing organic agriculture and bio-technology, Uganda Martys University, Faculty of Agriculture, Kampala, Uganda pp 30-31
  • Ngetich KF, Mugwe JN, Mucheru-Muna MW, Shisanya CA, Diels J and Mugendi DN (2010) Evaluation of strategies that optimizes water productivity in maize; simulation and testing of crop field practices using AquaCrop model in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Conference paper presented during the First East African Regional Scientific Conference of Pure and Applied Science. 10-13th August 2010, Kenyatta University, Kenya.
  • Musyoka M, Zundel C, Chabi-Olaye A, Muriuki A, Mucheru-Muna MW and Vanlauwe B (2010) Site-specific organic and conventional crop yields in a long-term farming systems comparison in sub-humid central Kenya. Paper presented during the Tropentag, Zurich, Switzerland, 14-16 September 2010
  • Pieter P, Munyahali W, Mutegi E, Musyoki M, Mburu M, Okalebo R, Mucheru-Muna M and Lessueur D (2010) An evaluation of alternative methods of P application for increased maize production under smallholder farmers' conditions in Kenya. Paper presented during the 4th International symposium on phosphorus dynamics in the soil – plant continuum (ISPDSPC), Beijing, China, 19th to 23rd September 2010.
  • Ngetich KF, Mugwe JN, Mucheru-Muna MW, Shisanya CA, Diels J and Mugendi DN (2010) Assessment of strategies that optimize water productivity in maize: Simulation and testing of crop field practices using AquaCrop and field experimentation in central highlands of Kenya. Paper presented during the 6th Asian Regional Conference (ICID) Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 8-16th Oct 2010
  • Macharia JM, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugwe JN, Mairura SF and Mugendi DN (2011) Knowledge levels and training needs of smallholder farmers in Meru south and Mbeere south districts, Kenya. Paper presented at Safaripark Kenya in Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) regional workshop. 24th to 26th January, 2011. (WITH STUDENT)
  • Kimaru-Muchai SW, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugwe JN, Mairura F, Kimemia J and Mugendi DN (2011) Gender disparities in uptake of information on soil fertility management in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Paper presented at Safaripark Kenya in Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) regional workshop. 24th to 26th January, 2011. (WITH STUDENT)
  • Kimaru-Muchai SW, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugwe JN, Mairura F, Kimemia J and Mugendi DN (2011) Extension system analysis in dissemination of soil fertility technologies in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Paper presented at Safaripark Kenya in Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) regional workshop. 24th to 26th January, 2011. (WITH STUDENT)
  • Kimaru Muchai SW, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugwe JN, Mairura F, Kimemia J and Mugendi DN (2011) Enhancing communication for effective up-scaling of soil fertility technologies in central Kenya. Paper presented at Safaripark Kenya in Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) regional workshop. 24th to 26th January, 2011. (WITH STUDENT)
  • Ngetich KF, Shisanya CA, Mugwe J, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugendi DN and Diels J (2011) Tillage and surface management effects on soil water content and maize productivity in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Conference paper presented during Lake and Catchment Research Symposium (LARS) 2011. 14-18 March 2011, Kenyatta University, Kenya.
  • Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW, Ngetich KF, Mugwe J, Vanlauwe B, Merckx R and Diels J (2011) Organic inputs and mineral fertilizer effects on soil water content and maize productivity in Mbeere District, Kenya. Paper presented during the International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter 11-14 July 2011, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Kimaru-Muchai SW, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugwe JN, Kimemia J, Mugendi DN and Macharia JM (2011) The effect of education levels in dissemination of soil fertility management practices in the central highlands of Kenya. Paper presented during the Kenyatta University International Conference 20-22nd July (WITH STUDENT)
  • Mugendi DN, Ngetich KF, Mugwe J, Mucheru-Muna M, Shisanya CA and Diels J (2011). Effects of sub-soiling and soil surface management on maize productivity in the central highlands of Kenya. Conference paper presented during the ASA CSSA SSSA International Annual Meetings on 16-19th Oct 2011, San Antonio, TX USA.
  • Jefwa JM, Asrat A, Hermann L, Jemo M, Kavoo A, Lesueur D, Majengo C, Mucheru M, Mukhongo R, Mulet F, Munyahal W, Mutegi E, Mwangi E, Ncho C, Nwoke OC, Okalebo R, Pypers P, Were B and Yusuf A (2011) Do commercial biological and chemical products increase crop yields and economic returns under smallholder farmer conditions? CIALCA Conference on Agricultural Intensification of the African Humid Highlands held on 24th -27th October 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Kimaru-Muchai S.W., Mucheru-Muna M., Mugwe J.M., Mairura F.S and Mugendi D.N. (2011) Communication channels used in dissemination of soil fertility management practices in the Central Highlands of Kenya. CIALCA Conference on Agricultural Intensification of the African Humid Highlands held on 24th -27th October 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda. (WITH STUDENT)
  • Ngetich F, Mugwe JN, Mucheru-Muna M, Shisanya CA, Diels J and Mugendi DN (2011) Planting dates effect on maize yield performance under rainfed conditions in the Central Highlands of Kenya. CIALCA Conference on Agricultural Intensification of the African Humid Highlands held on 24th -27th October 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Kimaru-Muchai S.W., Mucheru-Muna M., Mugwe J.M., Mairura F.S and Mugendi D.N. (2011) Factors that influence reliability of information sources on soil fertility management practices in the Central Highlands of Kenya. The sixth JKUAT scientific, technological and industrialization conference held on 16th -18th November 2011 in JKUAT Main Campus Juja Nairobi, Kenya. (WITH STUDENT)
  • Munyahali W, Mutegi E, Mucheru-Muna M, Didier L and Pieter P (2011) Evaluation of commercial chemical products for increased maize production through the use efficiency of applied P under smallholder farmers’ conditions in different agro-ecological zones of Kenya. CIALCA Conference on Agricultural Intensification of the African Humid Highlands held on 24th -27th October 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda. (WITH STUDENT)
  • Mugwe J, Mugendi D, Mwebia FW, Kimaru S and Mucheru-Muna M (2011) Maize yield response to intercropping and application of manure, tithonia and fertilizer in the central highlands of Kenya. CIALCA Conference on Agricultural Intensification of the African Humid Highlands held on 24th -27th October 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda.

C) BOOKS PUBLISHED/EDITED

  • Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugwe JN (Eds.) (2006). Soil Fertility: Enhancing Community Extension. Manilla Publishers, Nairobi, Kenya. (ISBN 9966-9821-1-6)
  • Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugwe JN (Eds.) 2nd Revised Edition (2012). Soil Fertility: Enhancing Community Extension. Manilla Publishers, Nairobi, Kenya. (ISBN 9966-9821-1-6)

D) PEER-REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS WITH ISBN NUMBERS

  • Mucheru MW, Mugendi DN, Micheni A, Mugwe J, Kung’u J, Otor S and Gitari J 2003. Improved food production by use of soil fertility amendment strategies in the Central Highlands of Kenya. In: Bationo A (ed.) Managing Nutrient Cycles to Sustain Soil Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa. pp 585-594. Academy Science Publishers, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Mucheru MW, Mugendi DN, Mugwe J, Adiel K, Kung’u J, and Micheni A 2003. Organic Resources in Soil Fertility Management in Eastern Kenya. In: Savala CEN, Omare MN and Woomer PL (ed.) Organic Resource Management in Kenya: Perspectives and Guidelines. pp 26-33. Forum for Organic Resource Management and Agricultural Resource Management (FORMAT)
  • Mucheru-Muna M, Mugendi DN, Kangai R, Kung’u J, Mugwe J and Otor S 2004. Farmer participation in enhancing food productivity through agroforestry in the central highlands of Kenya. In Temu AB, Chakeredza S, Mogotsi K, Muthali D and Mulinge R (eds.). Rebuilding Africa’s capacity for agricultural development: the role of tertiary education. Reviewed papers presented at ANAFE Symposium on Tertiary Agricultural Education, April 2003. ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN:92-9059-1609
  • Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugwe JN, Kung’u J, and Bationo A 2005. Improvement of food production using different sources of nitrogen in Central Kenya. Science Press USA Inc, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 1-933100-10-9
  • Kaburu D, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugendi DN 2006. Mineral Fertilizers. In: Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugwe JN (Eds) 2006. Soil Fertility: Enhancing Community Extension. Manilla Publishers, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN 9966-9821-1-6
  • Mugwe J, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugendi DN and Mwebia F 2006. Organic Materials. In: Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugwe JN (Eds) 2006. Soil Fertility: Enhancing Community Extension. Manilla Publishers, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN 9966-9821-1-6
  • Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW, Waswa B and Mugwe J 2007. Agroforestry for land and water management in Kenya. In: Waswa F, Otor S, Olukoye G and Mugendi D (Eds) 2007. Environment and Sustainable Development: A Guide for Higher Education in Kenya, Vol 2. School of Environmental Studies and Human Sciences, Kenyatta University. ISBN: 9966-776-34-6
  • Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugwe J, Kung’u J and Bationo A, 2007. Improving food production using ‘best bet’ soil fertility technologies in the Central highlands of Kenya. In: A. Bationo (eds.) Advances in Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, pp 345–351, Springer NL. ISBN 978-1-4020-5759-5
  • Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugendi DN, Mugwe J, and Kung’u J 2007. Economic evaluation of local inputs in Meru South District, Kenya. In A. Bationo (eds.) Advances in Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, pp 443–448, Springer NL. ISBN 978-1-4020-5759-5
  • Ngetich KF, Mugwe JN, Mucheru-Muna MW, Shisanya CA, Diels J and Mugendi DN (2011). Assessment of strategies that optimize water productivity in maize: Simulation and testing of crop field practices using AquaCrop and field experimentation in central highlands of Kenya. In; Ardakanian, R. & Walter, T. (eds) 2011.Capacity Development for Farm Management Strategies to Improve Crop-Water Productivity using AquaCrop: Lessons Learned. Knowledge Series No. 7, UNW-DPC, Bonn, Germany Pp 88.
  • Mugendi DN, Waswa BS, Mucheru-Muna MW, and Kimetu JM (2011) Strategies to adapt, disseminate and scale out legume based technologies. In A Bationo, Waswa B, Okeyo J, Maina F, Kihara J and Mokwunya U (eds). Fighting poverty in sub-saharan Africa: The multiple Roles of legumes in integrated soil fertility management, pp 85-116, Springer NL. ISBN 978-94-007-1535-6
  • Mugendi DN, Waswa BS, Mucheru-Muna MW, Kimetu JM and Palm C (2011) Comparative analysis of the current and potential role of legumes in integrated soil fertility management in East Africa. In A Bationo, Waswa B, Okeyo J, Maina F, Kihara J and Mokwunya U (eds). Fighting poverty in sub-saharan Africa: The multiple Roles of legumes in integrated soil fertility management, pp 151-173, Springer NL. ISBN 978-94-007-1535-6
  • Mucheru-Muna M, Mugendi D, Pypers P, Mugwe J, Vanlauwe B, Merckx R and Kung’u JB (2011) Increasing productivity through maize-legume intercropping in central Kenya. In A Bationo, Waswa B, Okeyo J, Maina F, and Kihara J (eds). Innovations as key to the Green Revolution in Africa – Vol 1, Exploring the Scientific Facts. Pp 843-858, Springer NL ISBN 978-90-481-2541-8
  • Mugwe J, Mugendi D, Mucheru-Muna M and Kung’u JB (2011) Soil inorganic N and N uptake by maize following application of legume biomass, tithonia, manure and mineral fertilizer in central Kenya. In A Bationo, Waswa B, Okeyo J, Maina F, and Kihara J (eds). Innovations as key to the Green Revolution in Africa – Vol 1, Exploring the Scientific Facts. Pp605-616, Springer NL ISBN 978-90-481-2541-8
  • Mucheru-Muna M, Mugendi D, Pypers P, Mugwe J, Vanlauwe B, Merckx R and Kung’u JB (2011) Effect of organic inputs and mineral fertilizer on maize yield in a ferralsol and nitisol soil in central Kenya. In A Bationo, Waswa B, Okeyo J, Maina F, and Kihara J (eds). Innovations as key to the Green Revolution in Africa – Vol 1, Exploring the Scientific Facts. Pp 191-203, Springer NL ISBN 978-90-481-2541-8
  • Mugendi DN, Mugwe J, Mucheru-Muna M, Karega R, Muriuki J, Vanlauwe B and Merckx R (2011). Dissemination of integrated soil fertility management technologies using participatory approaches in the central highlands of Kenya. In A Bationo, Waswa B, Okeyo J, Maina F, and Kihara J (eds). Innovations as key to the Green Revolution in Africa – Vol 1, Exploring the Scientific Facts. Pp 1279-1296605-616, Springer NL ISBN 978-90-481-2541-8
  • Ngetich KF, Shisanya CA, Mugwe JN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugendi DN (2012). The potential of organic and inorganic nutrient sources in sub-Saharan African crop farming systems. In Soil Fertility Improvement and Integrated Nutrient Management - A Global Perspective. Edited by: Joann K. Whalen. InTech, ISBN 978-953-307-945-5
  • Mugwe JN, Mucheru-Muna M, Mugendi D.N and Mwebia F (2012). Organic materials. Methodologies and approaches for uptake and scaling up soil fertility management In: Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugwe JN (Eds.) 2nd Revised Edition (2012). Soil Fertility: Enhancing Community Extension. Manilla Publishers, Nairobi, Kenya. (ISBN 9966-9821-1-6) pgs 116 – 128.
  • Kimaru-Muchai S, Mugwe JN, Mugendi DN and Mucheru-Muna MW (2012). In: Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugwe JN (Eds.) 2nd Revised Edition (2012). Soil Fertility: Enhancing Community Extension. Manilla Publishers, Nairobi, Kenya. (ISBN 9966-9821-1-6) pgs 129-138.
  • Mugwe JN, Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna M and Muthamia JM (2012). Methodologies and approaches for uptake and scaling up soil fertility management In: Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Mugwe JN (Eds.) 2nd Revised Edition (2012). Soil Fertility: Enhancing Community Extension. Manilla Publishers, Nairobi, Kenya. (ISBN 9966-9821-1-6) pgs 116 – 128.

E) TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Mucheru-Muna MW, Kimaru S, Mugwe JN and Mugendi DN (2012). Mother baby Extension Approach. A poster for use by extension personnel. KU-ASARECA. Poster no. 1
  • Mucheru-Muna MW, Kimaru S, Mugwe JN and Mugendi DN (2012) Kamuingi Koyaga Ndiri. A poster for use by extension personnel. KU-ASARECA. Poster no. 2
  • Mucheru-Muna MW, Kimaru S, Mugwe JN and Mugendi DN (2012). Soil is Wealth, Lets protect it. A poster for use by extension personnel. KU-ASARECA. Poster no. 3
  • Mugwe JN, Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Kimaru S (2012). Good management of cattle manure for increased yields. A Pamphlet for use by Extension Personnel and Farmers in Kenya. KU-ASARECA. Brochure No 1
  • Mugwe JN, Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Kimaru S (2012). Improve soil productivity by integrating leguminous trees into farmlands. A Pamphlet for use by Extension Personnel and Farmers in Kenya. KU-ASARECA. Brochure No 3
  • Mugwe JN, Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Kimaru S (2012). Tithonia for increased yields. A Pamphlet for use by Extension Personnel and Farmers in Kenya. KU-ASARECA. Brochure No 4
  • Mugwe JN, Mugendi DN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Kung’u JB (2006). Calliandra calothyrsus for increased crop yields (Pamphlet)
  • Mugwe JN, Mugendi DN and Mucheru-Muna MW (2006). Cattle manure for increased crop yields (Pamphlet)
  • Mugendi DN, Mugwe JN, Mucheru-Muna MW and Kung’u JB (2006). Tithonia diversifolia green manure for increased yields (Pamphlet).
  • Mucheru-Muna MW, Mugwe JN and Mugendi DN (2006). Mucuna pruriens for soil fertility improvement (Pamphlet)
  • Mucheru MW, Mugendi DN, Micheni A, Mugwe JN, Kung'u JB, and Gitari JN (2001). Improved food production using herbaceous legumes in the central highlands of Kenya. Legume Research Network Project Newsletter 5:15-17
  • Mucheru MW (2003). Soil fertility improvement technologies for increased food production in Meru South District, Kenya. Msc Thesis, Kenyatta University, Kenya.

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