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Lucy Karanja Content Manager

T: +254 20 2271000


CABI, Canary Bird, 673 Limuru Road, Muthaiga, PO Box 633-00621, Nairobi, Kenya

I have over 10 years' experience in providing technical support on the development of fungal pathogens as microbial control agents of agricultural pests and aquatic weeds. My experience ranges from surveys for potentially useful organisms, designing laboratory experiments, mass production, application and field evaluation. My role also involves data management and maintenance of fungal collection and their database.

I have also been involved in research on the role of handling practices and marketing systems on microbial contamination, aflatoxicosis, and rural development for the last three years, where I have acquired extensive experience on detection and management of aflatoxins in crops, using modern technology.

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Expanding our Direct2Farm project

Agriculture is extremely important in developing countries, employing around 40% of the workforce. In India, it contributes almost 20% of its GDP. Fears abound that the population will grow quicker than farmers can grow food. Helping them to grow more crops and lose less to pests and diseases means giving...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

mNutrition: Addressing hidden hunger through mobile messaging

One in three people in the developing world suffer from ‘hidden hunger’, or micronutrient deficiency, due to a lack of information on proper nutrition. This is a major cause of illness, poor growth, reduced productivity and impaired cognitive development. To help combat the problem, CABI and its partners in...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Scaling up interactive ICT to increase agricultural innovation in Tanzania

Despite Tanzania’s immense agricultural potential, farm productivity is hindered by inadequate knowledge and customary practices on farm management. The project Upscaling Technologies in Agriculture through Knowledge Extension (UPTAKE) targets small-scale farmers through geographical mobile and radio...
  1. Kutywayo, V., Karanja, L., Oduor, G and Nyirenda, S. (2006). Characterisation of a Malawian isolate of Beauveria bassiana, a potential control agent of coffee stem borer, Monochamus leuconotus. Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, 71: 245-52.
  2. Kutywayo, V., Karanja L. and Oduor, G. (2005). Effect of temperature and photoperiod on radial growth of Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana isolate with potential for control of Coffee Stem Borer. Proceedings of the African Crop Science Conference, 7: 17-20.
  3. Oduor, G.I., Smith, S.M., Chandi, E.A., Karanja, L.W., Agano, J.O., Moore, D. (2000). Occurrence of Beauveria bassiana on insect pests of stored maize in Kenya. Journal of Stored Products Research, 36:117-185
  4. Smith, S.M., Moore, D., Karanja, L.W., Chandi, E.A., (1999). Formulation of vegetable fat pellets with pheromones and Beauveria bassiana to control the larger grain borer, Prostephanus truncatus (Horn.). Pesticide Science, 55: 711-718.
  5. Smith, S.M., Oduor, G.I., Chandi, E.A., Karanja, L.W., Agano, J.O., Moore, D. (1998). The potential of the insect pathogenic fungus Beauveria Sp. for control of storage pests of maize in Kenya. In: Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Crop Protection Conference, National Agricultural Laboratories, Kenya, 16-17 September 1998 (Farrel, G. and Kibata, G.N. (Eds.)). Agricultural Research Institute, Kenya. pp. 130-138.
  6. Oduor, G.I., Smith, S.M., Chandi, E.A., Karanja, L.W., Agano, J. And Moore, D. (1998). Survey for fungal pathogens of storage pests infesting maize in Kenya: first records of Beauveria spp. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Working Conference on Stored Product Protection (WCSPP) Vol II. (Zuxun, J., Quan, L., Yongsheng, L., Xinchang, T. and Linghua, G. (Eds.)), Beijing, China. 14-19 October 1998. pp. 1261-1264.
  7. Smith, S.M., Oduor, G.I., Chandi, E.A., Karanja, L.W., Agano, J.O., Moore, D. (1998). Investigating the use of Beauveria sp. For the control of pests of stored maize in Kenya. Oral presentation, August 1998, Sapporo, Japan. Oral presentation at the 7th International Colloquium on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control, Sapporo, Japan. 23-28 August 1998.
  8. Smith, S.M., Chandi, E.A., Karanja, L.W., Moore, D., (1997). The role of Entomopathogenic fungi for control of storage pests in Kenya. Annual Meeting of the Society of Invertebrate Pathologists, Banff, Canada. 24-29 August 1997.