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Startup of Our In-Vitro Multiplication Facility

  • Safeena Kassoo
  • May 9, 2016

Collaboration of the In-Vitro multiplication Project

Better Globe Forestry hosted two professors from Ghent University in Belgium in the framework of a grant obtained from the Belgian Flemish Government to support the setup of the in-vitro multiplication facility. The project is a formal collaboration between Ghent University, Nairobi University, The Kenya Forestry Research Institute and Better Globe Forestry.

Better Globe Forestry identified a while ago our inability to produce enough plant material, despite working on it for several years. Among our partners, Ghent University in Belgium has done a lot of research on the subject and the University of Nairobi is advanced in agricultural matters in Kenya. Our partnership helps these universities because we are pioneers of this field, which sets a standard of workmanship. The Kenya Forest Research Institute has done a significant amount of research on mukau for many years, but nobody has implemented the planting on an industrial scale. Therefore, pioneering also means we are confronted with problems, questions, and challenges that have not been foreseen. By collaborating, we support the university as well as the students involved in the project, and share resources and information between each other. This project will also benefit the students directly; those involved in the project have been carefully selected and will be able to engage in a formal exchange on an academic level.

Ghent University, Nairobi University, The Kenya Forestry Research Institute and Better-Globe-Forestry

First row, from left to right:
Prof. Dr. ir. Stefaan Werbrouck (Department of Applied biosciences from Ghent), Bernard Kigomo (Deputy Director at KEFRI), Prof.Dr.ir. Guy Smagghe (Lab.Agrozoology Dept.Crop Protection, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering Ghent University),

Second row, from right to left:
Jackson Mulatya (Deputy Director Corporate Affairs and Quality Assurance at Kenya Forestry Research Institute), Oscar Mayunzu (scientist at Kenya Forestry Research Institute), Stephen Omondi (Research scientist at Kenya Forestry Research Institute), Titus O. Magomere (Lecturer and researcher at University of Nairobi) and Jan Vandenabeele (Executive Director of Better Globe Forestry).

Students and collaborators allocated to the in-vitro multiplication project

From right to left: Prof. George Chemining’wa (Associate Professor and Chairman of the Plant Science & Crop Protection Department , Faculty of Agriculture), Titus Magomere (Lecturer and researcher at University of Nairobi), students and collaborators allocated to the in-vitro multiplication project, Prof. Dr. ir. Stefaan Werbrouck, and Jan Vandenabeele.

Discussions around the startup of the in-vitro multiplication facility

Jackson Mulatya (Deputy Director Corporate Affairs and Quality Assurance at Kenya Forestry Research Institute) addresses a joined team from Ghent University, the University of Nairobi, and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, in regards to the startup of our in-vitro multiplication facility.

Professors and researchers gathered to discuss in-vitro facility

Prof.Dr.ir. Guy Smagghe (Lab.Agrozoology Dept.Crop Protection, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering Ghent University), Jan Vandenabeele, Prof. Dr. ir. Stefaan Werbrouck (Department of Applied biosciences from the University of Ghent), Prof. George Chemining’wa (Associate Professor and Chairman of the Plant Science & Crop Protection Department , Faculty of Agriculture), Titus O. Magomere (Lecturer and researcher at University of Nairobi).

Jan Vandenabeele with Prof. Guy Smagghe

Jan Vandenabeele (right) on a “field visit” with Prof. Guy Smagghe (left)

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