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The University of Nairobi and Pyrethrum and Other Industrial Crops Directorate (P&OICD) on Monday officially commenced their partnership on pyrethrum.

The partnership which has brought together scientists from diverse backgrounds aims to expand pyrethrum through science and technology.

Kenya has been the leading producer of pyrethrum in the world accounting for over 70% of the pyrethrum traded on the world market since World War II. The sector however, has in the recent past been faced with many challenges leading to very low yields due to among others, low investment in research.

Pyrethrum products have been proven to be better than their synthetic analogs due to their bio-degradability which does not destroy the environment. With value addition, pyrethrum has the potential of creating mass employment.

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The University of Nairobi has initiated talks with the African Diatomite Industries Ltd (ADIL) on possible collaboration through research on the beneficial use of Diatomaceous Earth.
The University of Nairobi team led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof. Lucy W. Irungu met with a team from the ADIL which was led by the General Manager Mr. Philip Chesang. Prof. Kironchi, Prof. Gachene, Prof. Gachuiri and Prof Maingi, all from the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) also formed part of the University of Nairobi team.

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Speaking during the launch ceremony of the Universities Regulations (2014) and Strategic Plan (2014 – 2018), the Commission for University Education (CUE) Secretary David Some revealed plans to implement new ranking system for universities which would be based on excellence in research, sports and other activities.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, lauded the move citing it would encourage competition in universities.

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The Fablab, which is part of the UoN Science and Technology Park was on Saturday 19th July, 2014 awarded the Manufacturing Award in the Transform Kenya Awards.

The award received by the Director, Science and Technology Park, Dr. Kamau Gachigi, during the Tranform Kenya Awards gala night, was in recognition of the role the lab plays in transforming Kenya to an ecomony nation through incubation of ideas.


The gala night was held on Saturday July 19, 2014 at the Winsor Golf and Country Club, is an occasion held to recognise persons, organizations and institutions that work to improve the lives of Kenyans.

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The University of Nairobi becomes the first academic institution to set up a molecular boiology research laboratory Africa. The fully equipped laboratory hosted at KAVI- Institute of Clinical Research, College of Health Sciences, was established in partnership with QIAGEN, Germany and Bio-Zeq Kenya.

The laboratory will advance skills in molecular biology in research, clinical diagnostics, treatment and forensics investigation.

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