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Since 2002 Trust research grants have been provided to universities and national agricultural institutions in West Africa, East Africa and India. Please click on the markers in the map above or visit our projects page for further information.

Success Stories

  • Molecular biology and pathology labs have been established in Africa in conjunction with research projects.
  • Resistance to the parasitic weed Striga gesneroides has been successfully introduced into several varieties of cowpea now being distributed to farmers in Burkina Faso and Nigeria.

What We Do

The Kirkhouse Trust is a charity which funds agricultural research projects linked to the training of scientists.
All projects supported by the Trust focus on crop improvement research using modern molecular methods, such as marker assisted selection. The Trust focuses its support on improving locally important legume crops such as cowpea, and common bean.

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Latest News & Events

27/08/2015:
The Trust has released an electronic copy of its laboratory protocols. Please visit this page for further information. more...
21/08/2015:
A new glossary page, along with new ABC & orphan legumes projects have been added to the website. more...
20/08/2015:
The fourth issue of the KT Newsletter; "Kirkhouse Times" is now available for download from this page.
30/03/2015:
The Trust has moved offices. Please see this page for information regarding our new address and contact numbers.
24/02/2015:
A new video demonstrating the correct use of Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags can be found by clicking here. more...