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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

28/10/2016:
Five new equipment and consumables manuals have been added to the website (one centrifuge, one thermal cycler and three DNA ladders). Please click here to view the full list of available documents.
12/07/2016:
A new safety data sheet for TE buffer with 1% Triton-X has been added to the website. Please click here to view this document.
20/04/2016:
New supervisor report forms are available. All students currently being funded by the Trust, along with their corresponding supervisors should read this page for further information, and use the new forms going forward.
04/04/2016:
A new link; "Statistics for Biologists" has been added to the website. Please see this page for further information.
24/03/2016:
The Kirkhouse Trust's sister charity; Edina Trust is recruiting a graduate level or equivalent administrator to join our small office, based in North Oxfordshire. Please visit our recruitment page for further information.