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Prof. (Dr.) B. R. Choudhary 

(2nd April 1961 – 12th June 2024)

With deep sorrow the Kirkhouse Trust (KT) announces the sudden passing of Prof. (Dr.) B. R. Choudhary, the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of the Agriculture University, Jodhpur, on the 12th June 2023. Dr. Choudhary served this university for over 29 years in different capacities. He always placed his responsibilities and colleagues before himself, and a rare quality to find.

Dr. Choudhary was a strong supporter of KT’s Stress Tolerant Orphan Legume (STOL) programme in India and we are going to miss him each day of our work. On behalf of the STOL team, we wish to express our great sadness and shock on hearing of Dr. Choudhary passing.

Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with his family in these challenging times.

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KT would like to congratulate Kuwabo Kuwabo for his official MSc graduation which took place on 21 May at UNZA. Kuwabo is now currently in his first year of a PhD, funded by KT. All the best to Kuwabo!

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Please join us in welcoming Petra Raitaniemi to the KT Office in Long Hanborough! Petra is our new ACP Science Project Officer and you can read more about her, here. 

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Many congratulations to Mr Allan Nkuboye, on graduating with a Master of Botany from Makerere University! His dissertation was entitled “Diversity of the bean anthracnose pathogen, Colletotrichum lindemuthianum (Sacc. and Magn.) from major bean agroecological zones of Uganda”.

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The Kirkhouse Trust congratulates Dr Stanley Nkalubo and his team at NaCRRI, Uganda on the release of two common bean varieties: NABE 12CR (UGKT-KS1 1073-1, resistant to Pythium root rot) and NABE 14R (UGKT-B157-4, resistant to anthracnose).

Celebrating a Century of Brilliant Biochemistry


The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford has published a special comic-style booklet to celebrate one hundred years of remarkable biochemistry research and discoveries. It features its most eminent members, including Sir Ed Southern (on page 56), who is also KT's founder. Enjoy!

Main consortia

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African Bean Consortium (ABC)

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African Cowpea Programme (ACP)

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Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes (STOL)

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