Our Projects

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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.


Latest News & Events

We are pleased to welcome Dr Prem N. Mathur to the Trust, who is now employed as a consultant for our Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes (STOL) projects. For further information about Dr Mathur’s extensive experience, please visit this page.
The eighth issue of the KT Newsletter; "Kirkhouse Times" is now available for download from this page. If you have already signed up to our mailing list, a copy will be automatically mailed to you. If you have not yet signed up, you can do so by clicking here, and submitting the short online form.
The Kirkhouse Trust is recruiting a Personal Assistant (PA) to join our small office based in Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire. Please visit our recruitment page for further information.
The Kirkhouse Trust funded the preparation of a recently published book by Ben Martynoga, called "Molecular Tinkering: The Edinburgh scientists who changed the face of modern biology". You can purchase it either as a hardback, or eBook from here or here. more...
New profiles have been added for Professor Appolinaire Djikeng and Jill Hall.