William Omondi Oloo

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William Omondi Oloo

Senior Research Scientist
E-mail : womondi@kefri.org
Researcher ID : -
Designation : Seed science and technology
Expertise : Seed science and technology

Journal papers


  1. Tree Seed Handbook of Kenya 2 nd Edition (2010)
  2. Ulian, T., Flores, C., Lira, R., Mamatsharaga, A., Mogotsi, K. K., Muthoka, P., Ngwako, S., Nyamongo, D.O., Omondi, W., Sanogo, A. K., Sanogo, S., Mattana, E. (eds) (2019). Wild Plants for a Sustainable Future: 110 Multipurpose Species. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Book Chapter

  1. Omondi W., Seed Biology. In Tree Seed Handbook of Kenya 1 st Edition (1993)
  2. Sacandé, M., Omondi W., and Pritchard H.W. In ; Smith, R.D. J.B. Dickie, S.H. Lenington, H.W. Pritchard and R.J. Probert.(eds). Seed Conservation; Turning Science into Practice. Royal Botanic Garden Kew
  3. Scheafer C., J. Wanyondu, B. Kamondo and W.O. Oloo (1992): Collection and Handling of Tree Seeds; In Dryland Forestry Handbook of Kenya; Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya; 1992.
  4. Moctar Sacandé, M., Omondi W., and Pritchard H.W. In ; Smith, R.D. J.B. Dickie, S.H. Lenington, H.W. Pritchard and R.J. Probert.(eds). Seed Conservation; Turning Science into Practice.
Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines
  1. Oloo, W. O. ( 1985) The effect of seed size and shape on the quality of maize (Zea mays) seed. National Seed Quality Control Service; Lanet, Kenya.
  2. Oloo, W. O. ( 1987). Variation in resistance of some legumes to selected seed borne fungi, MSC Thesis; University of Edinburgh; Scotland.
  3. Oloo, W. O. ( 1990) The need for tree seed quality control. In proceedings of 1st Conference; Kenya Forestry Research Institute; Nairobi, Kenya.
  4. Oloo, W.O (1991) The role of quality seeds in Forestry and Agroforestry, In proceedings of the 1st National Tree Seed Workshop Nairobi Kenya.
  5. Oloo, W. O. (1992) Kenya Tree Seed Regulations: In Proceedings of the 1 stt International Symposium on Seed Procurement and Legal Regulations for Seed Forest Reproductive Material in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Countries, Nairobi, Kenya.
  6. Oloo, W. O. (1992) The Germination Test: Its’ limitation in assessing the viability potential of seeds of some tropical tree species: A paper presented to the 23rd International Seed Testing Association Congress; Buenos Aires Argentina
  7. Oloo W O Seed Biology. In Albrecht J (1993) ed. Tree Seed Handbook of Kenya; GTZ Forestry Seed Centre Muguga, Kenya. Pp 20-20.
  8. Oloo, W. O., G K Campbell, P Berjak and N W Pammenter 1995. The effect of storage on genetic diversity of Neem (Azadiracht indica; A Juss) Seed.
  9. Omondi, W.O. (1997), Tree Seed Availability and Procurement in Uganda. Consultancy report for Regional Soil Conservation Unit, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
  10. Omondi, W.O. (1997), Procurement and management of Forest Reproductive Materials in
  11. Kenya; the current state;In proceedings on the State of Forest Research and Management in Kenya, Muguga, Kenya.
  12. Omondi W. (1997) Some aspects of the response of Neem (Azadirachta indica) seed in relation to post-harvest handling. Phd. thesis. University of Natal Durban; South Africa
  13. Omondi W. (1999) , Rural Seed Security Programes; Putting principles into practice. Kenya Forestry Research Institute. In Press
  14. Christine, H. and W.Omondi (1998). Evolution of provision of tree seed in extension programmes: case studies from Kenya and Uganda. Regional Land Management Unit; Technical report No. 19
  15. Albrecht, J. and W. O. Oloo (1991): Problems with forest reproductive material and the need for legal regulations in tropical countries. Paper presented at IUFRO symposium in Gmundred , Austria.
  16. Christine, H. and Omondi. W. (1998). Evolution of provision of Tree seed in extension programmes. Technical Report. Regional Land Management Unit/SIDA
  17. Omondi W., M. Meso, D. Meroka, (2001) Collection and Conservation of trees and shrubs from arid and semi arid areas of Kenya. Kenya Forestry Research institute; Seeds For Life Project
  18. Omondi, W. (2010) Land use, land use change and forestry; Second National communications to UNFCC. Climate change mitigation measures and options
  19. Omondi W., B.M. Kamondo, G. Giathi J. Ahenda (2002). Responses to desiccation of some tropical tree seeds. Kenya Forestry Research institute: Technical Note. Seeds For Life Project
  20. Omondi W., D. Meroka and A.Wafula (2002). Effect of drying conditions on the conservation value of seeds – Technical Note, Seeds For Life Project
  21. Omondi, W. D. Muturi and A. Wafula (2003), Response to desiccation of Melia volkensii gurke seeds. Techinical Note; Seeds For Life Project
  22. Omondi W., D. Muturi and J. Kiamba. (2002). Effect of desiccation on survival of Boscia coriacea pax. seeds. Seeds For Life Project, Kenya Forestry Research Institute
  23. Omondi, W. O., M. Meso; Germination and storage of Azanza garkeana (F. Hoffm) Excell and hillcoat seeds. Seeds For Life Project
  24. Sacandé, M., H.W. Pritchard, W. Omondi (2002). High Moisture Limit for Freezing Tolerance of Tropical Tree Seeds is Dependent on Chemical Composition Paper in preparation for submission to peer reviewed journal
  25. Daws M.L, W. Omondi, H.W. Pritchard, P. Berjak (2002). Some Ecological and Conservation Aspects of Warburgia salutaris Seed Biology
  26. Pritchard H.W., B. Fletcher, M.I. Daws, C. S. Gaméné /Yameogo, H. Msanga and W. Omondi. (2003.) Ecological Correlates of Seed Desiccation Tolerance in dryland trees.
  27. Omondi,W.O. W. Meso Seed collection and handling and nursery management; a reference manual; KEFRI 2011
  28. Mbora, A., W. Omondi., M. Meso; Seed source re-classification manual 2009, ICRAF / KEFRI
  29. Mbora, A., W. Omondi., Tree Seed Quality Guide (2009), ICRAF /KEFRI
  30. Tree Seed catalogue; Kenya Forestry Research Institute (2010)
  31. Omondi, W. E. Mutitu, L. Mwangi, S. Mwangi (2020)Protocol for monitoring the introduction and management of Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) in Kenya. KEFRI
  32. Kamondo, B.M. W. Omondi, Nyambati, M. Meso Status of tree seed value chain (2021)

Policy Briefs

  1. Nurturing the seed: KEFRI’s Tree Seed Programme promotes tree planting through provision of high quality seeds. Miti Magazine (April 2012)
  2. The State of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. FAO 2009
  3. Promoting tree planting through provision of high quality seeds. (2011)


  • 1981- 1984 : Ministry of Agriculture; Seed Inspector
  • 1985 1988 : Kenya Agricultural Research Institute; Seed analyst
  • 1989 – 1989 : Assistant Lecture; Egerton University, Njoro. Seed Science
  • 1989 -1992 : Kenya Forestry Research Institute. Research Officer
  • 1993 – 1996 : Kenya Forestry Research Institute; Senior Research Officer
  • 1997- to date : Kenya Forestry Research Institute; Principal Research Officer


  • 1985 – 1988 - Official Seed Tester; National Seed Quality Control Station; Lanet.
  • 1989 – 1994 -Manager: Kenya Forestry Seed Centre
  • 1995- 1997 -Centre Director; Maseno Regional Research Centre
  • 1999 – 2010 -Technical manager: Seed for Life Project; KEFRI
  • 2005- 2012 - National Co-ordinator; Tree Seed Programme; KEFRI

Academic Qualification

  1. Msc; Seed Science and Technology

Key Competencies

  1. Seed physiology
  2. quality control
  3. policy and project management
  4. Other Courses Environmental Impact Assessment, Seed radiology, Strategic and change management