James W. Muthomi is an Associate Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has 21 years research and teaching experience at the University of Nairobi and agricultural extension with the Ministry of Agriculture. His research interests include management of mycotoxins in cereals, legume diseases and plant disease management. He has attracted research funding and successfully managed 15 research projects in the field of crop protection and plant disease management. Results of the research activities are found in 53 publications in international peer reviewed scientific journals and in over 57 papers in conference proceedings. He has supervised 39 Masters and 5 Ph.D. students to completion. He has reviewed research publications for various international journals and conferences. Prof. Muthomi has been in the McKnight-funded Multipurpose legume Project since 2010. Within the project he contributes expertise in legume diseases and their management, in addition to capacity building through supervision of postgraduate students. The main focus of research has been management of root rot complex in beans. The research in legume diseases has supported training of four postgraduate students in the Agricultural Resource Management and Crop Protection.