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Kenyan univ gets WB grant for Phytochemicals research
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Jan '16
Courtesy: Moi University
Courtesy: Moi University
The Moi University in Kenya has announced that it has been granted World Bank funding to carry out research in phytochemicals and to develop a continental centre of excellence for Phytochemicals Textiles and Renewable Energy.

Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants that are used by human beings for various purposes, such as vegetable dyes for colour or fibres.

According to the university's Director of Research, Prof. Simeon Kipkoech Mining, the funding will see REAL, a textile facility owned by Moi University get a major facelift and receive new machinery and technology to enhance research and dissemination of knowledge in phytochemicals textiles and renewable energy.

Real which is short for Rivatex East Africa Limited was selected for the honour for its research work on Tami Dye project by Independent Evaluation Committee of the Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project (ACE II).REAL produces a wide range of textile products.

Moi University is the only institution of higher learning in Africa with a textile facility that is used for research, product development, extension and production.

The Tami Dye, a dyeing substance obtained from the Mexican marigold plant, was isolated by Moi University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Richard K. Mibey, in 2008. A major breakthrough in vegetable dyes, it is now being used at REAL and other textile industries.(SH)

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