Staff Profile:Dr Alistair Murdoch

Name:
Dr Alistair Murdoch
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:
  • Programme Director, MSc in Agriculture and Development
  • Teaching - Agriculture in the tropics, Experimental agriculture, Weed biology & control, Seed science, Crop establishment, Crop agronomy, Career Management Skills.
  • Management of Seed Science Laboratory
  • Health & Safety Coordinator
  • Marketing - Cereals Event
  • PhD student supervision and undergraduate tutor

Recent and Current Research Activities:

Ecology and biology and mathematical modelling of weed and crop seed germination and dormancy. My paper in 1989 with Roberts & Goedert is a key advance in empirical modelling of germination responses to environmental factors. Significant advances have continued with research on parasitic weeds (Striga and Orobanche spp.) with highly significant contributions in both their germination biology and weed management - Striga devastates millions of hectares of staple food crops in sub-Saharan Africa. Papers with Ermias Kebreab and in 2007 with Israel Dzomeku have developed these ideas. Some of these studies utilised our world famous temperature gradient plate, which I developed with Prof Eric Roberts. The design is licensed to Grant Instruments in Cambridge.

IPM of maize-forage dairying in Central Kenya: I co-ordinated a large multi-disciplinary team of crop, animal and social scientists plus NGO personnel in both the UK and Kenya for this DFID-funded Research Project. We showed how crop protection interventions on maize grown as a dual purpose crop for food and animal forage can help to alleviate dry season forage shortages for resource-poor, small-scale farmers in Central Kenya.

More rational methods of weed control minimising use of herbicides. Main current emphasis is exploitation of crop genotype and crop seed vigour to suppress weeds.

Plant and site specific weed control (precision farming). In collaboration with colleagues in the USA, we are developing an exciting and highly innovative robotic systems. Smart weeding systems use autonomous machines (robots) for plant specific agriculture and weed mapping using cameras mounted on third party machinery for site specific weed control.

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  • Murdoch, A. J. (2006) Soil seed banks. In: Basra, A. S. (ed.) Handbook of Seed Science and Technology. Haworth Press Inc., New York, pp. 501-519. ISBN 9780813801902

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Pre 2003 Publications:

  • Sharif-Zadeh, F., Murdoch, A.J. (2001). The effects of temperature and moisture on after-ripening Cenchrus ciliaris seeds. Journal of Arid Environments, 49 (4), 823-831
  • Hong, T.D., Ahmad, N.B., Murdoch, A.J. (2001). Optimum air-dry storage conditions for sweer orange (Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck) and lemon (Citrus limon (L.) Burm. F.) seeds. Seed Science and Technology, 29(1), 183-192.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (2001). Simulation of integrated control strategies for Orobanche spp. based on a life cycle model. Experimental Agriculture 37: 37-51.
  • Sharif-Zadeh, F., Murdoch, A.J. (2000). The effects of different maturation conditions on seed dormancy and germination of Cenchrus ciliaris.Seed Science Research 10: 447-457.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (2000).The effect of water stress on temperature range for germination of Orobanche aegyptiaca seeds. Seed Science Research 10: 127-133.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1999). City dwellers must share blame on biodiversity. Nature 399: 522.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Kebreab, E., Sonko, L., Lynn, I.P. (1999). Multiplicative probability models in seed physiology. Journal of Agricultural Science (Camb.) 133: 347.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1999).A quantitative model for loss of primary dormancy and induction of secondary dormancy in imbibed seeds of Orobanche spp. Journal of Experimental Botany, 50, 211-219.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1999).Modelling the effects of water stress and temperature on germination rate of Orobanche aegyptiaca seeds. Journal of Experimental Botany, 50, 655-664.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1999).Effect of moisture and temperature on the longevity of Orobanche seeds. Weed Research 39, 199-211.
  • Welsh, J.P., Bulson, H.A.J., Stopes, C.E., Murdoch, A.J., Froud-Williams, R.J. (1999). The critical weed-free period in organically-grown winter wheat. Annals of applied Biology 134, 315-320.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1999).Modelling the germination Orobanche seeds at a wide range of alternating and constant temperatures. Annals of Botany 84: 549-557.
  • Carmona, R., Murdoch, A.J. (1995). Interactions of temperature and dormancy-relieving compounds on germination of weed seeds.Seed Science Research 5: 227-236.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Roberts E.H., Goedert, C.O. (1989).A model for germination responses to alternating temperatures.Annals of Botany, 63, 97-111.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1988). Economic aspects of weed management. Weed Research, 28, 488-489.
  • Ibrahim, A.E., Roberts E.H., Murdoch, A.J. (1983).Viability of lettuce seeds.II.Survival and oxygen uptake in osmotically controlled storage. Journal of Experimental Botany, 34, 631-640.

Book chapters including some conference proceedings:

  • Shepherd, S.K., Murdoch, A.J. Dunwell, J.M., Lutman, P.J. (2007). A Model of Seed Dormancy in Wild Oats (Avena fatua) for Investigating Genotype × Environment Interactions. In Seeds: Biology, Development and Ecology edited by S. W. Adkins, S. Ashmore and S. C. Navie, pp. 342-353. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon UK.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (2006). Soil seed banks. In: Basra, A. (ed.), Handbook of Seed Science, pp. 501-520, Haworth's Food Products Press, Binghamton, New York.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (2004). Seed Dormancy. In: Goodman, R.M. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Plant & Crop Science, pp. 1130-1133, Marcell Dekker, New York.
  • Grundy, A., Bekker, R., Forcella, F., Jones, N., Marshall, J., Murdoch, A.J. (eds) (2003). Seedbanks: Determination, Dynamics and Management. Aspects of Applied Biology. 69: 310pp.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Ellis, R.H. (2000). Dormancy, viability and longevity. In, Fenner, M. (ed.), Seeds: The Ecology of Regeneration and Plant Communities, 2nd edition, pp. 183-214. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon UK.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Sonko, L., Kebreab, E. (2000).Population responses to temperature for loss and induction of seed dormancy and consequences for predictive empirical modelling. In: Viémont, J.-D., Crabbé, J. (Eds) Dormancy in Plants: From Whole Plant Behaviour to Cellular Control. Proceedings 2nd International Symposium on Plant Dormancy, Angers, France. pp. 57-68. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon UK.
  • Gooding, M.J., Murdoch, A.J., Ellis, R.H. (2000). The value of seeds. In, Black, M. and Bewley, J.D. (eds), Seed Technology and its Biological Basis, pp.3-41. Sheffield University Press.
  • Ellis, R.H., Black, M., Murdoch, A.J., Hong, T.D. (Eds) (1997). Basic and Applied Seed Biology. Proceedings Fifth International Workshop on Seeds, Reading 1995. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. 823+xxv pp.
  • Li, X.; Owen, J.E.; Murdoch, A.J. and Pearson, C.C. (1993).Respirable dust from animal feeds.In, Collins, E. and Boon, C. (Eds), Livestock Environment, IV, 747-753.Proceedings Fourth International Livestock Environment Symposium.St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.A.: American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Ellis, R.H. (1992). Longevity, viability and dormancy.In, Fenner, M. (ed.), Seeds: The Ecology of Regeneration and Plant Communities, pp. 193-229. Wallingford: CAB International.

Other papers:

  • Pilgrim, R.A., Murdoch, A.J. (2008). A weed growth-rate model to support plant-specific agriculture. Aspects of Applied Biology 84, International Advances in Pesticide Application, pp. 309-314.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Dorward, P.T., Owen, E., Mould, F., Njuguna, J.M., Lukuyu, B.A., Mwangi, D.M., Romney, D. (2007) Alleviating seasonal feed shortages for resource-poor small-scale dairy farmers. In Njeru, R.W., Kagabo, D.M., Ndabamenye, T. and 11 others (eds). Sustainable agriculture productivity for improved food security and livelihoods. Proceedings First National Conference on Agricultural Research Outputs. Organized by ISAR, Kigali, Rwanda, March 2007, pp.345-358
  • Murdoch, A.J., Kebreab, E. (2007). Predictive empirical modeling of parasitic weed life cycle. Proceedings 9th International Parasitic Weed Symposium, p.27.
  • Dzomeku, I.K., Murdoch, A.J. (2007). Studies on seed dormancy, germination and seedling emergence of Striga hermonthica. Proceedings 9th International Parasitic Weed Symposium, p.42.
  • Chachalis, D., Murdoch, A.J. (2007). Potential use of Nijmegen-1 and smoke water solutions to deplete Orobanche ramosa seed banks in Greece. Proceedings 9th International Parasitic Weed Symposium, p.43.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Njuguna, J.M., Dorward, P.T., Romney, D., Lukuyu, B.A., Mwangi, D.M., Owen, E. (2005). Lessons learned in developing IPM options to improve maize forage yield and quality for small-scale dairy farmers in central Kenya. In: D. Harris, J.I. Richards, P. Silverside, A.F. Ward and J.R. Witcombe (Eds), Pathways out of poverty. Aspects of Applied Biology 75: 53-60. The Association of Applied Biologists, Wellesbourne, Warwick. Download pdf
  • Lukuyu, B.A., Mwangi, D.M., Murdoch, A.J., Owen, E., Njuguna, J.G.M., Romney, D., Maina, J., Musembi, F., Mbure, G.N., Njihia, S.N., McLeod, A., Dorward, P.T., Jama, A.N. and Mould, F. (2005). Management of the maize crop to ease feed shortages in the intensive crop-livestock systems of central Kenya. In Proceedings of AHAT/BSAS International Conference: Integrating livestock-crop systems to meet the challenges of globalization. Volume 2 (ed. P.Rawlinson, C. Wachirapakorn, P. Pakdee and M. Wanapat), p. T133. British Society of Animal Science.
  • Lukuyu, B.A., Murdoch, A.J., Njuguna, J.G.M., Mwangi, D.M., Owen, E., Romney, D., Maina, J., Musembi, F., Mbure, G.N., Njihia, S.N., McLeod, A., Dorward, P.T., Jama, A.N. and Mould, F. (2005). Alleviating dry season forage shortages by improved crop protection in the Central Kenyan Highlands. Proceedings of British Society of Animal Science. P. 32. British Society of Animal Science. Penicuik, UK.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Maina, J.M., Kivuva, B.M., Mburu, M.W.K., Njuguna, J.M., Mwangi, D.M. (2004). Impacts of weeds and weeding regimes on maize forage yields and quality for resource poor maize-dairy farmers in Central Kenya. P. 98, Abstract S31MT10P07. In Abstracts of International Weed Science Congress, Durban, 20-24 June 2004.
  • Lukuyu, B.A., Murdoch, A.J., McLeod, A., Dorward, P.T. (2004) The impact of maize streak virus disease on quality and yield of maize forage outputs of the maize-dairy production systems in central highlands of Kenya. 6 pp. Livestock Development Group, Reading University. Download pdf
  • Maina, J.M., Kivuva, B.M., Mburu, M.W.K, Murdoch, A.J., Njuguna, J.M., Mwangi, D.M. (2003). Weed management options for resource poor maize-dairy farmers in Central Kenya.. Proceedings of the 2003 Crop Science & Technology Conference, Glasgow, 2: 993-998.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Kunjo, E.M. (2003). Depletion of natural soil seedbanks of Striga hermonthica in West Africa under different integrated management regimes. Seedbanks: Determination, Dynamics and Management. Aspects of Applied Biology. 69: 261-268.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Njuguna, J.M., Lukuyu, B., Musembi, F., Mwangi, D.M, Maina, J.M., Kivuva, B.M., Mburu, M.W.K, McLeod, A. (2003) and Integrated pest management options to improve maize forage yield and quality for small-scale dairy farmers in central Kenya. In: Abberton, M.T., Andrews, M., Skøt, L. and Theodorou, M.K. (Eds.). Crop Quality: Its Role in Sustainable Livestock Production. Aspects of Applied Biology 70: 71-77.The Association of Applied Biologists, Wellesbourne, Warwick. Download pdf
  • Murdoch, A.J., Watson, S.J., Park, J.R. (2003). Modelling the soil seed bank as an aid to crop management in Integrated Arable Farming Systems. Proceedings of the 2003 Crop Science & Technology Conference, Glasgow, 1: 521-526.
  • Doukali, M.D., Murdoch, A.J. (2003). Suppressing weed competition: the interaction of seed quality and seed rate in spring wheat. Proceedings of the 2003 Crop Science & Technology Conference, Glasgow, 1: 667-670.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (2003). Evaluating integrated management strategies for Orobanche and Striga. Abstracts EU Cost Action 849 meeting on Biology and Control of Broomrape, Athens, Greece. p. 12.
  • Grundy, A.C.; Peters, N.C.B.; Rasmussen, I.A.; Hartmann, K.M.; Sattin, M.; Andersson, L.; Mead, A.; Murdoch, A.J., Forcella, F. (2002). Emergence of Chenopodium album and Stellaria media under different climatic conditions. Proceedings EWRS Symposium 2002, Wageningen, 264-265.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (2002). Modelling weed seed germination and dormancy. Proceedings EWRS Symposium 2002, Wageningen, 354-355.
  • Kivuva, B.M., Mburu M.W.K., Maina, J.M., Murdoch, A.J., Njuguna, J., Mwangi, D.M. (2002) The effect of weeding regimes and maize planting density on quantity of maize forage and grain yields. Pp. 159-163. In: Proceedings Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) 8th Biennial Scientific Conference, November 2002. KARI, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Lukuyu, B.A., Njuguna, J., Mwangi, D.M., Murdoch, A.J., Mould, F.L., Owen, E., Romney, D.L. (2002). Effects of infection with maize streak virus and cultivar, on yield and quality of maize forage and on yield of grain. In: Smith, T. and Mlambo, V. (eds), Responding to the Increasing Global Demand for Animal Products, Programme and Summaries Int. Conf., Merida, Mexico 12-15 November 2002. Penicuik: British Society of Animal Science, pp. 60-61. Download abstract pdf
  • Murdoch, A.J., Awan, N.A., Gooding, M.J. (2002). Effect of cleavers (Galium aparine) and other weeds on breadmaking quality of wheat (Triticum aestivum). Advances in the Understanding and Control of Cleavers, Abstracts. Warwick: Association of Applied Biologists, 1p.
  • Štefanic, E., Štefanic, I., Murdoch, A.J. (2001). Impact of different weed management practices on the diversity of weed communities in field bean production. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 1: 255-260.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Smith, L., Yates, C.M and Rehman, T. (2001). Predicting the probability of profitable weed control – a more reliable tool for making decisions. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 1: 461-466.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Sharifzadeh, F. (2001). The effect of maturation environment on seed dormancy. Abstracts, 21st Annual Seed Biology Meeting, 24 April 2001. Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, Wakehurst Place, UK. 1p.
  • Kunjo, E.M., Murdoch, A.J. (2001). Towards an integrated socio-economically appropriate management strategy for Striga hermonthica in The Gambia. Proceedings 7th International Parasitic Weed Symposium, 127.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Sonko, L., Kebreab, E. (2001). Modelling seed germination, dormancy and viability. Proceedings 7th International Parasitic Weed Symposium, 126.
  • Dzomeku, I.K., Murdoch, A.J. (2001). Impact of drought on secondary (wet) dormancy in Striga hermonthica seeds. Proceedings 7th International Parasitic Weed Symposium, 128
  • Murdoch, A.J., Kebreab, E., Sonko, L. (2000). Multiplicative probability models in seed physiology. Programme and Abstracts of 20th Annual Seed Biology meeting. Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley, UK. 1p.
  • Dzomeku, I.K., Murdoch, A.J. (2000). Seed dormancy and the control of Striga: How late planting modifies Striga emergence. Abstracts of 20th Annual Seed Biology meeting. Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley, UK. 1p.
  • Štefanic, E., Štefanic, I., Murdoch, A.J. (1999). The influence of different periods of weediness on yield and quality of field beans in Eastern Croatia. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 1: 331-336.
  • Watson, S.J., Murdoch, A.J., Park, J. (1999). Weed seed rain in integrated arable farming systems. Proceedings EWRS Symposium, Basel, 49.
  • Watson, S.J., Murdoch, A.J., Park, J. (1999). Seed bank depletion of wild oat and cleavers in integrated arable farming systems. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 2: 569-570.
  • Dzomeku, I.K., Murdoch, A.J. (1999). Implications of seed dormancy for control of Striga hermonthica in Ghana. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 2: 573-574.
  • Kunjo, E.M., Murdoch, A.J. (1999). Integration of socio-economically appropriate management strategies for Striga hermonthica in The Gambia. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 2: 575-576.
  • Awan, N.A., Murdoch, A.J., Gooding, M.J. (1999). Effects of weeds and chemical weed control on yield and breadmaking quality of winter wheat. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 2: 585-586.
  • Watson, S.J., Murdoch, A.J., Park, J. (1999). Weed seed rain in integrated arable farming systems. Abstracts 19th Annual Seed Biology Meeting, 1p.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1999). A new "hydrothermal" time equation for progress of germination in Orobanche spp. Abstracts 19th Annual Seed Biology Meeting, 1p.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Kebreab, E., Sonko, L. (1999). Population responses to temperature for loss of primary dormancy and induction of secondary dormancy and consequences for predictive empirical modelling. Second International Symposium on Plant Dormancy, Angers, France, July 1999 , Book of Abstracts. pp. 44-45.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1998). Dormancy cycles of weed seeds in soil. Weed Seedbanks: Determination, Dynamics and Manipulation. Aspects of Applied Biology. 51: 119-126.
  • Carmona, R., Murdoch, A.J. (1998). Effects of dormancy-relieving chemicals on seeds in soil. Weed Seedbanks: Determination, Dynamics and Manipulation. Aspects of Applied Biology. 51: 179-186.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1998).Thermal time models for rate of germination of five Orobanche species. In, Wegmann, K., Musselman, L.J. and Joel, D.M. (eds),Current Problems of Orobanche Research. Proceedings Fourth International Workshop on Orobanche Research, Albena, Bulgaria. 59-64 Institute for Wheat and Sunflower "Dobroudja", near General Toshevo, Bulgaria.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1998).Long-term integrated control strategies for Orobanche based on a life cycle model.In, Wegmann, K., Musselman, L.J. and Joel, D.M. (eds), Current Problems of Orobanche Research. Proceedings Fourth International Workshop on Orobanche Research, Albena, Bulgaria. p. 448. Institute for Wheat and Sunflower "Dobroudja", near General Toshevo, Bulgaria.
  • Weldeghiorghis, E.K., Murdoch, A.J. (1998).Loss and induction of seed dormancy and loss of viability during prolonged imbibition treatments. 25th International Seed Testing Congress - Seed Symposium. Pretoria 15-24 April 1998, p. 49. International Seed Testing Association, Zurich.
  • Sharif-Zadeh, F., Murdoch, A.J. (1998).The effect of maturation conditions on seed dormancy and afterripening periods of Cenchrus ciliaris. 25th International Seed Testing Congress - Seed Symposium. Pretoria 15-24 April 1998, p. 64. International Seed Testing Association, Zurich.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1998).Modelling germination responses of seeds to temperature and other environmental factors and optimising the conditions for testing seed germination. 25th International Seed Testing Congress - Seed Symposium. Pretoria 15-24 April 1998, p. 102. International Seed Testing Association, Zurich.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1998).Thermal time models for rate of germination of five Orobanche species. Fourth International Workshop on Orobanche Research, Albena, Bulgaria. 23-26 September 1998, Abstracts, p. 13. Institute for Wheat and Sunflower "Dobroudja", near General Toshevo, Bulgaria.
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1998).Long-term integrated control strategies for Orobanche based on a life cycle model. Fourth International Workshop on Orobanche Research, Albena, Bulgaria. 23-26 September 1998, Abstracts, p. 44. Institute for Wheat and Sunflower "Dobroudja", near General Toshevo, Bulgaria.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Roberts, E.H. (1997). Temperature and the rate of germination of dormant seeds of Chenopodium album. In: Basic and Applied Seed Biology. Proceedings Fifth International Workshop on Seeds, Reading 1995, (Eds Ellis, R.H., Black, M., Murdoch, A.J. and Hong, T.D.). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. pp. 547-553.
  • Welsh, J.P., Bulson, H.A.J., Stopes, C.E., Murdoch, A.J., Froud-Williams, R.J. (1997). The critical period of weed competition and its application in organic winter wheat. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, pp. 105-110.
  • Weldeghiorghis, E.K., Murdoch, A.J. (1997).Towards prediction of the effect of wet dormancy on Orobanche infestations. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, pp. 677-678.
  • Welsh, J.P., Bulson, H.A.J., Stopes, C.E., Murdoch, A.J., Froud-Williams, R.J. (1997). Mechanical weed control in organic winter wheat. Optimising Cereal Inputs: Its Scientific Basis. Aspects of Applied Biology. 50 (2): 374-384.
  • Smith, L., Murdoch, A.J. (1997). Modelling of multispecies weed competition in spring wheat: the biology.Optimising Cereal Inputs: Its Scientific Basis. Aspects of Applied Biology. 50 (2): 407-414.
  • Smith, L., Rehman, T., Murdoch, A.J., Yates, C.M. (1997). Modelling weed competition in spring wheat: the economics. Optimising Cereal Inputs: Its Scientific Basis. Aspects of Applied Biology. 50 (2): 401-406.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1997). Modelling germination and dormancy responses of weed seeds to temperature and other environmental factors. In: DINA Workshop on Computer Modelling in Weed Science, Copenhagen - Extended Abstracts (Ed. Jensen, J.E.). Copenhagen: DINA, 62, 67-69.
  • Weldeghiorghis, E.K., Murdoch, A.J. (1997).Modelling the effects of prolonged conditioning on dormancy and germination of Orobanche spp. Abstracts: 18th Annual Seed Biology Meeting 1p. IACR-Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Roberts, E.H. (1996). Dormancy cycle of Avena fatua seeds in soil. Proceedings Second International Weed Control Congress Copenhagen, Denmark, 25-28 June 1996. 1: 147-152.
  • Parker, L., Murdoch, A.J. (1996). Mathematical modelling of multispecies weed competition in spring wheat. Proceedings Second International Weed Control Congress Copenhagen, Denmark, 25-28 June 1996. 1: 153-158.
  • Welsh, J.P., Bulson, H.A.J., Stopes, C.E., Froud-Williams, R.J., Murdoch, A.J. (1996). Weed control in organic wheat using a spring-tine weeder. Proceedings Second International Weed Control Congress Copenhagen, Denmark, 25-28 June 1996. 3: 1127-1132.
  • Weldeghiorghis, E.K., Murdoch, A.J. (1996). Germination of Orobanche crenata seeds at a wide range of alternating and constant temperatures. Advances in Parasitic Plant Research. Proceeding Sixth International Parasitic Weed Symposium, Cordoba, Spain, 16-18 April, 1996: 425-431.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1996). Modelling germination and dormancy responses of weed seeds to temperature and other environmental factors. In: Computer Modelling in Weed Science Proceedings DINA Workshop, Copenhagen (Ed. Jensen, J.E.) p.27. (Abstract).
  • Murdoch, A.J., Carmona, R. (1993).The implications of the annual dormancy cycle of buried weed seeds for novel methods of weed control. Proceedings of the Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, pp. 329-334.
  • Roberts, E.H. and Murdoch, A.J. (1989).Differences in seed germination between laboratory and field environments and consequences for the evaluation of pre-emergence herbicides.In Copping, L.G. et al. (ed.) Aspects of Applied Biology, 21, Comparing Laboratory and Field Pesticide Performance, 95-106.Association of Applied Biologists, Institute of Horticultural Research, Wellesbourne, Warwick, U.K.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1988).Long-term profit from weed control. Aspects of Applied Biology, 18, Weed control in cereals and the impact of legislation on pesticide application, 91-98.
  • Roberts, E.H., Murdoch, A.J., Ellis, R.H. (1987). The interaction of environmental factors on seed dormancy. Proceedings of the British Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 687-694. British Crop Protection Council Publications, Thornton Heath, Surrey.
  • Murdoch, A.J. and Allen, S. (1986).Environmental data logging and control using Combine. Proceedings Test and Transducer Conference, Wembley, 2, 143-155. Trident International, Tavistock, UK.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1985).Low-cost, computer-based data handling of soil temperature data in field experiments. Aspects of Applied Biology, 10, Field trials methods and data handling.pp.337-341.
  • Murdoch, A.J. (1983).Environmental control of germination and emergence in Avena fatua. Aspects of Applied Biology, 4, Influence of environmental factors on herbicide performance and crop and weed biology. pp. 63-69.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Roberts, E.H. (1982). Biological and financial criteria of long-term control strategies for annual weeds. Proceedings of the 1982 British Crop Protection Conference - Weeds, 741-748.

Other articles including research reports to sponsors:

  • Dorward, P.T., Murdoch, A.J. (2006). Participatory evaluation of maize varieties for food and forage – a checklist. In E. Owen, B.A. Lukuyu, A.J.Murdoch, D.M. Mwangi, J.G.M. Njuguna and P.T. Dorward, Implications and lessons learned for stakeholders from DFID Project R7955: IPM of Maize Forage Dairying. KARI, Kenya and University of Reading, Reading, UK. pp.35-36.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Dorward, P.T. (2006). Key Criteria for Policy Makers on the Breeding and Dissemination of Maize Varieties for Small-scale Farmers in East Africa. In E. Owen, B.A. Lukuyu, A.J.Murdoch, D.M. Mwangi, J.G.M. Njuguna and P.T. Dorward, Implications and lessons learned for stakeholders from DFID Project R7955: IPM of Maize Forage Dairying. KARI, Kenya and University of Reading, Reading, UK. p.37.
  • Kibata, G.N., Mwendia, S., Murdoch, A.J., Njuguna, J.G.M. (2006). Report on Final Promotion Partners' Workshop, Kamweti Farmers Training Centre, Kirinyaga, Kenya, 30 November to 2 December 2005. KARI-NARC-Muguga, Kenya and Dept. of Agriculture, University of Reading, U.K. 1 pp.
  • Murdoch, A.J., Dorward, P.T., Owen, E. (2006). Final Technical Report – Add-ons, DFID Project R7955: IPM of Maize Forage Dairying. The University of Reading, Reading, UK., 51 pp. Download report
  • Owen, E., Lukuyu, B.A., Murdoch, A.J., Mwangi, D.M., Njuguna, J.G.M., Dorward, P.T. (2006). Implications and lessons learned for stakeholders from DFID Project R7955: IPM of Maize Forage Dairying. KARI, Kenya and University of Reading, Reading, UK. 40 pp. Download pdf
  • Mwangi, D.M., Njuguna, J., Murdoch, A.J. (2004). Integrated Weed, Pest and Disease Management of Maize Forage Dairying. 30 copies. KARI Muguga Research Station, PO Box 30148, Nairobi, Kenya and University of Reading, UK. 4 pp. [Information leaflet].
  • Murdoch, A., Njuguna, J., Owen, E. (2004). Report on Stakeholder Meeting, 2 April 2004. Strategies for feeding smallholder dairy cattle in intensive maize forage production systems and implications for integrated pest management. (DFID/NRIL Project R7955/ZC0180, 20 pp. Download pdf
  • McLeod, A., Njuguna, J., Musembi, F., Maina, J., Mwangi, D.M.,Romney, D., Murdoch, A.J. (2004). Farmer Strategies for Maize Growing, Maize Streak Virus Disease Control, Weed Management and Feeding of Smallholder Dairy Cattle in Kiambu District, Kenya, 2001. Results of a rapid rural appraisal held in April and May 2001. First technical report of DFID project R7955/ZC0180. The University of Reading, 34 pp. NB. Revised September 2004. Download pdf
  • McLeod, A., Njuguna, J., Musembi, F., Maina, J., Mwangi, D.M., Murdoch, A.J., Romney, D. (2004). Farmer Strategies for Maize Growing, Maize Streak Virus Disease Control, Weed Management and Feeding of Smallholder Dairy Cattle in Kiambu District, Kenya, 2001-2002. Results of a longitudinal study. Second technical report of DFID project R7955/ZC0180. The University of Reading, 62 pp. Download pdf
  • Murdoch, A., Njuguna, J., Dorward, P.T. (2004). Report on Training Course held at KEFRI, 29 November to 3 December 2004 under auspices of DFID/NRIL Project R7955/ZC0180. 4 pp.
  • Murdoch, A., Owen, E., Dorward, P.T. (2004). Strategies for feeding smallholder dairy cattle in intensive maize forage production systems and implications for integrated pest management. (DFID/NRIL Project R7955/ZC0180, Final Technical Report. 71 pp including appendices. Download report. Download appendices.
  • Njuguna, J., Dorward, P.T., Murdoch, A.J. (2004). Report on Extension training workshop on IPM of Maize Forage Dairying. Farmer Training Centre, Githunguri, Kenya. 27 January 2004. [One-Day Workshop for c. 24 officers].
  • Mwangi, D.M., Njuguna, J., Murdoch, A.J. (2003). "More Forage from Maize for More Milk". 70 copies. KARI Muguga Research Station, PO Box 30148, Nairobi, Kenya and The University of Reading, UK. 4 pp. [Information leaflet].
  • Murdoch, A.J., Njuguna, J., Owen, E. (2003). Report on Stakeholder Meeting on 'Strategies for feeding smallholder dairy cattle in intensive maize forage production systems and implications for integrated pest management', 30 September 2003, Agriculture Information Centre, Kabete, Nairobi. Kenya. DFID RNRRS LPP and CPP Project R7955. University of Reading (School of Agriculture, Policy and Development) and Kenya Agricultural Research Institute /National Agricultural Research Centre (KARI/NARC, Muguga), Reading, UK and Nairobi, Kenya. 8 pp. Download report
  • Maina J., Murdoch, A.J. (2001). Minutes of Stakeholder Meeting, 11 July 2001. Strategies for feeding smallholder dairy cattle in intensive maize forage production systems and implications for integrated pest management. (DFID/NRIL Project R7955/ZC0180, 8 pp. Download report
  • Kebreab, E., Murdoch, A.J. (1999). Predicting Orobanche seed longevity for better weed management in legumes. Grain Legumes (23): 8-9.

Gene sequences on NCBI database:

  • Shepherd,S.K., Murdoch,A.J., Dunwell,J.M. and Lutman,P.J. (2006, online) Analysis of the correlation of dormancy and AfVp1 gene expression in Avena fatua L. during seed maturation, of mature seeds and during imbibition. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=nuccore

Sequences of clones of ABA response element binding factor (ABF) mRNA: NCBI Accessions DQ416748 to DQ416752.

Sequences of clones of Viviparous1 mRNA: NCBI Accessions DQ416753 to DQ416764.

Qualifications:
PhD Agriculture. Factors influencing the depletion of annual weed seeds in the soil. University of Reading, 1982. (Supervisor – Professor (now Emeritus) Eric Roberts).
BSc Honours in Agricultural Botany, Class 2i, University of Glasgow, 1973. Awarded "Dovaston Prize" in final examination for best student in Botany and Agricultural Botany.
Dr Alistair Murdoch

Contact Details

Email:
a.j.murdoch@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 6746

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