Umar Faruk

Bayero University Kano (PhD)

Research Topic

Response of groundnut varieties to rhizobia inoculation in the Sudan and northern Guinea savanna of Nigeria

Research Description

Rhizobiology reseach under N2Africa for evaluate elite strains for groundnut inoculation in the Sudan and northern Guinea savanna


Iroagbalachi Peter

University of Ibadan(M.Sc.)

Research Topic

Enhancing Gbrowse2.0 for the interactive visualization of transcriptomes

Research Description

Life sciences is one of the biggest generators of enormous datasets, mainly as a result of recent and rapid technological advances; their complexity make these datasets incomprehensible without effective visualization methods. Here we look at modifying a flexible web-based genome browser to effectively reproduce interactive graphs and plots from RNA-Seq data fed into it. This helps the scientists to draw up clearer conclusions as a result of the quality of information derived from these visualizations. Also we explored Human Computer Interaction techniques to ease interpretation of these large data set.


Abu Gabriel

Cross river university of technology(M.Sc.)

Research Topic

Comparative assessment of Dioscorea rotundata in tissue culture and in the field using SSRs and morphological descriptors.

Research Description

To assess genetic variability between Dioscorea rotundata maintain invitro and the ones in the field to ascertain the genetic integrity of material distributed from gene bank using a molecular marker and morphological descriptors this well help in germ plasm conservation and the improvement of Dioscorea rotundata in breeding program.


Olufemi Samson

University of Ibadan (M.Sc.)

Research Topic

Location by variety interactions of elite yam varieties from the aeroponics system in Yam growing zones of Oyo State

Research Description

The study will access the environmental response of elite yam varieties in yam growing zones of Oyo state so as to provide on-farm evidence to farmers on the relative performance of new improved yam varieties relative to the best local variety.


Ufondu Helen Ebele

University of Nigeria Nsukka (PhD)

Research Topic

Impact of pretreatments and drying techniques on the physicochemical, functional and sensory characteristics of instant pounded yam flour from Dioscorea rotundata

Research Description

Commonly grown yam varieties was used to characterize the improved yam varieties for physicochemical, functional and sensory properties. Different sample pretreatments and two drying techniques were used to assess the suitability of the improved yam varieties for instant pounded yam flour production.


Anzenge Moses

University of Ibadan (M.Sc.)

Research Topic

Evaluation of Selectivity of Merlin Total on Cassava Monocrop

Research Description

Selectivity of some herbicide in a number of crops could be related to the rate of application. As a result, cassava crop is used in this trial to determine its selectivity using different rates of Merlin Total (a new herbicide) to determine a recommended dosage. The research work is aimed towards evaluating the response of cassava to various doses of pre-emergence application of Merlin Total and also evaluating the influence of planting depth on response of cassava to pre-emergence application of Merlin Total.


OSUNDARE OPEYEMI

FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, AKURE(PhD)

Research Topic

GENETIC DIVERSITY AND STABILITY OF SOME NIGERIAN ACCESSIONS OF BAMBARA GROUNDNUT (Vigna subterranean (L.)Verdc)

Research Description

Genetic diversity and stability of bambara groundnut is a research project at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan station, Nigeria. The Genetic Resources Center (GRC) of the institution is saddled with the realization of this project. As part of the institution’s mandate in the conservation and distribution of crops (seeds and clonal materials) for over fifty years to ensuring food security, conservation of crops and eradicate poverty. IITAGRC has a team of graduate research fellows to identify important descriptors for germplasm conservation and genetic diversity of wild and domesticated bambara groundnut towards crop improvement.


Obafemi Olutosin

University of Ibadan(M.Sc.)

Research Topic

Response of three varieties of cassava to different time of application of merlin total before planting

Research Description

Three varieties of cassava (TMEB 419, IBA 980505,IBA 980581)were planted on the same day. Merlin total, a pre emergence herbicide was applied at different times (3weeks before planting, 2weeks before planting, 1week before planting and on planting day). The main objective of this experiment is to know the best time to apply the merlin total with little or no effect on the cassava,and to know how effective the pre emergence herbicide is. The most effective application time was 1week before planting with little effect on the three varieties of cassava and maximum effect on the weed.


Jones Temitope

Federal University of Technology, Akure (PhD)

Research Topic

Effect of high temperature drying on bambara groundnut seed viability and longevity in storage.

Research Description

The rate of loss of variability in Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranean (L.) Verdc during storage often necessitates frequent regeneration of accessions resulting into high cost of seed conservation in genebanks. Drying of seeds reduces their moisture content to levels suitable for storage and attention should be paid to the temperature and relative humidity applied in the drying process in order to avoid damage to the seeds. Low temperature drying is currently employed in seed desiccation prior to storage in both LTS and MTS. Evaluation of the effect of high temperature drying on seed longevity for Bambara groundnut is therefore essential in order to possibly explore its potential for seed longevity in storage.


Nofiu Akeem

University of Ibadan(M.Sc.)

Research Topic

Influence of Elevated Co2 and Light Intensity on Tuber Production and Canopy Development in Three Yam (Dioscorea alata and D. Rotundata) Genotypes Using in vitro Nodes in Temporary Immersion Bioreactor System

Research Description

The research is building on the scientific knowledge of photoautotrophic micro-propagation in Temporary Immersion Bioreactor system. Globally, many research works have been carried out on each of the two technologies. While at national level, little are the research works been done on each but recently at IITA, temporary immersion bioreactor system has been used to produce microtubers in heterotrophic condition. Hence, photoautotrophic production of yam seed in temporary immersion bioreactor system is a novel idea to improve quality seed yam production.

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