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POPOOLA Akinola Rasheed 

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B. Sc., M. Sc., Ph. D

a.     Completed

  • In-vitro screening of yam plantlets for resistance to yam anthracnose disease. – STEP-B SPONSORED
  • Inducing somatic embryogenesis in local cultivars of cowpea for genetic transformation and disease resistance. – STEP-B SPONSORED.
  • Integrated control of bacterial wilt and root knot nematode for improved tomato yield in southwestern Nigeria. – IFSERAR SPONSORED.

 

b.     In Progress

  • Morphological and molecular screening of tomato varieties/lines for resistance to fungal and bacterial wilt – DfID SPONSORED.
  • Marker-assisted breeding for resistance to wilt in tomatoes. A collaborative work with Prof. D.K. Ojo.  DfID-SPONSORED
  • Producing genetically transformed lines of tomatoes that are resistant to Fusarium wilt – ARCN-SPONSORED
  • TETFUND International Conference Attendance Grant     2012
  • West African Research Assoc., WARA, Travel Grant        2011
  • DfID/British Council Research Grant 2010
  • Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Research Grant  2010
  • World Bank/Fed. Govt. of Nigeria, STEP-B Project.  2010
  • International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotech-nology, ICGEB, Workshop Nominee in Ghana 2010
  • ICGEB Workshop Nominee, Kenya  2010
  • IITA/USAID/NABP Visiting Fellowship  2006
  • Mashav Fellowship, Israel Foreign Ministry  2004
  • Oduduwa Postgraduate Fellowship  1985
  • University Scholarship, Obafemi Awolowo Univ., Ile-Ife  1981
  • Fed. Govt. Academic Merit Award for Undergraduates      1980
  • Western State Merit Award for Secondary School Students 1976

Director, Biotechnology Centre

  • Nutrition Society of Nigeria
  • Biotechnology Society of Nigeria.
  • Nigerian Society for Plant Protection
  • Nigerian Society for Microbiology
  • Horticultural Society of Nigeria
  • Ghana Institute of Horticulture
  • West African Research Council
  • Agricultural Society of Nigeria

1. Popoola, A.R., Adetola, O.K., Awotide, O.G., Owolade, O.F., Afolabi, C.G.,

Ganiyu, S.A., Idowu, O.T.H., Fajinmi, A.A. and Kehinde, I.A. (2012).  Resistance to anthracnose (Colletotrichum gloeosporiodes) in tissue-cultured white guinea yam (Dioscorea rotundata).  Presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at Faculty of Agriculture, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. 5 – 9 November, 2012.

 

2. Aluko, T.C., Popoola, A.R., Afolabi, C. G. and Uzochukwu, S.V.A. (2012).  Rapid in vitro determination of resistance status of Nigerian local cowpea varieties to artificially-inoculated fungal wilt pathogens – Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. tracheiphilum.  Presented at the 25th Annual International Conference of Biotechnology Society of Nigeria held at the National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja.  26 – 31 August, 2012

 

3. Adedibu, O.B and Popoola, A. R (2012).  Rapid assessment of resistance to anthracnose in tissue-cultured water yam (Dioscorea alata) and white guinea yam (Dioscorea rotundata) using three disease assessment methods.  Presented at the 37 Annual Conference of Nigerian Society for Plant Protection held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.  6 – 10 May, 2012

 

4 Ganiyu, S. A and Popoola, A. R. (2012).  Effectiveness of some plant extracts in the control of bacterial blight of long staple cotton caused by Xanthomonas axonopodis  pv. malvacearum isolated from infected cotton seeds.  Presented at the 37th Annual Conference of Nigerian Society for Plant Protection held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.  6 – 10 May, 2012

 

5. Popoola, A. R., Ercolano, M.R., Kaledzi, P.D., Ferriello, F., Ganiyu, S.A., Kehinde, I.A., Fajinmi, A. A., Dapaah, H.K., Ojo, D. K., Adegbite, D. A., Falana, Y., and O.B. Adedibu (2012)  Cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence (CAPS) markers TAO1 and TG105 in the identification of resistance status of Nigerian accessions of tomato to Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopercisi.  Submitted for presentation at the 37th Annual Conference of Nigerian Society for Plant Protection held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.  6 – 10 May, 2012.

 

6. Popoola, A. R., Ercolano, M.R., Kaledzi, P.D., Ferriello, F., Ganiyu, S.A., Dapaah, H.K., Ojo, D. K., Adegbite, D. A., Falana, Y., and O.B. Adedibu (2011).  Molecular and phenotypic screening of tomato genotypes for resistance to Fusarium wilt.  A paper presented at the 12th AGM and Scientific Conference of Ghana Institute of Horticulturists (GhIH) held at CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Fumesua, Kumasi, Ghana.  14 – 16 September, 2011

 

7. Popoola, A. R., Ganiyu, S. A., Babalola, O.A. and Ayo-John, E. I. (2011).  Effect of tillage methods, varieties and compost amendment on bacterial leaf spot, leaf speck and fruit yield of two tomato varieties.  Presented at the 36th Annual Conference of Nigerian Society for Plant Protection held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.  September 2011

 

8. Popoola, A. R., Uzochukwu, S. and Aluko, T. C.  (2008).  Tissue-cultured selection for resistance to bacterial blight in cowpea germplasms.  Presented at the 21 Annual Conference of Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN) held at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.  16 – 19 July, 2008

 

9. Abey, L.O., Popoola, A.R and Adeoti, A.Y.A (2004).   Biocontrol of postharvest watery rot of tomato using endophytic Bacillus species.  Paper presented at the First International Conference on Science and National Development, organized by the College of Natural Sciences, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.  25th – 28th October, 2004.

Paper in Edited Conference Proceedings

1.   Ganiyu, S.A., A.R. Popoola., O.A. Babalola, and E. Ayo-John.  (2008). Effects of
compost amendments on bacterial diseases and yield of tomato.  In: Organic Agriculture and the Millennium Development Goals (Ed: Aiyelaagbe, I.O.O., Adetunji, M.T., and Osei, S.A).  Proceedings of the 1st West African Summit and 4th National Conference on Organic Agriculture.  17-21 November 2008, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. P. 180 – 183

2. Owolade, O. F., A.G.O. Dixon, A. R. Popoola, A. Y. A. Adeoti and S. O. Osunlaja (2011). Genetic Analysis of Resistance in Cassava Anthracnose Disease. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of Genetics Society of Nigeria 10th-14th October, 2011. Held at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

3. Popoola, A.R., Adetola, O.K., Awotide, O.G., Owolade, O.F., Afolabi, C.G.,
Ganiyu, S.A., Idowu, O.T.H., Fajinmi, A.A. and Kehinde, I.A. (2012).  Resistance to anthracnose (Colletotrichum gloeosporiodes) in tissue-cultured white guinea yam (Dioscorea rotundata).  In:  Agricultural Transformation in a Deregulated Economy: Prospects and Challenges (Ed : .J.M. Jibrin, M.A. Hussaini, B.M. Auwalu, E.U. Essiet, I.R. Muhammad, S.G. Mohammed, M.I. Daneji, Y. Garba and S.A. Pantami).    Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at Faculty of Agriculture, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. 5 – 9 November, 2012.

(a)    Dissertations

1.  Popoola, A.R (1985) Effect of culinary processes on the nutrient content of leafy vegetables. M.Sc Thesis, Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Human Nutrition, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.  115pp.

 

2.  Popoola, A.R (2000) Species of fungi from Nigerian desert soil and their effects on straw.  Ph.D Thesis, Botany Department, University of Jos. 235pp

 

(b)  Journal Articles in Print

1.  Popoola, A.R., Idakwo, P.Y and Gworam, A (1996). Growth-enhancing effect of Trichoderma pseudokoningii on Mucor pusillus in tomato spoilage.  West Africa Journal of Biological Sciences 4(1): 82-87.  Published by the Department of Biochemistry, University of Jos, Jos.

 

2.   Popoola, A.R and Ogbonna, C.I.C (1997) Cellulolytic ability of soil-inhabiting fungi of Maiduguri Metropolitan Area of Borno State.  Annals of Borno 13/14: 277-285.  Published by University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri.

 

3.   Popoola, A.R., Idakwo, P.Y and Gwanzang, I (1997) Identification and control of microfungi causing post-harvest tomato deterioration in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Research Journal of Science 3(1 & 2): 1-6.  Published by Faculty of Science, University of Jos, Jos.

 

4.   Ogbonna, C.I.C and Popoola, A.R (1997). Biodegradation of maize straw by fungi for use as ruminant feed.  Nigerian Journal of Biotechnology 8(1):46–56.  Published by Biotechnology Society of Nigeria.

 

5.  Popoola, A.R and Ogbonna, C.I.C (1997). Estimation of extracellular degradative enzymes of fungi isolated from Maiduguri soils.  West African Journal of Biological Science 6(2): 132-140. Published by the Department of Biochemistry, University of Jos, Jos.

 

6    Popoola, A.R and Idakwo, P.Y. (2002) Effect of fungicides on wheat seeds stored at two levels of relative humidity. Nigerian Journal of Experimental and Applied Biology 3(1): 111-114.  Published by the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri.

 

7.    Popoola, A.R., Adeoti, A.Y.A., and Idakwo, P.Y (2003) Incidence of moulds in some varieties of stored cowpea and peanuts in Maiduguri, Nigeria.  ASSET (A) 3(4): 163-169.  Published by Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

 

8.    Adeoti, A.Y.A and Popoola, A.R (2004) Effect of sowing dates on incidence of bacterial blight and Alternaria leaf spot, seedling emergence and seed cotton yield of long staple cotton Gossypium barbadense L in Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Plant Protection 21: 57-62.  Published by Nigerian Society for Plant Protection.

 

9.  Popoola, A.R., Idakwo, P.Y and Ogbonna, C.I.C (2004) Evaluation of fungal upgraded maize straw as feed supplement for guinea pigs. Nigerian Journal of Experimental and Applied Biology 5(2): 227-232 Published by Biological Sciences Dept., University of Maiduguri.

 

10.   Nejo, O.J., Adeoti, A.Y.A., Popoola, A.R., Bodunde, J.G. and Kehinde, I.A.

(2005)  Effect of leaf spot disease (Coniella musaiaensis) on growth performance of selected lines of roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa l.) under the derived forest condition of Abeokuta, Southwest Nigeria. ASSET SERIES B 4(1) : 47-55.  Published by Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

 

11.  Ogunbayo, S. A., Ojo, K. K., Popoola, A. R., Ariyo, O. J., Sie, M., Sanni, K. A.,

Nwilene, F. E., Somado, E. A., Guei, R. G., Tia, D. D., Oyelakin, O. O. And Shittu, A. (2007).  Genetic comparisons of landrace rice accessions by morphological and RAPDs Techniques.  Asian Journal of Plant Sciences 6 (4):653-666.  Published by Asian Network for Scientific Information.  http://docsdrive.com/pdfs/ansinet/ajps/2007/653-666.pdf

 

12.  Nejo, O. J., Adeoti, A. Y. A., Popoola, A. R. and Kehinde, I. A. (2008).  Effect of foliar application of fungicides on incidence and severity of leave spot disease of Roselle induced by Coniella Musaiaensis B. Sutton var. hibisci Moor Journal of Agricultural Research  8 (1 & 2) : 63-67.  Published by the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ibadan.

 

13.   Popoola, A. R., Awotide, O. G., Adeoti, A. Y. A. and Ayodele, M. S. (2008).  The field reaction of Long-staple Cotton (Gossypium barbadense L.) genotypes to natural Infection of Alternaria leaf spot disease in Ogun State, Nigeria.  East African Journal of Sciences 2 (2):159 – 163.  Published by Haramaya University, Ethiopia. www.haramaya.edu.et/eajshome.html

 

*14.   Atungwu, J. J., Animashaun, K. I. Popoola, A. R. and Ojo, D. K. (2010). First report of sources of resistance in cotton to Meloidogyne incognita in Nigeria.  International Journal of Nematology, 20 (2): 230 – 235. ASSN Publishers, UK.  http://www.ifns.org/pdf/IJN%2019&20pdf

 

*15.   Enikuomehin, O. A. , Aduwo, A. M. , Olowe, V. I. O. , Popoola, A. R. and Oduwaye, A. (2010) Incidence and severity of foliar diseases of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) intercropped with maize (Zea mays L.)  Archives Of Phytopathology And Plant Protection 43: 10, 972 – 986.  Published by Taylor and Francis.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03235400802214810

 

*16.   Adegboye, O.T.H., Popoola, A.R., Adeoti, A.Y.A and Olasantan, F.O.  (2011).

Effect of intercropping, planting date and cultivars on management of sorghum [Sorghum bicolor L. (Moench)] anthracnose in South West Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology 1(7A): 963 – 971.  Published by David Publishing Company, U.S.A.  http://www.davidpublishing.org/journals_info.asp?jid=567

 

*17.   Popoola, A. R, Ganiyu, S. A., Babalola, O.A. and Ayo-John, E. I (2011).  Effects

of tillage methods, varieties and compost amendments on bacterial leaf spot, leaf speck and fruit yield of two tomato varieties.  Nigerian Journal for Plant Protection 25(1):127-138.  Published by Nigerian Society for Plant Protection.

 

*18.  Nwangburuka, C. C., Kehinde, O. B., Ojo, D. K., Popoola, A. R., Oduwaye, O.,

Denton, O. A. and Adekoya, M. (2011) Molecular characterization of twenty-nine okra accessions using the Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) molecular marker.  actaSATECH 4(1): 1 – 14.  Published by Babcock University, Nigeria.  www.actasatech.com

 

*19.   Nwangburuka, C. C., Kehinde, O.B., Ojo, D. K., Denton, O. A., Popoola, A. R.

(2011) Morphological classification of genetic diversity in cultivated okra, Abelmoschus esculentus (L) Moench using principal component analysis (PCA) and single linkage cluster analysis (SLCA).  African Journal of Biotechnology 10(54):11165-11172.  Published by Academic Journals.  http://www.academicjournals.org/AJB

 

*20.   Adegboye, O.T.H., Popoola, A.R., Adeoti, A.Y.A and Olasantan, F.O.  (2011).

Reaction of sorghum, Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench, cultivars on Colletotrichum graminicola (Cesati) Wilson in south-west Nigeria.  Nigerian Journal for Plant Protection 25(1) : 43 – 54.  Published by Nigerian Society for Plant Protection.

 

*21.   Awotide, O.G., Adeoti, A.Y.A., Popoola, A. R., Ariyo, O.C. and Olagunju, O.S.

(2011)  Evaluation of sowing dates on incidence and severity of Alternaria leafspot induced by Alternaria macrospora in cotton (Gossypium barbadense L.).  Nigerian Journal of Plant Protection 25(1): 171 – 179.  Published by Nigerian Society for Plant Protection.

 

*22.   Popoola, A.R and Olanloye, O.A.  (2012).  Rapid screenhouse assessment of

bacterial blight in cassava genotypes in Nigeria.  Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 45(5):574-584.  Published by Taylor and Francis. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03235408.2011.588048

 

*23.   Fajinmi, A. A., Popoola, A. R. and Fajinmi, O.B. (2012).  Incidence and

epidemiology of Pepper veinal mottle virus (PVMV), a Potyvirus disease of pepper.  Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection.  Published by Taylor and Francis.  DOI:10.1080/03235408.2012.694250

 

*24. Idehen, E. O., Kehinde, O. B., Wang, X., Popoola, A. R. and Akintobi, D. C.

(2012).  Germination and in-vitro regeneration in ‘Egusi’ melon, Citrullus lanatus (Thunb) Matsum and Nakai.  Nigerian Journal of Biotechnology 24: 35 – 40.  Published by the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria.  www.biotechsocietynigeria.org

 

*25. Akanmu, A.O., Popoola, A.R., Adebare, Ganiyu., Abiala, M.A., Odebode, A.C.

and Adeoye, G.O. (2012) Effectiveness of some plant extracts in the management of tomato pith necrosis caused by Pseudomonas corrugata.  International  Journal of Organic Agriculture Research and Development. 5:127-140

 

*26.  Popoola, A. R., Aluko, T.C., Afolabi, C. G. and Uzochukwu, S. V. A. (2012).

Rapid in-vitro determination of resistance status of Nigerian local cowpea varieties to artificially-inoculated fungal wilt pathogen (Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. tracheiphilum) Nigerian Journal of Biotechnology XX:XXX- XXX

 

*27. Idowu, O.T.H., Salaam, A.M., Popoola, A.R. and Adeoti, A.Y.A.  2012.  In vitro

assessment of fungicides for the control of sorghum anthracnose induced by Colletotrichum graminicola (Cesati) Wilson.  Nigerian Journal of Mycology 4 : 76-83

 

28. Popoola, A. R., Adedibu, B. O. And Ganiyu, S. A.  2012.  Rapid assessment of resistance of tissue-cultured water yam (Dioscorea alata) and white guinea yam (Dioscorea rotundata) to anthracnose, Colletotrichum gloeosporiodies Penz.  Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection DOI:10.1080/03235408.2012.749701

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03235408.2012.749701

 

b.  Journal Articles Accepted for Publication

29.   Popoola, A.R., Ercolano, M. R., Kaledzi, P.D., Ferriello, F., Ganiyu, S.A., Dapaah, H.K., Ojo, D.K., Adegbite, D.A., Falana, Y. and Adedibu, O. B. (2012)  Molecular and phenotypic screening of tomato genotypes for resistance to Fusarium wilt.  Accepted for publication in Ghana Journal of Horticulture 10: (Letter of acceptance dated 25 June, 2012).  In Press.  Published by Ghana Institute of Horticulturists, University of Ghana, Legon.

 

30 Owolade, O. F., Akande, S. R., A.G.O. Dixon, P. O. Tedela, A. R. Popoola, A. Y. A. Adeoti, Enikuomehin, A. O., and Afolabi, C. G. (2012). Molecular identification of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides f.sp. manihotis causing cassava anthracnose in Nigeria.   Accepted for Publication in the Nigerian Journal of Genetics (Letter of acceptance dated 8 June, 2012).  In Press.  Published by Genetics Society of Nigeria.

 

31. Popoola, A. R., Ganiyu, S. A., Babalola, O. A., Ayo-John, E. I and Fajinmi, A. A.  2012.  Impact of soil amendment and weather factors on bacterial wilt and yield of two tomato cultivars in Abeokuta, Nigeria.  South African Journal of Plant and Soil (submitted on 10 Dec., 2012)

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