Professor, Department of Biotechnology

Prof. Ikechukwu A. Okwujiako

Prof. Ikechukwu Adiele Okwujiako

Professor

B.Sc. (Botany); PhD (Mycology)
Email: ikechukwu.okwujiako@futo.edu.ng

Biography

Prof. Ikechukwu Adiele Okwujiako was born on April 14, 1951.

After his primary education at Christ the King School Amaimo Ikeduru, he passed his First School Leaving Certificate examination with Distinction in 1961. He finished his secondary education with a Division One W.A.S.C. at St. Columbus College, Amaimo in 1966. The political crisis cum the Nigerian/Biafran war interrupted his education.

After the war, he obtained the Advanced Level G.C.E. from Federal School of Science, Lagos, before proceeding to University of Ibadan (1973-76) to obtain B.Sc. Botany (Second Class Honours Upper).

He joined University of Calabar (Unical) as a Graduate Assistant in 1977 and in 1978 travelled to the United Kingdom where he obtained his PhD (Mycology) in 1981 from University of Aston, Birmingham. He returned to UniCal and rose to Senior Lecturer position and joined Federal University of Agriculture (now Michael Okpara University of Agriculture) Umudike (MOUAU), Abia in 1994.

At MOUAU he acquired wide university administrative experience at various posts he held such as Ag HOD of Department of Biological and Chemical Science, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Dept. of Botany and Dept. of Botany and Biotechnology. He was the Foundation Dean (Ag.) of the College of Biological and Physical Sciences for 5 years. For many years, he was a member University Senate and a member of the pioneer Governing Council representing Senate.

He left MOUA Umudike as an Associate Professor and joined the services of FUTO as a Reader in 2010 and promoted to the rank of Professor in 2014.

Prof. Okwujiako has taught many courses to both Department of Biotechnology and Department of Biology at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He has also participated in FUTO administration as a 3-term Ag. HOD/HOD of Department of Biotechnology. He has also been a member/chairman of various committees and panels.

Qualifications
Honours/Awards
Affiliations
Experience
Research Interest
Publications

Academic Qualifications

  • B.Sc. Botany, Ibadan.       –       1976.
  • PhD. Mycology Aston, Birmingham, UK.      –        1981.

Honours/Awards

  • Dennis Stanfield Award of the Linnaean Society of London.   –   1990
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship at Horticulture Research International Wellesbourne   Warwick, UK.      –        1995 – 1996  

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Mycological Society of Nigeria.     –     2013 – date
  • Botanical Society of Nigeria.    –   1988 – date
  • International Society for Mushroom Science.     –   1995 – date
  • Mushroom Growers Association of Nigeria.    –   2006 – date
  • Institute of Biology, London.    –   1978 – 1984
  • British Mycological Society.    –   1979 – 1984
  • Nigerian Society for Microbiology.    –   1984 – 1989
  • Agricultural Society of Nigeria.    –   1999 – date
  • Nigerian Society for Biological Conservation.      –        1990

Work Experience

  • 1973. Royal Polytechnic College, Yaba Lagos.
    • Classroom Teacher.
  • 1976/77. State Ministry of Education, Kano. 
    • Teacher during NYSC.
  • 1977/78. University of Calabar, Calabar. 
    • Graduate Assistant.
  • 1981 – 1994. University of Calabar.
    • Lecturer II – Senior Lecturer.
  • 1991/92. University of Uyo, Uyo.
    • Visiting Senior Lecturer on Sabbatical Leave.
  • 1994 – 2010. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia.
    • Senior Lecturer – Associate Professor.
  • 1995/96.  Department of Microbial Biotechnology, Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne,  Warwick, United Kingdom.
    • Visiting Research Fellow (Commonwealth).
  • 2006/07. Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
    • Visiting Senior Lecturer on Sabbatical Leave.
  • 2010 – date. Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
    • Reader – Professor

 

2010/2011 – date Dept. of Biotech. Reader/Professor

  1. BTC 303 – Cell Biology
  2. BTC 409 – Environmental Biotechnology
  3. BTC 506 – Taxonomy
  4. BTC 510 – Bioethics, Biosafety & Intellectual Property Rights.
  5. BIO 503 – Plant Nematology
  6. BIO 411 –  Medical Mycology
  7. BIO 517 – Mycology
  8. BIO 528 – Phycology
  9. BTC 825 – Biodegradation
  10. BTC 821/911 – Environmental Pollution & Health Biology
  11. BTC 828 – Advanced Mycology
  12. BTC 902 Bioremediation.

 

2015/2016 Federal Univ, Ndufu Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State.

  1. BOT 201 – Seedless Plants
  2. BOT 202 – Seed Plants
  3. BIO 206 – Physiology
  4. BIO 303 – Cytogenetics

 

Michael Okpara Univ. of Agric. Umudike 1994 – 2010.

  1. BOT 211 – Seedless Plants
  2. BIO 221 – Seed Plants
  3. BOT 323 – Mycology
  4. BOT 312 – Comparative Anatomy of Plants
  5. BOT 313 – Intro. Nematology
  6. BOT 411 – Plant Pathology
  7. BOT 423 – Plant Virology
  8. MCB 424 – Medical Mycology
  9. BOT 425 – Plant Pathology
  10. BOT 711 – Advanced Mycology
  11. BOT 712 – Techniques in Mycology
  12. BOT 723 – Fungal Parasitism
  13. BOT 813 – Industrial Mycology
  14. BOT 822 – Mycogenetics & Strain Improvement
  15. BOT      –  Mycophysiology
  16. BOT    –  Storage Mycology
  17. BOT – Myxomycota

 

University of Calabar   1977 – 78; 1981 – 1994.

  1. BIO 1011 – Introductory Biology I
  2. BOT 3052 – Intro. Phytopathology
  3. BIO 3091 – Introductory Nematology
  4. BIO 414 – Virology
  5. BOT 4012 – Phytopathology II
  6. BOT 4021 – Economic Botany
  7. BOT 4041 – Mycology II
  8. BOT 5031 – Advanced Pathology I (P.G.)
  9. BOT 5042 – Techniques in Phytopathology. (P.G).

 

University of Uyo: 1991 – 1992

Taught Biology, Botany and Microbiology courses

Research Interest

  • Cultivation of edible mushrooms for human consumption.
  • The use of fungi to decontaminate polluted environment (mycoremediation).
  • Degradation of lignin in straw for formulating livestock feed.

Publications

  1. [1]Okwu, I.S. and Hayes, W.A. 1984. The casing layer in the cultivation of the edible mushroom, Stropharia rugoso-anulata Fallow apud Murrill Biologia Africana (1): 39 – 46
  2. Okwu, I.S. and Hayes, W.A. 1984. The effect of micro-flora in the fructification of the edible mushroom Stropharia rugoso-anulata Fallow apud Murrill. Nigeria Journal of Microbiology 4 (1-2): 122-127.
  3. *Okwujiako, I. A. 1990. The effect of vitamins on the vegetative growth and fruit body formation of Pleurotus sajor-caju. Mushroom Journal for the tropics 10: 35-39.
  4. Okwujiako, I. A. Studies on the cultivation of the edible mushroom Pleurotus tuber-regium (Fries) Singer. Tropical Journal of Science 2: 56-60
  5. Ekpa, O.D. and Okwujiako, I. A. Nutritional and antifungal activity of some Nigerian Medicinal Plants. Nigerian Journal of Science 27
  6. Okwujiako, A. and Hayes, W. A. 1993. The effect of oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations on the growth of Stropharia rugoso-annulata (an edible mushroom). Nigerian Journal of Biotechnology 11: 184-190.
  7. Enokpa, E .N.; Okwujiako I. A. and Madunagu, B.E. 1994. Control of root-knot nematode using furadan. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences 2(2): 131-136
  8. Okwujiako, I. A. Spore Germination in Pleurotus tuber-regium(Fries)Singer in response to light. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences 5(4): 475-477.
  9. Okwujiako, I. A. and Smith J. F. Producing edible sclerotia of Pleurotus tuber-regium(Fries) Singer from wheat straw. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment (1): 68-72.
  10. Okwujiako, I. A.; Magan, N.; Elliot, T. J. and Smith J. F. The effect of modifying the osmotic and matric potential of the substrate on the growth of two Pleurotus species. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment. 5(2): 264-273.
  11. Okwujiako I. A. Influence of light on the vegetative growth and fruit body formation of Pleurotus sajor-caju (Fries) Singer. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences. 7(2): 235-240.
  12. Ezeronye, O.U.; Daba A. S.; Okwujiako I. A. and Onumajuru, I. C. 2005. Antibacterial effect of a crude polysaccharide extract from the sclerotium and fruit body (sporophore) of Pleurotus tuber-regium (Fries) Singer on some clinical isolates. International Journal of Molecular Medicine and Advanced Science. 1 (3): 202-205.
  13. Okwulehie, I. C.; Okwujiako A. and Igbojionu, V. 2006. Studies in the requirements for growth of Pleurotus pulmonarius (Fries) Quelet, an exotic mushroom. Nigerian Journal of Botany 19 (2): 308-316.
  14. Okwulehie, I. C.; Okwujiako, I. A. and Nwanozie, S. N. 2007. Evaluation of the effect of some agro-wastes on the nutrient content of Pleurotus tuber-regium (Fries) Singer mycelium. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment 9 (1): 61-68.
  15. Okwulehie, I. C. and Okwujiako, I. A. 2008. The effect of some physical and nutritional factors on the vegetative growth of Pleurotus ostreatus var Dynamic Biochemistry, Process Biotechnology and Molecular Biology 2 (1): 41-44.
  16. Okwulehie, I. C. and Okwujiako, I. A. 2008. Effect of hole size and number on fruit- body yield of ostreatus var Florida. Dynamic Biochemistry Process Biotechnology and Molecular Biology 2(1): 45-46.
  17. Okwulehie, I. C and Okwujiako I. A. 2008. The use of local Nigerian substrates for the production of Pleurotus ostreatus var Florida. Dynamic Biochemistry Process and Molecular Biology 2 (1): 38-40.
  18. Okwulehie, I. C.; Okwujiako, I. A and Edeoga, H. O. Proximate, macroelement and vitamin compositions of the fruit-bodies of Pleurotus ostreatus Eger grown on different substrates and substrate supplementations. Food 2 (2): 194-198.
  19. Okwulehie, I. C. and Okwujiako I. A. 2008. Phytochemical constituents and antioxidant activity of the fruit-bodies of Pleutorus ostreatus var Florida Eger grown on different substrates and substrate International Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.2 (2): 122-125.
  20. Okwulehie, I. C.; Okwujiako I. A. and Ibe, B. C. Comparative study of the phytochemical and proximate constituents of Pleurotus pulmonarius (Fries) Quelet fruit bodies grown on different substrates. Nigerian Journal of Botany 22 (1): 35-42.
  21. Ijeh, I. I.; Okwujiako I. A.; Nwosu, P. C. and Nnodim, H. I. 2009. Phytochemical composition of Pleurotus tuber-regium and effect of its dietary incorporation on body organ weights and serum triacylglycerols in albino mice. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 3 (11), 941-945.
  22. Anyalewechi, J. A.; Onunuju, C. C. and Okwujiako, I. A. 2009. Effect of root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) on growth and yield of Hausa potato (Solenostemon rotundifolius Poir). Nigerian Agricultural Journal 40 (1), 111-14.
  23. Anyalewechi, J. A.; Onunuju, C. C. and Okwujiako, I. A. 2009. Nematicide influence of Pleurotus Tuber-regium on root-knot nematode on Hausa potato (Solenostemon rotundifolius Poir). Nigerian Agricultural Journal 40 (2), 248- 254.
  24. Anyaegbunam, L.C. & Okwujiako I. A. Potentials of Penicillium oxalicum (Corrie and Thom) as a bio-control agent of Callosobruchus maculatus (Fab) (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) (L.) Walp. World Journal of Biotechnology 12 (1): 1822-1827.
  25. Okwujiako, I. A.*, Okwulehie, I. C. and Igbojionu, V. O. 2013. Mycoremediation of engine oil-polluted soil using the white-rot fungus, Pleurotus Florida (Mont.) Singer, an edible fungus. Research Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Management 2(11), 354–357.
  26. Igbojionu, V. O., Okwulehie, I. C. * and Okwujiako, I. A. 2013. Mineral composition of engine oil-polluted soil after degradation of the oil by the white-rot fungus, Pleurotus Florida (Mont.) Singer, an edible fungus. Journal of Natural Products and Plant Resource 3(5), 7–12.
  27. Okore C.C., Nwaehiri L.U, Mbanefo O.N, Ogbulie T.E, Ugenyi A.U, Ogbuka I.B, Ejele A.E, and Okwujiako I.A (2017). Study on the effect of monovalent and divalent salts on the production of biosurfactant and emulsification index. International Journal of Advanced Research 5(6), 1875-1881.
  28. Okore C.C., Nwaehiri L.U, Mbanefo O.N, Ogbulie T.E, Ugenyi A.U, Ogbuka I.B, Ejele A.E, and Okwujiako I.A (2017). Study on microbial diversity of biosurfactant producing bacteria from contaminated environmental samples. International Journal of Advanced Research 5(6), 1387-1396.
  29. Ejiogu C.C, Onyeocha I.O, Okwujiako I.A, Opara K.D and Ndubuisi E.C (2017). Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in soil and cassava (Manihot esculenta Cranzt) cultivated in farms near dumpsites in Nekede Mechanic Village Owerri Nigeria. Indian Journal of Research 6(7) 450-456.
  30. Okore C.,  Nwaehiri L., Mbanefo O., Ogbulie T., Ugenyi A., Ogbuka I., Ejele A.and Okwujiako I. (2017). Study on the prodution and antibacterial activities of biosurfactant produced from some bacterial species. International Journal of Advanced Research 5(7),581-586.

[1] Okwu, CIS was the former name of Okwujiako I.A

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