Mycology has suffered significantly across Africa. Poor investment in technology education and the training that would have brought our mycologists up to date has resulted in a situation where we seldom find field mycologist who can go to the field and identify mushrooms. The advent of molecular biology and biotechnology has revolutionized how mycology and mushrooms especially are studied. Nigeria does not have a good share of such technical capabilities.
ACMRTI has assembled knowledgeable scientists locally and abroad who want to team up in the training of new generation mycologists and mushroom scientists. We have facility and resources to support studies and research towards masters and doctor of philosophy degrees in mushroom science and fungal biotechnology. Areas of thesis research are:
- Taxonomy, systematics and phylogeography
- Domestication and cultivation technology
- Breeding and strain improvement
- Biochemistry and Nutritional benefits
- Medicinal properties and bio-product development
- Bioconversion and biodegradation
We welcome postgraduate students from all over Africa and beyond, with background in General Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Zoology and Agricultural Science who want to pursue graduate studies in any of the above thematic areas.
The prospective student will have to apply for admission through the Postgraduate School and degrees will be awarded through the PBB.
A minor certificate of training for undergraduate, graduate and seeking competence and skill in mushrooms science and biotechnology is on the way.
Limited experiential learning opportunities exist for undergraduate (with GPA >3.0) as volunteer assistants in the labs and field research. Such students must have taken and passed with a minimum of B+ grade courses in General Microbiology, Mycology, Cell Biology.
Interested students/persons should contact
Prof. J. A. Okhuoya
Prof. Omon S. Isikhuemhen