Arogundade, Olawale (Dr)


Assistant Director (Research)

Area of specialization:

Molecular Plant Virology

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Brief Profile

A PhD degree holder in Crop Protection and a detail oriented molecular Plant virologist with extensive background in designing and implementing experimental procedures in discipline such as plant pathology, genetic screening for resistance and host-virus interaction with a wide range of experimental techniques, including the use of serological, molecular and bioinformatics tools to solve related problems. Possess excellent presentation skills and translating information concisely.


Chapter in books

  • Arogundade, O., Matthew, J. O., Aliyu, T. and Akinyemi, S. O. (2023). Viral diseases of tropical fruits. In A. Press (Ed.), Viral diseases of field and horticultural crops.
  • Olawale Arogundade, Titilayo Ajose, Joshua Olumide Matthew and Itunu Adeyemi Osijo (2021). Current and Emerging Pests and Diseases of Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) in Africa. In book: Cucumber Economic Values and Its Cultivation and Breeding. DOI:
  • Olawale Arogundade, Titilayo Ajose, Itinu Osijo, Hilary Onyeanusi, Joshua Matthew and Taye H. Aliyu (2020). Management of Viruses and Viral Diseases of Pepper (Capsicum spp.) in Africa. In book: Capsicum. DOI:
  • Adetunji C.O., Kumar D., Raina M., Arogundade O., Sarin N.B. (2019). Endophytic Microorganisms as Biological Control Agents for Plant Pathogens: A Panacea for Sustainable Agriculture. In: Varma A., Tripathi S., Prasad R. (eds) Plant Biotic Interactions. Springer, Cham
  • Olawale Arogundade, Sunday Oluseyi S. Akinyemi, Pamela E. Akin-Idowu, Omolara I. Aderonmu and Catherine O. Esuola (2017). Molecular characterization of different mango (Magnifera indica) cultivars in Southwest Nigeria using Random Amplification of Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) Markers. In Olusola Ojurongbe (Editor). Translating Research Findings into Policy in Developing Countries. Contributions from Humboldt Kolleg Osogbo-2017. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-620-2-05009-8. Pp 195- 206


  • Arogundade O., H. Y. Atanda, V. O. Ebre, O. O. Adegbite, T.H. Aliyu and A. Banji (2023). Detection and characterization of cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) infecting passion fruit in Nigeria. Indian Phytopathology
  • Anyaoha C. O., O. Arogundade, O. Y. Akinkunmi, M. E. Okoyo, and J. I. Ikoro (2023). Agro morphological characterization of Okra (Abelmoschus species) for biotic stress and yield contributing traits under rainfed conditions in South Western Nigeria. Plant Physiol. Rep. (
  • Ekpiken E.E., O.I. Eyong, A.O. Adediji, A.A.J. Mofunanya, O. Arogundade and A.T. Owolabi (2023). Detection of a New Strain of the Yambean mosaic virus in Senna hirsuta (Irwin and Barneby) in Calabar, Southern Nigeria. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research A-636 [1-8]
  • Aliyu T.H., O. Arogundade, K.O. Salami and B.A. Tete (2022).  assessment of Growth, Yield and Nutritive Quality of Two Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) Varieties Infected with Okra mosaic virus. Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment  Vol. 2(1): 86-93
  • Aliyu T.H., O. Arogundade, E.I. Essien ,O.S. Balogun and O.M Adeoti (2022). Detection of Viruses Infecting Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) in the Derived Savanna of Nigeria and Influence on Proximate Composition. Journal of Food and Agriculture DOI:
  • Inaba J, Kazeem S. A, Zhao Y, Zwolińska A, Ogunfunmilayo A. O, Arogundade O, Wei W. (2022). Tomato and Jute Mallow are Two New Hosts of Papaya Bunchy Top Phytoplasma, a 16SrXII-O Subgroup Strain in Nigeria. Plant Disease. doi: 10.1094/PDIS-09-22-2192-PDN.
  • Longe, E. O., Adediji, A. O., Arogundade, O.  and Atiri G. I. (2022). Occurrence of Cucumber Mosaic Virus within Tomato Seed Lots. Ife Journal of Science vol. 24(2): 227-235. DOI:
  • Dada A.O., Oresanya A., Akinyosoye S.T. and O. Arogundade. (2022). The first report of bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) infection of African yam bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) in Nigeria. Molecular Biology Reports
  • Arogundade O., J. O. Matthew, O. I. Akinyoola, P. E. Akin-Idowu & S. O. S. Akinyemi. 2022. Phenotypic and Molecular Characterization of Mango Cultivars in Southwest Nigeria. International Journal of Fruit Science 22(1):151-159. DOI: 10.1080/15538362.2021.2019652.
  • T.H. Aliyu, F.O. Takim, L.K. Olatinwo, O. Arogundade, K.F. Omotesho and D.A.Oladoja. (2021). Severity of Viral Diseases and Types of Weeds as Alternative Viral Hosts in Dioscorea Fields in Southern Guinea Savannah Agroecology of Nigeria. Journal of Food and Agriculture, 14(II): 1 – 16 DOI:
  • E. O. Oyedeji, O. Arogundade, F. M. Tairu and C. G. Elum (2021). Identification and characterization of fungi pathogen causing fruit rot disease of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus). Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, DOI: 10.1080/03235408.2021.2019990.
  • Edet I. A., C. G. Afolabi, A. R. Popoola, O. Arogundade and O. A. Akinbode (2021). Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, 55(1): 109-120, DOI: 10.1080/03235408.2021.2000782.
  • Arogundade O., J. O. Matthew, O. Olatunji, T. H. Aliyu and P. L. Kumar (2021). Evidence of expanded diversity in weeds as reservoir host of viruses in pepper fields across southwestern Nigeria. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 2021, 54(19–20): 2345–2355. DOI: 10.1080/03235408.2021.1983364.
  • Shakiru A. K., J. Inaba, Y. Zhao, A. Zwolinska, A. O. Ogunfunmilayo, O. Arogundade, and Wei Wei 2021. Molecular identification and characterization of ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma convolvuli’-related strains (representing a new 16SrXII-O subgroup) associated with papaya bunchy top disease in Nigeria. Crop protection 148 (2021) 105731
  • Arogundade, O., Amao, I. and Aliyu T. H. 2021. Farmers’ awareness of virus symptoms and associated damage on three fruit vegetable crops grown in two States of South west Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Plant Protection 35 (1): 1-11
  • Ekpiken, E. E., O. I. Eyong, A. A. J. Mofunany, A. T. Owolabi and O. Arogundade 2021. First report of Cucumber mosaic virus infecting Ocimumgratissimum (L.) in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. VirusDis.
  • Aliyu, T. H., J. Popoola, L. K. Olatinwo, E. K. Eifediyi, O. Arogundade and B. H.
  • Taiwo. 2021. Assessment of sweet potato virus disease under the presence of a mulch-material and an organic insecticide on sweet potato and the viral distribution in Kwara State of Nigeria. Journal of Food and Agriculture, 13(II): 1 – 19. DOI:
  • Aliyu, T.H., Popoola, J., Arogundade, O., Sanni, S.A., Adeboye, R.S., Salman, A.A. 2020. Incidence and serological detection of viruses infecting tomato and cultural control practices in Kwara State of Nigeria. Journal of Bangladesh Agricultural University, 18(2): 266–271.
  • Arogundade O., Salawu, A., Osijo, A., Kareem, K.T. 2019. Influence of mulching on virus disease incidence, growth and yield of sweet pepper (capsicum annuum). POLJOPRIVREDA 25(2): 38-44. [DOI: 10.18047/poljo.25.2.6]
  • Arogundade, O., Oresanya, A. O., Aderonmu, O. I., Balogun, O. S., and Akinyemi, S.O.S. 2019. A new potyvirus associated with a mosaic disease of bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina) in Nigeria. Journal of Plant Pathology 101: 1177–1181 [DOI: 10.1007/s42161-019-00308-4]
  • Arogundade, O., Oresanya A., Matthew J. O., Kareem K.T. & Onyeanusi H. 2019. Natural occurrence of cucumber mosaic virus in Ogeira (Eleutheranthera ruderalis) in Nigeria. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, 52(1-2): 108-113 [DOI: 10.1080/03235408.2019.1585407]
  • Arogundade, O., Balogun, O.S., Goodness A.U., and Kumar, P.L. 2019. Impact of single and double infection with Cucumber mosaic virus and Potato virus Y on growth and yield of pepper. International Journal of Vegetable Science 25(6): 529-541 [DOI:10.1080/19315260.2018.1550460]
  • Arogundade, O., Balogun, O.S. and Kumar, P.L. 2019. Seed transmissibility of Cucumber mosaic virus in Capsicum species. International Journal of Vegetable Science 25(2): 146-153 [DOI:10.1080/19315260.2018.1487498]
  • Arogundade, O., Oyekanmi, J., Oresanya, A., Ogunsanya, P., Akinyemi, S.O.S., Kumar, P.L. 2018. First report of Passion fruit woodiness virus associated with passion fruit woodiness disease of passion fruit in Nigeria. Plant Disease 102 (6):1181 []
  • Arogundade O., O. I. Aderonmu, J. O. Matthew and E.I. Ayo-John (2018). First Report of Tomato mosaic virus Isolated from Solanum macrocarpon in Nigeria. Plant Disease. 102(2):458 (
  • Oladigbolu, A.A., Arogundade, O., Adebo, U., and Adebiyi, O.E. (2018). Effects of Mulching on Infestation of Sweet pepper (Capsicum annum) by Whiteflies and Aphids. Nigeria Journal of Plant Protection 31: 157-166
  • Aliyu, T.H., Adebayo, K.A., Arogundade, O and Kumar, L. (2017). The Incidence and Severity of Viruses on Amaranthus in Oyo State, Nigeria. FUOYE Journal of Agriculture and Human Ecology 1(3): 1-8
  • Arogundade Olawale, Balogun Olusegun Samuel, Akinyemi Sunday O. Solomon and P. Lava Kumar (2015). Surveys of virus diseases on pepper (Capsicum ) in South-west Nigeria. African Journal of Biotechnology. 14(48), pp. 3198-3205
  • Arogundade Olawale, Ajibona O. Dickson, Ogunleti O. David and Oke K. Ezekiel (2015). Intercrop and Crop Combination Effect on Virus Disease Incidence, Growth and Yield of Capsicum Spp in a Pepper-Maize Intercrop. Biol. Chem. Research 32 (2) 945-952
  • Arogundade Olawale, Kareem Kehinde, T., P. Lava Kumar and Omodele Taiwo (2014). Prevalence of Viruses in Field Grown Pepper in Oyo and Osun States of Nigeria. Nigeria Journal of plant protection. 28(1)117-125.
  • Kareem, K.T., Odu, B.O., Arogundade, O., Oyedeji, E.O. and Adedeji, A. O. (2014). Concentration and distribution of Xanthomonas Axonopodis in Citrus Fruits. Nigeria Journal of plant protection. 28(1)14-20.
  • Kareem, k.T., Odu, B.O., Umeh, V.C., Chikaleke, V.A., Oke, K.E., Arogundade, O., Adediji, A.O. and Odedara, O.O. (2013). Incidence and distribution of citrus tristeza virus in citrus cultivars in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. Journal of applied horticulture,15(3): 183-186
  • Aliyu, T.H., Balogun,O.S., Funsho, I.M., and Arogundade, O. (2012). Comparative efficacy of Jatropha curcas and some selected botanical pesticides in suppressing virus disease in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata(I.) walp]. International journal of phytofuels and applied sciences 1: 35-42
  • Kareem, K.T., Alamu, O.O. and Arogundade (2012). Indigenous Knowledge: Application of mulches in the control of Okra Mosaic virus Nig. Journal of plant protection. 26:173-182.
  • Olawale Arogundade, Olusegun Samuel Balogun and Kehinde Titilope Kareem. (2012). Occurrence and distribution of pepper veinal mottle virus and cucumber mosaic virus in pepper in Ibadan, Nigeria. Virology Journal 9(79): 1- 4
  • Fajinmi, O.B., Arogundade, O., Amosu, S.A., Adeoye, P.O. and Olaleye, O. (2012). Seasonal changes as it affects the incidence of viral and fungal diseases of Tomato. Continental J. Agricultural science 6(2): 18-22
  • Kareem, K.T., Alamu, O.O., Egberonke, R.K. and Arogundade, O. (2012). Effect of different mulch materials on the incidence and severity of Okra mosaic virus (OMV) in okra. Journal of Applied horticulture 14(1) 51-55
  • Oke, K. E., Adetula, O. A., Chikaleke, V. A., Taiwo, S. O., Kareem K.T., Orkpeh, A., Arogundade, O, and Otunla, C. A. (2012). Evaluation of Eleven Early Maturing Okra Lines for Resistance to Okra Mosaic Virus Disease and Yield. Continental J. Agricultural science 6(1): 38-41
  • Oludare S Ariyo, Arogundade and Ayoola M.Abdul-Rafiu (2011). Discriminant and Classification Analysis of Health Status of Bell Pepper (Capsicum Annum). Research Journal of Mathematics and Statistics 3(2): 77-81
  • Kehinde Titilope Kareem, Igbagbo Ehinmore, Kehinde Ezekiel Oke and Olawale Arogundade (2011). The reaction of Amaranthus hybridis to Infection by Amaranthus Mosaic Virus. Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci. 5(2): 815-823
  • Akinkunmi, O.Y., Arogundade, O. And Fajinmi, O.B. (2011). Effect of botanicals and synthetic insecticides on insect pest and diseases of marigold. Continental J. Agronomy 5 (1): 35 – 39
  • Olawale Arogundade, Olusegun Samuel Balogun, Olumide Shokalu, and Taiye Hussein Aliyu (2010). Influence of cowpea mottle virus and cucumber mosaic virus on the growth and Yield of Six lines of Soybean (Glycine max L.). Journal of Agricultural Science 2(1): 72-78
  • Taiye Hussein Aliyu, Olusegun S. Balogun and Olawale A. Arogundade (2010). Influence of Seedling age at Inoculation and Cultivar on the Pathogenicity of a Virus causing Yellow Mosaic Disease of Commelina Benghalensis On Cowpea. Journal of Agricultural Science 2(1): 180-187
  • Olawale Arogundade, Samuel O Balogun and Taiye H Aliyu (2009). Effects of Cowpea Mottle Virus and Cucumber Mosaic Virus on Six Soybean (Glycine Max) cultivars. Virol J. 6(220): 1- 5
  • Arogundade O., Balogun, O.S. and Fawole, O.B. (2007). Incidence and Severity of common Viral and Fungal Diseases of Dry season Tomato Crop in a Sothern Guinea Savannah Agro-Ecology. Agrosearch 9(1&2): 55-62


Conference Proceedings 

  • Akinyoola O.I., Akin-Idowu P.E., Shokalu A.O., James I.E., Olagunju Y.O., Arogundade O., Ajose T.E., Amoran O.A. (2023). Optimisation of DNA extraction protocol for plants with high levels of secondary metabolites and polysaccharides: rose as a case study. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON).
  • James Israel, Akin-Idowu Pamela, Shokalu Adekemi, Arogundade Olawale, Adeoluwa Olusola, Aderonmu Omolara (2023). Influence of BAP on in-vitro propagation of Rose (Rosa spp.). Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON).
  • Onyeanusi, H. C., Oguntolu, O. O., Arogundade, O., Anyaoha, C. O., Uwanaka, C. E., Nweke, U. C. Elum, C. G and Ikoro, J. I (2023). Field evaluation of ten eggplant (Solanum gilo) accessions for growth, yield and reaction to viruses. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON).
  • Abdul-Rafiu, A. M., Chikaleke, V.A., Modupeola T.O., Akinyode, E.T., Olomide, O.A.K., Akinleye, C.O., Lukman F. B., Adebiyi, O., Badmus, M.A., Adesegun, A.E., Arogundade, O. Layade, A.A., Ademoyegun, O. and Olubiyi, M.R (2023). Agro-morphological variations, earliness and fruit yield of selected tomato accessions evaluated in Ibadan, Southwestern Nigeria. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON).
  • Arogundade, O., Oke, O.A., Ajose, T.E., Matthew, J.O. and Oladigbolu, A.A. (2023). Serological detection of tomato spotted wilt virus on Capsicum in Edo state, Nigeria. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON).
  • Matthew, J.O.*, Umeh, V.C., Ajose, T.E., Amosu, S.A., Arogundade, O. and Akinyemi, S.O.S. (2023). Preliminary study of pineapple sucker production from stem using different growth media. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON).
  • Akinyoola, O.I., Ajose, T.E., Chukwu, K.E., Matthew, J.O.*, Arogundade, O. and Akinyemi, S.O.S. (2023). Genetic diversity in Ocimum species as revealed by SCoT markers. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON).
  • Ajose, T.E., Matthew, J.O., Fajinmi, O.B. and Arogundade, O. (2023). Preliminary field evaluation of passion fruit lines for agronomic performance and disease expression. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON).
  • Nwanguma E.I., E.O. Oyedejia, A.O. Oke, V.C. Umeh, V.A. Chikaleke, B.N. Okafor, O.O. Alamu, R.B. Ibe, R.K. Egberongbe, O. Arogundade, B.O. Oyewole, O.O. Oso and C.G. Elum. (2022). Incidence, pathogenicity, and control of fruit spots in major citrus growing areas of Nigeria. Acta Hortic. 1348. ISHS 2022. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2022.1348.32 Proc. IV All Africa Horticultural Congress Eds.: K. Diarra et al Pp:233-238
  • Akinyemi1 S.O.S., O.M. Adewale, O.B. Fajinmi, O. Arogundade, J.O. Matthew and J. Thomas. (2022). Influence of capacity building on rural households’ knowledge of soap making from Musa waste in Ogun state, Nigeria. Acta Hortic. 1348. ISHS 2022. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2022.1348.4 Proc. IV All Africa Horticultural Congress Eds.: K. Diarra et al Pp:29-36
  • Arogundade, O., Mohammed, A., Osijo, I. A., Oladigbolu, A. A., Adeoye, P. O., Oke, K. E. and I.A Edet. (2021). Impact of weed types on virus infection and vector population of pepper (Capsicum spp.). Proceeding of the 39th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 195-199
  • Arogundade, O., Matthew, J.O., Amosu, S.A. and S.O.S., Akinyemi (2021). Preliminary study on the effect of natural infection by banana streak virus on the growth and yield of Plantain Cv Agbagba under field condition. Proceeding of the 39th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 170-174
  • Matthew, J.O., Adeboyejo, F., Amosu, S.A., Arogundade, O. and Akinyemi, S.O.S. (2021). Comparative Study on the Properties of Plantain and Banana Flour and Starch. Proceeding of the 39th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 413-416
  • Arogundade, O., Matthew, J.O., Okunlola, T.O., Ogundipe, O.S., and Akinyemi, S.O.S. (2020). Macro-propagation of Musa paradisiaca (Plantain): Effect of Bit size and Growth media on sucker emergence. Proceeding of the 38th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 331-334
  • Arogundade, O., Matthew, J.O., Makunjuola, A., and Akinyemi, S.O.S. (2020). Effect of watering regime and corm bit size on the production of plantain (Musa paradisiaca) suckers. Proceeding of the 38th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 348-352
  • Arogundade, O., Ayoola, R.O., Osijo, I.A., Onyeanusi, H.C. and Ajose, T. (2020). Effect of time of infection with Tomato mosaic virus on growth, yield, and phytochemical content of Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). Proceeding of the 38th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 397-402
  • Akinyemi, S.O.S., Adesope, A. A., Arogundade, O., Matthew, J., and Adebo, G. (2019). Influence of inorganic fertilizer on the early growth and nutrient concentration of Bush Mango (Irvingia gabonensis var wombulu L.). International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) VII International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Ebre V. O., Akinwumi G.S., Amosu S.A., Arogundade O., Matthew J.O., Oduntan O.O., Fajinmi O.B., Layade A., Alamu O.O., Onyeanusi H.A., Osijo I.A. and Uchenna C. (2019). Preliminary studies on the influence of different growth media on the germination of mango (Mangifera Indica (Linn) var. Ogbomoso) seeds in the nursery. Proceeding of the 37th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 426-428
  • Akinyemi S.O.S., Adebisi-Adelani O., Layade A.A., Adegbite, O., Arogundade, O. Fajinmi, O.B., and Kumar L. (2017). Analysis of the Awareness of Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) among Farmers in Idologun Village, Ogun State. Proceeding of the 18th Annual conference of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economics. Pp 515-521
  • Akinyemi S.O.S., Adebisi-Adelani O., Arogundade, O., Fajinmi, O.B., Layade, A.A. and O. Adegbite (2017). Farmers’ Perception on Tissue Culture and PIF derived Musa Plantlets in Southwestern Nigeria. Proceeding of the 35th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 205-211
  • Elum, C.G., Oyedeji, E.O., Tairu, F.M. and Arogundade, O. (2017). Pathogenicity of Fusarium chlamydosporium: Causal Pathogen of Water Melon Fruit Rot. Proceeding of the 35th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 388-391
  • Arogundade, O., F.M. Tairu, A. M. AbdulRaiu and K.T. Kareem (2011). Screening of Pepper Accessions for Resistance to Virus Diseases. Proceeding of the 29th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 276-278
  • Olaleye, O., Fajinmi, O.B., Arogundade, O. and Anyaoha, C. O. (2011). Effect of Planting Date and Spacing on the performance and Disease Assessment of Mustard (Brassica juncea) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Proceeding of the 29th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 263-2267
  • Arogundade, O., Oke, K.E. and Kareem, K.T. (2010). Variation in Tolerance to Single and Concomitant Infections of two Viruses in Soybean. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Nigeria. Pp 404-409
  • Oke, K.E, Idowu-Agida, O.O., Kareem, K.T. and Arogundade, O. (2009). Screening of Long Cayenne Pepper Accessions for Resistance to Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) disease under field conditions. Proceeding of the 27th Annual Conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. Pp 139-142