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Dr. Abiola Oke has been an Entomologist at National Horticultural Research Institute, NIHORT, Ibadan, Nigeria since 2005. She received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pest Management from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in 2014. She was a Visiting Lecturer at Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods, Department of Food Business and Development, University College Cork, Ireland in 2013 and Visiting Researcher at the Virology and Molecular Diagnostics Unit, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan in 2015 – 2016. She is currently an Assistant Director and Leader, Nigeria Tuta absoluta IPM programme at National Horticultural Research Institute, NIHORT, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Dr. Oke was a National Consultant to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Project (TCP/NIR/3601) ‘Developing IPM and bio-rational solution for Tuta absoluta containment/ control in Nigeria’ between 2017 – 2019 where she worked with over 200 grassroots tomato farmers in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa and Plateau States. During the project she
These products are used as part of the sustainable management of pests (Tuta absoluta, whiteflies, aphids, fruit worm) on tomato in Nigeria.
Dr. Oke was a Consultant to Third National Fadama Development Project (FADAMA III) Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development National Fadama Coordination Office on Production of Management Fact Sheet for Tuta absoluta on Tomato in Nigeria.
Dr. Oke was Chairperson, Technical committee for fruits, vegetable and related products for Standard Organization of Nigeria, (SON) that developed the under-listed Nigerian Industrial Standards and Nigerian Code of Practice: I). NIS 721 2020 NIS for Fresh tomatoes. II). NCP 093 2020 NCP Tomatoes Code of Practice for Planting. III). NCP 094 2020 NCP Tomatoes Code of Practice for Harvesting. IV). NCP 095 2020 NCP Tomatoes Code of Practice for Transportation. V). NCP 096 2020 NCP Tomatoes Code of Practice for Processing.
Dr. Oke has several publications in international journals and co-authorships spanning several other publications including Scientific Reports Nature Research. She has technical fact sheets, book chapters and has given over 30 presentations.
Dr. Oke holds several certifications including Scientific Data Management for Anglophone Countries from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Research and Development of new concepts in Integrated Pest Management from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Centre for International Cooperation (MASHAV) Israel and Policy, Strategy and Leadership from National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, Jos.
Dr. Oke’s research is focused on development of sustainable management strategies for insect pests of horticultural crops with special interest in the use of traps, baits, bio-pesticides and biological control. She is currently working on: I). The determination of the prevalence of Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP)/ Huanglongbing (HLB) in major citrus producing states of Nigeria. II). Development of IPM strategies for ACP and HLB in Nigeria and III). The investigation of the occurrence of autochthonous entomopathogenic fungi and their pathogenicity to Tuta absoluta on tomato.
Technical Fact sheets
Conference proceedings, Seminar and workshop presentations