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Dr. Allen Oppong is a Research Scientist at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute. He obtained his BSc. (Hons) degree in General Agriculture and MSc. degree in Plant Protection (Plant Virology option) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in 1998 and 2005 respectively.

He obtained his PhD degree in Plant Breeding from West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Legon in 2013. His PhD thesis research was on the “development of topcross hybrids for improved yield and resistance to the Maize streak virus disease in Ghana”.

 Currently, he is the country leader (Ghana) for the West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) for root and tuber crops project which is sub-regional project aimed at among others manage the incidence of viral diseases of root and tuber crops. He is also the Principal Investigator for the development of aflatoxin resistant maize hybrids for improved nutrition and health in Ghana being sponsored by USAID through the National Academy of Science, Washington USA. Other responsibilities include serving as Plant Virologist for the breeding of RYMV resistant rice and certification of virus-free sweetpotato varieties in Ghana among others.

He has had several training both locally and abroad in reputable Institutions such as the IITA, CIMMYT, CIAT, IARI, etc; in the area plant pathogen detection, biotechnology and plant disease resistance breeding.  His previous works include characterization of yam viruses found in Ghana and estimation of their effects on the yield of the crop. He is a member of the Ghana Science Association and CSIR- Research Staff Association of Ghana.


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