Postdoctoral Fellow - Plantain Breeder
Station: Nigeria (Onne)
Josephine Agogbua obtained a BSc. in Botany (1989) from the University of Port Harcourt and MSc. in Plant breeding and Genetics (1991) from the University of Ibadan. In 1992, she was appointed as a Research Supervisor in the Plantain and Banana Improvement Program of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and was upgraded in 1993 to a Research Associate, a position she occupied till 2002. In 2003, she joined the biotechnology research team in Molecular Bio Sciences Laboratory Calabar, Nigeria, where she used her skills in plant tissue culture to help set up the laboratory and train the staff on tissue culture techniques for mass propagation of smooth cayenne pineapples for supply to farmers. In 2007, she was employed by the University of Port Harcourt as a Lecturer in the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology and where in 2014, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Plant Biosystematics and Taxonomy. Her area of research experience is in plant breeding, mitotic polyploidization, micropropagation and germplasm characterization and her published research covers the Musaceae, Cucurbitaceae and Bromeliaceae plant families. She is a member of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN) and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).