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Joseph Opoku

Research Plant Pathologist

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Phone: (309) 681-6383
Fax: (309) 681-6672
Room 1123
USDA ARS NCAUR
1815 N University St.
Peoria IL 61604

Dr. Joseph Opoku obtained his BSc. in Agriculture Science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and an MPhil in Crop Science from the University of Ghana. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). His Ph.D. research centered on how interactions of stink bugs and Fusarium affect mycotoxin contamination in corn. He is the current vice-chair of the mycotoxicology committee of the American Phytopathological Society. He worked as a post-doc at the USDA Aflatoxin Biocontrol Lab in Tucson, AZ, where he focused on the ecology and population dynamics of aflatoxigenic and non-aflatoxigenic Aspergillus flavus in soil. He has joined the MPM Unit as a Research Plant Pathologist. His passion is to conduct research that ensures sustainable agriculture, food safety, and food security. He is interested in investigating the factors that influence mycotoxin contamination of crops. His overarching goal is to conduct research that contributes to practices and policies improving crop production systems. Thus, providing information to educate farmers, institutions, industries, and other stakeholders about the most cost-effective and environmentally sound strategies for mitigating plant diseases and their associated mycotoxins.

 

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