Mr. Beloved Mensah Dzomeku

Position: HOD Horticulture
Qualification: M.Phil. Botany (Plant Physiologist)
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Area of Specialization:  Plant physiology, Integrative Phenomics,
Fruit Physiology, Innovative Technology Development,
Project Development, Business Plan Development
Tel:                +233 244 763 722 / +233 208 211 366     
Nationality:         Ghanaian
Station:         Fumesua, Kumasi (Ghana)
Skype ID:         beloved. dzomeku
Mr. Beloved Mensah Dzomeku holds an M.Phil. (Botany) from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also holds a Diploma in Education from the University of Education, Winneba.

Mr. Dzomeku joined the CSIR-Crops Research Institute in 1996 and has risen through the ranks to a Principal Research Scientist. He is currently the head of the Horticulture division and the leader of the plantain research program at the Institute.
Mr. Dzomeku conducts research on Musa (plantains and bananas). His research interest is in integrative phenomics of plants. This involves the detailed analyses of physiological parameters; considers the underlying processes, their genetic basis as well as environmental impacts and agricultural practices.  
This approach is valuable for practical applications because complex crop phenotypes with quantitative features and their responses to environmental variation cannot be understood and predicted based solely on the genes specific to a single macroscopic phenotype.

His focus is also on developing allometric growth relationships of complex crops and the development of appropriate technology for value addition to farm residue to generate wealth. F

He is also involved in sustainable intensification agriculture, soil fertility and water dynamics, as well as nutrient and carbon fluxes as well as the development of extension package for best nutrient management practices into agricultural extension program including developing training materials.

Some key projects he has worked on include the following:

    Clonal selection of plantain landraces for superior characteristics and higher productivity in Ghana
    Opportunities for agroecological intensification and the increased use of agrobiodiversity in banana and cocoa growing communities
    Assessment of plantain (Musa sapientum L.) accessions genotypic groups relatedness using simple sequence repeats markers
    Allelopathic effects of Tectona grandis and Leucaena leucocephala aqueous extracts on germination and growth of Zea mays and Vigna unguiculata
    Responses of Leaf Stomatal Parameters to Induced Water Stress and its Relationship with Stomatal Conductance in False Horn Plantain.
Mr. Dzomeku is currently investigating physiological responses of local plantain to water stress. He has published widely in local and international journals and is also a reviewer for a number of journals. He is a member of the Ghana Science Association.
Awards
2009-2010        Local supervisor for IFAR Awardee
2007-2008        International Fund for Agriculture Research (IFAR) Fellowship Award
2007                 Kirkhouse, U.K. Scientific conference attendance fellowship award
2007                 Bioversity International Scientific conference attendance fellowship award
2006                Bioversity International Scientific conference attendance fellowship award
2006                CTA Scientific conference attendance fellowship award
1991-1993      Ghana Government postgraduate fellowship