Dr. Beloved Mensah Dzomeku
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Surname:                        Dzomeku
Other Names:                 Beloved Mensah
Institute:                         CSIR-Crops Research
Division/Section:            Horticulture/ Plantain
E-mail Address:              bmdzomeku@gmail.com
Skype:                             beloved.dzomeku

Telephone Number(s):    +233 24 4763722/208211366
Area(s) of Specialization: Plant physiology, integrative phenomics, fruit physiology, innovative technology development, project development, business plan development

Beloved Mensah Dzomeku obtained his Doctoral degree (Ph D.) in Agriculture with specialty in crop physiology from the University of Hohenheim, Germany.  He also attended University of Ghana and obtained an M. Phil degree in Botany with specialty in plant physiology and his Bachelor’s degree honours (B.Sc. Hons) in Botany with Zoology.

He joined the CSIR-Crops Research Institute as a research scientist in 1996 and has  led the plantain and banana research programme at the Institute since 2001.  He has varied research interests from physiology through to post harvest. He has researched on Musa (plantains and bananas) and has worked on local plantain cultivars and several introduced hybrids of plantains and bananas. He has conducted both on-station and on-farm research activities in Ghana. He has worked on fibre production from plantain waste. He has also worked on mycorrhiza use in sustainable crop production and potential of natural mycorrhization of plantain roots.  

His current research interest is in climate variability and plant responses. He is interested in integrative phenomics of plants-this involves the detailed analyses of physiological parameters, considering 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 response to environmental variations cannot be understood and predicted based solely on the genes specific to a single macroscopic phenotype.

He is also focusing on developing allometric growth relationships of complex crops. He continues to study the physiological responses of plants to water stress. Parts of his research also focuses on development of appropriate technology for value addition to farm residue to generate wealth.

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

Dr. Dzomeku is currently in partnership with other international and local institutions conducting a study on phyto-remediation of degraded “Galamsey” sites in Ghana.

He has over fifty six (56) scientific refereed articles, several conference papers as well as book chapters to his credit.

He is also a reviewer for several local and international journals and supervises several post-graduate students from various universities including the University of Hohenheim,