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Don Stresses Vital Role of Soil Microbes

Published On:

February 21, 2024

By Emeka Oluka & Joy Adeyiga

The need to make deliberate and determined efforts in protecting microbes in the soil so as to maximise their positive effects on food production has been emphasised.

This charge was made by a seasoned Professor of Soil Microbiology, Prof. Oluwatoyin Babalola of the Department of Soil Science and Land Management (SSLM), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) while delivering the 86th Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

The University’s 86th Inaugural Lecturer, Prof. Oluwatoyin Babalola, while delivering her Lecture

Titled “Soil Microbes: Nature’s Workforce For Soil Quality Maintenance, And Sustenance Of Environmental Integrity,” Prof. Babalola stressed the importance of soil microorganisms as nature’s gift to mankind for sustainable agricultural  productivity.

Highlighting the imperative of assessing the repercussions of climate change and human activities on soil microorganisms, Prof. Babalola urged concerted efforts to protect these invaluable agents for maintaining soil quality and environmental balance.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde with the 86th Inaugural Lecturer, Prof. Oluwatoyin Babalola, Principal Officers, and members of the Procession

The distinguished lecturer advocated for governmental support for organic farming practices, which enhances soil health, ecosystem services, food safety, and environmental integrity, recommending that agricultural policies in Nigeria be prioritised on the sound management of soil organic matter to provide essential macro and micronutrients for optimal crop growth, development, and yield.

The immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako with members of the Academic Procession at the 86th Inaugural Lecture

Besides, she advocated for the need to strengthen both basic and applied research, alongside extension activities, to translate scientific discoveries into practical solutions accessible to farmers.

Prof. Babalola emphasised the significance of robust collaboration between researchers and agricultural extension services to ensure effective dissemination of knowledge and technologies.

COLPLANT Family at the Lecture

Encouraging farmers to adopt and promote soil conservation practices, the 86th Inaugural Lecturer noted the importance of preserving soil resources to enhance their contributions to agricultural productivity.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde welcomed everyone saying that the Inaugural Lecture was the 18th in the College and third in the Department of Soil Science and Land Management.

Former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ololade Enikuomehin (2nd Left); immediate Past DVC, A, Prof. Christian Ikeobi (Right); former DVC, D, Prof. Clement Adeofun (Left), and former Dean, COLPLANT, Prof. Goke Bodunde during the 86th Inaugural Lecture

Last Updated on February 22, 2024 by Olasunkanmi Olajide



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