ATUNGWU Jonathan Jeremiah 


Short Profile

Jonathan Jeremiah ATUNGWU is a Professor of Plant Nematology in the Department of Crop Protection, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nigeria. He is the current Dean of the College of Plant Science and Crop Production of the University. He holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree of FUNAAB and a Short Course Certificate (Equivalence of Masters’ Degree in Sustainable Agriculture) from Coventry University, UK, in addition to the Certificate programme he successfully completed from China Agricultural University, Beijing. His research work focuses on host plant resistance and organic pest management in tropical agro-ecosystems. Atungwu is a dynamic, enthusiastic and optimistic personality in addition to being driven by his passion for excellence, efficient and effective utilization of resources guided by innovative ideas and implementations of new skills to deliver on the mandates of the University and any other organization he has had course to serve. He is one of the scientists and experts in Nigeria who pioneered organic agriculture movement and development in the country in 2005. He teaches both the undergraduate and graduate students and has successfully supervised and co-supervised more than 20 postgraduate students. He has been involved in curricula development at both national and international levels. He has tremendous leadership experiences, including being a Dean previously during his sabbatical leave at the Lagos State University, Lagos. He has, at one time or the other, being a Director, Deputy Dean, Head of Department, Coordinator, Chairman of Committees/Panels, Principal Investigator, Internal and External Assessor for Professorial Cadre as well as Undergraduate and Graduate External examinations throughout the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

On the professional level, Professor Jonathan Atungwu is the President of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection (NSPP) and a Chairman or Board of Trustees Member of several organizations, including the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection (NSPP), Network of Biopesticides and Phytomedical Stakeholders, Sahara Farmers’ Foundation, etc. He is the current Secretary of the Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigeria (ADAN).

On the International scene, Professor Atungwu is a member of the Steering Committee of the West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training. He is also a member of the Biotic Constraints and Food Production Committee of the International Society for Plant Pathology. He was the Course Coordinator of the International Summer School on Organic Agriculture. He has travelled to many countries including UK, China, South Africa, Kenya, Sierra-Leone etc in a bid to enhancing his capacity for research, teaching and training in agriculture.

He has several, prizes, honours, scholarships and numerous commendations/awards, outstanding among which are the FUNAAB Vice-Chancellor’s Productivity Award, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Fellowship for Ph. D, Staff/Student Mobility Fellowship at Universite D’Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin Republic, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Federal Government Scholarship, FUNAAB Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, and Dean’s Honour Roll.

Professor Atungwu who is happily married to and blessed with lovely children, is a disciplinarian who usually ensures highest ethical standards, rule of law, respect and integrity as a leader by example. He is a great mentor for the up and coming agricultural scientist, agro-preneurs and the youths generally.

B.S.c, M.S.c, Ph.D

1) Completed

a) Response of long staple cotton genotypes to Meloidogyne incognita


b) Screening of some varieties of sunflower for resistance to Meloidogyne incognita


c) Evaluation of some organic fertilizers for the management of root-knot nematode disease


2) In progress

a) Evaluation of crop rotation scheme in the management of plant-parasitic nematodes


b) Effect of three composts in the management of root-knot nematodes in soybean


c) Assessment of resistance in pigeon pea to Meloidogyne incognita


d) Comparative effect of Rugby 10G in the control of root knot nematode disease of soybean


e) Integrated control of bacterial wilt and root-knot nematode for improved tomato yield insouthwest Nigeria

  • Research Fellowship, IITA, Ibadan  (Ph. D)                 – 2001 – 2004
  • Federal Government scholarship to undertake M. Agric. – 1997/98
  • UNAAB Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies   – 1997-98
  • COLPLANT Dean’s honour roll.  – 1991
  • COLPLANT Dean’s honour roll. – 1990

Dean, College of Plant Sciences

  • Nigerian Society for Plant Protection.
  • Agricultural Society of Nigeria.
  • Soybean Association of Nigeria.
  • Nigerian Society for Parasitology.
  • National Coordinating Scientist – Organic Agriculture in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria


1. Atungwu, J. J., S. O. Afolami, O. S. Sosanya, S. B. Orisajo, I. S. Odeyemi and A. F. Adewole (2005).  Host response of Sesame, Sesamum indicum to root-knot nematode, Meloidogyn  incognita. Pp. 92-94 In: Orheruata, A. M., S. O. Nwokoro, M. T. Ajayi, A. T. Adekunle and G. N. Asumugha (eds.) proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the   Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at the University of Benin, October 9-13, 2005.


2. Atungwu, J. J., S. O. Afolami, O. S. Sosanya, S. B. Orisajo, I. S. Odeyemi and R. A. Adesuyi (2005).  Evaluation of two varieties of lowland rice for resistance to root-knot nematodes. Pp. 95-97 In: Orheruata, A. M., S. O. Nwokoro, M. T. Ajayi, A. T. Adekunle and G. N. Asumugha (eds.) proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at the  University of Benin, October 9-13, 2005.


3. Atungwu J. J. (2006). An overview of the impact of organic manure as plant-parasitic nematode suppressant. Pp 149 – 157 In: F.O.  Olasantan, I. O. O. Aiyelaagbe, V. I. O. Olowe, B. B. Philip, and O. A. Babalola (eds.) Organic Agriculture for sustainable food security. Proceedings of the 1ST National Conference on  Organic Agriculture in Nigeria held at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, October 25-28, 2005.  221p.


4. Atungwu, J. J., S. O. Afolami, S.O. Adigbo, O. S. Sosanya and T. A. Agboola (2007). Influence of pig compost on nematode pests associated with Zea mays L. at Abeokuta, South  Western  Nigeria.  In: Proceedings of the 2nd National Conference on  Organic   Agriculture in Nigeria held at the University of Ibadan. November  27 – December 1, 2006


5. Adigbo, S. O., J. J. Atungwu, I. O. O. Aiyelaagbe, C. O. Adejuyigbe, and J. K. Adesodun (2007). Effect of composted pig manure on growth, grain yield and yield components of double of cropping maize.  In: Proceedings of the 2nd National Conference  on  Organic Agriculture in Nigeria held at the University of Ibadan. November 27 – December 1, 2006


6. Adigbo, S. O.., J. J. Atungwu, and E. A. Adegbite (2007). Comparative study of the effects of seasons and insecticidal spray on the performance of selected cowpea in Southwestern Nigeria. In: African Crop Science Conference Proceedings. El-Minia, Egypt, 27 – 31 October, 2007. October 2007 Volume 8, Part 1 of 4. K. Z. Ahmed, M. A. Mahmoud, S. I. Shalabi, E. A. El-Morsi, and H. A. M. Ismael (eds.) 259 – 264.


7. Atungwu, J. J. and T.  Olabiyi  (2008) Potentials and Challenges of  Host Resistance in Nematode management in organic cropping System.  In: Proceedings of the 1st West African Summit.4th  National Conference on  Organic Agriculture in Nigeria held at  the University of   Agriculture, Abeokuta  I badan. November 17- 22   2009 (in press)



Unpublished Conference Paper

8. Atungwu,J.J.and I. A. Ayinde(2001)Economic and Enviromental Benefits of Host Crop Resistance in Sustainable Pests and Disease Management in Nigerian Agriculture. Farm Management Association of Nigeria (FAMAN)Conference held at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State. March 13-15, 2001


1. Atungwu, J.J.(1994) Field Assessment of Some Proven Lines IITA Soybeans for their Resistance to Root-Knot Nematodes B. Agric Thesis , University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.  pp 44.


2. Atungwu, J.J.(1998) Studies on the reaction of four varieties of Glycine max (L) Merril to infection by Meloidogyne incognita (Kofoid and White) Chitwood Race 2 M.Agric. Thesis. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.  pp 91.


3. Atungwu, J.J.(2004) Mechanism and inheritance of resistance in soybean Glycine max (L) Merril to Meloidogyne incognita (Kofoid and White) Chitwood Ph. D Thesis , University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Nigeria. Pp152.


Papers in Learned Journals

4. Afolami,S. O. and J. J. Atungwu (1999). Field evaluation of some breeding lines of soybean, Glycine max (L) Merrill for resistance to Meloidogyne.  Tropical Oilseeds Journal 4:116-120.


5. Afolami,S. O. and J. J. Atungwu (2000). Reaction of four varieties of soybean,Glycine max (L.) Merr., to infection by Meloidogyne  incognita( Kofoid and White)Chitwood race 2. Tropical Oilseeds  Journal 5:1-9.


6. Afolami,S. O. and J. J. Atungwu(2001).Correlation studies on Meloidogyne-induced root galls and some growth parameters of four elite varieties of Glycine max(L.) Merr. Tropical Oilseeds Journal 6:93-97.


7. Atungwu J. J. and S. O. Afolami (2001). Field assessment of resistance of some Glycine max  lines and varieties to Meloidogyne sp using a combination of gall index and grain yield Tropical Oilseeds Journal 6:41- 49.


8. Atungwu J. J. , S. O. Afolami and G. T. Afolabi (2003). Preliminar investigation of some Benniseed, Sesamum indicum L genotypes for their host status to a root-knot nematodes, Meloidogyne incognita. Nigerian Journal of Plant Protection 20: 67 – 75.


9. Atungwu, J. J., S. O. Afolami, B. Asafo-Adjei and D. Coyne (2004). Penetration and differential emigration and development of Meloidogyne incognita juveniles infecting the roots of resistant and susceptible soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merrill genotypes. Nigerian Journal of Plant Protection 21: 73 – 79.


10. Afolami, S. O. , Atungwu, J. J., Orisajo, S. B and Odeyemi, S. (2004).Going beyond gall index in studying and reporting resistance to root-knot nematodes. Nigerian Journal of Plant Protection 21: 19 –26.


11. Atungwu, J.J. Afolami, S.O., and Asafo-adjei, B. (2005). Response dual purpose soybeans to root-knot nematodes Meloidogyne incognita. International Journal of Nematology, 15 (1): 35-42.


12. Atungwu, J.  J and S.  O. Afolami (2005). Pedigree evaluation of host status of soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merrill to root-knot nematodes. Production Agriculture and Technology 1(2): 96 – 104.


13. Atungwu, J.  J and S.  O. Afolami (2005) Influence of Meloidogyne incognita on dry matter accumulation and grain yield of commonly- grown soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merrill varieties in Nigeria.  Production Agriculture and Technology 1(1): 115 – 121.


14. Atungwu, J.J. Afolami, S.O., Ariyo, O. J. and Asafo-adjei, B. (2005). Generation mean analysis of resistance in soybean to Meloidogyne incognita. International Journal of Nematology, 15(2): 136 – 140.


15. Owolade, O. F., Alabi, B. S., Enikuomehin, O. A., and Atungwu, J. J. (2005). Effect of harvest stage and drying methods on germination and seed-borne fungi of maize (Zea mays L.) in South West Nigeria. African Journal of Biotechnology, 4(12):1384- 1389. (Abstract)

16. Atungwu, J.J. (2006). Comparative efficacy of furadan and host resistance in the management of Meloidogyne incognita on some  soybean genotypes: effect on plant growth and yield. Nigerian Journal of Plant Protection.  23: (2006): 69 – 78.


17. Atungwu, J. J. and Kehinde, L. O. (2008). Evaluation of organic based  fertilizer as an alternative to Furadan in the management of  Meloidogyne incognita on soybeans in Nigeria. International Journal  of Nematology. 18 (1): 61 – 65


18. Atungwu, J. J., Afolami, S. O., Egunjobi, O. A., and Kadri, O. A.  (2008). Pathogenicity of Meloidogyne incognita on Sesamum   indicum and the efficacy of yield-based scheme in resistance  designation. Journal of Plant Protection Research, 48 (1): 73 – 80. (Abstract)


19. Atungwu, J. J., Adigbo, S. O., Adegbite, A. E., and Sosanya, O. S. (2008). Preliminary investigation of host suitability of commercial  cowpea varieties to Meloidogyne incognita in forest transition  ecology. Production Agriculture and Technlogy, 4 (1): 123 – 131.


20. Orisajo, S. B., Afolami, S. O., Fademi, O., and Atungwu, J. J. (2008).  Effects of poultry litter and carbofuran soil ammendmends on Meloidogyne incognita attacks on cacao. Journal of Applied  Biosciences (2008), 7: 214 – 221.


21. Atungwu, J. J., S. O. Afolami, O. J. Ariyo and S.K. Meseka (2009).  Broad Sense Heritability and Inheritance of Resistance to   Meloidogyne incognita in Adapted Cultivars of Soybean.  International Journal of Nematology 19 (1) in press




Technical Report

22. Asafo-Adjei, B., A. Emechebe, M. A. Ayodele and J.J.Atungwu (2002). Screening dual purpose soybean lines for nematode resistance. In Annual Report 2002. International Institute of Tropical  Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.


23. Atungwu, J. J. (2005) Bringing investors into cassava farming. An invited paper delivered at the 4th Annual Joshua Business Seminar of the Joshua Fellowship of the Redeemed Christian Church of  God, Dominion Cathedral, Gowon Estate, Lagos. Held on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at Excellence Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. Pp. 17-29.


24. Atungwu, J. J. (2007). Plantain pests and disease management. Pp 13 – 18 In: Training Manual on Plantain Production. Omotayo, A. M.,  and I. O. O. Aiyelagbe (eds.). Agricultural Media Resources and  Extension Centre. University of Agriculture, Abekuta.


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