Dr. Abidemi Talabi
Dr. Abidemi Talabi joined ICBA in January 2021 as Post-Doctoral Fellow - Plant Breeder. In this role, he provides research support to ICBA’s varietal development program on food (quinoa, amaranth etc.) and feed (fodder sorghum, barley etc.) crops suitable for marginal conditions. He is also involved in projects and experiments aimed at testing, adapting and introducing a range of crops (pearl millet, finger millet, foxtail millet, fonio, proso millet, barn yard millet, cumin, ajwain and moth bean) for dietary diversification in marginal environments.
Prior to joining ICBA, he had worked in various research and managerial capacities at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria, between 2012 and 2020. In 2019, he also served as Plant Breeder and Head of Seed Division at the West African Cotton Ltd., Funtua, Nigeria.
He made significant contributions to the development and release of flood-tolerant rice varieties, several maize hybrids and open-pollinated varieties with combined resistance to drought, heat, low soil nitrogen and Striga hermonthica parasitism in sub-Saharan Africa.
He won first place in the ITOCA/TEEAL research paper competition both in the PhD category for West Africa and the overall PhD category for Africa in 2015.
He has authored and co-authored over 25 articles in book chapters, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
He holds BAgric, MPhil and PhD degrees in plant science with a specialization in plant breeding and genetics.