Olukolu, Bode A

Horticultural Science
baolukol@ncsu.edu
919-515-3178
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Dr. Olukolu started his career at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria evaluating genetic and phenotypic diversity in an under-utilized crop, Bambara groundnut, in sub-Saharan Africa. While at IITA, he also studied the genetics and breeding of bananas and plantains. Bode completed his PhD at Clemson University, SC, where he worked on the genetics of chilling requirement and dormancy bud break in stone fruits. Subsequently, he joined the American Chestnut Restoration program to map for resistance in chestnut blight and root rot. He worked on maize for four years as a postdoc and now works on sweetpotato and potato.

Quantitatively inherited or complex traits are typically the most important traits for crop production and quality, and are often adversely affected by biotic and abiotic stresses in unpredictable ways. The complexities of interactions underlying these traits are particularly apparent in plant systems with their dynamic and plastic genomes that must control adaptation to stress in their sessile state. To tackle these issues, Dr. Olukolu’s research interests encompass molecular genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and quantitative genetics. By integrating quantitative genetics and the more recent genomic technologies, he seeks to understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms controlling important traits. This approach aims to facilitate more targeted and rapid strategies for crop improvement.

 
Expertise:
  Bioinformatics | Plant Breeding | Plant Genomics and Genetics | Molecular Biology | Plant Physiology | Statistics | Plant Pathology
Country(s) of experience:
  Australia | Ghana | Kenya | Nigeria | Peru | Uganda
Type(s) of International Experience:
  Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference
Projects:
  SASHA-GT4SP Workshop
06/06/2016 - 06/10/2016
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Institutional Partner: Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI)
Project Collaborations:
  Genomic Tools for Sweetpotato Improvement (GT4SP)
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2018
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Institutional Partner: Cornell University, USA | Crop Research Institute (CRI), Ghana | International Potato Center (CIP) (Centro Internacional de la Papa), Peru | Michigan State University (MSU), USA | National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Uganda | National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Uganda | University of Queensland, Australia | Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI)