Dr. Shatu Wudiri ASALA

ZONAL COORDINATOR, NORTH-CENTRAL (+234) 8035713555  shatu.asala@uniabuja.edu.ng

Biography

Dr. Shatu Wudiri Asala is an Associate Professor in the Department of Crop Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Abuja. She started her career in Agriculture at the Borno College of Agriculture, Maiduguri, Borno State where she obtained the National Diploma in 1988. She proceeded to the University of Maiduguri where she obtained BSc degree in Agriculture in 1992. After a brief interaction with the Department of Agriculture, University of Zimbabwe in 1997, she returned to the University of Maiduguri where she obtained her MSc degree in Crop Pathology (2002) and later to the University of Abuja which gave her the opportunity to do her PhD (Plant Virology) at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. This programme took her to the laboratories of the Virology Division of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan.  Her field work experiences gave her the opportunity to interact with farmers in many States of Nigeria, to whom she offered free consultancy services on the farm.

 

As the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Abuja, she played major roles in the development of the Faculty farm and the establishment of the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP) in the Faculty. She engaged the students in practical farm operations as well as exposing them to large scale farming activities in different parts of Nigeria. She is an active researcher and supervisor of undergraduate and postgraduate projects. She is a member of several Professional Associations. She has published several articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals and attended and presented peer-reviewed papers at International Conferences in Nigeria and Tanzania. She has been involved in medium scale farming of roots and tubers (yam, cassava and water melon), cereals, horticultural crops and poultry production. Recently, she ventured into fish (fingerlings and table size) production with the hope of accessing appropriate training that will put her in a better position to contribute to the profound fish needs in Nigeria and the desired food security of the country.

 

Her research foci include Virus infection in yam (Dioscorea sp.); Interactions between virus, vectors and weather; In Tubers, Cereals and Horticultural crops.