Staff Profiles

Dr (Mrs) Mary Mamle Apetorgbor

Dr Mrs Mary ApetorgborPosition:Chief Research Scientist
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Professional field of interest

Integrated Management of Plantation Diseases, Ecology and Management of Invasive Plant Species, Mushroom Science (Domestication and cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms), Mycorrhizal Science, Decay resistance tests on lesser used timber tree species

Professional background

1987-1994: Ph.D Botany (Mycology/Plant Pathology), Department of Botany, University of Ghana, Legon.
1979-1984: B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany, Dip. Ed., Department of Botany, University of Cape Coast,Cape Coast.

Research Projects

  • Enhancing oil palm mushroom (Volvariella volvacea) cultivation technology through training for improved livelihood for small scale mushroom producers in the Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana’. In collaboration with Mushroom Cluster of the Ghana Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF). Ghana Skills and Technology Development Programme of COTVET II. Funded by the World Bank. (Project Leader/ Principal Investigator).
  • Comparative studies on yield of Volvariella  volvacea, Pleurotus tuber-regium and Auricularia auricula-judae using root and tuber wastes for improved livelihood of six rural communities in the Tano North District of  the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. Funded by CSIR/WAAP (Project Leader/ Principal Investigator).
  • Development of an integrated strategy for control of stem dieback of Ceiba pentandra. Funded by the African Forestry Research Network (AFORNET).
  • Community Forestry Management Project (On-Farm Research Services): Initiation of Research Protocols on Protection and Control of Broussonetia papyrifera Invasion’. Funded by African Development Bank.
  • Development of technologies for the establishment and management of plantations in Ghana: II Community Forestry Managem2013-2014 ent Project. Funded by African Development Bank.
  • Determining methods of log preservation in the forest prior to extraction to the mill. Silviculture and Economics of Improved Natural Forest Management Project. Funded by ITTO.
  • Identification of ecophysiologically adapted indigenous Milicia excelsa genotypes for sustainable tropical timber production’. International Co-Operation with Developing Countries (INCO-DC) Project.
  • Recovery of tropical wood waste for cultivation of edible mushrooms. CABI Partnership Facility Project, UK. (Co-Principal Investigator).

Selected publications

Apetorgbor, M. M., Peprah, T., Ofori, D. A.  and Jamnadass, R. (2016). Mycorrhizal association and its benefits to Allanblackia parviflora tree seedlings in the nursery. West African Journal of Applied Ecology 24 (1): 19-29.

Mensah, J. K., Apetorgbor, M. M. and Owusu, F.W. (2015). Evaluation of natural durability of Ficus sur and Cola gigantea from two ecological zones of Ghana. International Journal of Science and Nature 6 (3): 406-410.

Apetorgbor, M. M. and Apetorgbor, A. K. (2015). Comparative studies on yield of Volvariella volvacea using root and tuber peels for improved livelihood of communities.  Journal of Ghana Science Association 16 (1): 34-43.

Apetorgbor, M. M. and Roux, J. (2015). Diseases of plantation forestry trees in Southern Ghana. International Journal of Phytopathology 4 (1): 5-13.

Apetorgbor, M. M., Mensah, J. K., Dabo, J. and Dua Gyamfi, A. (2014). Diversity of mycorrhizal associations in the Bobiri Forest Reserve of Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry 30 (1): 61-74.

Apetorgbor, A. K., Dzomeku, M., and. Apetorgbor, M. M. (2013). Growth factors and cultivation of Pleurotus tuber-regium on selected plant wastes. International Food Research Journal 20 (6): 3387-3393.

Bosu, P. P., Apetorgbor, M. M., Nkrumah, E. E. and Bandoh, K. P. (2013). The impact of Broussonetia papyrifera (L.) Vent. on community characteristics in the forest and forest–savannah transition ecosystems of Ghana. African Journal of Ecology 51:528-535.

Apetorgbor, M. M., Apetorgbor, A. K. and Obodai, M. (2006). Indigenous knowledge on utilization of edible mushrooms in Southern Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry 19 & 20: 20-34.

Apetorgbor, M. M., Turco, E., Cobbinah, J. R. and Ragazzi, A. (2004). Potential factors limiting viability of Milicia excelsa (Welw.) C. C. Berg seeds in plantation establishment in West Africa. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection 111 (3): 238-246.

Apetorgbor, M. M., Darkwa, N. A., Frimpong, E. O. and Agyeman, V. K. (2004). Bio-deteriorating agents associated with three tropical timber species. Forest Ecology and Management Journal 195: 311-323.

Awards/Fellowships

  • African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowship (2013-2014) AWARD Fellow.
  • International Tropical Timber Organization Fellowship (1997) for an International Course on Identification of Fungi of Agricultural and Environmental Significance, CABI Bioscience (UK
    Center), Egham, Surrey, UK.
  • Amelia Earhart Award (1990) Zonta International/Zonta Club of Accra, Ghana (Best Graduate Science Student).

Affiliations

  • Ghana Science Association (GSA)
  • International Union of Forestry Research Organization (IUFRO)
  • African Society of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms (ASEMM)
  • Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA)
  • International Society for Fungal Conservation
  •  International Society for Plant Pathologists (ISPP)
  • 2014 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellows Alumini