James Kudjo Govina

Position: Assistant Research Scientist

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Professional fields of interest:
Biomaterial anatomy and quality, Bamboo resources development, Wood formation, Non-destructive testing methods – NIR, Acoustics

Professional background

  1. Master of Forestry Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  2. BSc. Nat. Res. Mgt. (Wood Science), KNUST, Ghana
  3. Dip. Nat. Res. Mgt. (Forestry), KNUST, Ghana

Research Project

  1. FORIG/INBAR Bamboo
  2. Wood Forensics
  3. Domestic Timber Market Survey
  4. FORIG/ASUBOA/MIRO Eucalyptus
  5. Identification of Timbers from Volta Lake


Journal papers

  1. Govina, J. K., Apiolaza, L. A., & Altaner, C. M. (2020). Variation and genetic parameters of axial resin canal features in clones and families of Pinus radiata. New forests, 1-10.
  2. Anglaaere, L. C. N., Djagbletey, G. D., Ofori, D. A., Govina, J. K., Okyere-Agyapong, E., Kwaku, M., Acheampong, N. E. (2020). Manual for bamboo agroforestry systems in Ghana. CSIR-FORIG. Kumasi
  3. Peprah, T., Essien, C., Owusu-Afriyie, K., Foli, E., Govina, J. & A. Oteng-Amoako, A. (2014). Exploring the use of bamboo for accelerated reclamation of degraded mined sites in Ghana. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan. 13. 55-66.

Published abstracts

  1. Oteng-Amoako, A., Darko Obiri, B., …….. Govina, J. K. (2014, September). Sustainable research and development of bamboo resources of Ghana: The past, the present and the future. Book of abstract, First National Forestry Conference, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Kumasi. P56
  2. Govina, J., Opuni-Frimpong, E., Ebanyenle, E., Darkwa, N., Oteng-Amoako, A. (2014). Variation in fibre dimensions and basic density of plantation grown African mahogany from three forest ecological zones of Ghana. The Book of abstracts, The International Forestry Review. Vol 16(5). The Commonwealth Forestry Association, UK. P389.
  3. Ebanyenle, E., Opuni-Frimpong, E., Govina J. K., Storer, A. J., and Burton A. J., 2010. Effects of shoot borer attack on wood anatomical properties of Africa mahogany. Poster and published abstract, 6th Annual Graduate Research Forum, SFRES, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.

Conference papers:

  1. Govina, J. K., Altaner, C. M. and Apiolaza, L. A. (2018). Variation of resin amount in clones and family of Pinus radiata using NIR. Paper accepted for CSIR-Research Staff Association Annual Conference to be held in October 2018.

Awards/Fellowships Dean’s Award:

  1. 2015 New Zealand Development Scholarship
  2. Student Poster Award, 2016 Annual Conference by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry


  1. New Zealand Institute of Foresters
  2. Ghana Association for the Conservation of Nature (GACON)
  3. A Rocha Ghana


About us

Forestry Research Institute of Ghana is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It is located at Fumesua near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. It started as a research unit within the Forestry Department in 1962. It was fully established as a research institute and named FOREST PRODUCTS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (FPRI) under the then Ghana Academy of Sciences in 1964 and in 1968 placed under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Contact us

The Director
Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, P. O. Box UP 63 KNUST
Kumasi, Ghana

Tel :+233-(0)3220-60123/60373
Fax :+233-(0)3220-60121
Email : [email protected]