Prof. Daniel A. Ofori (PhD)

Position: Chief Research Scientist
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Professional fields of interest

Genetics and Conservation Biology

Professional background

1998-2001 PhD Forest Genetics (Molecular Biology), University of Aberdeen

1992-1994 M.Phil Tree Improvement (University of Edinburgh)

1886-1989 B.Sc. Agriculture, University of Ghana, Legon

Research Projects

  1. Domestication of Allanblackia parviflora in Ghana
  2. Genetic improvement, productivity and biodiversity conservation of Triplochiton scleroxylon K. Schum in West Africa. Funded by African Forestry Research Network (AFORNET)
  3. Sustainable development of bamboo resources in Ghana and Togo. Funded by African Forestry Research Network (AFORNET)
  4. Development of an integrated Strategy for control of stem dieback of Ceiba pentandra. AFORNET grant No. 30/2006.
  5. Ethnobotany and conservation of some selected medicinal plants in West Africa. AFORNET grant No. 35/2006
  6. Community forestry management project on-farm research services

Selected Publications

Anjarwalla, P., Ofori, D., Owino, A., Matuku, D., Adika, W., Njogu, K., & Kehlenbeck, K. (2016). Testing different grafting methods for vegetative propagation of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in Kenya to assist its domestication and promote cultivation. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 1-11.

Tsobeng, A., Asaah, E., Tchoundjeu, Z., Van Damme, P., Ofori, D., & Jamnadass, R.(2016). Growth, flowering and fruiting of stecklings, grafts and seedlings of Allanblackia floribunda Oliver (Clusiaceae). Agroforestry Systems, 1-12.

Yeboah, E., Ofori, D. A., Peprah, T., Jamnadass, R. H., & Tsobeng, A. (2016). The Effect of Indigenous Growth Media on Allanblackia parviflora A. Chev in Ghana. Open Journal of Soil Science, 6(05), 89.

Mathew, M. M., Munjuga, M. R., Cordeiro, N. J., Coe, R., Ofori, D. A., Simons, A. J., Sawe, C. T. and Jamnadass, R. 2015. Early survival and growth of Allanblackia stuhlmannii (Clusiaceae): a threatened tropical rainforest tree of high economic value in Tanzania. Afr. J. Ecol., 53: 572–580. doi:10.1111/aje.12251

Ofori, D.A., Peprah, T. ,Koech, G., Anjarwalla, P., Munjuga, M.,  Jamnadass, R.  2015 .Survival, growth performance and reproductive biology of Allanblackia parviflora A. Chev., a high valued indigenous fruit tree species in Ghana. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. DOI 10.1007/s10722-015-0283-x

Ofori, D. A,, Asomaning, J. M, Peprah, T, Agyeman, V. K, Anjarwalla, P, Tchoundjeu, Z., Mowo, J. G and Jamnadass, R. 2015.  Addressing constraints in propagation of Allanblackia spp. through seed sectioning and air layering. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 3(1):90-96

Ofori, D.A, Gyau, A., Dawson, I.K., Asaah, E., Tchoundjeu, Z. and Jamnadass, R. (2014). Developing more productive African agroforestry systems and improving food and nutritional security through tree domestication. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2014, 6:123–127

Verhaegen, D., Fofana, I.J., Logossa, Z.A. and  Ofori, D. (2010). What is the genetic origin of teak (Tectona grandis L.) introduced in Africa and in Indonesia?. Tree Genetics and Genomes 6(5):717-733

Ofori, D.A. and Cobbinah, J,R. (2007). Integrated approach for conservation and management of genetic resources of Milicia species in West Africa, Forest Ecology and Management 238, 1-6

Ofori, D.A., Opuni-Frimpong, E. and Cobbinah, J. R. (2007). Provenance variation in Khaya species for growth and resistance to shoot borer Hypsipyla robusta. Forest Ecology and Management, 242:438-443

Ofori, D.A., K.A. Afreh, A. Oteng-Amoako and V. Dzogbefia (2006). Genetic structure of Bambusa vulgaris in Ghana using RAPD and its implications for sampling and conservation. J. of Bamboo and Rattan, Vol. 15, Nos. 3&4, 159-167

Professional Affiliations

  1. Society for Economic Botany, Kenya Chapter; 2014 to date
  2. Member, International Society for Horticultural Science – 2011- date
  3. Member, Ghana Institute of  Foresters, 1991 to date
  4. Member, CSIR Research Staff Association, 1991 to date
  5. Member British Genetic Society. 1998 to 2002

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]