Ajiboye Abiodun Akeem
Federal University, Nigeria
Dr. Ajiboye Abiodun Akeem has completed his Ph.D degree at the age of 29 from the federal university of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Currently, he is the Acting Head of Deapartment of Plant science and Biotechnolgy, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. He has published over 30 papers in both local and international journals.He is married to Mrs Modupe Doris Ajiboye (Nee Olonimoyo) and has three (3) childeren namely Emmanuel, Daniel and Esther. He is a seasoned plant physiologist who specialises in physiology bof seed germination and ethnobotanical studies of some valuable tree seeds in Nigeria.
Studies on the effect of ecto and endo mycorrhizal inoculums on seedling growth of four savanna tree seeds in Nigeria. Endomycorrhizae (Glomus mossae) and ectomycorrhizae (Saillus luteus); both were used in crude forms. The relative endomycorrhizal dependency of the seedlings were maximum in Parkia seedlings by having up to 68%, 41.0% in Albizia, 35.0% in Tamarindus and the least was 21% in Prosopis seedlings. However, Tamarindus seedlings had the highest ectomycorrhizal dependency with about 55.0%,while 54.0% was showed in Prosopis africana. About 50.0% and 46.0% were shown in Albizia lebbeck and Parkia biglobossa seedlings respectively. Ectomycorrhizal inoculation greatly enhanced seedling growth and development of Prosopis Africana,Albizia lebbeck ,Tamarindus indica Parkia and biglobossa had the highest significant difference (p<0.05) in leaf area at treatment.Endomycorrhizal inoculation also greatly enhanced seedling growth of Prosopis africana, Albizia lebbeck and Tamarindus indica Parkia biglobossa had highest significant difference (P<0.05) in leaf area, leaf number,petiolenght,stem girth and plant heights in the treatment. Treatment means were separated using least significant difference at 5% probability level.The results obtained in this study will foster valuable contributions in the areas of increasing the seedling growth of these savanna tree seeds through the incorporation of both ecto and endo mycorrhizae into the soil.This findings will also assist to increase seedling production for agro forestry purposes in Nigeria.