Name of Researcher: David Appiah-Kubi
Qualification: MSc Agronomy (Plant Breeding Option)
Designation: Research Scientist
Area (s) of Specialization: Plant Biotechnology (Molecular Biology and Tissue Culture)
Key Areas of Research: Plant Tissue Culture Techniques, Genetic Diversity Studies, Marker Assisted Breeding
He holds Diploma Lab. Tech. from University of Cape Coast; BSc Agriculture and MSc Agronomy (Plant breeding Option) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. He has expertise in laboratory safety and management. He is among the few pioneers who established a functional tissue culture facility at the institute in 1996 and currently is a member of team of internal auditors for ISO//IEC 170205:2005 as well as Technical Manager for the CSIR-CRI tissue culture laboratory. He was upgraded into mainstream research in 2012 after his MSc programme at KNUST. He has varied interest in plant tissue culture techniques (includes post-flask management of in-vitro plantlets) in plantain, banana, cocoyam, taro, yam, cassava, and sweetpotato. He also has expertise in plant molecular biology with genetic diversity studies and marker assisted breeding being some of his research interests alongside plant tissue culture manipulations. He has received training from both local and international research Institutions from countries such as Germany, Brazil, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. His Master thesis was in plant breeding where he introgressed non-pod shuttering gene into other soybean varieties and tracked the gene expression using molecular markers.
He has the following publications to his credit:
Appiah-Kubi Z., Apetorgbor A. K., Moses E., Quain M.,Thompson R., Appiah-Kubi D., Abrokwa L. (2015.) Genetic variability in Colletotrichum gloeosporioides (Penz.) isolated from cassava and yam from four agroecological zones of Ghana. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 5 (4), pp. 132-140.
D. Appiah-Kubi, J. Y. Asibuo, M. D. Quain, A. Oppong, R. Akromah (2014). Diversity studies on soybean accessions from three countries. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (3) 198–206.
Alhassan D. Halilu, Shehu G. Ado, Inuwa S. Usman, David Appiah-Kubi (2013). Short Communication: Prospects of endosperm DNA in maize seed characterization. Maydica electronic publication 58: 288-290.
QUAIN, M. D., R. Thompson, E. L. Omenyo, J. Y. Asibuo, D. Appiah-Kubi, P. Adofo-Boateng (2010). Assessing transferability of Sweetpotato EST SSR primers to cocoyam and micropropagation of nine elite cocoyam varieties in Ghana. Aspects of Applied Biology 96, Agriculture: Africa Engine for Growth - Plant science and biotechnology the key. pp. 269-276.
QUAIN, M. D., B M Dzomeku, R. Thompson, J. Y Asibuo, P. A-Boateng, D. Appiah-Kubi, (2010). Genetic Diversity of Musa cultivars in Ghana and introduced hybrids. Aspects of Applied Biology 96, Agriculture: Africa Engine for Growth- Plant science and biotechnology the key. pp. 277-282.
Marian D. Quain, Monica O. Adu-Gyamfi, Ruth N. Prempeh, Adelaide Agyeman, Victor A. Amankwaah and David Appiah-Kubi (2015). Molecular Fingerprinting and Selection of Appropriate Media for Rapid In Vitro Multiplication of Three Yam Varieties. INTECH: Book Chapter 2; pp. 33-57.