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Life Science: Key to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

M. E. Abalaka (PhD)

B. Tech., M. Sc. PhD

Department of Biological Sciences,

Landmark University, Omu-Aran

Abstract

Life Science has contributed and is still contributing immensely to the development of agriculture. Science has been involved in bringing to bear the best methods of improving crops yield, protecting crops against disease and pest, production of healthy livestock, designing the best method of crops storage and also helping to predict the right climate needed for agricultural systems. The understanding that the world population shall hit 9.2 billion by the year 2050 and that to feed extra mouth with little space we must increase food production by 70% of what we have at the present is a staggering undeniable phenomenon stirring us in the face. With the unfolding nightmare of climate change that is altering the course of nature and affecting food production and threatening human existence, livestock and plants, the cumulative effects are better imagined. Since the interest of life science is to revolutionize agriculture to the intent that we produce crops and livestock more and more with less and less efforts and space, it therefore means we must intensify efforts in scientific innovations that will up food production. Such scientific innovations should necessarily lead to using less materials and utilizing less space to produce more, producing crops and livestock that will resist the onslaught effects of climate change and the attendant consequences.

 

About the Presenter

Dr Moses E. Abalaka is a sabbatical Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Nigeria. He obtained his Ph.D in May, 2010 from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. His research works have been in the areas of drug discovery, development and drug administration, determination of antimicrobial activities of plant and plant parts, exploration of plant and plant products for medicinal purposes, molecular basis for susceptibility and resistance of microorganisms to plant extracts and antibiotics, exploration of Nanotechnology for drug delivery and soil microbial engineering. Moses Abalaka has authored and co-authored over 80 refereed publications including 4 books. He has successfully supervised 3 Ph.D students and 15 M.Sc (M.Tech) students. He is a member of the editorial boards of 4 different journals with high impact factors and he is also a reviewer to over 10 different journals across the globe.MOSES ABALAKAis an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology inthe Department of Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria. He is currently on sabbatical leave in the Department of Biological Sciences, Landmark University, Omu-Aran.

Keywords: Agriculture, Climate change, Health, Revolution, Science.