Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah
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Eric Opoku Mensah is a research scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (CSIR-PGRRI), Bunso. Eric pursued a double PhD programme at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Department of Crop Science, University of Ghana. His doctoral studies involved Forest and Crop Sciences, specializing in plant ecological physiology, agroforestry, and climate change. Eric obtained a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Agronomy from the University of Education, Winneba, and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Biotechnology from the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in General Agriculture from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Eric was trained in automatic phenotyping of banana and plantain at IBG-2, Forschungszentrum- Juelich, Germany.
He has diverse research interests in ecological physiology, agroforestry, agronomy, climate change, and plant genetic diversity. Currently, he is at the Plant Genetic Diversity Division of CSIR-PGRRI working on the characterization and evaluation of different accessions of plant genetic resources such as vegetables and other crops. His area of research focuses on selecting breeding lines of desirable traits of plant accessions and recommending them for further breeding programmes.
He also has interest in physiological performances of tropical and temperate plants leading to the selection and conservation of crop species and varieties that can adapt to different environmental conditions, a strategy to contribute to climate-resilient and sustainable agricultural sector.