This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.
“To better limit the socio-economic impact of mycotoxins in Africa, there is a necessity for the appropriate authorities and relevant stakeholders to sensitize the populace on mycotoxins and ensure effective measures are in place to restrain the menace of these deadly naturally occurring toxins.”
Dr. Njobeh Patrick Berka answers following questions:
- Is it a coincidence that many African mycotoxin researchers are women?
- What are the challenges for in your field of research?
- Dr PB Njobeh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biotechnology and Food Technology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg.
- Dr Njobeh is the head of the Mycotoxin Research Unit with research focus in the area of Mycotoxicology and mycology.
- He has successfully supervised over 22 Master’s, PhD and postdoctoral Research fellows and has over 70 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and conference papers published in high impact journals.
- He is a member of the Joint (FAO/WHO) Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) saddled with the responsibility of delivering scientific advice for the establishment of global food safety standards of Codex Alimentarius and others.
- He has established collaboration both nationally and internationally and is part of the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security co-hosted by the University of Pretoria and University of the Western Cape.
- He has hosted over 20 international visiting scientists in his laboratory.
By Makun Hussaini Anthony, Dutton Michael Francis, Njobeh Patrick Berka, Gbodi Timothy Ayinla and Ogbadu Godwin Haruna