Meet OLUWOLE SURUKITE OPEOLU, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.



Senior Lecturer




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Topic: Quantitative Study Of The Impacts Of Cement Dust On The Growth, Proximate And Heavy Metal Concentrations In Solanum Macrocarpon (Africa Egg Plant))


INTRODUCTION: Anthropogenic activities of human in recent times have been ascribed as death trap especially those of industries like cement factories and mining sites on plants.

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM:The wastes, leftover and unused particles remain a threat to organisms (plants). These particles such as those of the limestone(Cement) bio-accumulates in the plants' tissues and this might cause damage to humans when consumed.

AIM: To quantify the impacts of cement dust on the growth, proximate and heavy metals concentration in Solanum macrocarpon.

METHODOLOGY: Cement will be obtained from a cement dealer in Ojo, Perforated buckets will be filled with loamy soils and seedlings of S. macrocarpon will be transplanted. After successful establishment, the treatment would be administered on the plants (cement dust) as against the control in every 2 days. The growth pattern will be studied and quantified. Samples of S. macrocarpon will be taken for proximate and heavy metals concentration analysis.

EXPECTED RESULT: Since cement is toxic in nature,it is expected to hindered the growth of plants consequently, it will affects the proximate compositions and thus,triggering the increase in the heavy metals concentrations. 


# Certificate SchoolYear
1. Ph.D (Botany) Department Of Botany, University Of Lagos 1994

Current Research

Effects of Different Organic Manures on the Growth, Proximate and Phytochemistry of Launaea taraxacifolia (African Lettuce)

Research Details

Launaea taraxacifolia (African Lettuce) is a leafy vegetable eaten throughout the tropics including many countries in West and Central Africa especially in preparations of soups and stews to complement the starchy dishes due to its taste, biological and pharmaceutical activities such as anti-inflammation, anti-fungi and anti-bacterial properties. In Nigeria (Lagos State) where there is increase in population and high demand for vegetables, farmers are faced with the challenges of which manure is best for growing vegetables and enhance productivity. AIM- This study aimed at determining the effects of different organic manures on the growth, proximate and phytochemistry of Launaea taraxacifolia (African Lettuce) and the best organic manure that will be suitable for its cultivation and show more affinities for proximate and phytochemical compositions. MATERIALS AND METHODS-Seedlings were obtained from local farm in Badagry, Lagos. Pig manure and cow dung were collected from a local farm in Lagos State; Growth experiments on Launaea taraxacifolia were carried out in response to different organic manures at the greenhouse, Department of Botany, Lagos State University, Ojo. The proximate and phytochemistry will be analysed using Standard Analytical procedures. The data collected were analysed. RESULTS- So far, it was observed that seedlings grown in soil containing cow dung performed better compared to seedlings grown under other manure types. In poultry  and Pig  manures, not many differences were recorded as seedlings grown in these two were similar in leaf shape, leaf length, leaf width, plant height; and those in cow dung showed more morphological differences. WORK YET TO BE DONE- The proximate and phytochemical compositions of Launaea taraxacifolia are ongoing to ascertain their relationship among different organic manures. 


OLUWOLE SURUKITE is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Botany

OLUWOLE has a Ph.D in Botany from Department Of Botany, University Of Lagos

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