A lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, University of Ilorin UNILORIN, John Ayobami Amao, has identified diverse uses of the cassava peel, especially by the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics industry.
Speaking during the defence of his Ph.D thesis entitled: “Isolation, characterisation and some aspects of the physiology of bacteria from cassava peel heap” at the Faculty of Sciences Board Room, Amao said: “Research has shown that cassava peel heap has the potential to produce some metabolisms that can be useful in different industries like pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries.”
He added that some of the microorganisms (isolate) bacteria from the heap are actually resistant to antibiotics, which means a child that works in cassava industry has the chance of being infected by one of the isolates that is resistant to tested antibiotics, thus putting the child’s life in jeopardy.
The Chief Examiner, Prof Arotupin Daniel Juwon, from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) praised the presentation and pointed out areas of improvement.
He advised that the candidate should not rush to publish and should always give his report to his colleagues in the Department English for editing.
After the defence, the panel expressed satisfaction and promised to recommend Amao for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology to the university’s Senate.