Dr Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji joined HIE in 2023 as a postdoctoral research fellow working with Distinguished Professor Brajesh Singh. He has 8 years of research experience in the field of plant-soil-microbe interactions, agricultural microbiology, endophytes, rhizosphere biology, microbial biotechnology, molecular biology, soil microbiology, microbial ecology, plant pathology as well as plant and soil microbiome. He obtained his doctorate in science (Biology) from the North-West University, South Africa, sponsored through the NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Scholarship. In his PhD research, he analysed the effect of different farming practices on community structure, function and diversity of endophytic microbiome inhabiting the root of maize plants using metagenomic techniques and successfully published all chapters of his thesis before submission. He obtained his Master of Technology (M. Tech) with distinction in Microbiology and his Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech, Honours) in Microbiology from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Nigeria.
Areas of research/teaching expertise
Agricultural microbiology, plant-microbe interactions, microbial ecology, soil microbiology, plant pathology, environmental microbiology (genomics and metagenomics), biotechnology, endophytes, crop improvement, and plant science
Grant, awards and recognition
2023- The Arturo Falaschi ICGEB postdoctoral fellowship award, South Africa
2022- Institutional research excellence award, North-West University, South Africa.
2021- North-West University postdoctoral research fellowship, South Africa.
2018-NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Scholarship for Research in South Africa (UID116107)
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2023). Genomic assessment of Enterobacter mori AYS9: A potential plant growth-promoting drought-resistant rhizobacteria. Spanish Journal of Soil 13:11302. https://doi.org/10.3389/sjss.2023.11302
Afeez Adesina Adedayo, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2023). Unraveling the functional genes present in rhizosphere microbiomes of Solanum lycopersicum. PeerJ 11:e15432. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.15432
Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Akinlolu Olalekan Akanmu, and Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji (2023). Dataset of shotgun metagenomic evaluation of lettuce (Lactuta sativa L.) rhizosphere microbiome. Data in Brief. 48, 109214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2023.109214
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro, and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2023). Draft genome sequence of Citrobacter freundii AYS58, a potential plant growth-promoting endophyte. Microbiological Resource Announcement. https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.00142-23
Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Victor Funso Agunbiade and Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji (2023). A potential draft sequence analysis of Enterobacter asburiae strain B6_18 of an endophytic bacterium. Microbiological Resource Announcement https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.01299-22
Olumayowa Mary Olowe, Akinlolu Olalekan Akanmu, Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Tope Daniel Bitire, Jude J. O. Odhiambo, Funso Rahael Kutu and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2023). Trenchant microbiological-based approach for the control of Striga: Current practices and future prospects. Frontiers Sustainable Food Systems 7:1073339. doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2023.1073339
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ajar Nath Yadav, Gustavo Santoyo and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2023). Understanding the plant-microbe interactions in environments exposed to abiotic stresses: An overview. Microbiological Research, 271, 127368. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micres.2023.127368
Bahman Khoshru, Debasis Mitra, Kuldeep Joshi, Priyanka Adhikari, Md Shafiul Islam Rion, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Mehrdad Alizadeh, Ankita Priyadarshini, Ansuman Senapati, Mohammad Reza Sarikhani, Periyasamy Panneerselvam, Pradeep Kumar Das Mohapatra, Svetlana Sushkova, Tatiana Minkina, Chetan Keswani (2023). Decrypting the multi-functional biological activators and inducers of defense responses against biotic stresses in plants. Heliyon 9: e13825. https://doi.org/10.1016/ j.heliyon.2023.e13825
Ma. del Carmen Orozco-Mosqueda, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, and Gustavo Santoyo (2023). Bacterial elicitors of the plant immune system: An overview and the way forward. Plant Stress 7, 100138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stress.2023.100138
Ma. del Carmen Orozco-Mosqueda, Ajay Kumar, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Gerardo Puopolo and Gustavo Santoyo (2023). Agroecological management of the grey mould fungus Botrytis cinerea by plant growth-promoting bacteria. Plants 2023, 12, 637. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants12030637
Paulina Guzmán-Guzmán, Ajay Kumar, Sergio de los Santos-Villalobos, Fannie I. Parra-Cota, Ma. del Carmen Orozco-Mosqueda, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Sajjad Hyder, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola and Gustavo Santoyo (2023). Trichoderma Species: Our best fungal allies in the biocontrol of plant diseases—A review. Plants 12, 432. https://doi.org/10.3390/ plants12030432
Siphiwe Prudence Dlamini, Akinlolu Olalekan Akanmu, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2023). Maize rhizosphere modulates the microbiome diversity and community structure to enhance plant health. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences ,30:103499. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2022.103499
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ma. del Carmen Orozco-Mosqueda, Sergio de los Santos-Villalobos, Gustavo Santoyo and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2022). Recent developments in the application of plant growth-promoting drought adaptive rhizobacteria for drought mitigation. Plants 11(22), 3090. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants11223090
Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Victor Funso Agunbiade, and Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji (2022). Draft Genome Sequence of Aeromonas caviae Strain A1-2, a potential plant growth-promoting rhizospheric bacterium. Microbiological Resource Announcement 11(12): e00983-22. https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.00983-22
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro, Akinlolu Olalekan Akanmu, and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2022). Draft genome sequence of Enterobacter mori AYS9, a potential plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium. Microbiological Resource Announcement 11(12): e01008-22. https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.01008-22
Blanca Rojas-Sánchez, Paulina Guzmán-Guzmán, Luzmaria R. Morales-Cedeño, Ma. del Carmen Orozco-Mosqueda, Blanca C. Saucedo-Martínez, Juan M. Sánchez-Yáñez, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Bernard R. Glick and Gustavo Santoyo (2022). Bioencapsulation of microbial inoculants: Mechanisms, formulation types and application techniques. Applied Biosciences, 1, 198–220. https://doi.org/10.3390/applbiosci1020013
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Peter Edward Mortimer, Jianchu Xu, Eno E. Ebenso and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2022). Biosynthesis of nanoparticles using endophytes: A novel approach for enhancing plant growth and sustainable agriculture. Sustainability 14, 10839. https://doi.org/10.3390/su141710839
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Onalenna Galeemelwe and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2022). Unravelling the endophytic virome inhabiting maize plant. Agronomy 12, 1867. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081867
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Gustavo Santoyo, Ajar Nath Yadav and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2022). Efforts towards overcoming drought stress in crops: Revisiting the mechanisms employed by plant growth-promoting bacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology 13:962427. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2022.962427
Ma. del Carmen Orozco-Mosqueda, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Bernard R. Glick, and Gustavo Santoyo (2022). Rhizobiome engineering: unveiling complex rhizosphere interactions to enhance plant growth and health. Microbiological Research 263:127137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micres.2022.127137
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Doctor Mziwenkosi Nhlanhla Mthiyane, Damian C. Onwudiwe and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2022). Harnessing the known and unknown impact of nanotechnology on enhancing food security and reducing postharvest losses: Constraints and future prospects. Agronomy 12, 1657. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071657
Bartholomew Saanu Adeleke, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Modupe Stella Ayilara, Ozede Nicholas Igiehon, Blessing Chidinma Nwachukwu and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, (2022). Strategies to Enhance the Use of Endophytes as Bioinoculants in Agriculture. Horticulturae 2022, 8,498. https://doi.org/10.3390/ horticulturae8060498
Afeez Adesina Adedayo, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, (2022). Plant health status affects the functional diversity of the rhizosphere microbiome associated with Solanum lycopersicum. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 6:894312. doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2022.894312
Afeez Adesina Adedayo, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, (2022). The effects of plant health status on the community structure and metabolic pathways of rhizosphere microbial communities associated with Solanum lycopersicum. Horticulturae 8: 404. https:// doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae8050404
Emmanuel Imade, Timothy Oladiran Ajiboye, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Damian C. Onwudiwe and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2022). Green synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles using plantain peel extracts and the evaluation of their antibacterial activity. Scientific African 16(5): e01152. DOI: 10.1016/j.sciaf.2022.e01152
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Gustavo Santoyo and
Michele Perazzolli (2022). The potential role of microbial biostimulants in the amelioration of climate change-associated abiotic stresses on crops. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:829099. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.829099
Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Afeez Adesina Adedayo, and Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji (2022). Metagenomic survey of tomato rhizosphere microbiome using the shotgun approach. Microbiology Resource Announcement 11 (2): e01131-21.
Akinlolu Olalekan Akanmu, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Vittorio Venturi, Modupe Stella Ayilara, Bartholomew Saanu Adeleke, Adenike Eunice Amoo, Ayodele Adegboyega Sobowale, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, and Bernard R. Glick (2021). Plant disease management: Leveraging on the plant microbe-soil interface in the biorational use of organic amendments. Frontiers in Plant Science. 12:700507. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.700507
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2021). Unveiling the putative functional genes present in root-associated endophytic microbiome from maize plant using the shotgun approach. Journal of Applied Genetics 62: 339-351. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13353-021-00611-w
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Jerry Onyemaechi Kanu and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2021). Impact of cropping system on the functional diversity of rhizosphere microbial communities associated with maize plant: A shotgun Approach. Archives of Microbiology, 203(6): 3605-3613. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00203-021-02354-y
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Jerry Onyemaechi Kanu and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2021). Metagenomic profiling of rhizosphere microbial community structure and diversity associated with maize plant as affected by cropping systems. International Microbiology, 24:325-335. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10123-021-00169-x
Adeyinka Olufemi Adepoju, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Abiola Grace Femi-Adepoju; Ayanronke Suwebat Akinyemi and Felicia Adejoke Durodola (2021). Comparative antimicrobial, phytochemical, nutritional and GC-MS profiling of methanolic extracts of Solanum Sect. Melongena. International Journal of Agriculture and Biological Sciences 5:82-91. DOI:10.5281/zenodo.5515344
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2021). Shotgun metagenomics reveals the functional diversity of root-associated endophytic microbiomes in maize plant. Current Plant Biology; 25:100195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpb.2021.100195
Iyabo O. Omomowo, Ayomide. E. Fadiji and Olawale. I. Omomowo (2020). Exploiting Potential of Trichoderma harzianum and Glomus versiforme in Mitigating Cercospora Leaf Spot Disease and Improving Cowpea Growth. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 23: 1276-1284. DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2020.1276.1284
Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Ayomide E. Fadiji, Ben J. Enagbonma, Elizabeth T. Alori, Modupe S. Ayilara and Ayansina S. Ayangbenro (2020). The nexus between plant and plant microbiome: revelation of the networking strategies. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:548037. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.548037
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2020). Metagenomic profiling of the community structure, diversity, and nutrient pathways of bacterial endophytes in maize plant. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 113:1559-1571. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10482-020-01463-w
Iyabo O. Omomowo, Ayomide. E. Fadiji and Olawale. I. Omomowo (2020). Antifungal evaluation and phytochemical profile of Trichoderma harzianum and Glomus versiforme secondary metabolites on cowpea pathogens. Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences 22 (2): 265-272.
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2020). Organic farming enhances the diversity and community structure of endophytic archaea and fungi in maize plant: a shotgun approach. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 20:2587–2599. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42729-020-00324-9
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2020). Exploring the potentialities of beneficial endophytes for improved plant growth. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences 27:3622-3633. DOI: 10.1016/j.sjbs.2020.08.002
Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji and Ayansina Segun Ayangbenro (2020). Shotgun metagenomic data of root endophytic microbiome of maize (Zea mays L.). Data in Brief 31:105893. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.105893
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2020). Metagenomics methods for the study of plant-associated microbial communities: A review. Journal of Microbiological Methods 170:10586. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2020.105860
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji and Olubukola Oluranti Babalola (2020). Elucidating mechanisms of endophytes used in plant protection and other bioactivities with multifunctional prospects. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 8, 467. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2020.00467
Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji (2019). Phytochemical screening and antibacterial potentials of the garlic (Allium sativum) extracts against clinical isolates. Journal of Basic Pharmacology and Toxicology 3(1):14-18.
Adejumoke Abosede Inyinbor, Olugbenga Solomon Bello, Abimbola Peter Oluyori, Henry Eromosele Inyinbor, and Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji (2019). Wastewater conservation and reuse in quality vegetable cultivation: Overview, challenges and future prospects. Food Control 98: 489–500. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2018.12.008
Fadiji A.E., Omomowo, I.O, Adebayo, P.A., Omomowo, I.O. and Awogbami, S (2019). Effect of pit latrines on hand dugwell water quality - A case study of Ijero-Ekiti community in Ekiti State, Nigeria. International Journal of Technical Research & Science: 6(6):1-12. https://doi.org/10.30780/IJTRS.V04.I06.001
Adejumoke Abosede Inyinbor, Olugbenga Solomon Bello, Ayomide Emmanuel Fadiji, and Henry Eromosele Inyinbor (2018). Threats from antibiotics: A serious environmental concern. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 6:784–793. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2017.12.056
Fadiji, AE, Omomowo, I.O., Omomowo, O.I., Lanrewaju, A.A., and Akande, D. (2018). Antimicrobial efficacy and phytochemical screening of aqueous and ethanolic extracts of Ocimum gratissimum (scent leaf) leaf against some clinical isolates. Journal of Basic Pharmacology and Toxicology: 2(2):19-24.
Omomowo, I.O., Akinmusire, O.O, Omomowo, I.O, Olaifa, K.W. and Fadiji, A.E (2018). Biocontrol potential of endophytic fungi from Moringa oleifera Against tomato post harvest rot fungi (Solanum Lycopersicum L.). Research Journal of Science. 18 (2018): 96-105.
Iyabo, O. Omomowo, Ayomide, E. Fadiji, and Israel, O. Omomowo (2018). Assessment of bio-efficacy of Glomus versiforme and Trichoderma harzianum in inhibiting powdery mildew disease and enhancing the growth of cowpea. Annals of Agricultural Science 63:7-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aoas.2018.03.001