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AGRI 2023

Odunayo James Rotowa

Odunayo James Rotowa, Speaker at Agri Conferences
University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland
Title : Sustainability: Inward search for outward survival


Organic peat has been the major component of the substrate used in forest nurseries and gardens because of its perfect physical, chemical and biological properties for plant cultivation. Nevertheless, the carbon content in peat, when spread on plantations, quickly turns into carbon dioxide, totaling greenhouse gas levels and leading to the destruction of treasured ecosystems. In recent times, there has been a growing recognition of the critical importance of peatland conservation, particularly in the context of environmental preservation. This heightened awareness has sparked a quest for alternative organic substrate mediums to replace peat, emphasizing materials that are easily accessible, cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Within the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland a dedicated team of researchers has successfully formulated a pioneering organic substrate. This substrate was derived from readily available, highly affordable, or entirely cost-free materials, ensuring sustainability and environmental compatibility. Additionally, this research effort has also yielded a novel recipe for liquid fertilizer. The developed substrates were adapted to the nutritional requirements of the forest tree seedlings (Quercus robur, Fagus sylvatica, Pinus sylvestris etc), and their suitability under monitoring. The study promises to be for an extended period beyond seedling production in the nursery into establishment into the forest. So far, however, the substrate mediums developed in this study have demonstrated qualities that are at least on par with peat-based substrates, as evidenced by robust root system development in Quercus robur and Fagus sylvatica . This not only ensures consistent and sufficient supply but also opens the possibility of substituting peat, either partially or entirely, in substrate formulations.

Audience Take Away Notes:

Alternative Organic Substrate Formulation: Attendees will learn about the development of an innovative organic substrate as a replacement for peat in forest nurseries and gardens. This substrate is derived from readily available, cost-effective, and sustainable materials, making it environmentally friendly.
Recipe for Liquid Fertilizer: My presentation will also cover the formulation of a novel liquid fertilizer. This fertilizer is designed to meet the nutritional requirements of various crops
Suitability and Monitoring: Most Important I will discuss the suitability of these developed substrates under monitoring conditions, providing insights into how they perform in comparison to traditional peat-based substrates.


Odunayo James Rotowa, a dynamic young researcher, holds a National Diploma in Forestry Technology from The Federal College of Forestry, Ibadan (2008), a Bachelor of Forestry and Wildlife Management from Nasarawa State University, Keffi (2014), a Master’s in Forest Resources Management from The University of Ibadan (2018) and Wood Science from Poznan University of Life Sciences (2022). He was engaged in the service of the Forestry and Wildlife Management Department, Nasarawa State University between September 2016 to April 2021. Odunayo is currently a Ph.D. Scholar in the Department of Ecology and Silviculture, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland under the guidance of Professor Stanisław Małek, Odunayo has authored over 30 research papers in various scientific journals


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