Lum Ayeoffe Fontem



Lum FontemNAME OF STAFF    Lum Ayeoffe Fontem
FACULTY                 Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
DEPARTMENT       Agronomic and Applied Molecular Sciences
E-mail:                      lumfontem@yahoo.com
Tel:                            +237674212096 / 694804451
Grade:                       Associate Professor

2004                Ph.D. Weed Science          University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
1998                M.Sc. Crop Protection       University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
1997                B.Sc. Microbiology             University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

RESEARCH INTEREST AREA:  Weed Science, Crop Protection, Phytoremediation, Toxicology


Four Most Impactful
1.    Andoh C: Evaluation of herbicides for weed control in maize (Zea mays L.) under different plant densities in Buea, Cameroon.

2.    Ngwa E.S.: Heavy metal contamination in soils and plants if the Bassa Industrial zone of Douala, Cameroon.

3.    Mandah C.: Effect of of aqueous extracts of selected botanicals for the management of leaf blight disease of Taro (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott) in Fako Division.

4.    Bautze D.: Risk characterization of heavy metal soil contamination by waste oil dispersal of auto-mechanic garages – effects on farmland, crop plants and human health in Buea, Cameroon.


1.     Lum A.F., Ngwa E.S.A., Chikoye D. and Suh C.E. (2014). Phytoremediation potential of weeds in the Bassa industrial zone of Douala, Cameroon. International Journal of Phytoremediation 16(3):302–319.

2.    Chikoye D., Abaidoo R. and Lum A.F. (2014). Response of weeds and soil microorganisms to imazaquin and pendimethalin in cowpea and soybean. Crop Protection 65:168–172.

3.    Chikoye D., Ekeleme F. and Lum A.F. (2014). Competition between Imperata cylindrica (speargrass) and maize (Zea mays) in the forest savannah transition zone of Nigeria, Weed Research 54(3):285–292.

4.    Lum A.F. and Chikoye D. (2012). Efficacy of herbicide formulations for weed control in corn in a humid tropical environment. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment 10:1572–1574.

5. Badu-Apraku, B., Lum, A.F., Akinwale, R. and Muhydeen, A. (2011). Biplot analysis of diallel crosses of early maturing tropical yellow maize inbreds in stress and nonstress environments. Crop Science 51:173–188.

6. Menkir, A., Chikoye, D. and Lum, F. (2010). Incorporating an herbicide resistance gene into tropical maize with inherent polygenic resistance to control Striga hermonthica (Del.) Benth. Plant Breeding 129(4):385–392.

7. Badu-Apraku, B. and Lum, A.F. (2010). The pattern of grain yield response of normal and Quality protein maize cultivars in stress and nonstress environments. Agronomy Journal 102:381−394.

Lum A. Fontem is an Associate Professor. Her research work has had significant impact on development, food security and poverty alleviation among resource poor farmers. She has supervised nine M.Sc. theses and more than 60 B.Sc. Research Projects and is currently supervising one PhD student. She has published widely in the areas of Weed Science, Phytoremediation, Crop Protection and Agronomy. So far, she has over 35 peer-reviewed papers and several books. She has attended several conferences at the national and international level and presented several scientific papers. She is an AU-TWAS award winner and member of several professional bodies.

She is the Women Representative of the African Crop Science Society Council. She has been the coordinator of Horticulture and Applied Plant Science Programmes and Head of Department of Agronomic and Applied Molecular Sciences in the University of Buea. She has also worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria. She is bilingual in English and French.