Oben Tom Tabi



ObenTomName of staff:     Oben Tom Tabi
Department:      Agronomic and Applied Molecular Sciences
Faculty:                Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
E-mail:                 obentomtabi@yahoo.com
Telephone:         +237 654 009 459
Grade:                  Instructor


2007    University of Ibadan,  Nigeria  –   Ph.D. in Crop Protection and Environmental Biology

1998    University of Ibadan,  Nigeria   –  Master of Science in Plant Pathology – Plant Virology

1995    Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria    Bachelor of Agriculture (Plant Science)



1. Occurrence and incidence of Telferia occidentalis (Fluted pumpkin) in three Northern States of Nigeria, West Africa



1.    O.P. Obilo , B. Ikotun , G.O. Ihejirika , I.I. Ibeawuchi , T.T. Oben . 2009. The effect of incidence of cassava anthracnose disease (CAD) on the performance and yield of cassava cultivars. Crop Protection 29 (2010) 482–486

2.    T. T. Oben, R. Hanna, J. Ngeve, O. J. Alabi, R. A. Naidu and P. Lava Kumar. 2009. Occurrence of Banana bunchy top disease caused by Banana bunchy top virus on banana nd plantain (Musa sp.) in Cameroon. Plant Disease 93 (10). Page 1076

3.    Obilo, O. P., T. T. Oben,, U. R., Ihejirika, G. O., Obeawuchi, I. I., Nwokeji, E. M. and Ogbedeh, K. O. 2007. Benefits of organic farming in crop protection and its implication for small-scale farmers. Page 24-30

4.    P. Lava Kumar, R. Hanna, B. Feed, T. T. Oben, M. Ayodele. 2008. First Report of Banana Bunchy Top virus genus Babuvirus on Musa in Angola. Plant Disease 70 (8). Page 997

5.    Obilo, O. P., T. T. Oben, E. U. Onweremadu, C. I. Duruigbo, G. O. Ihejirika, V. N. Onyia and K. O. Ogbedeh. 2006. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Relation to Food Security: Need for Government Policy for Successful Implementation. International Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development 7(1), 80-84

6.    K. O. Soetan, T.T. Oben and S. A; Akinbade. 2010. Biochemical characterization of Soybean (Glycine max) TGX1485-1D Seed Proteins. International Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 6(6). Page 851-857

7.    Ngando Ebongwe George Frank, Etta Culbertson Enow, Ntsomboh Godswill Ntsefong and Oben Tom Tabi. 2013.Breeding oil palm (Eleais guineensis jacq) for Fusarium wilt tolerance: an overview of research programmes and seed production potentialities in Cameroon. International Journal of Agricultural Science, 3 (5). Page 513 – 520

8.      T.T. Oben, J. d’A. Hughes, T.E. Njock, R. Hanna, P.L. Kumar (2015). A survey of occurrence and identification of viruses infecting Musa species in Cameroon. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences (2015) 4(8): 502-511


Oben Tom Tabi is an Agronomist with a Ph.D in Crop Protection and Environmental Biology and specialization in Plant Pathology (Plant virology). He has vested interest in using molecular and biochemical tools in plant virus identification especially for emerging viruses. Based on these he has reported for the first time ‘New’ viruses on banana and plantain, fluted pumpkin and cocoyam in Angola, Cameroon and Nigeria; published 10 articles in International Journals with high impact factor; presented 15 relevant information in Conferences and Workshops worldwide and made contributions to book chapters. Dr. Oben is winner of the Virology award 2007 with the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and West/ Central Africa Banana and Plantain Stakeholders Forum Travelling Award (MUSACO) in 2008.

His exposure and experience in the field of agriculture and plant diseases is enormous: worked as Research Consultant in Plant Pathology/ Plant virology with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria; Research officer/ Plant Pathologist/ Nurseries Manager, Pamol Plantations Plc and presently lecturer in Agronomy and Applied molecular Sciences. A further focus in his research has been to determining prevalence and incidence of viruses on important staples and cash crops within the sub-region so that appropriate control strategies could be developed.

He is member of APS and IARSAF since 2003 and has lived and worked in Gabon, Togo, Ghana, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Republic of Benin and the United States of America.