Local and international affiliation: University for Development Studies, Tamale, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia, Verdant Bioscience, Indonesia, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, Corteva Agriscience, USA and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria.
Samuel Adu Osei joined CSIR, Oil Palm Research Institute in 2003 where he was attached to the seed production section as officer in-charge of pollen collection and storage, isolation of female inflorescence and artificial pollination, seed preparation and storage. Samuel was later assigned to supervise selfing of the M1 population to produce the M2 population for useful mutants. He is a Principal Technologist and his research interest is to create variability through hybridization, mutation induction, chromosome doubling, somaclonal variation and selecting progenies with desirable traits and high genetic gain. He holds a BSc in Agriculture Technology (Agronomy) and an MPhil. in Crop Science (Plant Breeding and Genetics) from University for Development Studies, Tamale and University of Ghana, Legon respectively. His MPhil project work was on “genetic variability for yield and other agronomic traits among advanced lines of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] evaluated in the Northern Region of Ghana”. His project was funded by USAID Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab and the work identified lines with high yield potential and good agronomic traits for on-station and on-farm testing to confirm their potential for utilization by farmers.He was one of the 2018 University of Ghana/West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) interns at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and Corteva Agriscience, USA. The internship was sponsored by USAID Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab. Samuel had a six months (November, 2016 – May, 2017) fellowship award from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to attend a training programme in plant breeding strategies and biotechnologies related to accelerated breeding with a focus on mutation breeding in oil palm at Verdant Bioscience, Indonesia. He has experience in basic methods in plant mutation. His training also included using mutation detection techniques, e.g. High Resolution DNA Melting (HRM) to detect alleles in the shell thickness gene (the most important commercial gene in oil palm). He also worked on genotyping oil palm fruit forms, novel traits for mechanical harvesting, techniques for in vitro production of plantlets (tissue culture), ploidy level determination and techniques in oil palm crossing. Samuel has co-authored a manual for mutation breeding in oil palm and this was published in 2018 by CABI.