Rothamsted welcomes its 100th overseas fellow

Rothamsted International recently welcomed Dr John Agbenin of Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria as its 100th charitable fellow

Dr John Agbenin from Nigeria

Rothamsted International recently welcomed Dr John Agbenin of Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria as its 100th charitable fellow. This small charity brings scientists from developing countries to the UK for scientific training at Rothamsted that they can use to improve the sustainability of agriculture in their home country.

"This is a really happy landmark for us, which we could not have reached without the generosity of the local community, "says charity director Dr Judy Mann. "Over our first ten years, visitors from all over the developing world have benefited from this scheme."

Dr Agbenin is visiting Rothamsted to learn new supersensitive methods of detecting heavy metal pollution in soil. Such pollution can affect human health if it enters groundwater or the food chain and the first thing he plans to do on his return to Nigeria is test soils around mining towns. "Rothamsted is the most famous agricultural institute in the world," says Dr Agbenin, "and it is such a huge opportunity to be here".

Dr Agbenin returned to Nigeria on 1st June. During his six month stay at Rothamsted, John Agbenin spoke about his research studies carried out in Nigeria and through the Fellowship scheme. Talks were given to scientists at Rothamsted and to local organisations, including the Harpenden Society, the United Nations Association and Rothamsted Alliance International.

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