Environmental Microbiology and Agricultural Biotechnology Research Group

The Agricultural Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology Research group at NWU utilizes both fundamental as well as applied microbiological and biotechnological approaches to address both agricultural and environmental challenges. The research interests of the group are divided into two categories, namely:

  1. Harnessing microbial activities for conservation of natural resources and environment
  2. Harnessing microbial activities for environmental protection and sustainable agricultural practices


Specific research interests include:

  • Plant and Soil health
  • Symbiosis
  • Microbial/molecular ecology and evolution
  • Biodiversity of soil and water microbes
  • Bioremediation
  • Environmental biotechnology and restoration
  • Biohydrometallurgy
  • Renewable energy
  • Biofertilizer production



  • Prof. Rasheed Adeleke is a full Professor and Research Group leader. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Pretoria, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology. He is an alumnus of the Borlaug fellowship programme at Cornell University as well as a Canadian government commonwealth scholarship beneficiary. He collaborates with researchers both nationally and internationally.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows:

  • Dr Abdullahi A. Jimoh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.  He obtained his PhD degree in Microbiology from University of KwaZulu-Natal (Westville campus), South Africa. His current research interest is focused on bioremediation, environmental microbiology and molecular biotechnology.
  • Dr Kazeem Alayande is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.  He obtained his PhD degree in Microbiology from North-west University, Mahikeng, South Africa.


PhD Students

  • Rohan Fourie is a PDP student and is registered for a PhD at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. His focus is on anaerobic pathogens, specifically Clostridium spp. in aquatic and agricultural environments. His research aims to extend the understanding of these microorganisms in the environment by investigating its pathogenicity at a genomic level.
  • Leani Bothma is a PDP student and is registered for a PhD degree at NWU. She is investigating the effects emerging contaminants have on bacteriophage survival and their bacterial hosts. This research is imperative to gain a better understanding of the secondary effects of these contaminants and how they impact the effectiveness of wastewater treatment plants, international standard methods for evaluating water quality and the microbial ecosystem of natural aquatic environments.
  • Sinawo Tsipinana is a PhD student, registered with North-West University. Her study focus is on endophytes and medical plants. She will be evaluating endophytes from medicinal plants and determine their biological activities such as their ability to promote plant growth and produce secondary metabolites.
  • Adekunle Raimi is a registered PhD student at the North-West University. He is currently investigating plant-microbes interactions and their potential benefits in sustainable agriculture as well as in the therapeutic management of human health.
  • Sharon Maphala Mokubedi is a masters graduate in Biotechnology. She is currently a PhD student registered with the North-West University. Her research focus is aimed at developing an endophytic inoculum with plant growth promoting attributes, which could be used by South African smallholder farmers to improve crop production.
  • Nolwandle Khumalo is a PhD student registered at the North West University. Her research focuses on understanding the microbial exchange that occurs between plants and their pollinator and the potential impact on their health and fitness in light of conservation ecology.
  • Tshepiso Seobi is currently a lecturer at the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University. He is a soil scientist by training and has interest in the effects of microbiology on soil quality, properties and productivity. His current PhD research is on glomalin, a soil glycoprotein associated with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.


MSc Students

  • Jacques Malan is registered as an MSc student at the North-West University. His current research focuses on the diversity of secondary metabolites in the rhizosphere of cultivated land. The aim of this work is to gain insight into the effect of land management practices on metabolite diversity and thus on the potential for the plant protection capacity of certain soils.
  • Fanele Vilakazi is currently a first year MSc student at the North West University. Her focus is on surface water quality by looking into the effects of emerging pollutants and their impact on microbial, environmental and human life. The aim of her research is to understand the overall effect of pollutants of emerging concern in South African surface water systems.


Honours Students

  • 2021
    • Priska Mmanoko Napo
    • Reabetswe  Moema
    • Mariska Klyn
  • 2020
    • Riyaadh Mahomed
    • Patroline Nosipho Koetetse
    • Chabeli Melato
    • Dumisa Zicina


Joining the Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology Research Group

Postdoctoral and postgraduate students who would like to gain and share experience in different aspects of microbiology and biotechnology are welcome to join the Research Group.

Please contact Prof Rasheed Adeleke for more information or to discuss possible research projects and funding opportunities:


Email: rasheed.adeleke(at)nwu.ac.za

Telephone: +27 (0)18 299 2495



  • Notununu, I., Moleleki, L., Roopnarain, A., & Adeleke, R. (2022). Effects of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria on the molecular responses of maize under drought and heat stresses: A review. Pedosphere, 32(1), 90–106.
  • Oni, F. E., Esmaeel, Q., Onyeka, J. T., Adeleke, R., Jacquard, C., Clement, C., … Höfte, M. (2022). Pseudomonas Lipopeptide-Mediated Biocontrol: Chemotaxonomy and Biological Activity. Molecules, 27(2), 372.
  • Nsa, I. Y., Akinyemi, B. T., Bello-Akinosho, M., Ezechukwu, S. N., Bayode, T. B., Igbinigie, E. E., & Adeleke, R. A. (2022). Development of a saprophytic fungal inoculum for the biodegradation of sub-bituminous coal. SN Applied Sciences, 4(2), 1–13.
  • Notununu, I., van Wyk, D. A. B., Alayande, K. A., Roopnarain, A., Moleleki, L. N., & Adeleke, R. A. (2022). Draft Genome Sequences of Three Identified Rhizobacteria Associated with Maize Rhizosphere. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 11(1), e00970-21.
  • Obieze, C. C., Chikere, C. B., Adeleke, R., Selvarajan, R., Ntushelo, K., & Akaranta, O. (2022). Fieldscale biostimulation shifts microbial community composition and improves soil pollution recovery at an artisanal crude oil refining site. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 1–20.
  • Chikere, C. B., Tekere, M., & Adeleke, R. (2021). Microbial communities in field-scale oil-polluted soil remediation using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 78(3), 410–426.
  • Ezeokoli, O. T., Oladipo, O. G., Bezuidenhout, C. C., Adeleke, R. A., & Maboeta, M. S. (2021). Assessing the ecosystem support function of South African coal mining soil environments using earthworm (Eisenia andrei) bioassays. Applied Soil Ecology, 157.
  • Bothma, L., Molale-Tom, L., Swanepoel, C., Bezuidenhout, C., & Adeleke, R. (2021). Comprehensive water testing analyses for improved water management: coliforms, coliphage and cholesterol. Water Supply, 21(2), 815–823.
  • Bello-Akinosho, M., Ndaba, B., Roopnarain, A., Bamuza-Pemu, E., Nkuna, R., Rama, H., & Adeleke,R. (2021a). Agro-ecosystemBioremediation Mediated by Plant-microbe Associations. Rhizomicrobiome Dynamics in Bioremediation, 1926.
  • Raimi, A., Roopnarain, A., & Adeleke, R. (2021a). Biofertilizer Production in Africa: Current Status, Factors Impeding Adoption and Strategies for success. Scientific African, 11, e00694.
  • Ndaba, B., Bello-Akinosho, M., Roopnarain, A., Bamuza-Pemu, E., Nkuna, R., Rama, H., & Adeleke, R. (2021). Nanobioremediation of Contaminated Agro-ecosystems. In Rhizomicrobiome Dynamics in Bioremediation. Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Akinyemi, M. O., Ayeni, K. I., Ogunremi, O. R., Adeleke, R., Oguntoyinbo, F. A., Warth, B., & Ezekiel, C. N. (2021). A review of microbes and chemical contaminants in dairy products in sub-Saharan Africa. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science And Food Safety.
  • Roopnarain, A., Ndaba, B., Bello-Akinosho, M., Bamuza-Pemu, E., Mukhuba, M., Nkuna, R., & Adeleke, R. (2021). Biogas Technology in Africa: An Assessment of Feedstock, Barriers, Socio-Economic Impact and the Way Forward. In Biogas Production (bll 415–445). Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
  • Lusiba, S., Adeleke, J. O. R., & MasekoS. (2021). The potential of biochar to enhance concentration and utilization of selected macro and micro nutrients for chickpea (Cicer arietinum) grown in three contrasting soils. Rhizosphere, 17.
  • Jimoh, A. A., Senbadejo, T. Y., Adeleke, R., & Lin, J. (2021). Development and genetic engineering of hyper-producing microbial strains for improved synthesis of biosurfactants. Molecular Biotechnology, 63(4), 267–288.
  • Chibuzor-Onyema, I. E., Ezeokoli, O. T., Sulyok, M., Notununu, I., Petchkongkaew, A., Elliott, C. T.,… Ezekiel, C. N. (2021). Metataxonomic analysis of bacterial communities and mycotoxin reduction during processing of three millet varieties into ogi, a fermented cereal beverage. Food Research International, 143, 110241.
  • Raimi, A., & Adeleke, R. (2021). Bioprospecting of endophytic microorganisms for bioactive compounds of therapeutic importance. Archives of Microbiology, 203(5), 1917–1942.
  • Ezeokoli, O. T., Nuaila, V. N. A., Obieze, C. C., Muetanene, B. A., Fraga, I., Tesinde, M. N., … Others. (2021). Assessing the Impact of Rice Cultivation and Off-Season Period on Dynamics of Soil Enzyme Activities and Bacterial Communities in Two Agro-Ecological Regions of Mozambique. Agronomy, 11(4), 694.
  • Alimi, A., Adeleke, R., & Moteetee, A. (2021). Soil environmental factors shape the rhizosphere arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in South African indigenous legumes (Fabaceae). Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity, 22(5).
  • Bello-Akinosho, M., Ndaba, B., Roopnarain, A., Bamuza-Pemu, E., Nkuna, R., Rama, H., & Adeleke, R. (2021b). Agro-ecosystemBioremediation Mediated by Plant-microbe Associations: A Novel Tool for Bioremediation. In Rhizomicrobiome Dynamics in Bioremediation (bll 210–230). CRC Press.
  • Alimi, A. A., Ezeokoli, O. T., Adeleke, R., & Moteetee, A. (2021). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities colonising the roots of indigenous legumes of South Africa as revealed by highthroughput DNA metabarcoding. Rhizosphere, 19, 100405.
  • Nkuna, R., Roopnarain, A., Rashama, C., & Adeleke, R. (2021). Insights into organic loading rates of anaerobic digestion for biogas production: a review. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 1–21.
  • Husseiny, S., Dishisha, T., Soliman, H. A., Adeleke, R., & Raslan, M. (2021). Characterization of growth promoting bacterial endophytes isolated from Artemisia annua L. South African Journal of Botany, 143, 238–247.
  • Roopnarain, A., Rama, H., Ndaba, B., Bello-Akinosho, M., Bamuza-Pemu, E., & Adeleke, R. (2021).
  • Unravelling the anaerobic digestion ‘black box’: Biotechnological approaches for process optimization. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 152, 111717.
  • Ezeokoli, O.T., Oladipo, O.G., Bezuidenhout, C.C., Adeleke, R.A. and Maboeta, M.S., 2020. Assessing the ecosystem support function of South African coal mining soil environments using earthworm (Eisenia andrei) bioassays. Applied Soil Ecology, 157, p.103771.
  • Obi, L.U., Tekere, M., Roopnarain, A., Sanko, T., Maguvu, T.E., Bezuidenhout, C.C. and Adeleke, R.A., 2020. Whole genome sequence of Serratia marcescens 39_H1, a potential hydrolytic and acidogenic strain. Biotechnology Reports, p.e00542.
  • Obieze, C.C., Chikere, C.B., Selvarajan, R., Adeleke, R., Ntushelo, K. and Akaranta, O., 2020. Functional attributes and response of bacterial communities to nature-based fertilization during hydrocarbon remediation. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 154, p.105084.
  • Chikere, C.B., Tekere, M. and Adeleke, R., 2020. Microbial communities in field-scale oil-polluted soil remediation using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing. International Journal of Environmental Studies, pp.1-17.
  • Raimi, A., Roopnarain, A., Chirima, G.J. and Adeleke, R., 2020. Insights into the microbial composition and potential efficiency of selected commercial biofertilisers. Heliyon, 6(7), p.e04342.
  • Fourie, J.C.J., Bezuidenhout, C.C., Sanko, T.J., Mienie, C. and Adeleke, R., 2020. Inside environmental Clostridium perfringens genomes: antibiotic resistance genes, virulence factors and genomic features. Journal of Water and Health.
  • Seepe, H.A., Amoo, S.O., Nxumalo, W. and Adeleke, R.A., 2020. Sustainable use of thirteen South African medicinal plants for the management of crop disease caused by Fusarium species – An in vitro study. South African Journal of Botany.
  • Obi, L., Atangana, H., Adeleke, R., Maila, M. and Bamuza-Pemu, E. 2020. Potential microbial drivers of biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in crude oil sludge using a composting technique. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology.
  • Makinde, O,M., Ayeni, K.I, Sulyok, M., Krska, R., Adeleke, R.A. and Ezekiel, C.N. 2020. Microbiological safety of ready-to-eat foods in low- and middle-income countries: A comprehensive 10-year (2009 to 2018) review. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.
  • Ezeokoli, O.T., Mashigo, S.K., Maboeta, M.S., Bezuidenhout, C.C., Khasa, D.P. and Adeleke, R.A., 2020. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community differentiation along a post-coal mining reclamation chronosequence in South Africa: A potential indicator of ecosystem recovery. Applied Soil Ecology, 147, p.103429.
  • Ezeokoli, O.T., Bezuidenhout, C.C., Maboeta, M.S., Khasa, D.P. and Adeleke, R.A. 2020. Structural and functional differentiation of bacterial communities in post-coal mining reclamation soils of South Africa: bioindicators of soil ecosystem restoration. Scientific Reports.
  • Ndaba, B., Adeleke, R., Makofane, R., Daramola, M.O. and Moshokoa, M., 2020. Butanol as a Drop-In Fuel: A Perspective on Production Methods and Current Status. In Valorization of Biomass to Value-Added Commodities (pp. 371-398). Springer, Cham.
  • Ajilogba, C.F., Babalola, O.O., Adebola, P. and Adeleke, R., 2020. Bambara Groundnut Rhizobacteria Antimicrobial and Biofertilization Potential. BioRxiv.
  • Mukhuba, M., Roopnarain, A., Moeletsi, M.E. and Adeleke, R., 2020. Metagenomic insights into the microbial community and biogas production pattern during anaerobic digestion of cow dung and mixed food waste. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 95(1), pp.151-162.
  • Chikere, C.B., Tekere, M. and Adeleke, R., 2019. Enhanced microbial hydrocarbon biodegradation as stimulated during field-scale landfarming of crude oil-impacted soil. Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy, 14, p.100177.
  • Roopnarain, A., Nkuna, R., Ndaba, B. and Adeleke, R., 2019. New insights into the metagenomic link between pre‐treatment method, addition of an inoculum and biomethane yield during anaerobic digestion of water hyacinth. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 94(10), pp.3217-3226.
  • Fourie, J.C.J., Sanko, T.J., Bezuidenhout, C.C., Mienie, C. and Adeleke, R.A., 2019. Draft genome sequences of potentially pathogenic clostridium perfringens strains from environmental surface water in the North West Province of South Africa. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 8(32), pp.e00407-19.
  • Obieze, C.C., Chikere, C.B., Adeleke, R. and Akaranta, O., 2019, August. Formulation and Evaluation of Slow-Release Fertilizer from Agricultural and Industrial Wastes for Remediation of Crude Oil-Polluted Soils. In SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers.
  • Seepe, H.A., Amoo, S.O., Nxumalo, W. and Adeleke, R.A., 2019. Antifungal activity of medicinal plant extracts for potential management of Fusarium pathogens. Research on Crops, 20(2).
  • Ezeokoli, O.T., Mashigo, S.K., Paterson, D.G., Bezuidenhout, C.C. and Adeleke, R.A., 2019. Microbial community structure and relationship with physicochemical properties of soil stockpiles in selected South African opencast coal mines. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, pp.1-10.
  • Nkuna, R., Roopnarain, A. and Adeleke, R., 2019. Effects of organic loading rates on microbial communities and biogas production from water hyacinth: a case of mono‐and co‐digestion. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 94(4), pp.1294-1304.
  • Ezeokoli, O.T., Nwangburuka, C.C., Adeleke, R.A., Roopnarain, A., Paterson, D.G., Maboeta, M.S. and Bezuidenhout, C.C., 2019. Assessment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal spore density and viability in soil stockpiles of South African opencast coal mines. South African Journal of Plant and Soil, 36(2), pp.91-99.
  • Raimi, A.R., Ezeokoli, O.T. and Adeleke, R.A., 2019. High-throughput sequence analysis of bacterial communities in commercial biofertiliser products marketed in South Africa: an independent snapshot quality assessment. 3 Biotech, 9(3), p.108.
  • Ezekiel, C.N., Ayeni, K.I., Ezeokoli, O.T., Sulyok, M., van Wyk, D.A., Oyedele, O.A., Akinyemi, O.M., Chibuzor-Onyema, I.E., Adeleke, R.A., Nwangburuka, C.C. and Hajšlová, J., 2019. High-throughput sequence analyses of bacterial communities and multi-mycotoxin profiling during processing of different formulations of Kunu, a traditional fermented beverage. Frontiers in microbiology, 9, p.3282.
  • Adeleke, R.A., Nunthkumar, B., Roopnarain, A. and Obi, L., 2019. Applications of Plant–Microbe Interactions in Agro-Ecosystems. In Microbiome in Plant Health and Disease (pp. 1-34). Springer, Singapore.
  • Adeleke, R.A., Raimi, A.R., Roopnarain, A. and Mokubedi, S.M., 2019. Status and Prospects of Bacterial Inoculants for Sustainable Management of Agroecosystems. In Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment (pp. 137-172). Springer, Cham.
  • Atanda, A.C., Adeleke, R.A., Jooste, P.J. and Madoroba, E., 2018. Insights into the microbiological safety of vermicompost and vermicompost tea produced by South African smallholder farmers. Indian Journal of Microbiology, 58(4), pp.479-488.
  • Mashiane, A.R., Adeleke, R.A., Bezuidenhout, C.C. and Chirima, G.J., 2018. Community composition and functions of endophytic bacteria of Bt maize. South African Journal of Science, 114(7-8), pp.88-97.
  • Bothma, L., Gonzalez-Ibeas, D., Mienie, C., Bezuidenhout, C.C. and Adeleke, R., 2018. Whole-genome sequence of Salmonella Enterica subsp. Enterica Serovar Typhimurium strain WG49 and Escherichia coli strain WG5 used in South Africa for phage detection in water samples. Genome Announcements., 6(26), pp.e00372-18.
  • Mukhuba, M., Roopnarain, A., Adeleke, R., Moeletsi, M. and Makofane, R., 2018. Comparative assessment of bio-fertiliser quality of cow dung and anaerobic digestion effluent. Cogent Food and Agriculture, 4(1), p.1435019.
  • Ojuri, O.T., Ezekiel, C.N., Sulyok, M., Ezeokoli, O.T., Oyedele, O.A., Ayeni, K.I., Eskola, M.K., Šarkanj, B., Hajšlová, J., Adeleke, R.A. and Nwangburuka, C.C., 2018. Assessing the mycotoxicological risk from consumption of complementary foods by infants and young children in Nigeria. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 121, pp.37-50.
  • Ezeokoli, O.T., Adeleke, R.A. and Bezuidenhout, C.C., 2018. Core bacterial community of soy-daddawa: insights from high-throughput DNA metabarcoding. LWT, 97, pp.61-66.
  • Ademola, O.M., Adeyemi, T.E., Ezeokoli, O.T., Ayeni, K.I., Obadina, A.O., Somorin, Y.M., Omemu, A.M., Adeleke, R.A., Nwangburuka, C.C., Oluwafemi, F. and Oyewole, O.B., 2018. Phylogenetic analyses of bacteria associated with the processing of iru and ogiri condiments. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 67(4), pp.354-362.
  • Roopnarain, A., Makofane, R. and Adeleke, R., 2018. Water hyacinth: adding value to a noxious weed. Water Wheel, 17(4), pp.42-43.
  • Roopnarain, A., Mukhuba, M., Adeleke, R. and Moeletsi, M., 2017. Biases during DNA extraction affect bacterial and archaeal community profile of anaerobic digestion samples. 3 Biotech, 7(6), p.375.
  • Raimi, A., Adeleke, R. and Roopnarain, A., 2017. Soil fertility challenges and Biofertiliser as a viable alternative for increasing smallholder farmer crop productivity in sub-Saharan Africa. Cogent Food and Agriculture, 3(1), p.1400933.
  • Adedeji, B.S., Ezeokoli, O.T., Ezekiel, C.N., Obadina, A.O., Somorin, Y.M., Sulyok, M., Adeleke, R.A., Warth, B., Nwangburuka, C.C., Omemu, A.M. and Oyewole, O.B., 2017. Bacterial species and mycotoxin contamination associated with locust bean, melon and their fermented products in south-western Nigeria. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 258, pp.73-80.
  • Van Wyk, D.A., Adeleke, R., Rhode, O.H., Bezuidenhout, C.C. and Mienie, C., 2017. Ecological guild and enzyme activities of rhizosphere soil microbial communities associated with Bt‐maize cultivation under field conditions in North West Province of South Africa. Journal of basic microbiology, 57(9), pp.781-792.
  • Bello‐Akinosho, M., Adeleke, R., Thantsha, M.S. and Maila, M., 2017. Pseudomonas sp.(Strain 10–1B): A potential inoculum candidate for green and sustainable remediation. Remediation Journal, 27(3), pp.75-79.
  • Awosusi, A.A., Ayeni, A., Adeleke, R. and Daramola, M.O., 2017. Effect of water of crystallization on the dissolution efficiency of molten zinc chloride hydrate salts during the pre‐treatment of corncob biomass. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 92(9), pp.2468-2476.
  • Mashiane, R.A., Ezeokoli, O.T., Adeleke, R.A. and Bezuidenhout, C.C., 2017. Metagenomic analyses of bacterial endophytes associated with the phyllosphere of a Bt maize cultivar and its isogenic parental line from South Africa. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 33(4), p.80.
  • Awosusi, A.A., Ayeni, A.O., Adeleke, R. and Daramola, M.O., 2017. Biocompositional and thermodecompositional analysis of South African agro‐waste corncob and husk towards production of biocommodities. Asia‐Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 12(6), pp.960-968.
  • Roopnarain, A. and Adeleke, R., 2017. Current status, hurdles and future prospects of biogas digestion technology in Africa. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 67, pp.1162-1179.
  • Adeleke, R., Nwangburuka, C. and Oboirien, B., 2017. Origins, roles and fate of organic acids in soils: a review. South African Journal of Botany, 108, pp.393-406.
  • Obi, L.U., Atagana, H.I. and Adeleke, R.A., 2016. Isolation and characterisation of crude oil sludge degrading bacteria. SpringerPlus, 5(1), p.1946.
  • Mofokeng, D.S., Adeleke, R. and Aiyegoro, O.A., 2016. The analysis of physicochemical characteristics of pig farm seepage and its possible impact on the receiving natural environment. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 10(8), pp.242-252.
  • Ajilogba, C., Babalola, O., Adebola, P. and Adeleke, R., 2016. Evaluation of PGPR and biocontrol activities of bacteria isolated from Bambara groundnut rhizosphere. New Biotechnology, (33), pp.S128-S129.
  • Ubani, O., Atagana, H.I., Thantsha, M.S. and Rasheed, A., 2016. Identification and characterisation of oil sludge degrading bacteria isolated from compost. Archives of Environmental Protection, 42(2), pp.67-77.
  • Ubani, O., Atagana, H.I., Thantsha, M.S. and Adeleke, R., 2016. Characterisation of oil degrading bacteria from tailored compost containing crude oil sludge. Indian Journal of Biotechnology, 15, pp243-250.
  • Bello-Akinosho, M., Makofane, R., Adeleke, R., Thantsha, M., Pillay, M. and Chirima, G.J., 2016. Potential of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial isolates to contribute to soil fertility. BioMed research international, 2016.
  • Bello-Akinosho, M., Adeleke, R., Swanevelder, D. and Thantsha, M., 2015. Draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas sp. strain 10-1B, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degrader in contaminated soil. Genome Announcements., 3(3), pp.e00325-15.
  • Okeke, C.A., Ezekiel, C.N., Nwangburuka, C.C., Sulyok, M., Ezeamagu, C.O., Adeleke, R.A., Dike, S.K. and Krska, R., 2015. Bacterial diversity and mycotoxin reduction during maize fermentation (steeping) for ogi production. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, p.1402.
  • Adeleke, R., Cloete, T.E., Bertrand, A. and Khasa, D.P., 2015. Relationship between plant growth and organic acid exudates from ectomycorrhizal and non-ectomycorrhizal Pinus patula. South African Journal of Plant and Soil, 32(4), pp.183-188.
  • Adeleke, R.A., 2014. Getting rid of the unwanted: highlights of developments and challenges of biobeneficiation of iron ore minerals—a review. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, 41(12), pp.1731-1741.
  • Adeleke, R. and Dames, J.F., 2014. Kalaharituber pfeilii and associated bacterial interactions. South African Journal of Botany, 90, pp.68-73.
  • Adeleke, R., Cloete, T.E. and Khasa, D.P., 2012. Culturable microorganisms associated with Sishen iron ore and their potential roles in biobeneficiation. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 28(3), pp.1057-1070.
  • Adeleke, R.A., Cloete, T.E., Bertrand, A. and Khasa, D.P., 2012. Iron ore weathering potentials of ectomycorrhizal plants. Mycorrhiza, 22(7), pp.535-544.
  • Bezuidenhout, C.C. and Adeleke, R.A., 2011. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in South Africa-challenges of microbiology quality of water resources. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 3(4), pp.55-64.
  • Adeleke, R., Cloete, E. and Khasa, D., 2010. Isolation and identification of iron ore-solubilising fungus. South African Journal of Science, 106(9-10), pp.1-6.
  • Adeleke, R.A., Cloete, T.E., Bertrand, A. and Khasa, D.P., 2010. Mobilisation of potassium and phosphorus from iron ore by ectomycorrhizal fungi. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 26(10), pp.1901-1913.
  • Adeleke, R., Cloete, E. and Khasa, D., 2010. Isolation and identification of iron ore-solubilising fungus nanoparticles and their solubility in water. South African Journal of Science, 106(9), p.43.