Godfrey Apangu

Godfrey Apangu

PhD Student

Research Degree Students

Contact Details

email: apag1_16@uni.worc.ac.uk

Godfrey is a full-time PhD student in the School of Science and the Environment at the University of Worcester. 

Godfrey’s main research interests are molecular microbiology, modelling, crop pathology, remote sensing, environmental biomonitoring and aerobiology. His PhD research concerns developing a mechanistic description of the release process of Alternaria spores for implementation into atmospheric transport models that can be used for calculating emission reduction scenarios, exposure studies and for next-generation spore forecasting in order to manage Alternaria diseases in Agriculture and Forestry as well as human allergy. He is using Hirst-type Burkard and Cyclone samplers to sample Alternaria spores from the atmosphere and later employs optical microscopy and the novel quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) approaches for spore analyses up to species level. He integrates the spore data with HYSPLIT modelling, land cover maps, satellite images, weather and ground truth data to understand the footprint areas of Alternaria fungus, their relationship with weather and harvesting, and spore emission from natural sources such as grasslands and man-made sources e.g. croplands.

Godfrey is a member of the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit of the University of Worcester. 

He is also a member of the British Society of Plant Pathology

Godfrey is also a member of the European Aerobiology Society

His supervisors are Professor Carsten Ambelas Skjøth, Dr Mary Hanson and Dr Mark Johnston.

Godfrey is very grateful to the University of Worcester and European Union’s Marie Curie Career Integration Grant for funding his PhD through a Studentship.

Prior to commencing his PhD, Godfrey worked on a number of projects outside academia and these include:

  • Research Assistant on a starch project, Sep-Dec 2016, Aberystwyth University, UK.
  • Youth empowerment through agriculture project, Jan-June 2017, Uganda.
  • Conservation Agriculture and economic empowerment project, Aug 2012- Aug 2015, Uganda.
  • Food price crisis response project, Jan 2011-Jul 2012, Uganda.
  • Agriculture improvement and market access project, 2009-2010, Uganda.
  • Community empowerment through agriculture, adult education, and capacity building of local governments, 2007-2008, Uganda.

Godfrey is also a member of staff at the University of Worcester.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Agriculture, 2014, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda.
MSc Food and Water Security, 2017, Aberystwyth University, UK.

 

Publications

  1. Rojo et al. (2019) Near-ground effect of height on pollen exposure. Environmental Research, 174, 160-169.
  2. Apangu, G.P., Frisk, C.A., Adams-Groom, B., Petch, G and Skjøth, C.A. (2018) Spatial Bi-hourly Variation of Alternaria Spore Concentration in Worcester, UK.In: 11th International Congress on Aerobiology, 3-7 Sep 2018, Parma, Italy. https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/7064/
  3. Apangu, G.P., Frisk, C.A., Hanson, M, Petch, G and Skjøth, C.A  A High Abundance of Alternaria alternata Fungi Found in Worcestershire, UK.In: University of Worcester Post-graduate Research 'Seeds of Knowledge' Conference, 20 June 2019, The Hive, Worcester, UK. https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8590
  4. Frisk, C.A., Apangu, G.P., Petch, G., Adams-Groom, B., Skjøth, C.A (2018). Spatial and temporal variance of bi-hourly grass pollen concentrations in the local surroundings of Worcester, UK In: 11th International Congress on Aerobiology, 3 - 7 September 2018, Parma, Italy. https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7724.
  5. Skjøth, C.A., Petch, G., Ottosen, T, Hanson, M., Frisk, C.A., Apangu, G.P., Adams-Groom, B., Leigh, C.R. and Pope, F.D. (2018) First Experiences with Low Cost Optical Particle Counters Reveal Spore Emission in Woodlands During Night Time.In: 11th International Congress on Aerobiology, 3 - 7 September 2018, Parma, Italy. https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/7073/
  6. Puranik, S., Apangu, G.P., Ojulong, O., Yadav, R (2016). Evaluating genetic variations in a diverse collection of finger millet germplasm for micronutrients and their bioavailability. 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress, 6-9 Nov 2016, New Delhi, India. http://hdl.handle.net/2160/43597
  7. Puranik, S., Apangu, G.P., Ojulong, O., Yadav, R (2016. Harnessing benefits of finger millets in combating micronutrient malnutrition through genetics and genomic approaches. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals Review Meeting, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India. 3-5 Oct 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/2160/43785