Olaniyi Amos Fawole

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Olaniyi Amos Fawole
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  • BSc
  • BSc
  • PhDAgric
Alma mater
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Agriculture researcher
  • Associate professor

Olaniyi A. Fawole (Ola) is a Nigeria-born South Africa-based Agriculture researcher at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an associate professor of postharvest crop preservation with a firm focus on the reduction of food loss and waste and how the preservation of nutritious food can ultimately improve health outcomes. Fawole is also an extraordinary associate professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, Stellenbosch University.

Life and Career

Olaniyi's research is firmly focused on how the preservation of nutritious food can ultimately improve health outcomes. He earned a BSc at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and an MSc at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In 2013, he obtained a PhDAgric (Postharvest Technology) from Stellenbosch University (SU). His PhD was followed by a period as a postdoctoral fellow (sponsored by Claude Leon Foundation, UK) at Stellenbosch University before his appointment and promotion as a researcher and senior researcher in 2016 and 2018, respectively, at the same University.

Research Interests

Fawole is currently leading research on development and application of nanocomposites and bioplastic[1] for postharvest crop preservation and protection; maturity indexes[2] and storage protocols[3] for indigenous & horticultural crops; and investigating value-adding potentials of horticultural and medicinal crops using sustainable agro-processing technologies[4]. Fawole is recognised globally as one of the leading researchers on postharvest technology of pomegranate fruit. His academic activities involve interactive teaching, research and community engagement.

Recognition and Awards

Fawole has published more than 100 journal articles and conference papers (see list of publications, citations and H-index). In December 2015, Fawole was awarded a Y1 rating by the National Research Foundation, South Africa. He was inducted as a young affiliate of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2016 for contributions to Science in Africa. He is an elected Technical Board Membership of CIGR Section VI: Bioprocesses Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering in 2018. He is the Convener of ISHS V International Symposium on Pomegranate and Minor Mediterranean Fruits. In March 2021, he was selected as one of the top forty promising African early career researchers by the African Academy of Sciences.


  1. Shannon Claudia, Riva; Umezuruike Obia, Opara; Olaniyi Amos, Fawole (27 February 2020). "Recent developments on postharvest application of edible coatings on stone fruit: A review". Scientia Horticulturae. 262: 109074. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2019.109074. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  2. Olaniyi Amos, Fawole; Umezuruike Linus, Opara (4 February 2013). "Changes in physical properties, chemical and elemental composition and antioxidant capacity of pomegranate (cv. Ruby) fruit at five maturity stages". Scientia Horticulturae. 150: 37-46. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2012.10.026. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  3. Olaniyi Amos, Fawole; Umezuruike Linus, Opara (May 2013). "Effects of storage temperature and duration on physiological responses of pomegranate fruit". Industrial Crops and Products. 47: 300-309. doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2013.03.028. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  4. Adegoke Olusesan, Adetoro; Umezuruike Linus, Opara; Olaniyi Amos, Fawole (3 September 2020). "Effect of Carrier Agents on the Physicochemical and Technofunctional Properties and Antioxidant Capacity of Freeze-Dried Pomegranate Juice (Punica granatum) Powder". Foods. 9: 1388. doi:10.3390/foods9101388. Retrieved 1 January 2021.

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