Dr. Conrad Bonsi

 

Dr. Conrad Bonsi, Associate Director of the George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station

Email:  cobonsi@tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8333

EDUCATION
Pennsylvania State University, Post doctoral Fellowship 1983 Plant Pathology
Cornell University, Ph.D., 1982 Plant Pathology
Tuskegee University, M.S., 1978 Plant & Soil Science
University of Ghana, B. S., 1975 Crop Protection

EMPLOYMENT
Associate Research Director, G. W. Carver Agricultural Experiment Station 1987-present
Professor, Department of Agricultural Science, Tuskegee University 1992-present
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Tuskegee University 1987-1992
Assistant Research Director, G. W. Carver Agricultural Experiment Station, Tuskegee University 1986 – 1987
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Tuskegee University 1983-1987
Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University 1982-1983
Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Ghana, Legon 1975-76

AREAS OF INTEREST
Plant Disease Management, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Integrated Pest Management, International Agriculture and Development, Small Farm Research, Space Agriculture, Agricultural Research Program Management and Administration.

CAREER IMPACTS AND INNOVATIONS
Development of disease and pest resistant cultivars and applications of integrated pest management strategies for the management and control of diseases and pests of crop plants. Development of adaptable small farm production systems through on farm research. Development of crop production systems for space applications.

SELECTIVE PUBLICATIONS/PATENTS/OTHER SCOLARSHIP

Books and Patents:
Hill, W. A., C. K. Bonsi and P. A. Loretan. 1992. Sweetpotato Technology for the 21st Century. Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL  607 pp
Morris, C. E., P. A. Loretan, C. K. Bonsi, W. A. Hill. 1989. Movable root contact/pressure plate assembly for hydroponic systems U.S. Patent and Trade Office, Patent No. 4,860,490.
Hill, W. A., P. A. Loretan and C. K. Bonsi.  1984.  The sweetpotato for space missions.  Carver Research Foundation of Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL  64 pp.
Selected Refereed Publications:
Bonsi , C. K, V. A. Khan, P. David, M.. N. Alvarez, D. Mortley, W. A. Hill, C. Morris, A. Trotman, 2006. ‘Whatley-Loretan’ Sweetpotato. HortScience (Submitted)
Mortley, D. G., J. H. Hill, C. K. Bonsi and W. A. Hill.  2001.  Nutrient management of sweetpotato grown in nutrient film technique. Acta Hort. 548:567-574.
Mortley, D. G., J. H. Hill, D. R. Hileman, C. K. Bonsi, and W. A. Hill. 2001.  Light and CO2 interaction on peanut grown in film technique. Acta Hort. 543:327-334
Mortley, D. G., C. K. Bonsi, P. A. Loretan, W. A. Hill and C. E. Morris. 2000.  High relative humidity increases yield, harvest index, flowering and gynophore growth of hydroponically grown peanut plants. HortScience. 36:46-48
Mortley, D. G., P. A. Loretan, W. A. Hill, C. K. Bonsi, C. E. Morris, R. Hall and D. Sullen, 1998. Biocompatibility of sweetpotato and peanut in a hydroponic system.  HortScience 33:1147-1149
Trotman, A. A., P. P. David, C. K. Bonsi, W. A. Hill and P. A. Loretan. 1998. Comparison of the elemental composition of sweetpotato grown in a bioreactor effluent and modified half Hoagland solution. Tropical Agric. 75:35-38.
David, P. P., C. K. Bonsi, D. G. Mortley, and A. A. Trotman, 1998. Yield stability differences among sweetpotato genotype under controlled environments. Tropical Agric. 75:204-207.
Mortley, D. G., P. P. David, C. K. Bonsi, P. A. Loretan and W. A. Hill.  1998. Sweetpotato production using the Nutrient Film Technique. In Proceedings of International Workshop on Sweetpotato Production System toward the 21st Century, Miyazaki, Japan. Pp.215-225
David, P. P., C. K. Bonsi, O. C. Clarke and D. Z. Douglas.  1994.  Screening sweetpotato germplasm for high dry matter.  Proceed.  Caribbean Food Crops Society Meeting.  July 31-August 5, 1994.  U. S. Virgin Island.  Pp 156-159
Loretan, P. A., C. K. Bonsi, D. G. Mortley, R. M. Wheeler, C. L. Mackowiak, W. A. Hill, C. E. Morris, A. A. Trotman and P. P. David.  1994.  Effects of several environmental factors on sweetpotato growth.  Adv. Space Res. Vol. 12, No. 11:277-280.
Bonsi, C. K., D. G. Mortley, P. A. Loretan and W. A. Hill.  1994.  Temperature and light effects on sweetpotatoes grown hydroponically.  Acta Horticulturae.  361:527-530
Mortley, D. G., C. K. Bonsi, P. A. Loretan, W. A. Hill and C. E. Morris.  1994.  Relative humidity influences yield, edible biomass and linear growth rate of sweetpotato.  HortScience 29:609-610
Bonsi, C. K., P. A. Loretan, W. A. Hill and D. G. Mortley.  1992.  Response of Sweetpotatoes to Continuous Light. HortScience 27(5):271-272.
Bonsi, C. K., P. J. C. Bouwkamp, W. A. Hill and P. A. Loretan. 1992.  Production Practices. In: A. Jones and J.C. Bouwkamp (Eds.) Fifty Years of Cooperative Sweetpotato Research 1939-1989.  Southern Coop. Series.  Bull. No. 369 pp. 22-41
Bonsi, C. K., W. A. Hill, D. G. Mortley, P. A. Loretan, C. M. Morris and E. Carlise.  1992.  Growing sweetpotatoes for space missions using NFT. In: W. A. Hill, C. K. Bonsi and P. A. Loretan. (eds.) Sweetpotato  Technology for the 21st Century. Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL  Pp. 110-119
Bonsi, C. K. and B. R. Phills.  1986.  Yam. In: World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 88A
Bonsi, C. K. and B. R. Phills.  1986.  Sweetpotato. In: World Book Encyclopedia, 88A.
Bonsi, C. K., and B. R. Phills.  1979.  Reaction to twelve sweetpotato cultivars and breeding lines to two root-knot nematode species with three experimental methods.  HortScience 12(2):539-541

COURSES TAUGHT / STUDENT ADVISEMENT
Served as Major Advisor for 8 MS thesis students. Has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Plant Breeding, Vegetable Crops and Soil Microbiology .  Currently teaches a graduate course in Plant Pathology.

OUTREACH / SERVICE
Serves as committee member on the Experiment Station Committee on Policy Science and Technology, 2000 – Present; Served as Chair of L. M Ware Distinguished Teacher Award Committee for the American Society for Horticultural Science-Southern Region, 1996-98, Served on USDA/CSREES Research Program Review Committee 1991-94,
Serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the International Society for Tropical Root Crops, 1994-Present, Served as Chair of the National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group, 1995

AWARDS / HONORS / LEADERSHIP
The Tuskegee University Sigma Xi Russell W. Brown Distinguished Scientist Research Award (1997); USDA Group Honor Award for Excellence (1996); Certificate of Recognition National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 1994; Fellow, USDA-ESCOP Leadership Training Program (1992); Tuskegee University Faculty Achievement Award (1992); Tuskegee University Faculty Performance in Research Award (1991); Tuskegee University Inventor Award (1990); Futurist in Science and Technology, Black Enterprise Magazine (1990); University of Ghana Post Graduate Scholarship (1976-1982

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
National Sweetpotato Collaborator Group, Alabama Sweetpotato Growers Association, American Phytopathological Society, American Society for Horticultural Science, Caribbean Food Crop Society, Organization of Tropical American Nematologists, International Society for Tropical Root Crops, International Society for Tropical Root Crops-African Branch, International Society for Horticultural Science, Sigma Xi; Scientific Honor Society, Society of Nematologists