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The Biotechnology Department is one of the technical departments in the Institute.  The Department sets out to use industrial biotechnology to create health, clean environment and wealth.  In view of this, the Department undertakes market driven research and development to harness Nigeria’s rich natural resources and wastes for nutritional applications, protection of environment, generation of bio-energy and industrial needs.  In pursuit of these noble objectives, the Department has a highly qualified Research team and Technical staff.
Vision of the Department:
To carryout market-driven Research and Development (R & D) in the area of agro-industrial wastes for the use of the Industry in line with the mandate of FIIRO.

Mission of the Department:

To promote technological activities using microbial technology and Industrial process for food and non-food products through a highly motivated and committed Research team.


1· Motivated Task force teams.

2· Leadership by example/mentoring

3· Available Research facilities

4· Project review towards skill development

Biotechnology Programmes:

The Department runs some programmes such as:

1. Enzymes Programme

2. Mushroom Programme

3. Kunun-zaki programme

4. Pre-requisite programmes

Current Biotechnology Projects:

1· Microbial production and utilization of Industrial enzymes from agro-industrial wastes.

2· Production of condiments from lesser known seeds.

3· Production of spawns and Edible mushrooms from agro-industrial wastes.

4· Development and production of Prebiotics, Probiotics and symbiotics as food supplements.

5· Development and production of fermented sweet potato starter cultures.

6· Upgrading the production process of Ugba – an indigenous Nigerian fermented food.

Developed Technologies:

1· Production of soyadawadawa – a food condiment

2· Local technology for Oxytetracycline and Tetracycline production.

3· Wines from local fruits, vegetables and flowers.

4· Production of Industrial enzymes.

5· Production of Glucose syrup from cassava starch.

6· Production of edible mushroom.

7· Production and preservation of Kunun-zaki.

8· Soy-ogi production.

9· Soy-gari production.

10· Bottling and presentation of palmwine.

11· Production of unclarified, clarified and carbonated fruit juice.

12· Production of Biogas and Biofertilizer from agro-Industrial wastes.

13· Ogiri production

14· Shelf-stable Kunun-zaki.

Biotechnology Divisions:

There are three (3) Divisions in Biotechnology Department namely:

Enzyme Technology Division

Waste Utilization and Fermentation Division

Molecular Biology and Genetics Division

Research Laboratories:

The following Research Laboratories exist in Biotechnology:

1· Enzyme Research Laboratory

2· Spawn Laboratory

3· Molecular Biology Laboratory

4· Fermentation Research Laboratory

5· Culture Collection Laboratory



Lawal, Adekunle Kolawole (Ph.D)

Food and Industrial Microbiologist

Director, Biotechnology Department

Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, P. M. B. 210233, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

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Mobile: +234(01)8023164214;   +2348180653282         

Professional Body:

· Institute of Public Analyst of Nigeria (IPAN)

· American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

· Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM)

· Association of Industrial Microbiologists of Nigeria (AIMN) 

· Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST).

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