•  Bags 12 months free membership of the Natural Environment Research Council-British Ecological Society (NERC-BES), United Kingdom.

A lecturer with the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA),  Dr Gideon Idowu of the Chemistry Department, has bagged  two international grants.

They are for research projects seeking to investigate the ecological impact of Covid-19 prevention strategies: fate and impact of medical face masks on soil ecosystem.

The awards are from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), United Kingdom and the Natural Environment Research Council-British Ecological Society (NERC-BES), United Kingdom.

Funds for the research projects would cover costs of equipment, consumables, logistics and literature.

Programme Manager, Grants, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Yuandi Li, who conveyed the letter of his society to Dr Idowu wrote, “following assessment by our reviewers, I am pleased to inform you that your application has been successful.”

Similarly, Grants and Events Officer, British Ecological Society (BES), Siri McDonnell on behalf of the society wrote, “An excellent and timely project with international implications. The project is timely in terms of both the pandemic situation and microplastics pollution. This project would contribute to a broader understanding of the impact of face masks on soil ecosystem “.

“During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is vital to have an understanding of such impact, as this will contribute to the development of strategies for dealing with vast numbers of disposable face masks and how they should be disposed of safely “.

According to McDonnell, Dr. Idowu with the grant also receives 12 months free BES membership with all its benefits.

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