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Prof W. Otang Mbeng

Associate Professor in Botany
013 002 0235



  • Botany (Plant Sciences).


  • Phd in Botany
  • MSc in Botany
  • BSc in Botany
  • Post graduate diploma in Higher Education

Currently Teaching

  • Plant Studies 101, 201
  • Conservation Ecology 202
  • Research Methodology
  • Philosophy of Science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Research Focus Areas

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Ethnopharmacolgy/Ethnobotany
  • Medicinal Plants

Books and Book Chapters

  • Francis N. Nkede, Simeon A. Materechera, and Wilfred Otang Mbeng. 2019. Carpobrotus edulis L. (Sour Fig): Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology. The Therapeutic Properties of Medicinal Plants. Health rejuvenating Properties of Native Flora. Apple Academic Press pp 23-34.
  • Wilfred Otang Mbeng, Anthony Jide Afolayan. 2018. Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity of Opuntia aurantiaca Lindl. Bioactive Compounds of Medicinal Plants. Apple Academic Press pp 141-169.

Journal Articles

  • Wilfred Otang Mbeng, Idowu Jonas Sagbo. 2020. Anti-melanogenesis, antioxidant and antityrosinase activities of Scabiosa columbaria L. Manuscript ID: Processesdoi:10.3390/pr8020236.
  • Peter Tshepiso Ndhlovu, Abiodun Olusola Omotayo, Adeyemi Oladapo Aremu and Wilfred Otang-Mbeng 2020. Herbal-based cosmeceuticals and economic sustainability among women in South African rural communities. Economies, 8,51. Idowu Jonas Sagbo and Wilfred Otang-Mbeng. 2020. Anti-Proliferative and Genotoxic Activities of the Helichrysum petiolare Hilliard & B.L. Burtt. Scientia Pharmaceutica, 88, 0049. 
  • Idowu Jonas Sagbo, Ayuk Elizabeth Orock1, Elizabeth Kola, Wilfred Otang Mbeng. 2020. Phytochemical Screening and Gas Chromatography‑Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Ethanol Extract of Scambiosa columbaria L. Pahamacognosy Research, 12(5): 35-39.
  • M. V. Setshego, Adeyemi Aremu, Wilfred Otang Mbeng. 2020. Natural resources used as folk cosmeceuticals among rural communities in Vhembe district municipality, Limpopo province, South Africa. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, accepted paper. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-020-869.

Professional Associations and Academic Accolades

  • Southern African Association of Institutional Research (SAAIR).
  • Society of Medicinal Plants and Economic Development (SOMPED).
  • Society for Medicinal Plants and Natural Product Research (GA).
  • Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF).
  • Recipient: Faculty Researcher of the year (2020).

Engagement Projects

  • Nkomazi community-based agro-processing project
    • Beneficiary community: KaHhoyi, Nkomazi Local Municipality.
  • Cosmetic ethnobotany
    • Beneficiary community: Mafikeng, Mafikeng Local Municipality, North-West Province.