William Mbasa | Agronomy | Young scientist Award

Mr. William Mbasa | Agronomy | Young scientist Award

 

Mr at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

William Valerian Mbasa is a dedicated microbiologist/pathologist with a strong background in agricultural research, specializing in cashew crops and microbiology. He holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Dar es Salaam, complemented by a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Sokoine University of Agriculture. Currently serving at Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre, William has authored several influential research articles and played pivotal roles in projects focusing on cashew crop protection and organic-based nutrient management. His leadership experience includes coordinating research and innovation efforts, contributing significantly to the agricultural research landscape in Tanzania.

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 Personal Profile

I am a microbiologist/pathologist with self-motivation, goal-oriented, well-organized, hardworking, and attentive to details. I can work efficiently both in a team and individually. Moreover, I am eager to effectively contribute to research and development in solving community challenges.

🎓Academic Qualification

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Microbiology (By Thesis) University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2022 to Date, Master of Science in Microbiology (By Thesis) University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2018 – 2020, Bachelor Degree of Science in Agriculture General Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania 2012 – 2015, National Form Six Examination Certificate “Advance level” Kwiro High School, Morogoro, Tanzania, 2010 – 2012, National Form Four Examination Certificate “Ordinary Level” Naliendele Secondary School, Mtwara, Tanzania 2006 – 2009, Primary School Examination Certificate Naliendele Primary School, Mtwara, Tanzania 1999 – 2005

💼Professional/ Work Experience

Research Officer Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre 1st November 2022 – Present. Agricultural Research Officer Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre under Temporary Terms 25th January 2021 – 31st October 2022. Agricultural Research Officer. Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre under Cashew Research Program (CRP) September 2016 – 24th January 2021

🌟Leadership Experience

Assistant of Coordinator of Research and Innovation (CRI) Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre 1st January 2024 – Present Assistant of Coordinator of Cashew Research Program (CRP) Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre 1st January 2024 – Present Head of Crop Protection Section Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre under Cashew Research Program (CRP)-Cashew Crop Protection December 2022 – Present Acting Head of Cashew Agronomy Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre under Cashew Research Program (CRP)-Agronomy section March 2017 – March 2018

🔬Research Involved

Cashew Apple Organic-Based Nutrient Management Practice: Potential for Improved Productivity of Cashew in Southeastern Tanzania Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre, 2019 – 2022, 🌱 One (1) cashew apple organic-based fertilizer was recommended., 📚 One (1) research article was published in a reputable journal.. Investigations of Cashew Wilt Disease: An Emerging Threat Caused by Fusarium oxysporum in Tanzania Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)-Naliendele Centre 2018 – 2020 (Phase I), 2022 – To Date (Phase II) Three (3)

Publications Top Notes

  • Title: Distribution, characterization and chemical management of noxious shrub weed (Dichapetalum stuhlmannii Engl) in cashew in southeastern Tanzania
    Authors: Mbasa, W.V., Kapinga, F.A., Nene, W.A., Ngiha, K.N., Bashiru, R.A.
    Year: 2024
    Journal: Heliyon
    DOI: e28207

 

  • Title: Influence of cashew apple utilization on soil nutrient replenishment and performance of cashew seedlings
    Authors: Valerian Mbasa, W., Kapinga, F.A., Nene, W.A., Merengo, M.J., Lilai, S.A.
    Year: 2024
    Journal: Journal of Plant Nutrition
    Volume and Issue: 47(4)
    Pages: 595–614

 

  • Title: The efficacy of biofungicides on cashew wilt disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum
    Authors: Lilai, S.A., Kapinga, F.A., Nene, W.A., Mbasa, W.V., Tibuhwa, D.D.
    Year: 2022
    Journal: European Journal of Plant Pathology
    Volume and Issue: 163(2)
    Pages: 453–465

 

  • Title: Ecological factors influencing severity of cashew fusarium wilt disease in Tanzania
    Authors: Lilai, S.A., Kapinga, F.A., Nene, W.A., Mbasa, W.V., Tibuhwa, D.D.
    Year: 2021
    Journal: Research in Plant Disease
    Volume and Issue: 27(2)
    Pages: 49–60

 

  • Title: In vitro efficacy of botanical leaf extracts on Fusarium oxysporum causing cashew wilt disease in Tanzania
    Authors: Mbasa, W.V.
    Year: 2021
    Journal: Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection
    Volume and Issue: 54(19-20)
    Pages: 2397–2406

 

  • Title: Characterization and chemical management of Cashew Fusarium Wilt Disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum in Tanzania
    Authors: Mbasa, W.V., Nene, W.A., Kapinga, F.A., Lilai, S.A., Tibuhwa, D.D.
    Year: 2021
    Journal: Crop Protection
    Volume: 139
    DOI: 105379

 

Charul Chaudhary | Agronomy | Women Researcher Award

  Dr. Charul Chaudhary| Agronomy | Women Researcher Award

Charul Chaudhary is a dedicated agronomist with expertise in crop production, cropping systems, conservation agriculture, and soil management. Holding a Ph.D. in Agronomy from COA, CCS HAU, Hisar, she excels in research focused on weed control, crop diversification, and improving soil health for enhanced productivity. Currently serving as a Young Professional-II at ICAR, Charul previously contributed significantly as a Senior Research Fellow at ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute. She is a recipient of prestigious awards including the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fellowship and has authored multiple impactful publications in renowned journals.

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  • • Influence of crop residue and nitrogen management on nutrient uptake, yield and economics of Rice-Wheat
    Cropping system. 2023. Journal of Plant Nutrition, pp-376-391. DOI- 10.1080/01904167.2023.2277399

 

  • • Standardization of spraying technique for pre-emergence herbicides in zero-tillage wheat with surface residue
    cover. 2023. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences (IJAS), 92 (11): 1358–1363

 

  • • Effect of herbicidal treatments on the seed quality parameters and yield of Pearl millet. 2022. Agricultural
    Mechanization in Asia, Africa and Latin America, 53(5): 8085-8093

 

  • • Impact of Integrated weed management practices on growth parameters, yield attributes and yield of pearl
    millet (Pennisetum glaucum L. Br. Emend. Stuntz.). 2022. The Pharma Innovation, 11(4): 687-692.

 

  • • Impact of Integrated weed management practices on weed parameters and yield of pearl millet (Pennisetum
    glaucum L. Br. Emend. Stuntz.). 2022. The Pharma Innovation, 11(4): 693-700.

 

  • • Lodging: significance and preventive measures for increasing crop production, International Journal of
    Chemical Studies, IJCS 2018; 6(1): 700-705.

Zhou Li | Plant Science | Best Researcher Award

Prof Dr. Danish Fayaz |Plant Science | Best Researcher Award

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

Dr. Li Zhou is a distinguished researcher in plant physiology, renowned for his expertise in understanding grass species’ responses to abiotic stresses like drought and high temperature. With a Ph.D. from Sichuan Agricultural University and postdoctoral experiences at Beijing Forestry University and Rutgers University, he has garnered numerous accolades, including awards from Sichuan Province and prestigious scholarships. Dr. Zhou has led major research projects funded by national and provincial organizations, contributing significantly to the field. As an editorial board member and guest editor for esteemed journals, he shapes scholarly discourse. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications and extensive reviewing duties, Dr. Zhou’s impact is profound.

🌐 Professional Profiles

 

🎓 Education

Postdoctor Dec. 2017 – Dec. 2023 Beijing Forestry University, Turfgrass Science. Visiting Scholar Sept. 2014 – Jul. 2016 Rutgers University, Turfgrass Science. Ph.D. Sept. 2010 – Jun. 2016 Sichuan Agricultural University, Grassland Science. B.S. Sept. 2006 – Jun. 2010 Southwest University, Grassland Science

👨‍🏫 Professional Experiences

Professor Dec. 2023 – Present College of Grassland Science and Technology, Sichuan Agricultural University. Associate Professor Dec. 2018 – Nov. 2023 College of Grassland Science and Technology, Sichuan Agricultural University. Lecturer Jul. 2016 – Nov. 2018 College of Animal Science and Technology, Sichuan Agricultural University

🏅 Honors and Awards

The Science and Technology Progress Award (Second-class), Sichuan Province, China, 2022. Academic and Technical Leader Reserve Candidate, Sichuan Province, China, 2021. Scientific and Technologic Elite, Ya’an, Sichuan Province, China, 2021. The Science and Technology Progress Award (Second-class), Sichuan Province, China, 2019. Frontrunner 5000 Top Articles in Outstanding S&T Journals of China, 2017. Top 100 Most Influential Domestic Academic Papers in China, 2017. Reward-gainer of the excellent PhD dissertation in Sichuan Agricultural University, 2016. Wang Dong Grass-Science Scholarship, Chinese Grassland Society, 2014.

🔬 Major Research Projects

The National Natural Science Foundation of China Title: GABA is involved in stress memory that regulates drought and heat tolerance in creeping bentgrass Duration: 2022-2025. Sichuan Science and Technology Program Title: Screening for cadmium-tolerant bermudagrass genotypes and potential mechanism of cadmium tolerance Duration: 2022-2023 The National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaTitle: Reactive oxygen species induced by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) regulate heat shock transcription factors involved in the improvement of heat tolerance in creeping bentgrass Duration: 2018-2021 China Postdoctoral Science FoundationTitle: The Ca2+ signaling system is involved in GABA-regulated drought tolerance in creeping bentgrass Duration: 2018-2020 Sichuan International Cooperation ProjectTitle: The mechanism of heat and drought tolerance induced by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in creeping bentgrass Duration: 2017-2019

📝 Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 2023-present. Young Scientist Editor, Grass Research, 2023-present. Guest Editor, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2023-2024. Guest Editor, Plants, 2021-2022.

📚 Publications and Reviewers

Dr. Li Zhou is a leading researcher in the field of plant physiology, focusing on physiological and molecular mechanisms in grass species in response to various abiotic stresses such as drought, high temperature, salinity, etc. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles (71 in English) as the first author or corresponding author in prestigious journals like The Plant Journal, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, Crop Science, Plant Cell & Physiology, Plant and Soil, Planta, Physiologia Plantarum, among others. Dr. Zhou is actively involved in teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. As a senior reviewer, he evaluates more than fifty manuscripts annually for reputable journals such as Plant Biotechnology Journal, Molecular Ecology, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Industrial Crops and Products, Annals of Botany, Physiologia Plantarum, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Crop Science, etc. In 2023, he was ranked as a world top 2% scientist in the field of Plant Biology & Botany.

📚Top Noted Publication

  1. Title: γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) priming improves seeds germination and seedlings stress tolerance associated with enhanced antioxidant metabolism, DREB expression, and dehydrin accumulation in white clover under water stress.
    Authors: Zhou Min, Muhammad Jawad Hassan, Peng Yan, Liu Lin, Liu Wei, Zhang Yan, Li Zhou*
    Journal: Frontiers in Plant Science
    Volume: 12
    Page: 776939

 

  1. Title: Adaptability to high temperature and stay-green genotypes associated with variations in antioxidant, chlorophyll metabolism, and γ-aminobutyric acid accumulation in creeping bentgrass species.
    Authors: Li Zhou*, Tang Mingyan+, Muhammad Jawad Hassan, Zhang Yan, Han Liebao, Peng Yan*
    Journal: Frontiers in Plant Science
    Volume: 12
    Page: 750728

 

  1. Title: Water and oxidative homeostasis, Na+/K+ transport, and stress-defensive proteins associated with spermine-induced salt tolerance in creeping bentgrass.
    Authors: Geng Wan, Qiu Yongsen, Peng Yan, Zhang Yan, Li Zhou*
    Journal: Environmental and Experimental Botany
    Volume: 192
    Page: 104659

 

  1. Title: Chitosan (CTS) alleviates heat-induced leaf senescence in creeping bentgrass by regulating chlorophyll metabolism, antioxidant defense, and the heat shock pathway.
    Authors: Huang Cheng, Tian Yulong, Zhang Bingbing, Muhammad Jawad Hassan, Li Zhou*, Zhu Yongqun*
    Journal: Molecules
    Volume: 26
    Page: 5337

 

  1. Title: Diethyl aminoethyl hexanoate priming ameliorates seed germination via involvement in hormonal changes, osmotic adjustment, and dehydrins accumulation in white clover under drought stress.
    Authors: Muhammad Jawad Hassan+, Geng Wan+, Zeng Weihang, Muhammad Ali Raza, Imran Khan, Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Peng Yan, Zhu Yongqun*, Li Zhou*
    Journal: Frontiers in Plant Science
    Volume: 12
    Page: 709187

 

  1. Title: Alterations of endogenous hormones, antioxidant metabolism, and aquaporin gene expression in relation to γ-aminobutyric acid-regulated thermotolerance in white clover.
    Authors: Qi Hongyin+, Kang Dingfan+, Zeng Weihang+, Muhammad Jawad Hassan, Peng Yan, Zhang Xinquan, Zhang Yan, Feng Guangyan, Li Zhou*
    Journal: Antioxidants
    Volume: 10
    Page: 1099

 

  1. Title: Photosynthetic maintenance and heat shock protein accumulation relating to γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-regulated heat tolerance in creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera).
    Authors: Zeng Weihang, Muhammad Jawad Hassan, Kang Dingfan, Peng Yan, Li Zhou*
    Journal: South African Journal of Botany
    Volume: 141
    Page: 405-413

 

  1. Title: Spermine alleviates heat-induced senescence through regulating water and oxidative balance, photosynthesis, and heat shock proteins in creeping bentgrass.
    Authors: Liang Linlin+, Cao Yiqin+, Wang Duo, Peng Yan, Zhang Yan, Li Zhou*
    Journal: Biologia Plantarum
    Volume: 65
    Page: 184-192

 

  1. Title: Transcriptional regulation and stress-defensive key genes induced by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in association with tolerance to water stress in creeping bentgrass.
    Authors: Li Zhou*, Tang Mingyan, Cheng Bizhen, Han Liebao*
    Journal: Plant Signaling & Behavior
    Volume: 16
    Page: 3

Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Introduction of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Introduction of Agricultural and Biological Sciences research plays a pivotal role in addressing global challenges related to food security, environmental sustainability, and human health. This multifaceted field encompasses the study of living organisms, their interactions, and the development of innovative solutions to enhance agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation.

Here are five suitable subtopics in Agricultural and Biological Sciences:

Crop Genetics and Breeding

This subfield focuses on improving crop varieties through genetic manipulation and selective breeding techniques to enhance yield, disease resistance, and nutritional content, contributing to sustainable agriculture.

Eco-friendly Pest Management

Research in this area explores alternative and environmentally friendly methods for controlling pests and diseases in agriculture, reducing the reliance on chemical pesticides.

Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

This subtopic involves the application of biotechnology tools to modify and improve plants and animals for various agricultural purposes, such as developing drought-resistant crops or disease-resistant livestock.

Biodiversity Conservation

Conservation biology studies aim to protect and sustain the planet’s rich biodiversity, addressing issues like habitat loss, species extinction, and the preservation of ecosystems critical for agriculture and life on Earth.

Soil Health and Nutrient Management

This area delves into maintaining and enhancing soil fertility, minimizing soil erosion, and optimizing nutrient management practices to ensure sustainable agricultural production while preserving soil ecosystems.

These subtopics represent just a fraction of the diverse and dynamic field of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, highlighting the importance of research in addressing pressing global challenges related to agriculture, ecology, and human well-being.

Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Introduction of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Introduction of Agricultural and Biological Sciences research plays a pivotal role in addressing global challenges related to food security, environmental sustainability, and human health. This multifaceted field encompasses the study of living organisms, their interactions, and the development of innovative solutions to enhance agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation.

Here are five suitable subtopics in Agricultural and Biological Sciences:

Crop Genetics and Breeding

This subfield focuses on improving crop varieties through genetic manipulation and selective breeding techniques to enhance yield, disease resistance, and nutritional content, contributing to sustainable agriculture.

Eco-friendly Pest Management

Research in this area explores alternative and environmentally friendly methods for controlling pests and diseases in agriculture, reducing the reliance on chemical pesticides.

Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

This subtopic involves the application of biotechnology tools to modify and improve plants and animals for various agricultural purposes, such as developing drought-resistant crops or disease-resistant livestock.

Biodiversity Conservation

Conservation biology studies aim to protect and sustain the planet's rich biodiversity, addressing issues like habitat loss, species extinction, and the preservation of ecosystems critical for agriculture and life on Earth.

Soil Health and Nutrient Management

This area delves into maintaining and enhancing soil fertility, minimizing soil erosion, and optimizing nutrient management practices to ensure sustainable agricultural production while preserving soil ecosystems.

These subtopics represent just a fraction of the diverse and dynamic field of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, highlighting the importance of research in addressing pressing global challenges related to agriculture, ecology, and human well-being.