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.

Nyasha Chiuraise | Crop protection | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Nyasha Chiuraise | Crop protection | Best Researcher Award

Doctoreta at Seed Co Ltd Zimbabwe

Summary:

Dr. Nyasha Chiuraise, a 39-year-old plant pathologist from Harare, Zimbabwe, has over nine years of experience in crop protection within the private sector. He currently works with SeedCo Group, a leading seed company operating across 17 African countries. Dr. Chiuraise’s expertise includes breeding for disease resistance and integrated pest, weed, and disease management. His work is instrumental in improving crop resilience and supporting sustainable agricultural practices in Africa.

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🎓Education:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Pathology
    University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2023
  • M.Sc. in Plant Breeding, cum laude
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 2015
  • B.Sc. Honours in Plant Pathology
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 2012
  • B.Sc. Honours in Biological Sciences
    Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe, 2007

🏥👨‍🏫Professional Experience:

Plant Pathologist SeedCo Group, Harare, Zimbabwe June 2015 – Present Responsible for diagnosing fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases of cereals and vegetables through morphological, serological, and molecular techniques. Applies KASP SNP genotyping for plant disease resistance breeding and collaborates with global breeding teams. Develops strategies for field and controlled environment research on various crops, conducts fungicide and insecticide field trials, and provides technical expertise in plant health to seed producers and farmers. Maintains relationships with academia and the agricultural industry globally. Field Plant Pathologist Plant Health Products, Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa January 2015 – June 2015 Developed, tested, and commercialized biocontrol products for field crops and pasture species. Conducted insect rearing and pathogen culturing for bioassays, tested biocontrol product compatibility with pesticides, and isolated and identified plant pathogens using various techniques.

Research Interests:

Dr. Chiuraise’s research focuses on breeding for disease resistance and integrated management of pests, weeds, and diseases in wheat and maize. He is particularly interested in the application of advanced genotyping techniques for plant disease resistance and the development of biocontrol strategies for sustainable agriculture.

Publications Top Notes 📝:

1. Occurrence and characterization of Puccinia triticina in Zimbabwe

  • Journal: Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology
  • Year: 2024 (In Press)
  • Contributors: N. Chiuraise, B. Visser, A. Maré, W. Boshoff

2. First Report of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, Causing Stripe Rust of Wheat, in Zimbabwe

  • Journal: Plant Disease
  • Year: 2020
  • Volume: 104
  • Issue: 1
  • Contributors: W.H.P. Boshoff, B. Visser, C.M. Lewis, N. Chiuraise, Z.A. Pretorius
  • Citations: 11

3. Comparative evaluation of commercial rhizobial inoculants of soybean

  • Journal: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
  • Year: 2016
  • Volume: 33
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 157–160
  • Contributors: B.J. Sivparsad, N. Chiuraise, M.D. Laing
  • Citations: 3

4. Progress in stacking aflatoxin and fumonisin contamination resistance genes in maize hybrids

  • Journal: Euphytica
  • Year: 2016
  • Volume: 207
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 49–67
  • Contributors: N. Chiuraise, J. Derera, K.S. Yobo, A. Nunkumar, N.F.P. Qwabe
  • Citations: 7

5. Seed treatment with Trichoderma harzianum strain kd formulation reduced aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts

  • Journal: Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection
  • Year: 2015
  • Volume: 122
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 74–80
  • Contributors: N. Chiuraise, K.S. Yobo, M.D. Laing
  • Citations: 11

 

Zekeria Yusuf | Plant Biotechnology | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. Zekeria Yusuf | Plant Biotechnology| Best Researcher Award

Zekeria Yusuf Habib is an accomplished Associate Professor and Biological Science Program Head at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. With a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and a background in Applied Genetics, he specializes in genetic variability and performance of agricultural crops, notably groundnut and citrus. His research, published in reputable journals, focuses on plant biotechnology, enzymatic properties, and phyto-fabrication of nanoparticles. Zekeria is dedicated to enhancing research activities and educational quality, serving as a subtheme leader and coordinator at his institution. Fluent in Oromo, Amharic, and English, he actively contributes to academia through curriculum development, manuscript reviews, and training programs in biotechnology and molecular biology.

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🎓 Education

Ph.D. in Plant Breeding Haramaya University, Maya, Ethiopia October 2011 to August 2018 Dissertation Title: Genetic Variability, Inter-Relationship and Performance of Groundnut (Arachis hypogea L.) varieties for Yield and Oil Traits in Ethiopia. M.Sc. in Applied Genetics Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia September 2005 to March 2008
Thesis Title: Study of chromosomes of snail spp in Bulinus truncatus/tropicus complex collected from various localities in Ethiopia. B.Ed. in Biology Haramaya University, Maya, Ethiopia October 1998 to July 2001

🏫🧪Experiences in Academic, Research, and Community Activities

  1. Subtheme Leader of Bioscience Research

Position: Subtheme Leader (equivalent to headship position), Institution: Basic Science Research (Theme VI), Duration: Since December 15, 2018, Responsibilities: Actively participated in improving research activities, identifying research priority areas, and encouraging young staff in research activities.

  1. Biological Science Program Coordinator

Position: Coordinator (equivalent to headship position), Institution: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Haramaya University, Duration: Since June 28, 2022, Responsibilities: Contributing to the reorganization of laboratory resources within the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology (SBBT) and ensuring fair and equitable treatment of all staff members.

  1. Training Participation: Frontiers in Flow Cytometry™ 2023

Event: 24 Hour Virtual Event, Details: Training in cellular laboratory analysis

  1. Capacity Building Training

Topic: Enhancing the Quality of Education at Higher Education Institutions, Audience: Middle-level Institutional Leaders

  1. Curriculum Review Committee Member

Programs: M.Sc Genetics and Biotechnology,Institution: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Haramaya University, Role: Ad hoc committee member

  1. Ad Hoc Committee Member

Activities: Staff promotion committee member, Facilitating national exit exams

  1. External Examiner

Institutions: Madda Walabu University, Dire Dawa University, Salale University, Role: External examiner for M.Sc theses

  1. Manuscript Reviewer

Journals: Reviewed manuscript titled “Physicochemical properties and bioactive compounds of three varieties of melon (Cucumis melo) seed oils” in Food Science and Nutrition (Wiley journal). Reviewed manuscript titled “White Clover Components as an Effective Biosorbent for the Elimination of Toxic Malachite Green from Wastewater” in Natural Product Communications (SAGE journal)

  1. R Software Training Facilitator

Collaboration: Haramaya University Research Office and CNCS. Role: Involved in the facilitation of R software training sessions

  1. Laboratory Manual Preparation

Courses: Genetics, Cytogenetics, Enzymology, and Enzyme Technology, Program: Undergraduate Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program, Responsibility: Preparing laboratory manuals for specified courses

 

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Article 1

    • Title: Characterization of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles for extraction of harar coffee (coffea arabica L.) genomic DNA
    • Authors: T. Beyene, Z. Yusuf, E. Teju
    • Journal: Vegetos
    • Year: 2024 (Article in Press)

    Article 2

    • Title: On farm diversity and genetic erosion of sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.]
    • Authors: I. Adem, Z. Yusuf, M. Chimdesa
    • Journal: International Journal of Vegetable Science
    • Year: 2024 (Article in Press)

    Article 3

    • Title: Direct Organogenesis of Citrus Cultivars from Shoot Tip Nodal Segments
    • Authors: Z. Yusuf, M. Desta, W. Mohammed
    • Journal: Recent Patents on Biotechnology
    • Year: 2024
    • Volume: 18
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 63–70

    Article 4

    • Title: Phyto-fabrication of Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles from Ocimum Gratissimum L. Leaf and Flower Extracts and their Antimicrobial Activities
    • Authors: M. Abdi, Z. Yusuf, J.M. Sasikumar
    • Journal: Open Biotechnology Journal
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 17
    • Article Number: e18740707261876

    Article 5

    • Title: Biological Activities of Papaya (Carica papaya L.) Seed, Rind and Pulp Oil Extracts
    • Authors: A. Getahun, Z. Yusuf, M. Desta
    • Journal: Anti-Infective Agents
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 21
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 1–5, e310323215317

    Article 6

    • Title: Optimization of Hormonal Compositions of Media in In Vitro Propagation of Orange Cultivars from Shoot Tip Nodal Segments
    • Authors: F. Abdi, Z. Yusuf, Y. Petros, M. Desta
    • Journal: International Journal of Agronomy
    • Year: 2023
    • Article ID: 3581881

    Article 7

    • Title: Enzymatic Properties of Red Beet (Beta vulgaris L.) Leaf, Root Pulp and Peel
    • Authors: T. Sileshi, Z. Yusuf, M. Desta
    • Journal: Recent Patents on Biotechnology
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 395–404

    Article 8

    • Title: Optimization of Hormonal Compositions of Media for In vitro Propagation of Apple (Malus × domestica Borkh.) Cultivars
    • Authors: B. Abdella, Z. Yusuf, Y. Petros
    • Journal: Open Biotechnology Journal
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue: 1
    • Article Number: e187407072301240

    Article 9

    • Title: Physicochemical Properties and Biological Activities of Koseret (Lippia adoensis Hochst. Var. Koseret) Seed and Leaf Oil Extracts
    • Authors: M. Shiferaw, Z. Yusuf, M. Desta
    • Journal: Recent Patents on Biotechnology
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue: 2
    • Pages: 142–150

    Article 10

    • Title: Effects of Indigenous and Commercial Rhizobia on Growth and Nodulation of Soybean (Glycine max L) under Greenhouse Condition
    • Authors: M. Desta, A. Akuma, M. Minay, Z. Yusuf, K. Baye
    • Journal: Open Biotechnology Journal
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue: 1
    • Article Number: e187407072302070

Assist Prof Dr. Jared Spackman | Nutrient Management | Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Jared Spackman | Nutrient Management | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Assist Prof Dr. Jared Spackman is an Assistant Professor and Endowed Barley Agronomist at the University of Idaho, specializing in soil science and agronomy. Holding a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. from Brigham Young University–Idaho, Assist Prof Dr. Jared Spackman has extensive experience in teaching, research, and extension. Key research includes nitrogen response in wheat and barley, with published works in prominent journals like Crops and Soils. Recognized with prestigious fellowships, Dr. [Your Name] is committed to advancing agricultural practices through innovative research and education.

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🎓 Education Beyond High School:

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, 2020, Soil ScienceM.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, 2018, Soil ScienceB.S., Brigham Young University–Idaho, Rexburg, ID, 2014, Agronomy

🧑‍🏫 Experience:

Assistant Professor, Endowed Barley Agronomist, University of Idaho, Department of Plant Sciences, 2020 – presentGraduate Research Assistant, Nutrient Management Research Group, University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, 2014 – 2020Teaching Assistant, SOIL 3416: Plant Nutrients in the Environment, University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water and Climate, 2019

Publications Top Notes 📝

Soil texture and precipitation influence optimal time of nitrogen fertilization for corn

Authors: JA Spackman, FG Fernandez, JA Coulter, DE Kaiser, G Paiao

Journal: Agronomy Journal

Details: 111(4), 2018-2030

Citations: 35

Year: 2019

Ground-based optical canopy sensing technologies for corn-nitrogen management in the Upper Midwest

Authors: GD Paiao, FG Fernández, JA Spackman, DE Kaiser, S Weisberg

Journal: Agronomy Journal

Details: 112(4), 2998-3011

Citations: 17

Year: 2020

📝 Other Publications:

Nitrogen fertilizer rate, source, and application timing effects on soil nitrogen and corn yield

Authors: JA Spackman

Journal: University of Minnesota

Citations: 8

Year: 2018

Capture efficiency of four chamber designs for measuring ammonia emissions

Authors: JR Alexander, JA Spackman, ML Wilson, FG Fernández, RT Venterea

Journal: Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment

Details: 4(3), e20199

Citations: 4

Year: 2021

Microplot design and plant and soil sample preparation for 15nitrogen analysis

Authors: JA Spackman, FG Fernandez

Journal: JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

Details: e61191

Citations: 4

Year: 2020

Fate of Pre-Plant and Split-Applied 15Nitrogen Enriched Urea in Corn

Authors: JA Spackman

Journal: University of Minnesota

Citations: 3

Year: 2020

Integrating canopy sensing and soil nitrogen for improved corn nitrogen management

Authors: GD Paiao, FG Fernández, JA Spackman, DE Kaiser, S Weisberg

Journal: Agronomy Journal

Details: 113(2), 1996-2005

Citations: 2

Year: 2021

🔬 Recent Contributions:

Models and sufficiency interpretation for estimating critical soil test values for the Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool

Authors: NA Slaton, A Pearce, L Gatiboni, D Osmond, C Bolster, F Miquez, J Clark, …

Journal: Soil Science Society of America Journal

Year: 2024

Corn 15N uptake and partitioning in response to fertilizer application rate and timing

Authors: JA Spackman, FG Fernández, GD Paiao, RT Venterea, JA Coulter

Journal: Agronomy Journal

Year: 2024

Malt Barley Yield and Soil Test Response to Phosphorus, Potassium, and Micronutrient Fertilizers

Authors: JA Spackman, J Bevan

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2023

Optimizing Nitrogen Fertilizer Rates for Annual Cereal Forage Production

Authors: J Pandey, JA Spackman, J Sagers, R Findlay

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2023

Optimizing Nutrient Management in Irrigated Culinary Mustard for Spice Production

Authors: J Pandey, JA Spackman

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2023

The Journey to Defining the Critical Soil Test Value for Frst.

Authors: NA Slaton, L Gatiboni, A Pearce, DL Osmond, CH Bolster, J Clark, …

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2023

Precipitated Calcium Carbonate As a Lime Amendment in Southern Idaho Soils

Authors: JA Spackman, J Bevan

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2023

Malt Barley Response to Sulfur Fertilizer Products and Rates

Authors: JA Spackman, J Bevan, G Loomis

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2023

Urea ammonium nitrate as the carrier for preplant burndown herbicides

Authors: KL Mookodi, JA Spackman, AT Adjesiwor

Journal: Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment

Details: 6(3), e20404

Year: 2023

Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate and Timing Implications for Hard Red, Hard White, and Soft White Spring Wheat Production in Southern Idaho.

Authors: JA Spackman, J Bevan, OS Walsh, A Adjesiwor, O Adeyemi, J Sagers, …

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2022

Soil Testing Calibrations to Maximize Nutrient Uptake and Yield Potential Oral

Authors: AD Moore, MV Nathan, JA Spackman, NA Slaton

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2022

Use of Remote Sensing Tools for Yield and Protein Estimation in Spring Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Authors: R Lamichhane, OS Walsh, JA Spackman, E Nambi, EO Ansah, …

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2022

Comparison of Sulfur Fertilizer Products and Their Effects on Malt Barley Production

Authors: O Adeyemi, JA Spackman, J Bevan

Event: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Year: 2022

Sajjad Rahimi-Moghaddam | Crop modeling | Young Scientist Award

Assist Prof Dr. Sajjad Rahimi-Moghaddam | Crop modeling |Young Scientist Award

Assist Prof Dr. Lorestan University, Iran

👩‍🔬Dedicated Assistant Professor at Lorestan University, specializing in Production Engineering and Plant Genetics. Holds a Ph.D. in Agroecology, focusing on climate change effects on maize yield. Recognized for academic excellence, ranking first in master’s exams and fifth in the Ph.D. exam. Published in renowned journals, contributing to the understanding of agro-climatic impacts on crop yields. Skilled in research and modeling, with a track record of closing yield gaps in crops. Committed to advancing agricultural science and bridging the gap between agronomic and genetic factors for sustainable crop production. 🌟

 

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🌾Current Position

Assistant Professor, Department of Production Engineering and Plant Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran.

🎓Educational Background

PhD: Agroecology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran Thesis: Modeling the effects of climate change on maize (Zea mays L.) yield in Khuzestan province: Adaptation strategies Supervisors: Dr. Jafar Kambouzia and Dr. Reza Deihimfard. MSc: Agroecology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran Thesis: Determination of genetic coefficients of some maize cultivars in Iran to be applied in crop simulation models Supervisors: Dr. Reza Deihimfard and Dr. Saeid Soufizadeh Advisors: Dr. Jafar Kambouzia and Dr. Farhad Nazariyan Firuzabadi BA: Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Lorestan University, Iran

🏆Academic Honors:

First Rank in the master exam trends of agroecology in 2011 among 6035 participants. First Rank in the master exam trends of agronomy in 2011 among 6035 participants. Twelfth Rank in the final round of the sixteenth Olympiad in agricultural engineering (Iran) and won a scholarship in 2011. Fifth Rank in the PhD exam trends of agroecology in 2013 among 800 participants.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Adaptation strategies to lessen negative impact of climate change on grain maize under hot climatic conditions: A model-based assessment
    • Authors: S Rahimi-Moghaddam, J Kambouzia, R Deihimfard
    • Journal: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
    • Year: 2018
    • Volume: 253
    • Pages: 1-14
    • Citations: 68

 

  • Risk assessment of frost damage to sugar beet simulated under cold and semi-arid environments
    • Authors: R Deihimfard, S Rahimi-Moghaddam, K Chenu
    • Journal: International Journal of Biometeorology
    • Year: 2019
    • Pages: 511-521
    • Citations: 28

 

  • Future climate change could reduce irrigated and rainfed wheat water footprint in arid environments
    • Authors: R Deihimfard, S Rahimi-Moghaddam, B Collins, K Azizi
    • Journal: Science of the Total Environment
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 807
    • Pages: 150991
    • Citations: 27

 

  • Towards withholding irrigation regimes and drought-resistant genotypes as strategies to increase canola production in drought-prone environments: A modeling approach
    • Authors: S Rahimi-Moghaddam, H Eyni-Nargeseh, SAK Ahmadi, K Azizi
    • Journal: Agricultural Water Management
    • Year: 2021
    • Volume: 243
    • Pages: 106487
    • Citations: 25

 

  • Analysis of growth functions that can increase irrigated wheat yield under climate change
    • Authors: H Eyni‐Nargeseh, R Deihimfard, S Rahimi‐Moghaddam, …
    • Journal: Meteorological Applications
    • Year: 2020
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: e1804
    • Citations: 20

 

 

Prem Sagar Mathangi | Plant Breeding | Young Scientist Award

Mr. Prem Sagar Mathangi | Plant Breeding | Young Scientist Award

Assoc Prof Dr. Izmir Yüksek Teknoloji EnstitüsüThis link is disabled., Izmir, Turkey

👩‍🔬 As an M.Sc. student in agricultural sciences, I bring a dedication to advancing sustainable agriculture through impactful research in plant breeding and plant physiology. With a background in agronomy and plant developmental biology, I thrive in collaborative environments, driven by visionary thinking, consistency, and self-motivation. My commitment to excellence and responsibility shapes my contributions as an Early Career Researcher in the Wheat Initiative’s Expert Working Group (EWG).🌟

🌱 Expertise

My expertise spans across Plant Developmental Biology, Plant Physiology, Agronomy, Plant Breeding, and Data Analysis. I have hands-on experience in Digital Phenotyping, particularly in cereals like wheat. Additionally, I possess skills in laboratory work, seed sciences, and wheat cultivation.

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📚 Education

  • Master of Science Agricultural Sciences: University of Hohenheim Stuttgart, Germany, Oct 2022 – Present
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture: Suresh Gyan Vihar University Jaipur, Rajasthan, Aug 2017 – Oct 2021

💼 Work Experience

I have held various research positions, including:

Junior Scientist at CIMMYT Mexico, focusing on Wheat Improvement ConsortiumResearch Assistant in departments of Fertilization and Soil Matter Dynamics, Biotechnology and Food Science, Nutritional Physiology of Crops, and Plant Quality Products in Stuttgart, GermanyScientific Assistant analyzing the effects of nitrogen fertilization on wheat qualityResearch Intern working on a solar PV power system for shea-butter productionInternships at NACL Industries Limited and Bellamkonda Allied Farmers Produce Company in India

🤝 Volunteer Experience

I actively engage in volunteer work with organizations like Plantgenomia and Green Community, organizing events and programs in agricultural research and community outreach.

📝 Projects

My project experiences include studies on maize cultivation under salt conditions, phosphorus fertilization in maize starch digestion, and the impact of chemicals on rice germination.

🎓 Trainings

I’ve participated in training programs focusing on Smart Farming, Precision Agriculture, and the application of AI, Robotics, IoT, and Cloud Computing in agriculture.

🏆 Awards & Honors

I’ve been recognized as an Early Career Researcher by the Wheat Initiative and have received scholarships like DAAD PROMOS and MSc Career Exploration Scholarship.

🛠️ Skills

My skill set includes abilities in leadership, teamwork, data analysis, laboratory work, crop cultivation, and effective communication. I excel in presentations and possess proficiency in Microsoft Office tools.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  1. Title: Principles of focused ultrasound
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2018
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 41-50
    • Authors: S Mihcin, A Melzer
    • Citations: 29

 

  1. Title: Investigation of wearable motion capture system towards biomechanical modelling
    • Conference: 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications
    • Year: 2019
    • Authors: S Mihcin, H Kose, S Cizmeciogullari, S Ciklacandir, M Kocak, A Tosun, …
    • Citations: 17

 

  1. Title: A focused ultrasound treatment system for moving targets (part I): generic system design and in-silico first-stage evaluation
    • Journal: Journal of therapeutic ultrasound
    • Year: 2017
    • Volume: 5
    • Pages: 1-14
    • Authors: M Schwenke, J Strehlow, D Demedts, S Haase, D Barrios Romero, …
    • Citations: 16

 

  1. Title: Wearable motion capture system evaluation for biomechanical studies for hip joints
    • Journal: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
    • Year: 2021
    • Volume: 143
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 044504
    • Authors: S Mihcin, S Ciklacandir, M Kocak, A Tosun
    • Citations: 12

 

  1. Title: Finite element study of PEEK materials applied in post-retained restorations
    • Journal: Polymers
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue: 16
    • Pages: 3422
    • Authors: H Yu, Z Feng, L Wang, S Mihcin, J Kang, S Bai, Y Zhao
    • Citations: 9

 

  1. Title: Evidence-based cross validation for acoustic power transmission for a novel treatment system
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2017
    • Volume: 26
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 151-161
    • Authors: S Mihcin, J Strehlow, D Demedts, M Schwenke, Y Levy, A Melzer
    • Citations: 9

 

  1. Title: Feasibility study of pre-clinical Thiel embalmed human cadaver for MR-guided focused ultrasound of the spine
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2016
    • Volume: 25
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 154-161
    • Authors: I Karakitsios, S Mihcin, T Saliev, A Melzer
    • Citations: 9

 

  1. Title: Optimization of hip implant designs based on its mechanical behaviour
    • Book: Biomechanics in Medicine, Sport and Biology
    • Year: 2022
    • Pages: 37-43
    • Authors: H Göktaş, E Subaşi, M Uzkut, M Kara, H Biçici, H Shirazi, KN Chethan, …
    • Citations: 8

 

  1. Title: Database covering the prayer movements which were not available previously
    • Journal: Scientific data
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 276
    • Authors: S Mihcin, AM Sahin, M Yilmaz, AT Alpkaya, M Tuna, S Akdeniz, …
    • Citations: 6

 

  1. Title: Simultaneous validation of wearable motion capture system for lower body applications: Over single plane range of motion (ROM) and gait activities
    • Journal: Biomedical Engineering/Biomedizinische Technik
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 67
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 185-199
    • Authors: S Mihcin
    • Citations: 6

SUBHADIP PAL | Agricultural Economics | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. SUBHADIP PAL | Agricultural Economics | Best Researcher Award

Dr. THE NEOTIA UNIVERSITY, India

👩‍🔬 Subhadip Pal is a dedicated academician and researcher with expertise in agricultural economics and sustainable development. Holding a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, his research focuses on topics such as women empowerment, resource utilization efficiency, and decision-making in agriculture. With a strong publication record in reputable journals and active participation in conferences and workshops, Pal demonstrates a commitment to advancing knowledge in his field. As an Assistant Professor at esteemed institutions like The Neotia University and Centurion University of Technology and Management, he contributes to shaping the future generation of agricultural professionals. Pal’s accolades, including prestigious awards and memberships in academic associations, underscore his dedication to excellence in research and teaching.🌟

Profile

 

Scholar

 

Objective:

Seeking opportunities with an organization that fosters professional growth and enhances my knowledge.

🎓Academic Qualification

Madhyamik (Secondary)Board/University: West-Bengal Board of Secondary Education Year of Passing: 2004 Marks Obtained (%): 86.25%OGPA: Not Applicable. Class/Division: 1stMajor Subjects: Bengali, English, Geography, History, Physical Science, Life Science, Mathematics, Physics (Additional)Higher Secondary (10+2)Board/University: West-Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Year of Passing: 2006Marks Obtained (%): 69.20%OGPA: Not Applicable. Class/Division: 1st Major Subjects: Bengali, English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology B.Sc. (Ag.) Hons. Institution: Palli Siksha Bhavana, Visva-Bharati. Year of Passing: 2010 Marks Obtained (%): 67.40% OGPA: 6.74Class/Division: 2ndSpecialization: Agricultural Economics & Extension. M.Sc. (Ag.)Department: Department of Agricultural Economics, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology Year of Passing: 2013Marks Obtained (%): 87.90%OGPA: 8.79Class/Division: 1stMajor Subject: Agricultural Economics Thesis Work: “Women empowerment and Decision making in Agriculture through SHG” Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics University: Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya Year of Passing: 2023Percentage: 77.2%OGPA: 7.72Class/Division: 1stMajor Subject: Agricultural Economics Thesis Work: “Economic study on irrigation and sustainable groundwater resource management in West Bengal.”

💼Working Experience

Assistant Professor (Adhoc.) in School of Agriculture and Allied Sciences, The Neotia University, since December 2020.Assistant Professor at Centurion University of Technology and Management, since March 2019.

🏅 Awards:

Young Scientist Award from VDGOOD Professional Association, 2019.Best Outstanding Young Scientist National Award 2021 from Kamarajar Institute of Education and Research, Theni, Tamil Nadu, India.Young Scientist Award at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “Innovative approaches in Agriculture, Horticulture & allied Sciences” jointly organized by SGT UNIVERSITY, GURUGRAM (ICAR Accredited), ISAHRD, CHANDIGARH & Just Agriculture-the Magazine at SGT University, Gurugram, held on 29-31 March 2023.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  1. Title: Participation and role of rural women in decision making related to farm activities: A study in Burdwan district of West Bengal
    • Authors: S Pal, S Haldar
    • Journal: Economic Affairs
    • Volume: 61
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 55-63
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 34

 

  1. Title: Participation of rural women in agriculture and livestock in Burdwan district, West Bengal, India: A regional analysis
    • Author: S Pal
    • Journal: International Journal of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Research
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue: 4
    • Year: 2013
    • Citations: 14

 

  1. Title: Comparative study on decision-making power of self-help group and non-self-help group women in relation to farm activities
    • Author: S Pal
    • Journal: International Journal of Agricultural Extension
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 21-28
    • Year: 2014
    • Citations: 13

 

  1. Title: Determining the Role of Rural Women in Decision Making Related to Farm Activities in Burdwan, West Bengal, India
    • Author: S Pal
    • Journal: Current Aspects in Business, Economics and Finance
    • Year: 2022
  1. Title: Understanding agricultural information networks in West Bengal, India
    • Authors: S Haldar, S Misra, S Pal, D Basu, R Goswami
    • Journal: Indian Research Journal of Extension Education
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 25-34
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 12

 

  1. Title: Statistical modeling and forecasting of food grain in effects on public distribution system: an application of ARIMA model
    • Authors: S Ray, B Bhattacharyya, S Pal
    • Journal: Indian Journal of Economics and Development
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 739-744
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 12

 

  1. Title: Social and Economic Empowerment of Rural Women through Self Help Groups (SHGS): A Case Study in West Bengal, India
    • Author: PAL Subhadip
    • Journal: International Journal of Agriculture Sciences
    • Volume: 8
    • Issue: 32
    • Pages: 1673-1676
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 7

 

  1. Title: Role of Self Help Groups (SHGs) among the Rural Farm Women in Relation to Labour Days and Income of the Seasonal Crops
    • Author: S Pal
    • Journal: Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue: 5
    • Year: 2015
    • Citations: 7

 

  1. Title: Economics of tea leaf production by the small and marginal farmers in Assam
    • Authors: M Hazarika, S Pal, AK Nandi, SM Rahaman
    • Journal: Indian Journal of Economics and Development
    • Volume: 13
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 563-568
    • Year: 2017
    • Citations: 5

 

  1. Title: Groundwater irrigation and cropping pattern in the Ganga-Brahmaputra Alluvial Plain of Burdwan District, West Bengal
    • Authors: S Pal, AK Nandi
    • Journal: American Journal of Economics
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue: 2
    • Pages: 138-145
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 5

 

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