Rita Maggini | Horticultural Crop | Best Researcher Award

Dr Rita Maggini | Horticultural Crop | Best Researcher Award

Tecnico at  Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Agro-ambientali – Università di Pisa, Italy

Rita Maggini is an Italian researcher affiliated with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Pisa. She holds a degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Pisa. With a rich professional experience spanning from scientific contracting to postdoctoral fellowships, Rita has specialized in hydroponically grown medicinal and aromatic plants, as well as edible flowers. Her expertise includes the extraction, identification, and determination of secondary metabolites, as well as the validation of rapid analysis methods for nutrient solutions in hydroponic systems. Rita has been actively involved in various international, national, and regional projects focusing on horticultural crop quality, abiotic stress application in hydroponics, and simulation models for greenhouse crop requirements. She has participated in numerous academic schools and courses, authored over 50 articles in indexed international journals, and contributed as a reviewer for various scientific journals. Rita Maggini’s research contributions have earned her recognition, including invitations as a guest associate editor and speaker at international seminars.


Education & Experience:

🎓 1991: Chemistry Degree (cum laude), University of Pisa, Italy. 👩‍🔬 1995: PhD in Chemical Sciences. 🌍 Research stints in Germany (Max Planck Institut für Biophysikali.sche Chemie, Göttingen) and Hungary (Szent István University, Gödöllő). 💼 Affiliation with University of Pisa’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment. 📚 Academic courses on spectroscopy, language, and statistics.

Horticultural Crop Research Focus:

Dr. Rita Maggini’s research in horticultural crops is multifaceted, with a focus on enhancing crop quality, sustainability, and productivity. Her work encompasses: Hydroponically Grown Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Investigating optimal growing conditions and nutrient solutions for maximizing the yield and bioactive compound content of medicinal and aromatic plants cultivated hydroponically. Nutraceutical Properties: Exploring the nutraceutical potential of horticultural crops, including the identification and quantification of secondary metabolites with health-promoting properties. Abiotic Stress Management: Studying the application of abiotic stressors in hydroponic systems to understand their effects on crop physiology and the accumulation of bioactive compounds, aiming for stress mitigation strategies. Quality Assessment: Developing and validating rapid methods for assessing the quality of horticultural crops, including the determination of nutrient composition and secondary metabolite profiles. Simulation Modeling: Utilizing simulation models to predict nutrient and water requirements of greenhouse crops, optimizing resource utilization and improving crop management practices for sustainable production. Dr. Maggini’s research significantly contributes to advancing knowledge in horticultural crop science, addressing key challenges in cultivation practices, quality assessment, and sustainable production methods.


  • All: 2079
  • Since 2019: 1247


  • H-Index:
    • All: 24
    • Since 2019: 21
  • i10-Index:
    • All: 35
    • Since 2019: 31


Publications Top Notes

  1. “Antioxidant power, anthocyanin content and organoleptic performance of edible flowers”
    • Authors: S Benvenuti, E Bortolotti, R Maggini
    • Journal: Scientia Horticulturae
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 206
  2. “Lamiaceae phenols as multifaceted compounds: bioactivity, industrial prospects and role of ‘positive-stress'”
    • Authors: A Trivellini, M Lucchesini, R Maggini, H Mosadegh, TSS Villamarin, …
    • Journal: Industrial Crops and Products
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 146
  3. “Strategies to decrease water drainage and nitrate emission from soilless cultures of greenhouse tomato”
    • Authors: D Massa, L Incrocci, R Maggini, G Carmassi, CA Campiotti, A Pardossi
    • Journal: Agricultural Water Management
    • Year: 2010
    • Citations: 143
  4. “Colour changes of fresh-cut leafy vegetables during storage”
    • Authors: A Ferrante, L Incrocci, R Maggini, G Serra, F Tognoni
    • Journal: J. Food Agric. Environ
    • Year: 2004
    • Citations: 143
  5. “Modeling salinity build-up in recirculating nutrient solution culture”
    • Authors: G Carmassi, L Incrocci, R Maggini, F Malorgio, F Tognoni, A Pardossi
    • Journal: Journal of Plant Nutrition
    • Year: 2005
    • Citations: 129
  6. “Rosmarinic acid content in basil plants grown in vitro and in hydroponics”
    • Authors: C Kiferle, M Lucchesini, A Mensuali-Sodi, R Maggini, A Raffaelli, …
    • Journal: Open Life Sciences
    • Year: 2011
    • Citations: 98
  7. “Simulation of crop water and mineral relations in greenhouse soilless culture”
    • Authors: D Massa, L Incrocci, R Maggini, C Bibbiani, G Carmassi, F Malorgio, …
    • Journal: Environmental Modelling & Software
    • Year: 2011
    • Citations: 98
  8. “An aggregated model for water requirements of greenhouse tomato grown in closed rockwool culture with saline water”
    • Authors: G Carmassi, L Incrocci, R Maggini, F Malorgio, F Tognoni, A Pardossi
    • Journal: Agricultural Water Management
    • Year: 2007
    • Citations: 98


Harun Gitari | Crop Production | Best Researcher Award

Dr Harun Gitari | Crop Production | Best Researcher Award

Lecturer at  Kenyatta University, Kenya

Dr. Harun Ireri Gitari is a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Science and Technology at Kenyatta University. With a strong background in Soil Science and Agronomy, Dr. Gitari holds a PhD in Soil Science from the University of Nairobi, awarded in 2018. His research interests include soil fertility management, crop water productivity, and multiple cropping systems.


Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

🎓 Academic Background:

PhD in Soil Science, University of Nairobi (2018). MSc in Integrated Soil Fertility Management, Kenyatta University (2013). BSc in Agriculture-Soil Science, University of Nairobi (2009)

🔍 Research Interests:

  • Soil fertility management
  • Crop water productivity
  • Multiple cropping systems

👨‍🏫 Professional Experience:

Full-time Lecturer at Kenyatta University since January 2020. Previously worked with the University of Nairobi/International Potato Center. Agronomist at Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Limited.

📅 Major Achievements (Since 2020):

Published 60 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and 4 book chapters. Presented five papers at international conferences. Successfully supervised 9 MSc students to completion.


Research Focus:

🌱 Dr. Harun Ireri Gitari is a distinguished researcher with a primary focus on Soil Science and Agronomy. His recent publications span a diverse range of topics, showcasing his expertise: 🌐 GIS-AHP Based Approach in Land Evaluation: Emphasizes land suitability for Sunflower production, advancing precision agriculture.  🌾 Interactive Effects of Zai Pits and Conventional Practices: Explores soil physicochemical properties through innovative agricultural practices. 🦒 Effect of Extreme Drought on Reticulated Giraffe Population: Investigates ecological impacts in Northeastern Kenya. 🌍 Cultivating Sustainability through Intercropping: Comprehensive review addressing climate change impacts on intercropping systems. 🌾 Revitalizing Biochemical Soil Properties with Prosopis juliflora Biochar: Focuses on soil restoration in degraded Coastal areas.  🌾 Effect of Crop Combination on Yield Performance: Examines the advantages of cereal/legume intercropping systems.  🌻 Land Degradation in Sunflower Production: Highlights the role of GIS in addressing key constraints.  🧬 Efficiency of Molecular Markers in Assessing Genetic Diversity: Evaluates RAPD and SSR markers in summer onion genotypes. 🌽 Enhancing Rainwater Use Efficiency in Maize Cultivation: Investigates strategies for improved rain-fed maize production. Dr. Gitari’s research spans environmental sustainability, agriculture, and biodiversity conservation, making significant contributions to scientific knowledge. 🌍🔬



📚 Citation Metrics for Dr. Harun Ireri Gitari

🔍 All-Time:

  • Citations: 2064
  • h-index: 25
  • i10-index: 48

📅 Since 2019:

  • Citations: 2036
  • h-index: 25
  • i10-index: 47

Dr. Harun Ireri Gitari’s impactful research has garnered over 2000 citations, reflecting the significance and influence of his contributions in the academic community. 📊🔬


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Muhammad Anees | Crop breeding | Young Scientist Award

Mr Muhammad Anees: Crop breeding | Young Scientist Award


Muhammad Anees, a Pakistani national born on Feb 21, 1994, is a Ph.D. holder in Vegetable Science from Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute, CAAS, Henan, China. His doctoral research focused on identifying and validating a candidate gene for flesh firmness in watermelon.

Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓


🎓 Ph.D. in Vegetable Science (Vegetable breeding and genetics) from Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute, CAAS, China (2019-2023). Thesis focused on identifying and validating a candidate gene for flesh firmness in watermelon. 🌾 Master’s in Agriculture (Plant breeding and genetics) from PMAS-Arid-Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (2016-2018). Thesis delved into the inheritance of bulb skin color in onion (Allium cepa)🌱 Bachelor of Science in Agricultural (Plant breeding and genetics) from PMAS-Arid-Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (2012-2016). A comprehensive foundation for his subsequent academic pursuits.


Muhammad Anees has garnered accolades and recognition for his academic achievements: 🏆 Outstanding Graduate of 2023 from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. 🥇 Secured the first position in a Poster Presentation at the 8th International Horticulture Research Conference in Nanjing, China, on July 20-22, 2021. 🥉 Achieved the third position in an Oral Presentation at the Shenyang Agricultural University Academic Exchanges Conference on November 24, 2023. A testament to his prowess in scientific communication.


Muhammad Anees has valuable work experience in the field: 🔍 Research Assistant at Magnus Kahl Seeds (Pvt.) Ltd (MKS), Islamabad, Pakistan, from September 2017 to September 2018. Contributed to research endeavors, showcasing his commitment to practical applications. 🌿 Research Intern at the Department of Agriculture and Greenhouse Complex, Gilgit, Pakistan, from August 2015 to September 2015. Gained hands-on experience, laying the foundation for his academic journey.


Research Focus 🌱🔬:

Muhammad Anees is a prolific researcher specializing in Vegetable Science and Genetics, with a focus on watermelon traits. 🍉 His expertise spans identification and validation of candidate genes for flesh firmness, as reflected in his published work. 📚 Anees has skillfully integrated GWAS and RNA-Seq analysis, unraveling key gene networks and hormonal regulations influencing watermelon characteristics. 🧬 His multi-omics approach has delved into areas such as organic acid and sugar metabolism, seed size variation, and flavor formation. 🌱 Anees’s contributions extend to transcriptome and metabolome integration, providing comprehensive insights into watermelon development. 🎓


Muhammad Anees has made a significant impact in the academic realm, with 1406 citations since 2019. 📚 His h-index stands at 18, reflecting the number of papers that have each received at least 18 citations. The i10-index, indicating the number of publications with at least 10 citations, is an impressive 35. 🌟 Anees’s research has garnered substantial attention and recognition within a relatively short time, showcasing the influence and relevance of his contributions to the scientific community. 👏🏽


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