Sipho Ntonta | Crop Residues | Best Researcher Award

Mr Sipho Ntonta | Crop Residues | Best Researcher Award

PhD candidate at  University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sipho Ntonta is a dynamic Ph.D. candidate specializing in Hydrology and Soil Sciences, with a profound interest in sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation. His expertise lies in enhancing water use efficiency through soil-plant interactions. With a background in Environmental Hydrology and Soil Science, Sipho has honed his skills through various academic pursuits, culminating in his pursuit of a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

🎓 Education:

Ph.D. in Soil Sciences (In progress). Masters in Soil Science (2019 – 2022). Honours in Soil Science (2017 – 2018). BSc. in Environmental Hydrology and Soil Science (2013-2017). Introduction course to facilitation: Social learning and stakeholder engagement in natural resource management context (2020 – 2021)

💼 Work Experience:

Sipho’s professional journey includes roles as an Assistant Agricultural Practitioner and a Junior Researcher and Field Worker, where he demonstrated expertise in agricultural advice, research, and stakeholder engagement.

🔬 Skills and Competencies:

Proficient in research methodologies, data analysis, and various analytical tools, Sipho also possesses strong leadership, problem-solving, and computer skills. His affiliations with Green-Matter and Water demonstrate his commitment to environmental preservation and leadership development.

Sipho Ntonta embodies a blend of academic rigor, practical experience, and a profound commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, making him a valuable asset in the field. 🌱🌍

🌱 Research Focus: Crop Residues

Sipho Ntonta is a dedicated researcher with a keen focus on crop residues. His work delves into understanding the dynamics of crop residues’ decomposition, with a particular emphasis on factors influencing variability in decomposition rates. Through his research, Sipho aims to contribute to the advancement of agricultural practices that optimize the utilization of crop residues, ultimately enhancing soil quality and sustainability in agriculture.

Sipho’s commitment to this research area is driven by his passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. His efforts are geared towards uncovering insights that can inform strategies for improving soil health, water use efficiency, and overall agricultural productivity. With a strong academic background and practical experience, Sipho Ntonta is poised to make significant contributions to the field of agricultural science, particularly in the realm of crop residue management. 🌾🔬

 

Publications Top Notes:

  1. Variability in decomposition rate of sorghum cultivar residues linked to lignin content
    • Authors: Ntonta, S., Zengeni, R., Muchaonyerwa, P., Chaplot, V.
    • Journal: Rhizosphere
    • Year: 2024
  2. Crop residues differ in their decomposition dynamics: Review of available data from world literature
    • Authors: Ntonta, S., Mathew, I., Zengeni, R., Muchaonyerwa, P., Chaplot, V.
    • Journal: Geoderma
    • Year: 2022

Zagipa Sapakhova | Crop Production | Best Scholar Award

Dr Zagipa Sapakhova | Crop Production | Best Scholar Award

Lead Researcher at  Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Kazakhstan

Zagipa Sapakhova is a highly accomplished researcher and educator in the field of plant biology and biotechnology, currently serving as a Lead Researcher at the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Born on January 8, 1982, she holds a PhD in Soil Science and Agrochemistry from Kazakh National Agrarian University.

 

Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

🎓 Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Al-Farabi Kazakh Nationality University, Almaty, Kazakhstan (1998-2002)
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology, Al-Farabi Kazakh Nationality University, Almaty, Kazakhstan (2002-2004)
  • PhD in Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Kazakh National Agrarian University, Kazakhstan (2011-2014)

🔬 Professional Experience:

  • Current Role: Leading Researcher, Lab. Breeding and Biotechnology, Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology (IPBB), Almaty, Kazakhstan (Since July 1, 2021)
  • Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Genetics and Breeding, Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Almaty, Kazakhstan (January 1, 2006 – August 1, 2016)
  • Associate Professor, Shakarim State University of Semey, Agrarian Faculty, Semey, Kazakhstan (November 1, 2016 – October 1, 2018)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Plant Protection and Quarantine, Kazakh National Agrarian University, Almaty, Kazakhstan (October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021)

📚 Training Courses and Scholarships:

  • Adapting to Climate Change – Biotechnology in Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (06.02.2012-05.04.2012)
  • Identification of Leaf Rust Resistance Genes in Wheat, Selcuk University, Turkey (30.10.2012-28.02.2013)
  • Evaluation of Kazakh wheat cultivars to tan spot and septoria, South Dakota State University, USA (01.07.2015-31.08.2015)
  • Borlaug Fellowship – No-Till and Salicylic Acid application for wheat productivity, Washington State University, USA (30.09.2019-21.12.2019)
  • Internship on inspection and certification of planting stock of fruit crops, Naktuinbouw, the Netherlands (2021-2022)

Research Focus 🌾🔬

Dr. Zagipa Sapakhova’s research predominantly revolves around plant genetics and biotechnology, with a special emphasis on enhancing crop resilience and productivity in the face of environmental challenges such as climate change and disease outbreaks. She has contributed significantly to understanding and identifying new sources of resistance genes in crops like wheat and peas, as well as exploring innovative mitigation strategies such as the application of salicylic acid. Through her work, Dr. Sapakhova aims to address food security concerns and advance sustainable agricultural practices, making vital contributions to global efforts in securing our food supply.

Citations:

All-Time:

  • Citations: 198
  • h-index: 7
  • i10-index: 5

Since 2019:

  • Citations: 176 (since 2019)
  • h-index: 7
  • i10-index: 5

Dr. Zagipa Sapakhova has garnered a total of 198 citations throughout her research career, with a consistent h-index and i10-index of 7 and 5, respectively. Since 2019, she has received 176 citations, reflecting the ongoing impact and relevance of her contributions in the field of plant genetics and biotechnology. These metrics underscore her scholarly influence and the recognition of her work within the academic community. 📊🌱

 

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