Selin Ceren Balsak | Sustainable Agriculture | Best Researcher Award

Dr Selin Ceren Balsak: Sustainable Agriculture
Dr at Kahramanmaraş Sütçü Imam University, Turkey

Dr. Selin Ceren Balsak is a plant virologist with a rich academic background. She earned her PhD in Virology from Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, focusing on the population structure of Tomato spotted wilt virus and the resistance response of pepper genotypes to reassortant isolates. Prior to her doctoral studies, she completed a Master’s degree in Virology, conducting research on the genetic diversity of grape viruses in autochthonous grape varieties. Dr. Balsak’s academic journey began at Çukurova University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Plant Protection. She further enriched her education through Erasmus exchanges, spending time at the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection in Italy and Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland.

Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

🌿 Dr. Selin Ceren Balsak, a passionate scholar in the realm of plant protection and virology, completed her academic journey with flying colors. She obtained her PhD from Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, specializing in Virology within the Faculty of Agriculture (2016-2020). Her groundbreaking thesis delved into the intricate world of the population structure of the Tomato spotted wilt virus, exploring the resilience of pepper genotypes against reassortant isolates.

🔬 Building on this foundation, Ceren pursued a Master’s degree in Virology at the same institution from 2014 to 2016. Her research during this period focused on unraveling the genetic diversity of viruses in the genus vitivirus (GVA, GVB) and nepovirus (GVFL). Her investigations took her to the vineyards of the eastern Mediterranean and southeast Anatolia regions, contributing valuable insights to the understanding of autochthonous grape varieties.

🎓 Ceren embarked on her academic journey at Çukurova University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Plant Protection from the Faculty of Agriculture (2008-2013). Her commitment to scholarly pursuits and her invaluable contributions to the field showcase her dedication to advancing our understanding of plant health and protection. 🌱💡


🔍 Dr. Selin Ceren Balsak has been actively involved in cutting-edge research projects, contributing her expertise to advance the understanding of plant diseases. In the TÜBİTAK-1001 project (Project Number: 221O411), she played a crucial role as a researcher. Her focus was on the molecular and biological characterization of Citrus bark cracking viroid (CBCVd) in pistachio trees. Additionally, she was instrumental in developing a pioneering one tube-one step multiplex RT-qPCR protocol for the detection of two viroids in two genera (Cocadviroid, Hostuviroid), showcasing her commitment to innovative methodologies in plant virology.

🌱 Another noteworthy project, PIA-Bosphorus-France (221N050), saw Dr. Balsak taking on the role of a researcher in exploring a novel approach to screen pepper resistance to Beet western yellows virus (BWYV). Her involvement in this project highlights her dedication to finding innovative solutions for enhancing pepper plant resilience against viral threats.

Through her active participation in these projects, Dr. Selin Ceren Balsak continues to contribute significantly to the field of plant protection and virology, pushing the boundaries of scientific understanding. 🌿🔬 #ResearchProjects #PlantVirology #InnovationInScience


🍇 Research Focus:

🌱 Dr. Selin Ceren Balsak is a distinguished researcher with a multifaceted focus on plant virology, evident in her diverse body of work. Her research spans the detection of emerging threats, such as the first report of Kyuri green mottle mosaic virus in Turkey, showcased in Australasian Plant Disease Notes. With a keen eye on pepper crops, she explores the distribution and phylogenetic analysis of Broad bean wilt virus-2, as seen in Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology.

🔬 Dr. Balsak delves into the intricate world of molecular and biological characterization, evident in her work on Tomato spotted wilt orthotospovirus isolates and the first report of apple dimple fruit viroid in fig trees in Turkey. She extends her expertise to grapevines, uncovering the prevalence and genetic variability of Grapevine virus A in Turkish autochthonous grapevine varieties.

🌿 In the realm of tree crops, she contributes to the understanding of viroids affecting Pistachio and explores the genetic diversity of Hop stunt viroid in Pistachio trees. Additionally, her work encompasses the detection of Cucumber mosaic virus in cyclamen, marking a first report in Turkey.

🍇 Dr. Balsak’s contributions extend globally, with studies on the distribution and population diversity of Australian grapevine viroid in Turkish autochthonous grapevine varieties, as well as the occurrence of Beet western yellows virus in spinach in Turkey. Her dedication to advancing knowledge is evident in her exploration of Grapevine virus D in autochthonous grapevine varieties.

👩‍🔬 Overall, Dr. Selin Ceren Balsak’s research reflects a holistic approach to plant virology, covering a wide spectrum of plant species and viruses, contributing significantly to the field. #PlantVirology #ResearchDiversity #ScientificExploration


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Johnson Fasinmirin | Soil Science

Prof  Johnson  Fasinmirin :Leading Researcher in Soil Science
Professor at  Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

🌱☀️ Congratulations, Prof  Johnson  Fasinmirin on winning the esteemed Best Researcher Award from ResearchW! Your dedication, innovative research, your dedication and innovative contributions in the field of renewable energy and agriculture are truly inspiring! Your work in advancing solar energy technologies and addressing crucial issues like postharvest losses demonstrates your commitment to positive change. 🎉

Professor Johnson Fasinmirin is a distinguished researcher in Soil Science and a Professor at the Federal University of Technology in Akure, Nigeria. He recently received the prestigious Best Researcher Award from ResearchW in recognition of his dedication and innovative contributions to the fields of renewable energy and agriculture.🎉


  • Ph.D. in Soil and Water Engineering (2007)
  • M.Eng. in Soil and Water Engineering (2001)
  • B.EngHons. in Agricultural Engineering (1997)
  • National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering (1991)

Impressive academic journey! 🌱📚

 🔍 Professional Profiles:

Your digital footprint is extensive and diverse! 🌐📄

 🏆 Distinctions and Awards:

  • Best Graduate with the Highest CGPA, School of Engineering, Ondo State Polytechnic Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria. (School Prize). 1991. 🎓
  • Best Graduate with the Highest CGPA, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria. (Departmental Prize). 1991. 🏅
  • Department of Agricultural Engineering Prize, Federal University of Technology, Akure, awarded for being the best graduate student of the Department in the 1996/97 session. 🚜
  • Vice Chancellor’s Special Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the University during the Year 2019. 🌟

An impressive collection of accolades! 🏆✨

🤝 Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) 🇳🇬🌾
  • Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) 🇳🇬🔧
  • International Soil Tillage Research Organization (MISTRO) 🌱🌍
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 🇺🇸🚜
  • International Association of Hydrological Scientists (IAHS) 🌊🔍
  • Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) 🇳🇬📐

A well-rounded network across global and local engineering communities! 🌐🤝

Postgraduate Supervision: 🌱📚

 Masters degree: 🏆✨

  • Babalola, T. E., Trends of Evapotranspiration and Temperature on water balance components of climate change. (Completed 2013)
  • Omotayo, B. A., Impact of polluted surface water bodies on soil and water and phytoremediation characteristics of water hyacinth in Ilaje area of Ondo state. (Completed 2013))
  • Loto, J.O., Soil compaction characteristics and yield parameters of (Completed 2014)
  • Olorunfemi, I.E. Impacts and predictions of hydrophobicity in soils of different land uses in some selected communities of Ekiti state, Nigeria (Completed 2014)
  • Adesigbin J. Strength and Physicochemical Characteristics of Sandy Clay Loam Soil Planted with Cowpea (Vignaunguiculata) Under Different Tillage Systems in Akure, Nigeria (Completed 2014)
  • Olakuleyin F. Strength and Hydraulics Characteristics Variations within a Tropical Alfisol in Southwestern Nigeria under Different Land Use Management (Completed 2017)
  • Ogunyoyin A.E. Physicochemical, Biological Properties and Health Implications of Water Bodies around Landfills in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. (Completed 2017)
  • Ogunyoyin, E.A. Physicochemical Properties and Health Implications of Water Bodies Around Solid Waste Dumpsite in Osogbo, Nigeria. (Completed 2017)
  • Awonusi, O.S.Physicochemical and hydraulic characteristics of grave soil in selected cemeteries in Akure, Nigeria ((Completed 2019)
  • Ndidi, Ifeanyi. Investigating Some Physical Properties of Soils Under Different Land Uses(Completed 2019)
  • Jegede O.A. Evaluation of Evapotranspiration and Fruit Yield of Tomato (Lycopersiconesculentummiller) under Ambient and Controlled Environments(Completed 2021)
  • Oyewole T.M. Resource Utilization in Cucumber/Okra Intercrop under a Controlled Environment(Completed 2021)
  • David P.E. Growth and Yield Parameters of Amaranthuscruentus Irrigated Under Automated Solar Powered Drip System(Completed 2023)
  • Olaoye P.O. Effect of Greenhouse on Water Use and Yield of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annum)(Completed 2023)
  • Babatunde M.O. Physicochemical and Hydrophysical Characteristics of Soil in Quarry Environment, Akure, Nigeria.(Completed 2023)
  • Emmanuel O.A. Response of Fluted Pumpkin (Telfairiaoccidentalis) to Different Fertlizer Sources under the Humid Rainforest Climate of Akure, Nigeria. (Completed 2023)
  • Taiwo A.T. Hydro-physical and Compaction Characteristics of Agricultural Soils Under different Machinery Passes(Completed 2023)

PhDSupervision: 🏆✨

  •  Abe, O.A., Penetration and Hydraulic Properties of Soil and Cassava Yield under different Tillage and Compaction Conditions (Successfully completed, 2017)
  • Olorunfemi I.E. GIS-Estimation of biomass and carbon storage of different land uses in the forest vegetative zone of Nigeria (Successfully completed, 2018)
  • Ogunrinde, O.T. Recent changes in rainfall and its effects on agricultural and hydrological drought indices in Nigeria (Successfully completed, 2019)
  • Sajo S. Modelling the Canopy Conductance and Water Use of Cocoa Tree (Theobroma cacao) (Successfully completed, 2022)
  • Konyeha, S. Assessment of Strength and Hydraulic Characteristics of Soil on Yam (Dioscoreaspp) and Cocoyam (Taro spp) intercrop under Different Tillage Systems in Akure, Nigeria (In Progress)
  • Adabembe B.A. Soil Physical Properties, Water and Radiation Use Efficiencies of Drip Irrigated Sweet Pepper/Okra Intercrop (Successfully completed)
  • Akinola, F.F. Dynamics of Soil Hydrophysical Processes and Yield of Selected Grains under different Tillage Practices in Akure, Nigeria (In Progress)
  • Imoukuede, A. Influence of bituminous deposits on physicochemical, strength and hydraulic characteristics of soils in selected sites around the oil producing communities of Ondo State, Nigeria. (In Progress)

 🌐 Fellowship Awards:

  • Staff Development Fellowship for Master’s degree, FUTA 🎓🌐
  • Staff Development Fellowship for Ph.D. degree, FUTA 🎓🌐
  • TWAS-CNPq Award for Postdoctoral Fellowship in Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil (2008) 🌍🇧🇷
  • Technical Partner with the University of Alicante, Spain, on Integrated Soil Fertility Management, CAPACITY4FOOD PROJECT in sub-Saharan African Countries 🌱🌍🇪🇸

A global journey of knowledge and collaboration! 🌐🤝

📚 Publications & Contributions:

The impact of her research is evident in citation metrics and indices from Google Scholar:

  • Cited by: All – 468. 🌐
  • Citations – 403. 📖
  • h-index – 13. 📊
  • Documents – 28. 📑

A testament to the depth and influence of your scholarly work! 🌟

Publications : 📊

  • A GIS-based assessment of the potential soil erosion and flood hazard zones in Ekiti State, Southwestern Nigeria using integrated RUSLE and HAND models
  • Total carbon and nitrogen stocks under different land use/land cover types in the Southwestern region of Nigeria
  • Is cassava yield affected by inverting tillage, chiseling or additional compaction of no-till sandy-loam soil?
  • Dynamics of land use land cover and its impact on carbon stocks in Sub-Saharan Africa: an overview
  • Application of artificial neural network for forecasting standardized precipitation and evapotranspiration index: A case study of Nigeria
  • Evaluation of the impact of climate change on the characteristics of drought in Sahel Region of Nigeria: 1971–2060
  • Hydro-physical, Hydrophobicity and Chemical Characterization of Drip Irrigated Soil Using Aquaculture Wastewater under Sweet Pepper/Okra Intercrop
  • Phytoremediation of aquaculture wastewater using Azolla pinnata and evaluation of its suitability for irrigation purpose
  • Impact of Climate Change and Drought Attributes in Nigeria
  • Effects of climate change and drought attributes in Nigeria based on RCP 8.5 climate scenario