Magdi T. Abdelhamid
I am working as Research Professor at National Research centre (NRC), Cairo, Egypt. I have been awarded my MSc in Agronomy from Cairo University, PhD in Crop science from Gifu University, Japan and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Western Australia, Australia. I joined the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Obregon, Mexico at Wheat physiology group as Visiting Scientist throughout 2015.
My main concern is increasing crop production, especially in arid areas. I am able to analyse mechanism of drought, heat, salinity and nutrients deficiency tolerance and improvement of crop production. Additionally, I have been selected as an expert at the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) as leading author of Water chapter and contributing author of the Land Chapter of Global Environment Outlook (GEO) GEO-5 for assessment of the state and trends of the global environment. I have been working as Consultant for FAO-Egypt Representation, Food and Agriculture Organization, Cairo, Egypt.
I was the national coordinator of an completed and approved EU-FP7 project titled "Sustainable use of irrigation water in the Mediterranean region, and currently the principal investigator (PI) of national collaboration project with Germany titled “Improvement of drought and salt tolerance of wheat genotypes under field conditions by high throughput precision phenotyping” funded by STDF, Government of Egypt. I was the Egyptian principal investigator (PI) for international cooperative project with INRA-Montpellier, France titled "Adaptation of the symbiosis rhizobia-bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) to the deficiency in phosphorus: agro-physiological characterization of the tolerance and incidence on the P biodisponibility in soils of Egypt". Through two completed and approved in-house projects funded by National Research centre, Cairo, and titled (1) "Some strategies for improving food legumes salinity stress tolerance" and (2) "Food grain legumes with improved tolerance to salinity and drought for sustainable production in Egypt", I had considerable experience working with several grain legumes (faba bean, common bean, pea, soybean, cowpea) and could enhance their biological nitrogen fixation ability under environmental stresses (salinity, drought, P deficiency).
I had considerable experience in research and management research projects on agronomy, on-farm water management and salinity tolerance on crops. I had long and varied record of academic research and publication on agricultural sciences in developing and developed countries, in particular Egypt, Italy, Japan, France, Hungary, Spain, Australia, Norway, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Mexico. Additionally, I have authored large number of articles in international reputed journals and have been invited to many national and international conferences.
I am working voluntary as associate editor in “The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology”, and editor in “Acta Biológica Colombiana”, and reviewer in several international, regional, and national scientific journals as Functional Plant Biology, Crop & Pasture Science, South African Journal of Botany, Plant Growth Regulation etc. In addition, I am member of the committee of National Research Centre for drafting and writing research project proposals.
Development of new technological approach to mitigate salinization