Doctoral student

I am an Ethiopian pursuing my doctotal degree in Agriculture. My research is entitled “Root and shoot traits associated with acidity and drought tolerances in faba bean (Vicia faba L.)”. My research interest is understanding the physiological basis of abiotic stresses in crop plants mainly in acidity, drought, and salt tolerances. Identification of root and shoot phenotypic markers expressed in crop plants under controlled and field conditions in response to the changing environment at different stages of growth. Previously I was working as a teaching and research staff at Haramaya and Bahir Dar Universities in Ethiopia. I also have a MSc in Agriculture (Horticulture) and a BSc in Plant Sciences.

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Doctoral student

I come from Iran. I have got my first PhD in plant physiology from University of Tabriz in 2015. I have started my work in University of Helsinki in 2010 as visiting student in selenium cycling in the field ecosystem project. After my first PhD in 2015 I have registered as PhD again in University of Helsinki to get my second PhD degree in plant production major. Now I am working on my last manuscript and writing my thesis. I am continuing the selenium cycling and its biofortification project in University of Helsinki.

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Doctoral student

My interest towards agriculture and agronomy specifically relates to my background, since I come from a farm directed at crop production. In my PhD project I investigate how genotype, cutting and availability of nutrients affect the root growth and root activity of grass swards. I have received Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Helsinki majoring in Plant Production Biology. During my studies I have worked among research in several companies.

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Postdoctoral researcher

I am a crop scientist with experience in legume supported cropping systems and adaptation of agriculture to climate change (CC). I have studied the driugh response of Andean lupin; and stuedied narrow-leafed lupin, faba bean and lupin as candidates for local protein production in Boreal-nemoral cropping systems. I have also studied nitrous oxide emissions from faba bean cultivars, sustainable alternatives for agriculture adaptation to CC, and farmer's perception to CC.

I have a  broad range of research interests that include: biodiversity in rural ecosystems, development of sustainable cropping systems, novel crops and environmental conservation. Currently I do research on crop science (HY) alongside conservation ecology (JY).

My crop science research currently focuses on finding different strategies to improve the seed oil quality of caraway, and assess how different environmental factors may affect it.

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I got my MSc and Doctoral degree from the University of Helsinki, majoring in Crop Science. My interest towards crop production comes from my background as I grew up in farm which I now run. My doctoral thesis was related to exogenous glycinebetaine application and its role in plant stress tolerance. Since that I have been working with topics related to plant nutrition, cropping sequences, secondary metabolites and their utilization in plant production. Lately, my interest has mainly been forage maize cultivation as well as glycinebetaine.

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Doctoral student

I am from Ghana and studying in the Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources (AGFOREE). With MSc in Plant Production Sciences (University of Helsinki) and a BSc in Herbal medicine (KNUST, Ghana), my research interests are in sustainable food/feed production, plant nutrition and secondary metabolites in plants in general. My current research focuses on the uptake and bioavailability of trace elements in organic and inorganic fertilizers in sustainable intensifications and how well they affect the nutritional quality of food and feed.

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University lecturer, adjunct professor

I am an Estonian who, while growing up in my grandparents' farm, grew more interested  in solutions increasing the sustainability of agriculture. After completing my BSc degree with distinction at Estonian University of Life Sciences, I started MSc studies here at University of Helsinki. 

My research interests include ways to improve nutrient recycling, soil fertility, organic farming and recycling fertilizers and biochars as ways to improve the sustainability of crop production. The main focus of my doctoral thesis was to study the effects of biochar use as a soil amendment on soil fertility, earthworms and cereal and legume yield formation in boreal soils. My postdoctoral research continued along these lines and currently my AgriChar research group is focused on exploring the mechanisms of the long-term effects of biochars in boreal soils, nutrient recycling from waterbodies and organic fertilizers.

I am involved also in two Estonian Innovation Cluster projects (together 1.6 M EUR)  that focus on novel ways to protect soils and fertilize crops in organic farming systems.  The HYKERRYS2 project that I lead focuses on developing best practices for using recycled fertilizer and soil amendment products. Most recently, together with Aalto University, we started also EIT C-KIC project CarbonLane where we develop concept designs and principles of urban carbon fixing parks and lanes.

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University lecturer, adjunct professor

I lead research on protein crops. My main interest is faba bean, where I have projects and collaborations investigating aspects from gene to plate and back again. I grew up in Canada, earned my PhD at the University of Cambridge and worked in Australia for 15 years. I have been on the staff of the University of Helsinki since 2007. My recent international collaborations include the FP7 project “Legume Futures” on legumes in cropping systems and FACCE / ERA-NET+ project Climate CAFE on climate change adaptation of cropping systems. I am currently involved in the ERA-GAS project MAGGE-pH on the effects of soil pH management on greenhouse gas release, EIT-FOOD project ISP on ice-structuring proteins for food uses and Danish Innovation Fund project NORFAB on genomic tools for faba bean improvement. I co-lead the Academy of Finland project Papugeno on sequencing the gene space of faba bean.

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Doctoral student

I started in the Crop Science group as a doctoral student in November 2017. I hold a MSc. Agronomy from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. I am currently assessing the growth response and nutritional value of cassava under deficit irrigation and potassium fertigation. My dissertation will be an important reference for cassava crop management in tropical areas.

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