Semira Mohammed Beyan

Semira Mohammed Beyan (Ethiopia)

Soil nutrients, dietary intake, and nutritional status of children and women in southern Ethiopia

Doctorate: PhD in Agriculture at the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, 2015
Current Employment: Lecturer, School of Plant and Horticultural Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
Home mentor: Dr. Sheleme Beyene, College of Agriculture, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
Host mentor: Dr. Felix Dakora, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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Semira Mohammed Beyan is an IMMANA post-doctoral fellow at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. In her project she will be examining the interrelationship of soil and food quality with human nutritional status and health which is critically important to the fields of agriculture and human nutrition. Using the data gathered from her study she will develop a mathematical dietary model that will help demonstrate the relationship of soil characteristics with nutrient dietary intake and human nutritional status.

She received her PhD in Agriculture from Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa  in March, 2015 under the mentorship of Prof. Felix Dapare Dakora and Dr. Endalkachew Wolde-Meskel.  Her thesis work focused on the identification of the genetic diversity and symbiotic efficiency of soybean microsymbionts in Ethiopia. Her novel results demonstrated the existence of indigenous microsymbionts of soybean in various soils of Ethiopia that effectively fix atmospheric nitrogen. Hence, gives the possibility to use and produce local rhizobial inoculants of soybean in Ethiopia from the strains identified as a solution for N deficiency in soils of smallholder farmers. This may also keep resource poor farmers from investing their money on costly inorganic fertilizer and save extra expenditure.