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Ashenafi Gunnabo Hailu
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I am a PhD student at Wageningen University and Research, sponsored by N2Africa Project. I was born on 17 January 1983 in Gidole, SNNPR, Ethiopia. I did Bachelor Degree in Biology (2003-2006) and M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology (2001-2011) both at Hawassa University (formerly named Debub University).

I started the current Sandwich PhD study in September 2014. My PhD study focuses on “Understanding the legume genotypes and Rhizobium genotypes interactions in Common bean and Chickpea in Ethiopia”. So far, I investigated the infectiveness and effectiveness of chickpea and common bean nodulating several previous rhizobial collections; isolated new common bean nodulating rhizobia; studying the phylogenetic diversity of both chickpea and common bean nodulating rhizobia (yet to be finished); Chickpea and common bean genotypes imported from ICRISAT India and CIAT Colombia, respectively; the genotypes were multiplied in the greenhouse; and currently running GL x GR experiment in both genotypes and their respective rhizobial strains.

Rhizobia isolation, nodulation and effectiveness test and Genotype by genotype interaction study have been underway in Ethiopia whereas molecular characterization of the rhizobial strains has been underway at Wageningen University and Research in Molecular Biology Lab.