Profile – Ahmed Idris Hassen

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Ahmed Idris Hassen

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Research Scientist


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Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1968. BSc in pure biology; MSc in Applied Microbiology from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, PhD in Applied Microbiology ( University of Pretoria, South Africa); Served as a lecturer of Microbiology (post MSc) at Alemaya University in Ethiopia (2000- 2003) and as a postdoctoral fellow (2007 – 2008) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Since 2009 up to now working as a research scientist in the area of biological nitrogen fixation by mainly investigating the roles of symbiotic nitrogen fixing rhizobia in various legumes.

Research Areas:

  • Applied Microbiology
  • Rhizobia
  • Nitrogen Fixation

Current N-related Projects: 


1. Ahmed Idris Hassen., Francina Lebogang Bopape., Marike Trytsman (2014). Nodulation Study and Characterization of Rhizobial Microsymbionts of Forage and Pasture Legumes in South Africa. World J. Agricultural Research2: 93-100

2. Ahmed Idris Hassen., Francina. L. Bopape., Galaletsang Seane (2014). Nodulation efficacy of commercial inoculant strain Bradyrhizobium japonicum WB74 on soybean (Glycine max L. Merrill) is affected by several limiting factors. African J. Microbiol. Research8: 2069-2076

3. Ahmed Idris Hassen, Bopape F.L., Lamprecht, S.C. and Habig J (2012). Nodulation of Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis burm.f.), an indigenous South African legume by members of both the α- Proteobacteria and β-Proteobacteria. Biol. Fert. Soils 48: 295-303.

4. Ahmed Idris Hassen (2016). Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Legumes. Oral presentation at the Pulses and Food Security Discussion Forum in honor of the International Year of Pulses 2016 (#IYP2016), organized by the National Science and Technology Forum, 2 -3 June 2016, Emperor’s Palace Convention Centre, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.

5. Ahmed Idris Hassen, Bopape FL, Trytsman M (2016). Members of the Genus Bradyhizobium are root nodulating microsymbionts of indigenous and exotic legumes in South Africa. Key note speech at the 19th Biennial Symposium of the South African Society of Microbiology (SASM), January 17-20, Coastlands, Umhlanga, Durban.