Netsanet Bacha Hei
Ethiopia 2019
Netsanet Bacha Hei is a breeder-pathologist at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, stationed at Ambo Agricultural Research Centre. She is responsible for conducting research on development of new wheat varieties. She works with the wheat pathology team to monitor the spread and change in the virulence pattern of wheat rusts and provide essential information to determine the gene combinations to be considered by the national and international wheat breeding programmes. She is also responsible for sharing the coordinated surveillance information and  advising the Ministry of Agriculture in order to prepare for potential wheat rust outbreaks and to enable them to take action to avoid crop losses.
Hei’s research focuses on training farmers in pest and disease management and use of best agricultural practices while also conducting on-farm demonstrations of effective agricultural technologies such as newly released wheat varieties and pest management.
Field of Research
Development of wheat cultivars with resistance to biotic stresses.

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