Kazak researcher receives short-term training on sustainable agriculture

Dr. Rafiq Islam
SWBR Program Leader

Nurlan Kuldybayev, a PhD candidate from the Plant Protection Department of the Kazak National Agrarian University (Almaty, Kazakhstan), recently visited the United States as a short-term visiting scholar with the Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources program at The Ohio State University South Centers.

His 8-week advanced training program ran from August 1 through September 30, 2019 for his professional development on soil health, soil-borne disease and biocontrol, conservation tillage, cropping diversity with multifunctional cover crops, data management/visualization, and manuscript writing. 

Nurlan was actively involved in lab and field research, and learned new techniques to collect, process, and analyze soil, water, air, and plants associated with enhanced ecosystem services. He attended several professional meetings, workshops, and field days. 

His short-term training was supported by the American Councils for International Education (ACIE) under a grant project entitled ”Strengthening U.S. and Kazakh Scientific Capacity Through Joint-Institutional Agricultural Teaching, Research, and Outreach Development.” 

Rafiq Islam was the principal investigator of the project along with team members Professor Renukaradhya Gourapura from Food Animal Health Research Program, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and Beau Ingle, Program Manager, Office of International Programs, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. 

The Kazakh investigators in the project were Dr. Yerlan Dutbayev, a professor in the Department of Plant Protection; Dr. Saule Yessengaziyeva, head of the Department of Management and Organization of Agribusiness’ and Dr. Tulemisova Zhanar, head of the Department and Professor of Biological Safety, Kazakh National Agrarian University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.