Tilal Sayed Abdelhalim

 Tilal Sayed Abdelhalim
  • Plant Breeding & Physiology

Areas of Expertise:
Sorghum breeding and physiology; Root parasitic plants; Rhizosphere signaling (plant-microbe interaction)

since 2020


Biotechnology and Biosafety Research Center, Sudan

Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC)
P.O. Box: 30
Khartoum North, Shambat

Mobile: +249 912627414, Office: +249 115920144

About me

I am an associate professor and director of the Biotechnology and Biosafety Research Center of the Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC) in Sudan. After completing my Ph.D. in Ecological Plant Protection in the Faculty of Orangic Agricultural Sciences at Kassel University in Germany in 2012, I worked as an assistant professor at ARC’s White Nile Research Station from 2012 to 2018. During this period, I also returned to Kassel University to conduct research on environmental soil microbiology as a junior postdoctoral researcher funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within the framework of the project ‘Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa’. Today, my research at ARC focuses on mining the genetic diversity of sorghum’s wild relatives in Sudan, a forgotten treasure-trove of plants that can withstand biotic and abiotic stresses, of which I am particularly interested in studying drought tolerance, Striga resistance, mycorrhiza symbiosis, and phosphorus-use efficiency. 

Joining AGYA allows me to expand my professional network and to build and strengthen ties with young researchers from diverse disciplines in Germany and the Arab world. Being part of a dynamic working academy like AGYA enriches my cultural outlook, career, and academic performance.

Academic career
2019 - today Associate Professor and Director of the Biotechnology and Biosafety Research Centre, Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC), Shambat, Sudan
2012 - 2018 Assistant Professor, White Nile Station, ARC, Sudan
2013 - 2016 Junior Postdoctoral Researcher in Livelihood Management within the Volkswagen Foundation-funded project ‘Knowledge for Tomorrow: Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa’, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Kassel University, Germany
2009 - 2012 Ph.D. in Ecological Plant Protection, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Kassel University, Germany
2008 - 2012 Researcher at the Horticulture Research Centre, ARC, Wad Medani, Sudan
2005 - 2007 M.Sc. in Horticulture, Graduate College, University of Khartoum, Sudan


My Commitment to AGYA
Task Force 'Good Research Practices' 2022
Nomination Committee 'New AGYA Members' 2021, 2022

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Integrating New Technologies for Striga Control: Towards Ending the Witch-Hunt by Gebisa Ejeta and Jonathan Gressel (Eds.) 

Favourite novel:
The Jungo: Stakes of the Earth by Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin
 (الجنقو مسامير الأرض)

The scientist from my country you should know:
Dr. Abdalla Hamdoak, Doctorate in Agricultural Economics, 15th Prime Minister of Sudan (2019 –today)