Dr. Hager Snoussi is an Assistant-Professor/Research Scientist at Horticultural Laboratory of the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Tunisia (INRAT).
She holds a national agricultural engineer diploma, and a PhD in plant production sciences and biotechnology from the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia (INAT).
Her main scientific activities are grouped around molecular genetics of plants.
Dr. Snoussi is working on the valorization of fruit species such as grapevine and citrus through their molecular characterization, genetic identification, study of their genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships. Also to meet the need of climate smart agriculture, her work focuses on agronomic practices and biotechnological approaches that can mitigate climate change effects on citrus, and to improve the adaptation and the resilience of citrus especially to abiotic stresses (salt stress).The groundwork against climate change is compulsory for better global livelihood and food security. Dr. Snoussi has an important record of peer reviewed scientific publications.
Dr. Snoussi undertook several collaborations in the framework of different fellowships as well as national and international projects (most of which have an impact on development) in partnership with many research centers: the Institution of Agriculture Research and Higher Education (IRESA, Tunisia); National Research Institute of Rural Engineering, Water and Rorests (INGREF, Tunisia); Citrus National Center (CTA, Tunisia); Phoenicultural Research Center Degache, Tunisia; National Center of Biotechnology (CNB, Madrid, Spain): the National Institute of Agronomic and Food Research and Technology (INIA, Spain); the French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions (CIRAD, France); the Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research (IVIA, Spain); Institute of Biosciences and BioResources (IBBR, Italy). Dr. Hager Snoussi was a visiting scientist (ERASMUS +) to the Hungarian National Center for Agricultural Research and Innovation (NAIK), NARIC Institute - Agricultural Biotechnology of Gödöllő, Hungary (2017). In 2018, Dr. Hager Snoussi was a scholarship holder of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a project that she conducted with the Food Science Program, in the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruits Research, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Florida A&M University, USA.
Dr. Hager Snoussi is actively involved in fund raising for the laboratory and is currently the principal investigator of a project on “Citrus adaptation in different growing environments in Tunisia”, a Grant under the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID, USA).
Dr. Snoussi supervises undergraduate and Master students in their research projects and trains interns. She was a member of several working and reflection group on fruit arboriculture at the national level and a member of executive committee of the International Society of Agriculture, Spain, 2013.
Dr. Snoussi believes in teamwork and hopes to be one of the links in the chain that could contribute actively and effectively in the agronomic and socio-economic development in Tunisia and in the Arab countries.