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Assoc Prof Dr. Samira Maatallah, Plant Hysiology, Best Researcher Award

Assistant Professor at Centre RĂ©gional de Recherches Agricoles de Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Samira Maatallah is an accomplished plant ecophysiologist with a Doctoral degree from the University of Tunis El Manar. With a career spanning teaching and research roles, she has contributed significantly to understanding plant responses to environmental stresses. Her work includes national research projects on nitrate accumulation and local seed use for potato cultivation. She has conducted extensive training and internships in Belgium and France, enhancing her expertise in plant physiology and biochemical analysis. Currently, she is a Professor Assistant of Agricultural Higher Education at IRESA/CRRA, continuing her research and teaching endeavors.

Professional Profile:


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Samira Maatallah earned her Doctoral degree in Biology (Plant Ecophysiology) from the University of Tunis El Manar/Faculty of Sciences of Tunis/INRGREF in 2012, with the thesis “Physiological and biochemical behavior of young Laurus nobilis L. plants subject to increasing levels of water stress.” She also holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Plant Ecophysiology (2003) and a Master’s in Natural Sciences (2000) from the same institution. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Experimental Sciences in 1996 from M’dhilla Gafsa Secondary School in Tunisia.

🏢 Professional Experience:

Dr. Maatallah has accumulated extensive teaching and research experience in plant ecophysiology. She served as a contractual assistant at the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Sidi Thabet and the Faculty of Sciences of Gafsa from 2004 to 2009, teaching Plant Physiology and Plant Biology. From 2011 to 2016, she was a contract research assistant at CRRA Sidi Bouzid, where she focused on agricultural research. Since 2016, she has been a Professor Assistant of Agricultural Higher Education at IRESA/CRRA. Her research includes several national projects, such as studying nitrate accumulation in vegetables and the use of local seeds for potato production. She has also coordinated scientific collaboration agreements to evaluate new peach varieties in Central Tunisia.

Research Interests:

Dr. Maatallah’s research interests include plant ecophysiology, salinity tolerance, ion transport, water stress response, and the biochemical analysis of plants. She has focused on physiological and biochemical responses of plants to various environmental stresses, including water and salinity stress, as well as the analysis of osmocompatible compounds and essential oils.

Top Noted Publication:

Evaluation of Two Water Deficit Models on Phenolic Profiles and Antioxidant Activities of Different Peach Fruits Parts

  • Authors: Guizani, M., Dabbou, S., Maatallah, S., Rezig, M., Kilani-Jaziri, S.
  • Journal: Chemistry and Biodiversity
  • Year: 2022
  • Volume: 19
  • Issue: 4
  • Article Number: e202100851
  • Citations: 6

Variation of Amino Acids in Prunus persica Cultivars Leaves with Regard to Leaf Age

  • Authors: Dabbou, S., Maatallah, S., Antonelli, A., Montevecchi, G.
  • Journal: Scientia Horticulturae
  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 281
  • Article Number: 110001
  • Citations: 4

Prunus persica By-Products: A Source of Minerals, Phenols and Volatile Compounds

  • Authors: Maatallah, S., Dabbou, S., Castagna, A., Ranieri, A.M., Flamini, G.
  • Journal: Scientia Horticulturae
  • Year: 2020
  • Volume: 261
  • Article Number: 109016
  • Citations: 23

Physiological Behaviors and Fruit Quality Changes in Five Peach Cultivars During Three Ripening Stages in a Semi-Arid Climate

  • Authors: Guizani, M., Maatallah, S., Dabbou, S., Helal, A.N., Kilani-Jaziri, S.
  • Journal: Acta Physiologiae Plantarum
  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 41
  • Issue: 9
  • Article Number: 154
  • Citations: 14

Physiological Responses and Fruit Quality of Four Peach Cultivars Under Sustained and Cyclic Deficit Irrigation in Center-West of Tunisia

  • Authors: Guizani, M., Dabbou, S., Maatallah, S., Helal, A.N., Kilani-Jaziri, S.
  • Journal: Agricultural Water Management
  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 217
  • Pages: 81–97
  • Citations: 33



Samira Maatallah | Plant Hysiology | Best Researcher Award

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