Muhabbat Turdieva, from Uzbekistan, joined Bioversity’s office for Asia, Pacific and Oceania office in April, 1999 as a Forest Genetic Resources Scientist.
Her main responsibility was providing secretariat support to Central Asian and Transcaucasian Network on Plant Genetic Resources (CATCN-PGR) including training of young scientists, development and implementation of collaborative projects on assessment of distribution and diversity level of local forest tree species, fruit crops, vegetables and melons in Central Asia.
Since 2006 she has been coordinating a regional project 'In situ/on farm conservation and use of agrobiodiversity (horticultural crops and wild fruit species) in Central Asia' funded by UNEP-GEF. The project is focused on sustainable use of local diversity of temperate fruit trees and their wild relatives in the centre of their origin including strengthening of the national policies in Central Asian countries, broadening the knowledge on fruit trees diversity and distribution, establishment of strong partnership among stakeholders and building their capacity in maintenance of this unique diversity.
Diploma of Higher Education (Equivalent to MSc) in Forestry Management, Tashkent State Agrarian Univer4sity, Uzbekistan
Lapena, I., Lopez, I., Turdieva M. 2012. Guidelines : Access and Benefit Sharing in research projects. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy
Turdieva M., Aleksandrovskiy E, Kayimov A., Djumabaeva S., Mukanov B., Saparmyradov A., Akhmadov Kh. 2007. Forests in Central Asia: Current status and constraints in book Climate Change and Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration in Central Asia. R. Lal, M. Suleimenov..[et al.], editors. Pp. 25-33. Publisher: Taylor &Francis Group, London, UK