Jayanta Das | Earth and Planetary Sciences | Excellence in Research Award

Assist Prof Dr. Jayanta Das | Earth and Planetary Sciences | Excellence in Research Award

Rampurhat College | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Jayanta Das embarked on his academic journey with a BA in Geography from Anand Chandra College, followed by an M.Sc. in Geography and Applied Geography from the University of North Bengal. He further pursued his passion by obtaining a Ph.D. in Geography from the same institution in 2018. His doctoral research focused on innovative strategies for replacing tobacco cultivation in specific regions of West Bengal, showcasing his early commitment to addressing societal and environmental challenges through geographical research.

Professional Endeavors

Currently serving as Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Geography at Rampurhat College, Dr. Das has made significant contributions to the field of Geography and Environmental Science. He has also engaged in editorial roles, serving as Lead Guest Editor for esteemed journals like the Journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research and the Indian Journal of Spatial Science, reflecting his dedication to advancing scholarly discourse in his field.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Das's research interests span a wide range of critical areas, including climate change, applied geomorphology, hazard monitoring and management, soil and agricultural geography, remote sensing, GIS, and environmental geography. Through his extensive publication record and editorial roles, he has contributed valuable insights into topics such as landslide susceptibility, flood prediction modeling, groundwater potential zonation, and urban flash flood prediction. His multidisciplinary approach to research underscores his commitment to addressing complex environmental challenges.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Das's contributions to geographical research have been recognized through various awards and accolades. He has received Best Paper Awards for his research presentations, highlighting the significance and impact of his scholarly work. Additionally, his editorial roles and collaborations with international researchers demonstrate the esteem in which he is held within the academic community.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Das's research has made a tangible impact on both academic scholarship and real-world environmental management practices. His work on hazard monitoring, climate change adaptation, and sustainable agriculture has provided valuable insights for policymakers, environmental practitioners, and communities facing environmental challenges. Through his collaborations and academic exchange programs, he has facilitated the exchange of knowledge and expertise, contributing to global efforts in environmental sustainability.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As a dedicated educator, researcher, and academic leader, Dr. Jayanta Das continues to inspire the next generation of geographers and environmental scientists. His commitment to addressing pressing environmental issues and advancing geographical knowledge sets a high standard for future research endeavors. With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative research methodologies, Dr. Das's legacy is poised to endure, shaping the future of geographical research and environmental stewardship.

Notable Publications

Assessing classification system for Landslide susceptibility using Frequency Ratio, Analytical hierarchical process and geospatial technology mapping in Aizawl district, NE India 2024

Optimization of conditioning factors for groundwater potential zonation using GIS-based single parameter and map removal sensitivity analysis in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, India 2023 (1)

Application of index of entropy and Geospatial techniques for landslide prediction in Lunglei district, Mizoram, India 2023 (7)

GIS-based data-driven bivariate statistical models for landslide susceptibility prediction in Upper Tista Basin, India 2023 (11)

GIS-based flood risk assessment using multi-criteria decision analysis of Shebelle River Basin in southern Somalia 2023 (6)

Ayan Paul | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Mr. Ayan Paul | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Ayan Paul commenced his academic journey with a Bachelor's in Agricultural Engineering from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, where he displayed exceptional prowess with a CGPA of 8.323. His early education at Air Force School Agra, securing a remarkable 95.20%, laid the foundation for his future academic endeavors.

Professional Endeavors

Throughout his academic career, Ayan delved into various practical experiences, including internships at prestigious institutions like CLAAS India Private Ltd., ICAR- Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, and Odisha Farm Machinery Research and Development Centre. These experiences honed his skills in agricultural machinery design, operation, maintenance, and research.

Contributions and Research Focus

Ayan's M.Tech project on designing an Adjustable Chassis for a Track Type Combine Harvester stands as a testament to his dedication and expertise in the field of farm machinery and power. His B.Tech project, focusing on the field evaluation of Tractor Drawn Groundnut Digger Shaker, showcases his commitment to advancing agricultural practices through innovative solutions.

Accolades and Recognition

Ayan's academic excellence was acknowledged with notable achievements such as securing All India Rank 14 in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2020) and securing All India Rank 64 in ICAR's All India Entrance Examination for Agriculture (AIEEA- UG 2016). These accolades underscore his outstanding capabilities and dedication to his field.

Impact and Influence

Ayan's contributions extend beyond academic achievements, as evidenced by his participation in skill development courses and entrepreneurship programs. His endeavors in remote sensing, GIS in agriculture, food packaging technology, and entrepreneurship development reflect his holistic approach to agricultural engineering and his potential to drive positive change in the field.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With a solid foundation in agricultural engineering, coupled with practical experiences and academic achievements, Ayan Paul is poised to make significant contributions to the field. His focus on innovation and research promises to bring about advancements in farm machinery design, agricultural technology, and sustainable farming practices, leaving a lasting legacy in agricultural engineering and beyond.

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Smart solutions for capsicum Harvesting: Unleashing the power of YOLO for Detection, Segmentation, growth stage Classification, Counting, and real-time mobile identification 2024

Utilizing Fine-Tuned YOLOv8 Deep Learning Model for Greenhouse Capsicum Detection and Growth Stage Determination 2023 (1)

 

Yeneayehu Fenetahun Mihertu | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Yeneayehu Fenetahun Mihertu | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

University of Chinese Academy of Science | Ethiopia

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Yeneayehu Fenetahun Mihertu embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, where he conducted research on the repellence potential of common tree leaves against houseflies. Subsequently, he pursued a Master of Sciences in Ecology and later obtained a Philosophy of Doctor in Ecology from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, focusing on rangeland management and ecology.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Fenetahun's professional journey spans various research institutes and universities globally. He served as a postdoctoral researcher at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), contributing to projects aimed at dynamic pasture monitoring and prediction in Ethiopia. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow in China, focusing on desertification and restoration strategies in the Borana rangeland.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Fenetahun's research primarily revolves around rangeland management, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem restoration. His extensive publication record includes studies on carrying capacity dynamics, impacts of grazing intensity, and assessments of environmental vulnerability in rangeland ecosystems.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his academic and professional career, Dr. Fenetahun has garnered numerous accolades and awards, including grants for research projects, fellowship programs, and certificates of professional competency. He has also presented his research at various international conferences and workshops, receiving recognition for his contributions to the field of ecology and environmental science.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Fenetahun's work has made significant contributions to the understanding and management of rangeland ecosystems, particularly in Ethiopia. His research findings and recommendations have the potential to inform policy decisions and conservation strategies aimed at preserving biodiversity and enhancing livelihoods in vulnerable landscapes.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Driven by a passion for ecological research and a commitment to sustainable development, Dr. Fenetahun's legacy lies in his dedication to addressing pressing environmental challenges. His future contributions are expected to continue shaping the field of ecology, with a focus on promoting biodiversity conservation, mitigating desertification, and fostering resilience in rangeland ecosystems.

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Effects of land-use intensity on vegetation dynamics across elevation in Savanna Grassland, Southern Ethiopia 2024

Remote sensing analysis of desert sensitive areas using MEDALUS model and GIS in the Niger River Basin 2024 (1)

 

 

 

Furqan Ahmad | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Mr. Furqan Ahmad | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Researcher Award

MNS University of Agriculture Multan | Pakistan

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Early Academic Pursuits

Furqan Ahmad commenced his academic journey with a focus on Plant Breeding and Genetics, earning an M.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in 2012. His dedication to agricultural sciences started during his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture, majoring in PBG, at BZU Multan (2006-2010). He laid the foundation for his educational pursuits with Intermediate studies at BISE Multan (2003-2005) and Matriculation at BISE Multan (1999-2001).

Professional Endeavors

Furqan Ahmad has contributed significantly to the field of agriculture through diverse roles. His journey began at the Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, as a Research Associate under a contract. Subsequently, he embarked on a scholarly path at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, working as a PhD Scholar/Research Associate under contract terms. His commitment to education led him to become a Lecturer at MNS University of Agriculture Multan, initially on a contract and later as a regular faculty member (BPS). Further, he pursued his PhD at Zhejiang University as a dedicated scholar under a student scholarship.

Contributions and Research Focus

Furqan Ahmad's contributions extend to various research and development projects. Noteworthy among them are projects like "Vegetable Nursery Production and Supply System for Kitchen Gardening," "Commissioned Research for Development of Cotton Seed," and his involvement in the "Crop Genomics and Speed Breeding Centre for Agriculture Sustainability."

Accolades and Recognition

Furqan Ahmad's dedication to research and development has earned him recognition, setting a foundation for his academic and professional journey. His commitment to commissioned research and contributions to sustainable agriculture has not gone unnoticed.

Impact and Influence

Through his roles in academia and research, Furqan Ahmad has left a lasting impact on the fields of Plant Breeding and Genetics. His work in seed development and sustainable agriculture showcases his influence on the agricultural landscape.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Furqan Ahmad's legacy lies in his commitment to advancing agricultural practices. As a researcher and educator, he has laid the groundwork for future advancements in crop genomics and sustainable agriculture. His continued contributions are anticipated to shape the future of agricultural sciences positively.

Notable Publications

Expression analysis of fiber-related genes for staple length in upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) 2024 

HEAT-RESPONSIVE PROTEIN regulates heat stress via fine-tuning ethylene/auxin signaling pathways in cotton 2022 (1)

CdO nanocubes decorated on rGO sheets as novel high conductivity positive electrode material for hybrid supercapacitor 2023 (22) 

Characterization of salt tolerant wheat genotypes by using morpho-physiological, biochemical, and molecular analysis 2022 (9)

Effect of Drought on Trichome Density and Length in Cotton (Gossypium Hirsutum) 2021 (6)

 

Binega Derebe | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Editorial Board Member

Mr. Binega Derebe | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Editorial Board Member

Injibara University | Ethiopia

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Early Academic Pursuits

Binega Derebe Asmare, an Ethiopian national born on September 26, 1992, embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Gondar. His commitment to environmental sciences led him to pursue a Master's degree in Wildlife Conservation and Ecotourism Management at Bahir Dar University.

Professional Endeavors

Since July 2018, Binega has been actively engaged as a Lecturer and Researcher at Injibara University, Ethiopia. In this role, he imparts knowledge through lectures, conducts impactful research, and serves as an academic and senior research advisor for undergraduate students.

Contributions and Research Focus

Binega's research contributions span diverse areas, with a particular emphasis on wildlife conservation, biodiversity, and ecotourism. His publications showcase a keen interest in avifauna, medium and large mammals, and the intricate relationships between human activities and wildlife.

Accolades and Recognition

His notable publications, including articles in journals like Heliyon, Anthropocene Science, PLoS ONE, and the International Journal of Zoology, demonstrate Binega's scholarly impact. His work on species diversity, mammal populations, and human-wildlife conflict has garnered attention and recognition.

Impact and Influence

Binega's research outputs contribute significantly to the scientific understanding of Ethiopia's ecosystems. By exploring the diversity, abundance, and habitat associations of various species, he enriches the knowledge base in wildlife management and conservation.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Binega Derebe Asmare's legacy lies in his dedication to advancing environmental sciences and wildlife conservation in Ethiopia. His ongoing role as a Lecturer and Researcher positions him to continue inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. As he expands his research horizons, his future contributions are poised to further shape sustainable practices in biodiversity conservation and ecotourism.

Notable Publications

Species diversity, relative abundance, and distribution of avifauna in different habitats within Lewi Mountain, Awi zone, Ethiopia 2023 (1)

Composition, Relative Abundance, and Diversity of Medium and Large Mammals in Tirba Lake Awi Zone, Ethiopia 2023

Population status of the Hamadryas baboon in and around Simien Mountains National Park (SMNP), Ethiopia 2023

 

Tadele Buraka | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Editorial Board Member

Assist Prof Dr. Tadele Buraka | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Editorial Board Member 

Addis Ababa University | Ethiopia

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Tadele Buraka Bushasha embarked on a journey of academic excellence, earning a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Addis Ababa University. His educational journey also includes an MSc in Soil Science from Hawassa University, an MBA in Business Administration from Ashland University, and a BSc with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics from Dilla University.

Professional Endeavors

With a career spanning over 18 years and 5 months, Dr. Tadele has made significant contributions to academia and administrative roles. He serves as an Associate Professor and Researcher, specializing in soil science, at both Wolaita Sodo and Wachemo Universities. Additionally, he held leadership positions such as Vice President, Dean of Administrative Affairs, and Coordinator for Educational Quality Assurance.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Tadele's contributions extend beyond academia. As Vice President and Coordinator, he played a pivotal role in strengthening industry-university linkages, facilitating quality education, and coordinating agricultural production and market activities. His research interests cover a wide spectrum, including haricot bean, faba bean, soil agricultural potential, and groundwater potential.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Tadele's dedication is recognized through numerous achievements, including his role as a member of the House of the Federation, SNNP Regional Council, and Kembata Tembaro Zonal Council. He has actively contributed to policy analysis, constitution interpretation, and the evaluation of government plans.

Impact and Influence

His influence extends to various committees, task forces, and leadership roles, shaping educational policies and reforms. Dr. Tadele's commitment to nutrition-sensitive agriculture has left a lasting impact on the communities within the university's catchment area.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Tadele's legacy is marked by his commitment to quality education, research, and community service. His leadership roles, research publications, and participation in national and international soil science societies exemplify his dedication. Looking forward, he continues to contribute to agricultural, educational, and environmental areas, armed with skills in computer applications, leadership, and communicative English.

Notable Publications

Effects of land-use-cover-changes on selected soil physicochemical properties along slope position, Coka watershed, Southern Ethiopia 2023 (3)

Soil organic carbon and its' stock potential in different land-use types along slope position in Coka watershed, Southern Ethiopia 2022 (7) 

Assessment of soil erosion risks in response to land-use and land-cover changes in Coka watershed, Southern Ethiopia 2022 (12)

 

 

Ayomide Afolabi | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Editorial Board Member

Mr. Ayomide Afolabi | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Editorial Board Member

Jovah Farm | Nigeria

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Early Academic Pursuits

Ayomide Afolabi, born on March 28, 1996, is a Nigerian advocate of Climate-Smart Agriculture, demonstrating dedication and efficiency in his academic and professional journey. He believes in the sustainability of Climate-Smart Agriculture for enhancing agricultural productivity and achieving food security.

Professional Endeavors

Ayomide has been actively involved in the agriculture sector, managing and producing various crops such as Cucumbers, Kales, Watermelons, Bell peppers, and Tomatoes. His expertise spans open-field and controlled-environment cultivation, seedling management, pest control, and the formulation of nutritional guidelines. Additionally, he engages in sustainable practices, incorporating Gliricidia sepium and Tithonia diversifolia for soil improvement.

Contributions and Research Focus

With a background in Plant Physiology and Crop Production, Ayomide's academic journey at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, reflects his commitment to understanding the effects of integrated nutrient management on lowland rice varieties. His work extends beyond conventional farming, embracing hydroponics, aquaculture, and cutting-edge technologies like nano-biotechnological products.

Accolades and Recognition

Ayomide's dedication and academic excellence have been acknowledged with honors like the Senate annual prize for first-class honors graduating students at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

Impact and Influence

Ayomide's impact extends to the global community through initiatives such as the ICTforAg conference and his involvement in advocacy programs like the Zero Food Waste Initiative. He actively contributes to reducing food waste and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Ayomide envisions a legacy of promoting sustainable agriculture and addressing global food security challenges. His multifaceted expertise, from traditional farming to cutting-edge technologies, positions him as a catalyst for positive change in the agricultural landscape. In the future, Ayomide aims to continue his impactful contributions, advancing agriculture with a focus on innovation and sustainability.

Notable Publications

Response of lowland rice varieties to integrated nutrient management in a derived Savannah agro-ecology 2023

Nanoscience and technology as a pivot for sustainable agriculture and its One Health approach awareness 2023

The Application of Microbial Inoculants as a Green Tool towards Achieving Sustainable Agriculture 2023

 

 

Hassan Esmaeilzadeh | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Hassan Esmaeilzadeh | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Shahid Beheshti University | Iran

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Hassan Esmaeilzadeh's academic journey has been marked by a commitment to Geography and Urban Planning. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Tabriz University, his Master's from Tarbiat Modarres University, and his Doctorate degree from Shahid Beheshti University. His primary fields of expertise include sustainable ecotourism, environmental studies, and spatial planning.

Professional Endeavors

Since 2012, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh has been serving as an Assistant Professor at the Geography and Urban Planning Department of Shahid Beheshti University. Prior to this, he held academic positions at Payame Noor University and Azad Islamic University. His professional journey also includes roles as a researcher at various institutions and consultancy companies, contributing to urban and rural development, environmental planning, and sustainable global city initiatives.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Esmaeilzadeh's expertise lies in sustainable ecotourism, environmental studies, and spatial planning. His extensive research portfolio covers diverse areas, including the spatial impacts of lifestyle changes, adaptation to climate change, and the sustainability of ecotourism in protected areas. His contributions extend to grants from various institutions and refereeing for reputable journals in environmental sciences and tourism management.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh has been recognized for his academic excellence. He secured the first rank in the national master's entrance exam in 2001, was the top student of the M.A course at Tarbiat Modarres University in 2003, and received the Distinguished Ph.D. Student of the Year of Iran award in 2009.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Esmaeilzadeh's impact extends beyond academia, as evident from his executive responsibilities, consultancy roles, and managerial positions in various organizations. His expertise in ecotourism, environmental planning, and urban management positions him as a key influencer in shaping sustainable urban development and environmental policies.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With an impressive record of courses taught, advisory roles, and supervisory positions for M.A. and Ph.D. candidates, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh is contributing to the development of future scholars and practitioners in the field. His continued research, grant projects, and editorial positions showcase a dedication to leaving a lasting legacy in the realms of environmental planning and sustainable urban development.

Notable Publications

Waterless wetlands, as a new source of wind erosion: Developing remediation strategies for the Hamoon Wetland in Iran 2023 (1)

Evaluating the ecological security of ecotourism in protected area based on the DPSIR model 2023 (1)

Land potential for ecotourism development and assessing landscape ecology in areas on protection of Iran 2023 (4)

Assessing Changes in Land Use/Land Cover and Ecological Risk to Conserve Protected Areas in Urban–Rural Contexts 2023 (4)

Prioritizing Water Resources for Conservation in a Land of Water Crisis: The Case of Protected Areas of Iran 2022 (2)

 

Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Esraa Elmarakby | Best Researcher Award - Award Winner 2023

Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science

Esraa Elmarakby, congratulations on receiving the prestigious Best Researcher Award! Your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to advancing the understanding of environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development are truly commendable. This recognition not only celebrates your remarkable achievements but also acknowledges the depth of your research contributions to shaping sustainable urban landscapes. Your relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovative approaches undoubtedly sets a benchmark for excellence in academia and inspires us all to reach greater heights in research and scholarly endeavors.

Esraa, your relentless pursuit of knowledge and groundbreaking research in exploring the intricate relationship between urban development and environmental sustainability is nothing short of exceptional. Your commitment to unraveling the complexities of Urban Heat Islands and non-exhaust emissions within Transit-Oriented Developments is not just commendable—it's pioneering. This award stands as a testament to your profound impact on academia and your invaluable contributions to the field. Your passion, diligence, and vision for a more sustainable future resonate deeply, and your achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring researchers worldwide. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

Early Academic Pursuits

Esraa Elmarakby embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's in Urban Planning and Design from Ain Shams University, Egypt. Her pursuit continued with a Master's degree focusing on the Urban Heat Island Phenomenon in Cairo's residential areas, emphasizing morphological impacts.

Professional Endeavors

She transitioned into the realm of remote sensing, acquiring a Diploma as a Certified Remote Sensing Specialist and delving into various certifications such as Remote Sensing Specialist, Professional, and Solution Developer.

Contributions and Research Focus

Esraa's research predominantly centers on the intersection of urban development and environmental sustainability. Her published works explore the impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Islands (UHI) and non-exhaust emissions (NEE) in transit-oriented developments, showcasing her expertise in climate change, spatial analysis, and environmental impact assessment.

Accolades and Recognition

Her achievements include winning the UOS Three-Minute Thesis competition and receiving an Associate Fellow designation from Advance Higher Education in the UK.

Notable Publication

Spatial Morphology and Urban Heat Island: Comparative Case Studies 

Workers’ Satisfaction vis-à-vis Environmental and Socio-Morphological Aspects for Sustainability and Decent Work  1 February 2022

Impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Island in Manchester's transit-oriented development 6 December 2023

Impact and Influence

Esraa's work as a Project Officer at the University of Salford's CRUISE Project demonstrates her commitment to managing research initiatives, while her roles as a lecturer, ambassador, and vice president of the UOS's CIB Student Chapter highlight her dedication to knowledge exchange, academic facilitation, and community engagement.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With a promising trajectory, Esraa aims to complete her Ph.D., focusing on advancing environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Her vision seems to be deeply rooted in merging research, practical application, and academic mentorship, poised to leave a lasting impact on the fields of urban planning and environmental sustainability.

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