International Training Workshop Biological Control in Agriculture.
Dr. Harry Evans (CABI UK)
I have over 45 years experience in plant disease identification and management
in tropical agriculture and forestry. Over the past 30 years, since joining CABI, I have specialized in the use of fungi for the biological control of invasive weeds, pests and plant diseases. I have also published over 200 scientific papers on plant and insect pathology, including a standard reference book.
Currently, I am a CABI Emeritus Fellow helping to develop projects; whilst mentoring students and colleagues at CABI and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Minas Gerais, Brazil) and also undertaking research on the use of fungal endophytes for the management of plant diseases and leaf-cutting ants.
Dr. Robert Barreto (Universidade Federal de Viçosa)
Qualifications. Graduate degree: Agronomy, 1978, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro. MSc: Pure & Applied Taxonomy, 1986, University of Reading – International Mycological Institute (now CABI). PhD: Botany, University of Reading – International Mycological Institute (now CABI).
Current position. Head of the Plant Clinic of the Plant Pathology Department, since 1998.
Expertise. Biological control of weeds with plant pathogens, mycology.
Teaching. Biological control of weeds and diseases; fungal pathogens of plants; plant disease diagnosis and control; plant pathology; mycology; plant pathology seminars; supervision of graduate research students in their MS and PhD research, and of undergraduates in research projects.
Consultancies. CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico); FAPEMIG (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquise do Estado de Minas Gerais); CABI Bioscience (biocontrol of weeds, 199201993); Assessa Assessoria Pesquisa e Planejamento Ltda – ASSESSA (1987, 1989-1991).
International Programmes. Co-operator in research programs in the USA – Fundação Arthur Bernardes (Universidade Federal de Viçosa) and Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, Fundação de Pesquisas Florestais (Universidade Federal do Paraná) and the University of Florida; New Zealand – Fundação Arthur Bernardes (Universidade Federal de Viçosa) and Landcare Research.
Dr. Bruno Zachrisson (IDIAP)
Dr. Edward Allen Herre (STRI)
The principle research interests of my laboratory are focused on interactions between different organisms (e.g., plants and insects, plants and fungi). We combine ecological, physiological, phylogenetic, and genomic tools to understand functional relationships among the interacting organisms. Our main study species are the 20+ local species of figs and their associates (pollinator / parasitic wasps / nematodes / wolbachia) and Theobroma cacao (the source of chocolate, for which we have a genome sequencesd) and its endophytic and pathogenic fungi.
Ing. José Lezcano (IDIAP)
Ing. Gladys González (IDIAP)
Ingeniera Agrónoma, egresada de la Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias de la Universidad Nacional de Panamá. Posee una maestría (M.Sc.) en Entomología por la Universidad de Purdue, Indiana, USA en 1989. Ha realizado estudios de postgrado en producción ecológica y en docencia superior y es Candidata a doctora en Agroecología por la Universidad Agraria de Nicaragua/SOCLA/Universidad de California Berkeley.
Dr. Luis C. Mejía (INDICASAT)
B.S. Biology (Microbiology and Parasitology), Universidad de Panama, 2002.
Ph.D. Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University, 2009.
Postdoc. Pennsylvania State University, 2009-2010.
Postdoc. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 2010-2014.
Researcher. Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT, 2014-present)
I employ plant pathology and mycology methods, molecular techniques, and genomic tools to:
1) determine the effects of fungal endophyte colonization on their host genes and phenotypic expression.
2) identify the genetic mechanisms that differentiate the beneficial interactions of plants and some endophytes from the detrimental interactions between plants and pathogens
3) assess diversity and function of microbial (bacteria and fungi) species composing microbiomes of tropical trees. I also employ molecular phylogenetics and comparative morphology in order to: 1) infer the evolutionary history of selected groups of fungi and 2) uncover and describe new fungal taxa.