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Ph.D. Biology, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada - 1997
M.Sc. Biology, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada- 1993
M.Sc. Agriculture Entomology, Mahatma Phule Agriculture Univ., Rahuri, India- 1979
B.Sc. Agriculture, College of Agriculture, Kolhapur, Mahatma Phule Agriculture Univ., India- 1977
Extension Interests and Current Efforts
The primary focus of my lab is to provideaccurate identification of plant-parasitic and free-living nematodes to extension personnel (Specialists and County based faculty) and researchers affiliated with the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia. These accurate nematode diagnosis data generally support their research and extension disease management programs related to the parasitic nematodes that infect a wide range of plants gown for Georgia plant industries. This includes large commercial growers and producers, nurseries, greenhouses, golf courses and homeowners. Nematology lab also provides diagnostic services to the Georgia Department of Agriculture to address plant-parasitic nematode related regulatory issues. My current research is mainly focused on the implementation of different strategies to manage plant-parasitic nematodes impacting blueberry and peach industries. My research interests also include identification of potential biological control agents, plant based nematicides and nematode- suppressive soil factors that can be used for the management of plant-parasitic nematodes of different crops.