Dr. Tesfamariam Mengistu


A major area of emphasis in Dr. Mengistu’s research program is on molecular systematics and biological control with the goal of integrating basic and applied science to find efficient nematode management strategies.

Molecular Systematics

Dr. Mengistu’s research in the area of molecular systematics is to develop molecular tools for identifying major plant-parasitic nematodes occurring in Florida such as root-knot, lesion, sting, and lance nematodes.

Biological Control

Dr. Mengistu’s research on biological control is focused on the use of molecular tools to identify and understand soil health in relation to soil supressiveness and soil antagonistic potential.



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Assistant Extension Scientist, Nematode Molecular Systematics and Biological Control