Dr. Tesfamariam Mengistu
Assistant Professor, Nematode Molecular Systematics and Biological Control
Dr. Mengistu is a research Nematologist with extensive experience in Molecular Systematics of Nematodes, Nematode Ecology, and Biological Control of Nematodes. He teaches four graduate courses in nematology: Nematode Systematics and Molecular Phylogeny, Plant Nematology, Nematode Morphology and Anatomy, and Nematode Diagnostics. His research program focuses on molecular systematics and biological control of nematodes with the goal of integrating basic and applied science to find efficient nematode management strategies. His primary research goal is focused on the use of molecular tools to identify and understand soil health in relation to soil supressiveness and soil antagonistic potential. Dr. Mengistu is also serving as the Director of the Nematode Diagnostic and Assay Laboratory, which is the primary diagnostic clinic for the citizens of the State of Florida. The lab process more than 5,000 diagnostic and research samples each year in order to provide timely management advice to growers and other agricultural scientists from different parts of United States.