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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of ACES
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ACES International Lecture: Exploring the Rice Microbiome to Design Future Crop Improvement Efforts"

November 8, 2018 2:00 PM - November 8, 2018 3:00 PM

W-121 Turner Hall

Presented by Dr. Ricardo Oliva, Research Specialist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Dr. Oliva is currently a Senior Scientist at the Rice Breeding Platform of the International Rice Research Institute, in Los Banos Philippines. His Ph.D. in Plant Pathology is from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich; he has M.S. and B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Biology; he did postdoctoral training at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK. Before moving to IRRI, he took a faculty position under the Prometeo Fellowship sponsored by the Ecuadorian government. Ricardo and his research group contribute to host plant resistance against major diseases of rice. Ricardo is a plant pathologist with many years experience working on plant–pathogen interactions and population genetics. Ricardo’s current activities focus on developing strategies to customize the deployment of resistance genes in rice agro-ecosystems. He will incorporate current understanding of plant defense response and pathogen population biology to assess durability of resistance genes and reinforce rice breeding strategies. He is also interested to explore rice germplasm for the identification of novel QTL that contribute to resistance against necrotrophic pathogens. In addition he is interested to understand the role of microbial communities in rice health and agronomic performance.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Crop Sciences and the ACES Office of International Programs as part of the 2018-19 ACES International Seminar Series.