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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment
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Keith Holmes Integrated Crop Management Advisor

T: +41 (0)32 4214885


Rue des Grillons 1 CH-2800 Delémont, Switzerland


PhD Biocontrol/ Plant Pathology

I work with local partners in developing, transitional and developed countries to facilitate improved agricultural practices. My background is in biochemistry, mycology and plant pathology. I have over 20 years experience as a researcher/ research manager in aspects of Integrated Crop Management (ICM), including the development and application of non-conventional control approaches (biocontrol agents, elicitors of induced resistance). A particular focus has been on the research of these approaches to control fungal plant pathogens in commodity crops, in particular cocoa.

My biocontrol experience has included the development of elicitors of induced resistance against fungal disease such as powdery mildew, and development of fungal biocontrol agents against major fungal pathogens of the perennial tree Theobroma cacao, in Latin America (Moniliophthora perniciosa and M. roreri). More recently I have been involved with the development of entomopathogenic nematodes to control soil insect pests in arable and horticultural crops in DPR Korea and Rwanda.

I manage and develop collaborative international projects in mass production and use of biocontrol as a component of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). I have been involved in various activities in pest and disease management with conventional and biological control approaches, to institutional capacity building within research and governmental institutions in Central and South America, East Asia, South East Asia and West Africa

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Partnership with DPR Korea's Ministry of Agriculture

Agricultural production in DPR Korea is low, resulting in food shortages and the need for international aid. Ensuring food security is a priority for the government. We have helped the newly-established Department of Plant Protection to sustainably improve agricultural production by optimizing its ability to...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Partnerships for improving fruit production in DPR Korea

Despite advances in agriculture in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea), a shortage of fresh produce undermines the population’s nutritional status. Fruit is grown on large state farms and cooperative farms, but pests and diseases reduce yields and quality. CABI is working with key...