Visiting professorship at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, China, Adjunct professorship at the Szent István University in Godollo, Hungary, PhD ScNat in Entomology, MSc in Biology
I work as a research scientist and advise on Integrated Crop Management issues at CABI’s Swiss centre as well as at CABI’s laboratories in Hungary and China. My role as a research scientist involves work on biological control and integrated management of agricultural insect pests.
My background is in biology, ecology, behaviour and the study of host ranges and biosafety of insects and entomopathogenic nematodes. I develop, manage and implement collaborative international projects that use biological control as a component of integrated crop management. I also undertake individual or group training programmes in integrated crop management, integrated pest management, agricultural research methods or biological control for international partners including farmers, advisory services, students and post-graduates. I lecture at the Pyongyang Agricultural University, DPR Korea, at the Szent István University in Godollo, Hungary and at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. I have supervised many international BSc, MSc and PhD students.
My work also includes the development of technical dossiers, biosafety dossiers for biocontrol agents, training materials, and scientific publications (incl. nature, science). I hold an adjunct professorship at the Szent István University in Godollo, Hungary, and a visiting professorship at the Institute of Plant Protection of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, China.
My role as an integrated crop management advisor is to work with local partners in various developing, transitional and developed countries to facilitate improved agricultural practices. I provide technical support to reduce the use of pesticides and to help farmers implement more sustainable crop management practices. I have advisory and training experience in Central and Eastern Europe, in east Asia (eg. DPR Korea, China and Cambodia) as well as in Africa (eg. Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya). I work as a master trainer and technical support staff for the global Plantwise programme.
CABI’s Swiss centre carries out applied scientific research and undertakes consultancy projects. Located in Delémont in the Canton of Jura, it is the home base for experts and students from several different countries where they research and apply their knowledge.
People in developing countries depend on what they can grow and sell so require a lot of plant health knowledge. The CABI-led Plantwise programme delivers plant health advice to farmers. Trained plant doctors diagnose the problems and advise on ways to manage them. Simulations are a new way to deliver training and information to plant doctors in a convenient and fun way, while capturing valuable data. This data capture and analysis will allow CABI and its partners to improve the programme.