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Freddy Magdama, PhD Candidate, receives Graduate International Research Competitive Grant

Posted: February 26, 2014

Congratulations to Freddy Magdama, PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology and graduate student in the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) duel-title degree program, for being awarded a Graduate International Research Competitive Grant through the College of Agricultural Sciences' Office of International Programs.
Freddy Magdama (left)

Freddy Magdama (left)

Freddy was awarded $2,500 for the research outlined in his proposal "Phylogeography and Ecological Dynamics of Populations of Fusarium Oxysporum f.sp. Cubense in Ecuador.”

"Our project is focused on providing a research baseline by studying the genetic diversity of Foc populations in the country. Phylogenetic analysis will help us identify the different lineages that are present in Ecuador and their similarity with Foc populations of other banana-producing regions of the world. We will also define the number and diversity of pathogen genotypes responsible for affecting local banana varieties, by using VCG and pathogenicity testing. We will also address the possible symbiotic interaction of this fungus with viruses. Finally, we want to strengthen quarantine/eradication strategies in order to avoid or deal with the imminent entrance of the newly emerged Tropical Race 4, which would result in the destruction of most banana produced in Central and South America."

Dr. Maria del Mar Jimenez-Gasco is serving as advisor for this project.