During January and early part of February, we will be hosting Gabriel Ferreira Paiva, an undergaduate major in Agronomy from the Instituto Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Nova Adrandina, MS. Gabriel has previous experience in plant pathology as junior researcher in a Fusarium project supervised by Prof. Francisco José Teixeira Gonçalves.
The project aims to identify and characterize the pathogenicity of isolates of the Fusarium solani species complex (FSSC) associated with cassava root rot in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Gabriel came to Lab to learn new techniques and gain more experience in Fusarium research particularly in morphological characterization and identification of Fusarium species. He is also learning how to obtain monosporic cultures, preserve, extract DNA and amplify DNA for molecular analysis. Gabreil is being directly supervised by our postdoc Gláucia Moreira.