Part of the Brain & Phy Lab’s research is focused in eco-friendly alternative/complementary tools for agricultural pest management. Today we are proud to see some more of our work being highlighted in the scientific world. Our alumni, DSc. in Entomology, Luis Oswaldo Viteri Jumbo, had his thesis chosen to represent the Graduate Program in Entomology of the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) in the CAPES Thesis Award – 2019 Edition. His thesis, entitled “Biorrational Approaches For Controlling Bean Weevils And The Red Palm Mite In The Neotropical Region”, addresses important factors that must be considered when establishing control strategies for these organisms, in addition to tools that can be used when seeking for environmentally friendly pest management.
According to Luis, “the efforts were centered on understanding colonizing skills in the presence of interspecific competitors of the three main pests of beans stored in their main host and in an alternative. Subsequently, biomolecules of plant origin were sought for the control of these pests, also evaluating the potential unintended effects resulting from sublethal exposure and the physiological costs and / or benefits associated with changes in hosts, and the implications for susceptibility to new tools. biorationals. At the same time, the use of natural enemies to control the red mite of palm trees was evaluated, which has been causing severe losses in tropical palms”.
According to Professor Eugênio Oliveira, “the thesis congregates together both UFV and the productive sector (EMBRAPA Tabuleiros Costeiros) and international institution (SENESCYT from Ecuador) which was responsible for funding the research”. He also stresses that the work “integrates different Neotropical productive systems (e.g., storage units and large agricultural crops such as coconut plantation in the Northeast region) which contributes to the improvement of skills in these areas and integrates different types of producers (large and small) from different regions of Brazil.
In case the thesis is chosen in the CAPES Award, Dr. Luis O. Viteri Jumbo will have the possibility to return to Brazil as a post-doc to continue his findings. “This selection leaves me with the satisfaction of having fulfilled my small country “Ecuador” that granted me the master’s and doctoral scholarship; the UFV and the Entomology Department that welcomed me”, emphasizes the author.