Dr. Jorge Vivanco
Dr. Jorge Vivanco is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University. He received a B.S. degree in Agronomy from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima-Peru, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from The Pennsylvania State University. He joined CSU in 2000 to start a program on root biology and the interactions of roots with surrounding organisms.
The primary responsibility of Dr. Vivanco’s program is to develop knowledge on root-microbe interactions related to horticultural crops that could lead to new agricultural technologies and applications. His program interacts with stakeholders such as horticultural producers and companies interested in this scientific space to create the next generation of products and technologies in agriculture. In addition, knowledge derived from this program is disseminated to the potato growers in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, as well as to horticultural producers in Colorado and abroad.
Dr. Vivanco’s laboratory has published extensively on these topics (133 research papers) and he has edited two books. His current research focuses on the interactions of roots with the soil microbiome. Recent research suggests that roots can culture specific microbes and microbial functions depending on the stage of development and needs of the crop. Teasing apart these observations through continued experimentation will catalyze the next agricultural revolution – one that promotes sustainability. This agricultural awakening will involve utilizing the full genetic potential of a crop to promote soil microbial diversity, health and resilience.
Dr. Vivanco interacts closely with the scientific community as a reviewer of scientific publications, research grants and as an Associate Editor of the journal Microbial Ecology. On December 18th, 2014 he was invited to attend a round table discussion in the Office of Science and Technology (OST) of the U.S. White House. The purpose of this meeting was to initiate discussions to educate the OST on the science, applications and policy related to The Microbiome. The associate director of this office had weekly meetings with President Obama and wanted to bring this topic to his attention for further development, which is currently ongoing. Dr. Vivanco has taught the graduate course Roots and Rhizosphere Biology and currently teaches Medicinal and Value Added Uses of Plants.
Dr. Vivanco is married to Dr. Tiffany Weir (Associate Professor of Food Sciences at CSU) and has two sons: Jorge and John. He and his family enjoy travelling to new places to experience new cultures and food.
Mike DiLegge is an undergraduate researcher pursuing a major in Horticultural food crop production and a minor in botany, receiving his bachelor’s degree in May of 2018. Mr. DiLegge has experience in field crop operations and wholesale floriculture production from both field and greenhouse operations in White Marsh, MD. In the CRB, Mr. DiLegge’s research focuses are on biological control organisms for the Columbian root-knot nematode, as well as the effects of soil sterilization and plant root exudates on the natural soil microbiota.
Yanhui He graduated in 2016 from Shihezi University with a M.E. degree in Environmental Chemical Engineering. Now she is a visiting scholar in the Center for Rhizosphere Biology at CSU supported by China Scholarship Council (CSC). Yanhui He is currently working on the interaction between root and microbe, especially on the salt stress alleviating effects of bacteria on plant.
Dr. Jamal Javanmardi, an associate professor from Shiraz University, pursuing his sabbatical leave at CRB. He is working on the physiological interaction of basil root with the soil microbiome as well as secondary metabolite profiling of basil. His research and educational interests are focused on Controlled Environmental Vegetable Production/Physiology, Organic Vegetable Production and Vegetable Transplant Production.
Kun Li, associate professor, a visiting scholar from Shenyang Agricultural University supported by China Scholarship Council (CSC). I am working on two projects: (1) The effect of soil sterilization on the soil bacterial community. (2) The effect of peach replanting on plant growth and soil microbial community.
Hugo A. Pantigoso
Hugo is an agronomist graduated in 2013 from Zamorano University, Honduras. Hugo has been involved in plant research since 2012. He has experience in bean breeding, vegetables diseases, and he is currently working on rhizosphere biology where he is obtaining his PhD degree in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department at Colorado State University. During 2014 and 2015, Hugo was a research assistant in Plant Pathology Department at The Ohio State University – OARDC. Hugo has been involved in fruit and vegetable production in the Ag-Industry in Peru, while he obtained his Technical degree in Crop Production and after he graduated from Zamorano.
Hugo’s current research focuses on (1) Rhizosphere microbiome and nutrient uptake studies in crops as blueberry and Potato. (2) Using sulfur oxidizing bacteria as soil amendment to reduce pH. (3) Understanding how phytochemical promote beneficial bacteria to uptake soil nutrients efficiently.
Marcia Leite dos Santos
Marcia Leite dos Santos received her bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences at Federal University of Sergipe in Brazil, 2010. Marcia then received a MS degree in Physiological Sciences at Federal University of Sergipe in Brazil, 2013. Marcia received her second MS degree in Agronomy at Feredal Univeristy of Layras in Brazil, 2015. Currently, Marcia Leite dos Santos is a PhD student in Genetics and Plant Breeding at Luiz de Queiroz, College of Agriculture – ESALQ, University of São Paulo, Brazil. She has taken on the position of Research Scholar under the advisory of Dr. Jorge Manuel Vivanco in the CRB at Colorado State University. Marcia’s research interests act mainly on the following topics: Plant genetics with emphasis on Insect/Plant/Root/Microorganism interactions, Rhizosphere Proteomics and Microbiological Biotechnology against herbivorous insects.