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Benjamin Dube

Biographical Information

Benjamin Dube

Education

  • Ph.D. (1994) Nematology and Plant Pathology, University of Florida /Zimbabwe co-program. (Thesis: Biological control of Meloidogyne javanica using Pasteuria penetrans, Paecilomyces lilacinus and organic amendments).
  • M. S. (1984) Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. (Thesis: Biological control of Meloidogyne incognita by Bacillus penetrans and Paecilomyces lilacinus).
  • B.S. (1981) Botany and Zoology, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone. (Project: Decay patterns of some wood species near Fourah Bay College, in Sierra Leone).

Grants

  • 1977: A.A.I (African American Institute) 4-year undergraduate $ 15 000.00 scholarship to study at the University of Sierra Leone, Freetown.
  • 1982: USAID (United States Agent for International Development) 2-year post-graduate (US $ 30 000.00) scholarship to study Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
  • 1986: Rockefeller Foundation (US $30 000.00) 6-month research collaborative grant with the University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology.
  • 1993: Canadian Phytopathological Society (US $800.00) for accommodation and food at the 6th International Congress of Plant Pathology Meeting, Montreal, Canada, (July 28-August 6, 1993).
  • 1995: UNESCO/ICU/TWAS (US $15 000.00) fellowship for a 4-week training in Nematode Biocontrol Techniques at the Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
  • 1998: Local UZ Team Leader for the ($150 000.00) joint UZ/Nihon University of Japan research grant for the advancement of Molecular Technology in Vegetable Production for the small scale farmers of Zimbabwe.
  • 1999: University of Zimbabwe local co-ordinator of a University of Zimbabwe/ Indiana University of Pennsylvania exchange collaborative link agreement.
  • 2006: Lindback Foundation Research Grant ($14 837.00) for a project entitled ‘Integrated biological control strategy for effective and sustainable management of plant - parasitic nematodes’ – conducted at Eastern University.
  • 2006: Rehabilitated the Eastern University greenhouse facility for use in biology research and teaching.
  • 2009: Coordinated the installation and establishment of the Eastern University Scanning Electron Microscope facility (for research and teaching) in the basement of the Warner Library at Eastern University, St David’s Campus.
  • 2011: Awarded the Provost Fellowship and Summer Stipends worth $3000 for faculty mentored undergraduate summer student research in Nematology.

Associations

  • Member of African Academy of Scientists (AAA)
  • Member of Afro – Asian Society of Nematologists (AASN)
  • Member of American Phytopathological Society (APS)
  • Member of Society of Nematologists of America (SON)
  • Member of American Scientific Affiliation (ASA)

Presentations

  • Attended Joint Phytopathological and Nematology Annual Meeting. June 26 - 30, 1983 Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA (Paecilomyces lilacinus for control of nematodes)
  • Attended First International Congress of Nematology. August 5 - 10, 1984 University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada (Biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes using Paecilomyces lilacinus and Pasteuria penetrans)
  • Attended Society of Nematologists Annual Meeting. August 17 - 22, 1986 Orlando,Florida, USA (Integrated nematode control)
  • Attended 18th International Symposium for the European Society of Nematologists.September 7 - 12, 1986. Antibes, France (Control of Meloidogyne spp. using manure and a fungus.
  • Attended Integrated Pest Management in tropical and subtropical cropping systems. February 8 - 15, 1989 Bad Durkhein, Germany. (Integrated control of nematodes)
  • Attended 28th Annual Meeting of Society of Nematologists August 13 - 17, 1989 University of California, Davis (Cattle manure and Pasteuria penetrans for control of Meloidogyne javanica in Zimbabwe)
  • Attended 2nd International Congress of Nematology August 11 - 17, 1990 Veldhoven, The Netherlands (Integrated control of Meloidogyne javanica using Paecilomyces lilacinus, Pasteuria penetrans, and cattle manure).
  • Attended Sixth (6th ) International Congress of Plant Pathology July 28 - August 6,1993 Montreal, Canada. (Integrated application of Paecilomyces lilacinus, Pasteuriapenetrans and cattle manure for control of Meloidogyne javanica).
  • Attended 33rd Annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists 14 -18 August 1994,San Antonio, U.S.A. (Non chemical control of plant-parasitic nematodes).
  • Attended Joint Meeting of Society of Nematologists/American Phytopathological Society Mycological Society of America, 25 - 29 August 2001, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from. (Integrated control of Plant - parasitic nematodes in Zimbabwe)
  • Attended 10th International Conference of the European Association of Fish Pathologists, 9 - 14 September 2001, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. (Nematode parasites of some fresh water fish in Zimbabwe)
  • Attended academic advisory council of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies held at Pacific Rim, Whidbey Island, Washington State from 6 – 9 October 2005.
  • Attended a nematology workshop on field application of biological control agents held at University of Florida from July 29 – August 2, 2006.
  • Attended and delivered a lecture on (integrated biological control of plant- parasitic nematodes Meloidogyne sp) at the ECHO's thirteenth annual agricultural conference held in North Fort Myers, Florida from November 7 – 10, 2006.
  • Attended and presented a research poster at the joint annual Society of Nematologists/American Phytopathological Society meeting held in San Diego, CA from 29 July – August 1, 2007. (Biological control of root –knot nematodes using organic amendments).
  • Attended and presented a lecture on (Field signs and symptoms of crop nematode damage) at the ECHO’s fifteenth annual agricultural conference held in North Fort Myers, Florida from December 9 – 11, 2008.
  • Attended and co-chaired a discussion session on “Sustainable agriculture in developing countries” at the 2009 American Institute of Biological Sciences Annual Meeting at Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, Arlington, VA from May 18 – 19, 2009.
  • Attended the 64th annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation Association(ASA) held at Baylor University Waco, TX from July 31–August 3, 2009. The meeting focused on “Exploring God’s World of Endless Wonder”
  • Attended and presented a lecture on (Agronomic practices for nematode management) at the ECHO’s sixteenth (16th) annual agricultural conference held in North Fort Myers, Florida from December 7 – 10, 2009.
  • Attended and co-chaired a discussion session on “Science Education in a ChristianCollege” at the 65th annual conference of American Scientific Affiliation at Catholic University of America, Washington DC. From July 30 – August 2, 2010.
  • Attended and presented a lecture on (Use of compost manures) at the ECHO’s 17th annual agricultural conference held in North Fort Myers, Florida from December 7 –9, 2010.
  • Attended and presented a research paper on (low technology management of nematode pests as an integral part of food production for the poor developing nations) at the 66th annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), at North Central College, Naperville, Illinois (July 29–August 1), 2011.
  • Attended and presented a Nematology research poster at the Society of Nematologists 51st Annual Meeting held in Savannah, Georgia from 12th to 15th August 2012. The research poster was jointly authored by Meaghan Bennett(undergraduate Biology major student in 2010) and entitled (The effect of varying infestation levels of Meloidogyne javanica and Meloidogyne incognita on tomato under greenhouse conditions).
  • Attended and presented a discussion session paper on (practical and integrated management of plant - parasitic nematodes for rural small scale farmers in developing countries) at the 19th annual ECHO Agricultural conference held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fort Myers Florida from 4th to 6th December 2012.
  • Attended and had my student research assistant present a Nematology research poster at the 24th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society) Student Research Symposium held at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia Pennsylvania on 19th April 2013. The research poster was jointly authored by Steve Sampurna (undergraduate Biology major student in 2013) and entitled (The effect ofvarious infestation levels of Meloidogyne incognita on tomato under greenhouse conditions).
  • Attended and participated in the 2013 Au Sable council meeting held at Au SableGreat Lakes campus in Mancelona Michigan from 26 – 28 September 2013. The theme of the meeting was “Building systems of success in Environmental Studies”.
  • Attended and participated in an agricultural session discussion at the joint annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA) and Christians in Science (CiS) to be held at McMaster University,Hamilton, Ontario, Canada ( July 25 – July 28, 2014).
  • Attended and presented a plenary discussion session paper on practical and integrated management of plant - parasitic nematodes for rural small scale farmersin developing countries at the ECHO Agricultural Conference in Fort Myers, Florida(November 18-20, 2014).
  • Attended and had my student research assistant present a Nematology research poster at the 25th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi (Scientific ResearchSociety) Student Research Symposium held at Saint Joseph’s University, PhiladelphiaPennsylvania on 17th April 2015. The research poster was jointly authored by Kandace Thomas (undergraduate Biology major student in 2015) and entitled (Thecorrelation between different infestation levels of Meloidogyne hapla and the growth of tomato plants under greenhouse conditions).
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