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Our faculty and students work at the frontier of sustainable agriculture research.

Projects & Grants

The Agroecology Program has received more than $5 million in support from USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions, Multicultural Scholarship Program, International Science Education Program, and National Needs Fellows Program. This funding supports students at every level in Environmental Studies, Biological Sciences, Food and Dietetics, Economics and Business. These projects have also led to partnerships with universities in India and Honduras.

With South Florida's unique Hispanic urban setting and year-round cropping conditions and challenges, there are many opportunities to expand research and technology developments in agriculture. With USDA Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities designation,our program has increased opportunities to expand agricultural sciences activities.

Facilities & Equipment

Organic Garden

At our hands-on teaching facility, students gain experiential learning about food production and its relationship to the ecosystem through gardening and plotted experiments.

Nestled adjacent to the FIU Nature preserve, the garden provides excellent opportunities to understand the various interactions between growing food and ecosystem needs. It contains 9 distinct areas for research and education: shade house, class plots, community plots, herb garden, fruit grove, meditation gardening, composting, biofuels and aquaponics.

Image of the community garden with areas for biofuels, permaculture, compost, succulents, fruits, herbs, teaching plots, community/market plots and other areas

Technical Equipment

  • LECO Truspec Carbon/Nitrogen Determinator

    The LECO Truspec C/N Determinator is an instrument that determines the Carbon and Nitrogen content of a variety of materials, including foods, feeds, oilseeds, fertilizers, meats, and soils. The instrument is connected to an external PC and uses a Windows-based software program to control the system operation and data management.

    There are three phases during an analysis cycle: purge, combust, and analyze.

    In the purge phase, the encapsulated sample is placed in the loading head, sealed, and purged of any atmospheric gases that have entered during sample loading. The ballast volume and gas lines are also purged.

    During the combustion phase, the sample is dropped into a hot furnace (950°C) and flushed with oxygen for very rapid and complete combustion. The products of combustion are passed through a secondary furnace (Afterburner, 850°C) for further oxidation and particulate removal. An additional furnace filter and a two-stage thermoelectric cooler remove moisture. The combustion gases are then collected in a collection vessel known as the ballast.

    In the analysis phase, oxygen is injected into the ballast and mixed with the combustion gases. The homogeneous combustion gases in the ballast are then purged through the CO2 infrared detector and the 3cc aliquot loop. Once the gases have equilibrated, carbon is measured as carbon dioxide by the CO2 detector. The gases in the aliquot loop are transferred to the helium carrier flow, swept through hot copper to remove oxygen and change NOx to N2 and then flow through the Lecosorb and Anhydrone to remove carbon dioxide and water, respectively. A thermal conductivity cell is used to determine the nitrogen content.

    The final result is displayed as weight percentage or in parts per million as determined by the operator. Results can be calculated on a user-defined basis – including dry-basis and total protein.

    • Delivers low cost-per-analysis
    • Sample sizes 1 to 10 mg
    • 30 samples can be inserted into the loading head at once
  • Olympus Optical BX51 Research System Microscope

    The Olympus Optical BX51 Research System Microscope is an optical instrument used for observing miniscule objects and organisms

    • 10x, 40x, 60x, and 100x magnification objectives
    • High S/N (signal-to-noise) ratio enables clear capture of weak fluorescence emissions
    • Varied illumination and advanced optics deliver top quality digital images
    • Advanced UIS2 system delivers high performance over a wider wavelength spectrum between UV and IR
    • DIC observation system optimizes the specimen image at wider magnifications
    • Ideal phase contrast observation with excellent image clarity
    • High-quality darkfield effect at all magnifications
    • Polarizing observation for wide-area retardation measurement
    • High-performance filters with high transmission, optimized to individual fluorochrome characteristics
    • Mirror unit with stray light reducing function to eliminate noise
    • Camera adapter and trinocular compatible for near infrared region
    • Lamp housing with aspherical collector lens providing excellent excitation efficiency
    • High resolution digital images equivalent to 12.8 million pixels captured in approximately 2.5 seconds from brightfield to fluorescence thanks to the DP70 digital camera
  • Biolog Microstation

    The Biolog Microstation is a semi-automated system for rapid microbial identification and characterization. The Biolog Microbial ID System can rapidly identify many species of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeasts and fungi. The system provides reference laboratory quality identifications without the labor-intensive requirements of conventional strips or panels.

    Biolog's latest generation redox chemistry enables testing and microbial identification of aerobic Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria in the same test panel.

    • One minute setup protocol
    • Tests for diverse set of metabolic reactions consisting of 6-8 classes of carbon sources
    • Identifies environmental and fastidious organisms
    • Compatible with all six Biolog databases
    • Identifies over 1900 organisms (250 yeast, 500 filamentous fungi, 350 anaerobic bacteria, 500 gram negative bacteria, and 300 gram positive bacteria)
    • Identifications called in as little as 4 hours
    • Versatile plate reader uses dual wavelength readings for color and turbidity readings
    • Microbial community analysis for soil, water, biofilms, and other applications
    • Biochemical characterization data based on 95 different compounds
    • Enables user to create a customized database by adding novel organisms
    • Data can be saved, exported, and retrieved for tracking and trending purposes
    • Cluster analysis function produces dendrograms and 3-D diagrams
    • Validation packages, services, and support available
  • BioTek Synergy HTX Multi-Mode Microplate Reader

    The BioTek Synergy HTX Multi-Mode Microplate Reader is a compact system which measures absorbance, fluorescence, luminescence, and AlphaScreen/AlphaLISA using a unique dual-optics design. The absorbance detection optics uses a xenon flash lamp and monochromator for filter-free wavelength selection from 200 to 999 nm in 1 nm increments. Fluorescence determinations are made using a tungsten halogen lamp with interference filters in conjunction with a photomultiplier tube detector for maximum sensitivity.

    • Flexibility of monochromator based absorbance with high performance filter-based fluorescence/luminescence + Low volume (2 µL) nucleic acid and protein quantification with available Take3 Micro-Volume Plates + Optional dual reagent injector module with angled tips, for inject/read applications, such as enzyme kinetics and Dual-Luciferase Reporter + Modular and upgradable + Powerful Gen5 Software for reader control and all date reduction needs + Advanced shaking profiles including linear and orbital + Compatible with BioStack and 3rd party automation + Cold room (4 °C or 10 °C) compatible + Read methods: End point, kinetic, spectral scanning and well area scanning + Uses 6- to 384-well plates + Automatically processes up to 50 microplates at a time + 2 syringe pumps + Temperature control: 4-Zone incubation to 50 °C with condensation control +0.2 °C at 37 °C. 
  • SEAL Analytical AQ2 Discrete Multi-Chemistry Analyzer

    The SEAL Analytical AQ2 Discrete Multi-Chemistry Analyzer is a compact, bench-top, automated analyzer designed specifically for testing environmental samples, including water, soil and plant extracts. The AQ2 Discrete Analyzer allows methods for analyzing alkalinity, ammonia, chloride, cyanides, nitrate, nitrite, phenolics, orthophosphate, total phosphorous, silicate, sulfate, and total Kjeldahl nitrogen.

    The AQ2 Discrete Analyzer uses a robotic sampling arm and a stepper-motor driven syringe to aspirate, dispense, and mix precise quantities of sample and reagent into reaction segments. The samples and reagents are incubated in the reaction segments for a pre-programmed time. A single aliquot is transferred to the Optical Quality Glass Cuvette and the absorbance is read in the stationary optical bench for the best signal to noise ratio. Once the absorbance is ready, the cuvette is automatically and thoroughly cleaned.

    • High throughput
    • Low detection limits
    • 15 reagent containers
    • 10 reaction segments
    • 57 sample cups
    • Scheduling of 1 to 7 tests on a single sample with analytes in any order
    • High reproducibility
    • Auto dilution and pre-dilutions can be scheduled.
    • Ultra low reagent consumption + Carry over and cross-contamination eliminated
    • Capacity to add samples after a run has started
    • Test programmable per sample to reduce analysis time
    • Unattended operation ideal for overnight-programed runs
    • Methods have US EPA approval for both wastewater and drinking water
    • Methods specially optimized for soil analysis
  • Fisherbrand Elite Pipettes

    Fisherbrand Elite Pipettes accurately measure and dispense liquid suspensions at a variety of different volumes

    • Fully autoclavable
    • Extremely low plunger forces
    • Soft-touch tip ejection
    • Ergonomic comfortable lightweight handle
    • Creates 150% bigger air push than conventional piston for delivery of micro size drops
  • NuAire Class II Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet Model NU-425-400

    The NuAire Biological Safety Cabinet is an enclosed, ventilated laboratory workspace for safely working with materials potentially contaminated with pathogens requiring a defined biosafety level. NuAire Class II Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinets offer personnel, product, and environmental protection to obtain optimum control over product quality while reducing the potential for exposure of both product and personnel to airborne biological or particulate chemical agents in low to moderate risk-hazard research and drug preparation or product operations

    •  Simple switches control the blower, lights, and outlets
    • Mini-helic gauge measures plenum performance
    • High efficiency motor saves on energy bills while increasing filter life
    • Adjustable base stand
    • Plastic armrest minimizes cold conduction and provides additional forearm support
    • Runs quietly
    • Unidirectional airflow moving along parallel flow lines at a constant velocity of 60 fpm (0.30 m/s) minimizes air turbulence within the work zone lessening the chance for cross contamination
    • Strong inflow air velocity of 105 fpm (0.53 m/s) over an aerodynamic airfoil creates maximum personnel protection.
    • The HEPEX plenum inflates to provide quiet uniform air without transferring vibration. Positive pressure chambers and ducts are surrounded by negative pressure eliminating potential leaks
    • A single shell, high grade stainless steel, fully welded cabinet eliminates potential leaks that may occur through failures of gaskets and cabinet seams
  • Shimadzu Corporation Capillary and Packed Gas Chromatograph (GC-2014) with Autosampler (AOC-5000 Plus)

    The Shimadzu Corporation Capillary and Packed Gas Chromatograph quantifies N2O, CO2, and CH4 in atmospheric air. This system also separates and provides quantitative information for N2, O2 and CO using an electron capture detector (ECD), thermal conductivity detector (TCD), and Flame ionization detector (FID). In addition the system can be used for ethylene and acetylene gas analysis to quantify biological nitrogen fixation using acetylene reduction assay.

    • Methanizer assembly for the detection of low levels of CO2 and CO
    • Large oven accommodates up to 4 detectors and 2 injection ports
    • 7 heated zones and sixteen 24 volt relays
    • High-level repeatability of carrier gas
    • Accurate electronic ¬flow controllers set and maintain ¬flow rates in multiple modes eliminating human error
    • Equipped with the advanced ¬flow controller (AFC) technology allowing high-level repeatability of retention time and peak area
    • Flame Photometric Detector designed to accommodate capillary analyses and packed column measurements and allowing for simpler nozzle replacement
    • Large LCD displays chromatograms and method parameters in real time
    • Graphical pop-up screens clearly indicate the polarity preventing manual injection errors
    • Self-diagnostics validate the instrument before injection preventing unexpected downtime
    • Using the electronic ¬flow controller, the column inlet pressure, column ¬flow rate, linear velocity, and split ratio are digitally set
    • Easy setting of carrier gas ¬flow by the electronic ¬flow controllers for both capillary and packed column analyses
    • Optimum injection mode can be selected from four types of injection units:
      • Dual Packed Injection Unit
      • Split/Splitless Injection Unit
      • Single Packed Injection Unit
      • Direct Injection Unit


    + 5 types of detectors:

    • Flame Ionization Detector used for detection of organic compounds with a hydrogen carbon bond
    • Thermal Conductivity Detector used for analysis of inorganic gases and concentrated organic compounds
    • Electron Capture Detector used for analysis of electrophillic compounds
    • Flame Photometric Detector used for analysis of organic sulfur compounds and organic phosphorus compounds such as residual pesticides and malodorous components
    • Flame Thermionic Detector used for analysis of organic nitrogen compounds and organic phosphorus compounds such as residual pesticides
  • Agilent Technologies 1260 Liquid Chromatograph with New Infinity II Multisampler

    The Agilent Technologies 1260 Liquid Chromatograph pumps a sample mixture or analyte in a solvent at high pressure through a column with chromatographic packing material to separate and measure mixture components.

    • Handles both vials and microtiter plates up to 600 bar system pressure
    • Capacity to load 16 microtiter plates and house up to 6,144 samples
    • Reduces cycle time with overlapped injections using dual-needle design
    • Reduces carryover to less than 9 parts per million using multi-wash capability
    • Sample drawers available in three heights allowing for the mixing of shallow drawers with deeper ones to accommodate different sample sizes
    • Efficient temperature control
  • Shimadzu Corporation TOC-VCSH Total Organic Carbon Analyzer Combustion Catalytic Oxidation/NDIR Method Model

    The Shimadzu Corporation TOC-VCSH Total Organic Carbon Analyzer measures the amount of carbon found in water samples. Knowledge of total carbon serves as a non-specific indicator of water quality or cleanliness of manufacturing equipment and aids in the management of pharmaceutical water, ultrapure and recycled water for the semiconductor industry, mains water, and impurity contamination.

    • Combustion catalytic oxidation at 680°C oxidizes persistent or insoluble organic compounds and eliminates the need for oxidizing reagents
    • Accurately measures any type of organic substance not affected by interfering substances or the sample properties such as pH or conductivity
    • No special draining operations are needed
    • Support software for pharmaceutical water management applications
    • Incorporates software for automatically performing resolution and system suitability tests
    • Wide variety of TOC measurement methods
  • Lab Equipment Applications
    • The Shimadzu AA-6200 atomic absorption flame emission spectrophotometer is a piece of equipment used to measure the amount of light of a specified wavelength that passes through a mixture in order to determine the makeup and concentration of substances within the mixture
    • The Thermo Scientific Smart2pure 3 converts tap water into deionized water which can be readily dispensed and is ideal for use in the laboratory setting
    • The Harvey SterileMax autoclave is a pressure chamber used to sterilize laboratory equipment and supplies by exposing them to high pressure saturated steam at 121 °C
    • The Fisher Scientific and Precision low temperature illuminated incubators can be set to maintain temperatures and fluorescence appropriate for the growth of microbiological cultures such as bacteria and fungi
    • The Percival Scientific biological incubator provides temperature and lighting control for many applications including bacterial and fungal culturing, plant seedling, and insect rearing
    • The Thermo Electron Corporation Precision and Lindberg/Blue ovens are thermally insulated chambers used for heating, baking, or drying substances
    • The Fisher Scientific Isotemp muffle furnace is a device used for high-temperature heating
    • The ESCO Airstream horizontal laminar air flow hood provides a large loading area in which air is pushed through a HEPA filter and over the work surface out to the operator to keep the workspace clean and prevent possible contamination
    • The Protector laboratory hood offers a large workspace with a blower to filter air away from the operator and an adjustable fiberglass reinforced polyester sash which protects against fire and corrosive materials
    • The Leica Quebec Darkfield colony counter is a device which determines the number of bacterial or fungal colonies existing within a culture plate
    • Petri dishes are shallow glass or plastic cylindrical containers used for microbial culturing
    • The Thermo Scientific Orion 3 STAR Benchtop pH meter measures the pH and temperature of a sample
    • The Precision Scientific water bath is used to temporarily store or heat materials within water at temperatures between ambient and 100 °C
    • The Biolog turbidimeter measures the cloudiness of an aqueous sample
    • The Fisher Scientific Marathon 21000R and IEC Centra CL3R centrifuges rotate samples at a high speed around a fixed axis in order to separate substances within the composition by density
    • The New Brunswick Scientific shakers are used to mix, blend, or agitate substances held in tubes or flasks. Some of the shakers have built-in refrigerators or incubators to provide temperature and/or fluorescence control which accommodates the growth of microbiological cultures
    • The Fisher Scientific mini vortex mixer shakes in a horizontal circular motion in order to agitate substances within test tubes or other containers upon contact
    • The Lab-Line MAXI rotator provides bidirectional horizontal and vertical motion through a 6-degree angle at speeds between 0 and 25 rpm
    • The Osterizer 10 speed blender uses an electric motor attached to a rotating metal blade to break up or mix substances
    • The refrigerators allow for the preservation of chemicals, microbiological cultures, plant tissues, etc. which require storage below room temperature
    • The Crosley -20 °C freezer is used for storage of soils, roots, microbes, water, and reagents at low temperatures
    • The Fisher Scientific Isotemp Basic -86 °C ultra-low temperature freezer has a urethane insulation which allows for reliable sample preservation at extremely low temperatures
    • The Fisher Scientific Isotemp basic stirring hot plates allow for heating of substances between 4-40 °C and stirring from 60-1200 rpm
    • The Fisher Scientific scales and Mettler Toledo Balance accurately measure the weights of small objects in grams
    • The Justrite flammable liquid storage cabinets provide a safe space for the storage of acids and other corrosive substances
    • Various Erlenmeyer flasks, volumetric flasks, graduated cylinders, beakers, bottles, vials, test tubes, and funnels are available for the accurate measurement and/or storage of substances

Publications

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications
    • Berthold, D.E., N. Jungman, N. Engene, K. Jayachandran, M. Gantar, H.D. Laughinghouse, and K.G. Shetty. "Omega-7 producing alkaliphilic diatom Fistulifera sp. (Bacillariophyceae) from Lake Okeechobee, Florida." Algae, 35 (1): 91-106, 2020.
    • Brown, C., M.G. Bhat, J.S. Rehage, A. Mirchi, R. Boucek, V. Engel, P. Mozumder, D. Watkins, J.S. Ault, and M. Sukop. “Ecological-economic assessment of the effects of freshwater flow in the Florida Everglades on recreational fisheries.” Sciences of the Total Environment, 627 (15), 2018, pp. 480–493.
    • Estevez, C.L., M.G. Bhat, and D.B. Bray. “Commodity chains, institutions and domestic policies of organic and fair trade coffee in Bolivia.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 42 (3), 2018, pp. 299-327.
    • Toprak, B., P. Soti, E. Jovel, L. Alverado, and K. Jayachandran. “Mycorrhizal fungi status in organic farms of South Florida.” Mycosphere, 8 (7), 2017, pp. 951-958.
    • Moonilall, N., S. Reed, and K. Jayachandran. “The effects of insect rearing waste compost on Helianthus annuus and Tithonia rotundifolia.” Agrotechnology, 5 (2), 2016, pp. 153-157.
    • Soti, P.G. and K. Jayachandran. “Effect of exotic invasive old world climbing fern (lygodium microphyllum) on soil properties.” Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 16 (4), 2016, pp. 930-940.
    • Jungman, A., M.G. Bhat, K. Jayachandran, and B. Gowda. “An assessment of biodiesel feedstock conversion efficiency: A case study of decentralized biofuel production program in rural India.” International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology, 8 (1), 2017, pp. 47–63.
    • Shetty, K.G., D.V. Rivadeneira, K. Jaychandran, and D.M. Walker. “Isolation and molecular characterization of the fungal endophytic microbiome from conventionally and organically grown avocado trees in South Florida" Mycological Process. 15 (9), 2016, pp. 977-986.
    • Medina, M., K. Jayachandran, M.G. Bhat, and D. Specca. “Recirculating aquaculture systems (SAR) and aquaponics for urban food production, with a pictorial guide to aquaponics.” In Sowing Seeds in the City: Ecosystem and Municipal Services. 2016, pp. 293-308.
    • Medina, M., K. Jayachandran, M.G. Bhat, and A. Deoraj. “Assessing plant growth, water quality and economic effects from application of a plant-based aquafeed in a recirculating aquaponic system.” Aquaculture International, 23 (4), 2015.
  • Journal Publications

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Dunn, B.L. 2016. Application of canopy sensors for nitrogen assessment management in chrysanthemum. HortScience. 51 (7): 915-920.

    Dunn, B.L., Shrestha, A., Goad, C. and Khoddamzadeh, A.A. 2015. Use of optical sensors to assess Gaillardia Foug. nitrogen status. Journal of Applied Horticulture. 17 (3): 181-185.

    James Antony, J.J., Sinniah, U.R., Ceong, C.L., Pobathy, R., Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Sreeramanan, S. 2011. Selected potential encapsulation - dehydration parameters on Dendrobium Bobby Messina protocorm - like bodies using TTC analysis. Australian Journal of Crop Sciences. 5 (13): 1817-1822.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Sinniah, U.R., Lynch, P., Kadir, M.A., Kadzimin, S.B. and Maziah, M. 2011. Cryopreservation of Protocorm-Like Bodies (PLBs) of Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson by Encapsulation-Dehydration. Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture. 107 (3): 471-481.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Sinniah, U.R., Kadir, M.A., Kadzimin, S.B. and Maziah, M. 2011. Synthetic Seed Production: Establishment of a Short-term Storage Method via Encapsulation of PLBs in Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson. Seed Science and Technology. 39 (3): 697-702.

    Zainudin, M., Julkifle, A.L., Pobathy, R., Sinniah, U.R., Khoddamzadeh, A.A., James Antony, J.J. and Sreeramanan, S. 2011. Preliminary analysis on cryopreservation of Dendrobium/ Bobby Messina orchid using an encapsulation-dehydration technique with Evans blue assay. African Journal of Biotechnology. 10 (56): 11870-11878.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Sinniah, U.R., Kadir, M.A., Kadzimin, S.B and Maziah, M. 2011. In-vitro Induction and Proliferation of Protocorm-Like Bodies (PLBs) from Leaf Segments of Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson. Plant Growth Regulation. 65 (2): 381-387.

    Sreeramanan, S., Sinniah, U.R., Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Periasamy, S. and James, J. 2011. Fundamental concept of cryopreservation using Dendrobium sonia-17 protocorm-like bodies by encapsulation-dehydration technique. African Journal of Biotechnology. 10 (19): 3902-3907.

    Khoddamzadeh A.A, Sinniah U.R, Kadir M.A, Kadzimin S.B, Maziah, M. and Sreeramanan, S. 2010. Detection of Somaclonal Variation by Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Analysis During Micropropagation of Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson. African Journal of Biotechnology. 4 (90): 6632-6639. 

    Bhat, M. G., A. Rajendra, and M. G. Chandrakanth, "Optimal Management of Small Confined Groundwater Aquifers." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2009 (under review).

    Stone, K., M. Bhat, R. Bhatta, A. Mathews. 2007. Factors Influencing Community Participation in Mangroves Restoration: A Contingent Valuation Study. Ocean & Coastal Management, 51: 476-484, 2008.

    Suwa, R., K. Jayachandran, N. Nguyen, A. Boulenouar, K. Fujita, H. Saneoka. 2008. Barium Toxicity Effects in Soybean Plants. Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology, 2008 Feb 8; 18259801 (PSEBD).

    Shetty, Kateel G., K. Jayachandran, K. Quinones, Kevin E. O'Shea, T. A. Bollar and M. R. Norland. Allelopathic Effects of Ragweed Compound Thiarubrine-A on Brazilian Pepper. Allelopathy Journal. 2007.

    Clarke, T., K.G. Shetty, K. Jayachandran, and M.R. Norland.. Myrothecium verrucaria - a potential biological control agent for the invasive "old world" climbing fern, Lygodium microphylum. Biocontrol, DOI 10.1007/S10526-006-9035-3. 2006.

    Reed, S., D. Shinde, K. Konomi, K. Jayachandran, P. Nkedi-Kizza, and M.R. Savabi. Phosphorus leaching potential from compost amendments in a carbonatic soil. Soil Science, 171: 865-873. 2006.

    Sah, S., S. T. Reed, K. Jayachandran, C. Dunn, and J. B. Fisher. The Effect of Repeated Short-term Flooding on Mycorrhizal Survival in Snap Bean Roots. HortScience, 41: 598-602. 2006.

  • Master's Theses

    Alvarez-Ventura, S. Measuring Impacts of Neem Oil and Amitraz on Varroa destructor and Apis Mellifera in Different Agricultural Systems of South Florida. Florida International University. 2011.

    Cuadrado, Cristina. Effects of a switchgrass buffer strip on soil microorganisms near a field applied with endosulfan. 2007.

    Hoffman, Christina N. Geospatial mapping and analysis of water availability-demand-use with Mara River Basin. 2007.

    Stone, Kathy L. Community participation in mangrove reforestation in Karnataka, India: an interdisciplinary study. 2007.

    Sheahan, Christopher. Ecological, economic, and organizational dimensions of organic farming in Miami-Dade County. 2006.

  • Conference Publications

    Duarte, E., Vandenberg, K., Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Supurna, D., Mathee, K. and Jayachandran, K. 2016. Panax Ginseng Extracts as a Novel Antibiotic. ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

    Font, A., Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Supurna, D., Mathee, K. and Jayachandran, K. 2016. Anti-Bacterial Properties of the Annona Montana. ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

    Barraza, G.A., Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Riera, D. and Jayachandran, K, Shetty, K. Handheld Sensors Application for Fertilizer Management in Landscaping Ornamental Justifia Brandegeana. 2016. ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

    Riera, D., Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Lewis, C., Vendrame, W. and Jayachandran, K. 2016 Commercial Orchid Production: Artificial/Synthetic Seed Approach. ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

    Riera, D., Khoddamzadeh, A.A., Lewis, C., Vendrame, W. and Jayachandran, K. 2016 Orchids on Ice: Protecting Imperiled Floridian Orchids through Cryopreservation. ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Dunn, B.L. 2015. In-vitro Conservation Methods in Rain lilies. ASHS Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Dunn, B.L. 2015. Cultivar evaluation and precision water assessment in grapevine. ASHS Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Dunn, B.L. 2014. Embryo rescue and synthetic seed production in rain lilies. ASHS Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Dunn, B.L. 2014. Artificial seed and cryopreservation in horticultural crops. ASHS Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Dunn, B.L. 2014. Application of precision agriculture technology to determine N level in Chrysanthemum. ASHS Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.

    Roustami, M., Rasam, G.A. and Khoddamzadeh, A.A. 2013. Investigations on the cardinal temperatures for germination of two weeds; Xanthium strumarium L. and Hyoscyamus niger L. 5th Iranian Weed Science Conference. August 24-26. Proceeding paper, University of Tehran, Iran.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Safarnejad, A. 2012. Ornamental Preservations. 3rd Iranian Agricultural Biotechnology Conference. Sep 3-5. Proceeding paper, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.

    Zarghami, R., Hesar, N., Seif, E. and Khoddamzadeh, A.A. 2012. Evaluation of different IBA hormone treatments on rooting of Elberta cultivar in Peach. 3rd Iranian Agricultural Biotechnology Conference. September 3-5. Proceeding paper, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.

    Moghimi, Z, Safarnejad, A. and Khoddamzadeh, A.A. 2012. Calluse induction and proliferation and flavonoid compounds extraction in Crataegus spp. 3rd Iranian Agricultural Biotechnology Conference. September 3-5. Proceeding paper, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.

  • Conference Presentations

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. 2016. “Novel Challenges and Opportunities in Tropical Ornamental Horticulture: Orchid Biotechnology” in 2016 ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. The title of the talk: Why Artificial/Synthetic Seed Technology in Orchids?

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Dunn, B.L. 2015. Embryo rescue and artificial seed encapsulation treatments in flowers. ASHS Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Dunn, B.L. 2015. Evaluating the impact of Superabsorbent Polymers on grapevine water management. ASHS Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. 2014. Plant gene banking in the Middle East and South East Asia, Its Potentials and Challenges. International Division, American Society for Horticultural Science. ASHS Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. and Safarnejad, A. 2012. Cryopreservation and synthetic seed production. 3rd Iranian Agricultural Biotechnology Conference. Sep 3-5. Proceeding paper (keynote speaker), Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.

    Dunifan, S. K. Jayachandran, C. Durairaj and H. C. Sharma. 2008. An Exploration into Integrated Pest Management in South India. American Society for Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America and Crop Science Society of America, Huston, Texas, October, 2008.

    Melesse, A., McClain, M. Abira, W. Mutayoba, Hydrometrology of the Mara River Basin, Kenya/Tanzania: Trend analysis and Wavelet application. ASCE- EWRI. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Honolulu, Hawaii. 2008.

    Melesse, A., McClain, M., M. Abira, W. Mutayoba, Wang, X., SWAT application for evaluation of future land cover and rainfall regime change scenarios on the flow of Mara River, Kenya/Tanzania." ASCE-EWRI. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Honolulu, Hawaii. 2008.

    Koptur, Suzanne, H. Gamper, R. Khorsand, and S. Oberbauer. Leaf size differences after hurricane damage in woody plants of subtropical Everglades upland forests. Paper presentation at the Tropical Biology section, Joint Congress of the Botanical Society of America and American Society of Plant Biologists, Chicago, IL. 2007.

    K. Stone, M. Bhat and R. Bhatta. "Shrimp Aquaculture in Florida: A Sustainable Model." Poster accepted for presentation at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings, Indianapolis, November 2006.

    Sah, S., S. Reed, and K. Jayachandran and A. Hartley. "Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Response to Flooding in Snap Bean Cultivation in South Florida." Paper accepted for presentation at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings, Indianapolis, November 2006.

    Jayachandran, K. M. Bhat, G. Bobeche, C. Clark-Cuadrado, and A. Melesse. "Agroecology Program at Florida International University." Paper to be present at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings, Indianapolis, November 2006.

    Reed, S., D.Shinde, K. Konomi, K. Jayachandran, P. Nkedi-Kizza, and M. Savabi. Phosphorus Leaching Potential from Compost Amendments in a Carbonatic Soil. Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana. November 2006.

  • Poster Presentations

    Bully, C. “Survey on teachers’ perception of students’ perception of plant-focused agricultural sciences.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Calzadilla, D., M. Tiedeman, A. Freidenreich, and K. Jayachandran. “Occulation vs. tillage: Does cover crop termination method influence dynamic soil properties?” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Covington, M., K. Jayachandran, KG. Shetty, and J. Downing. “Prospective propagation techniques for the ghost orchid to improve survivorship once deflasked.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    De Stefano, D., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, and J. Downing. “In-vitro propagation of Florida's native orchid.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    De Stefano, D., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, and J. Downing. “In-vitro propagation of Florida's native orchid.” Florida Native Plant Society’s 38th Annual Conference. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Dominguez, J., K. Jayachandran, M.G. Bhat, and K.G. Shetty. “Discovery and screening of potential antimicrobial compounds against ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus.’” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Dominguez, J., K. Jayachandran, M.G. Bhat, and K.G. Shetty. “Discovery and screening of potential antimicrobial compounds against ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus.’” USDA HSI Principal Investigators' Meeting. Washington, D.C. 2018.

    Gaffar, S., J.E. Dautel, G. Khadka, and K. Jayachandran. “Biochar characterization and effects on soil health and plant growth.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Gaffar, S., J.E. Dautel, G. Khadka, and K. Jayachandran. “Management of South Florida invasive plant species through biochar production.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Gil-Acevedo, J., M. Gantar, K. Jayachandran, and K.G. Shetty. “Sensitivity of marine cyanobacteria and green microalgae to nano and bulk zinc oxides.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Gil-Acevedo, J., M. Gantar, K. Jayachandran, and K.G. Shetty. “Sensitivity of marine cyanobacteria and green microalgae to nano and bulk zinc oxides.” American Society for Microbiology: Microbe. Atlanta, GA. 2018.

    Gil-Acevedo, J., M. Gantar, K. Jayachandran, and K.G. Shetty. “Sensitivity of marine cyanobacteria and green microalgae to nano and bulk zinc oxides.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Gonzalez, L., B. Brosi, C. Morozumi, and L. Xingwen. “The effects of early snow-melt on the pollination and seed production of  Delphinium nuttallianum.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Herrera, E., J. Downing, and J. Arce. “Media selection for optimal growth of endemic South FL orchids.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Khadka, G., J. Dominguez, K. Jayachandran, and K.G. Shetty. “Synergistic activity potential of Stevia rebaudiana whole leaf extract against environmental bacteria.” American Society for Microbiology: Microbe. Atlanta, GA. 2018.

    Lenahan, M. and K. Jayachandran. “Effects of insecticides on the use of extrafloral nectaries (EFNs) for pest management in snap beans ( Phaseolus vulgaris).” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Mangru, A., S.L. Goldstein, and F.A. Dray, Jr. “Reproductive strategies of the Asian beetle  Lilioceris egena (Weise).” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Murch, B. and C. Rockwell. “Decomposition rates in banana ( Musa) circles: Implications for organic waste management in urban food forests.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Perez-Castro, A. and R. Stern. “Seeding young minds: Comparing experiential learning and direct instruction teaching methods in elementary agriculture education.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Prats, J., A. Freidenreich, and K. Jayachandran. “Application of spent mushroom waste as a beneficial compost supplement for sustainable agribusiness.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Rivera, J. “Influence of soil media and companion planting on radish growth.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Sasson, J., M. Tiedeman, and K. Jayachandran. “Investigating biochemical responses of three  Lamiaceae species along gradients of phosphorus availability in South Florida limestone soils.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Scally, W., C. Zhang, A. Agarwal, K. Jayachandran, and K.G. Shetty. “Isolation of indigenous ureolytic calcium carbonate precipitating marine bacteria.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Sosa, A. and C. Rockwell. “Do nitrogen levels in banana ( Musa) leaves correspond with chlorophyll meter readings and soil nitrogen availability in banana circles?” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Tiedeman, M. “Biological drivers of phosphorous cycling in South Florida’s calcareous soils.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Tiedeman, M. “Biological drivers of phosphorous cycling in South Florida’s calcareous soils.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2018.

    Barraza, G.A., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, A. Freidenreich, D. Riera, K. Jayachandran, and K.G. Shetty. “Non-destructive handheld sensors for sustainable fertilizer management in  Justifia brandegeana.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Barraza, G.A., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, A. Freidenreich, D. Riera, K. Jayachandran, and K.G. Shetty. “Non-destructive handheld sensors for sustainable fertilizer management in  Justifia brandegeana.” USDA HSI Principal Investigators' Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. 2017.

    Betancourt, E., M.G. Bhat, K. Jayachandran, K.G. Shetty and A.A. Khoddamzadeh. “Innovative curriculum for agriculture training and career for Hispanics.” USDA HSI Principal Investigators’ Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. 2017.

    Bhat, M.G., K. Jayachandran, K.G. Shetty, A.A. Khoddamzadeh, S. Alvarez-Ventura, and E. Betancourt. “FIU Agroecology Program: Innovative curriculum for student academic and career success.” Faculty Inaugural Curriculum Showcase. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Brown, C.E., M.G. Bhat, J. Rehage, R. Boucek, V. Engel, and M. Sukop. “Integrating economic and biophysical models for ecosystem services valuation in the Florida Everglades.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Brown, C.E., M.G. Bhat, J. Rehage, R. Boucek, V. Engel, and M. Sukop. “Integrating economic and biophysical models for ecosystem services valuation in the Florida Everglades.” National Conference and Global Forum for Science, Policy, and the Environment. Washington, D.C. 2017.

    Brown, C.E., M.G. Bhat, J. Rehage, R. Boucek, V. Engel, and M. Sukop. “Integrating economic and biophysical models for ecosystem services valuation in the Florida Everglades.” South Florida Water, Sustainability, and Climate Project Investigator Meeting. Jupiter, FL. 2017.

    Calzadilla, D., M. Tiedeman, A. Freidenreich, and K. Jayachandran. “Occulation vs. tillage: Does cover crop termination method influence dynamic soil properties?” ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL. 2017.

    Dautel, J.E. “Developing remote sensing tools to identify flooding stress risk in avocado trees.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Duarte, E., K. Vandenberg, A.A. Khoddamzadeh, D. Supurna, K. Mathee, and K. Jayachandran. “ Panax ginseng extracts as a novel antibiotic.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Duarte, E., K. Vandenberg, A.A. Khoddamzadeh, D. Supurna, K. Mathee, and K. Jayachandran. “ Panax ginseng extracts as a novel antibiotic.” USDA HSI Principal Investigators' Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. 2017.

    Freidenreich, A., B. Harris, P. Soti, E. Betancourt, S. Gaffar, and K. Jayachandran. “Effects of prescribed burn on pine rockland soil health and plant communities within the FIU nature preserve.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Freidenreich, A., B. Harris, P. Soti, E. Betancourt, S. Gaffar, and K. Jayachandran. “Effects of prescribed burn on pine rockland soil health and plant communities within the FIU nature preserve.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Miami, Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Freidenreich, A., B. Harris, P. Soti, E. Betancourt, S. Gaffar, and K. Jayachandran. “Effects of prescribed burn on pine rockland soil health and plant communities within the FIU nature preserve.” Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Meeting. Coral Springs, FL. 2017.

    Gaffar, S., J.E. Dautel, G. Khadka, and K. Jayachandran. “Management of South Florida invasive plant species through biochar production.” ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL. 2017.

    Gonzalez, L., B. Brosi, C. Morozumi, and L. Xingwen. “The effects of early snow-melt on the pollination and seed production of  Delphinium nuttallianum.” FIU McNair Scholars Research Conference. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017. 

    Herrera, E., D. Johnson, and L.J. Scinto. “Stormwater treatment area: Nutrient analysis” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University, Miami, FL. 2017.

    Herrera, E., D. Johnson, and L.J. Scinto. “Stormwater treatment area: Nutrient analysis” USDA HSI Principal Investigators’ Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. 2017.

    Jayachandran, K., M.G. Bhat, K.G. Shetty, and E. Betancourt. “Broadening agriculture science education (BASE) for Hispanic students through Florida – Texas – New Mexico consortium. USDA HSI Principal Investigators’ Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. 2017.

    Mangru, A. and F.A. Dray, Jr. “Testing the host fidelity of the Asian beetle  Lilioceris egena (Weise).” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University, Miami, FL. 2017.

    Mangru, A. and F.A. Dray, Jr. “Testing the host fidelity of the Asian beetle  Lilioceris egena (Weise).” USDA HSI Principal Investigators’ Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. 2017.

    Riera, D., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, C. Lewis, and K. Jayachandran. “Ex-situ conservation approach for  Cyrtopodium punctatum, an endangered Floridian orchid.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University, Miami, FL. 2017.

    Riera, D., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, C. Lewis, and K. Jayachandran. “Florida cowhorn orchid: An alternative ex-situ conservation method for the endangered  Cyrtopodium punctatum.” Florida Rare Task Force Conference. Naples, FL. 2017.

    Riera, D., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, C. Lewis, and K. Jayachandran. “Florida cowhorn orchid: An alternative ex-situ conservation method for the endangered  Cyrtopodium punctatum.” Naples Orchid Society Annual Meeting. Naples, FL. 2017.

    Rodriguez, A., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, W. Vendrame, K. Jayachandran, and A. Freidenreich. “Poinsettia fertilizer management: Application of optical sensor technology.” Agroecology Symposium. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Rodriguez, A., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, W. Vendrame, K. Jayachandran, and A. Freidenreich. “Poinsettia fertilizer management: Application of optical sensor technology. ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL. 2017.

    Scally, W. “Measuring volumetric flow in an urban storm water network: Skillsets gained from research education for undergraduates (REU).” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2017.

    Barraza, G.A., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, D. Riera, K. Jayachandran, and K.G. Shetty. “Handheld sensors application for fertilizer management in landscaping ornamental  Justifia Brandegeana.” ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. 2016.

    Alarcon, M.A. and J. Herrera. “Miami-Dade County: Local food, global place.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Dautel, J.E. “Developing remote sensing tools to identify flooding stress risk in avocado trees.” ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ. 2016.

    Duarte, E., K. Vandenberg, A.A. Khoddamzadeh, D. Supurna, K. Mathee, and K. Jayachandran. “ Panax ginseng extracts as a novel antibiotic.” ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. 2016.

    Freidenreich, A., B. Harris, P. Soti, E. Betancourt, S. Gaffar, and K. Jayachandran. “Effects of prescribed burn on pine rockland soil health and plant communities within the FIU nature preserve.” ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ. 2016.

    Freidenreich, A., P. Soti, and K. Jayachandran. “Comparison of synthetic versus organic herbicides and insecticides on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization of okra ( Abelmoschus esculentes).” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Freidenreich, A., P. Soti, and K. Jayachandran. “Comparison of synthetic versus organic herbicides and insecticides on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization of okra ( Abelmoschus esculentes).” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Garcia, E. “The effect of climate change on lentil land races.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Gibson, L. “Comparative tolerance assessment of fresh and marine water phototrophic microorganisms to nano and bulk zinc oxides.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Gibson, L. “Comparative tolerance assessment of fresh and marine water phototrophic microorganisms to nano and bulk zinc oxides.” American Society for Microbiology: Microbe. Boston, MA. 2016.

    Harris, B. and S. Koptur. “Pesticides and pollination of imperiled plants of the lower Florida Keys.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016

    Harris, B. and S. Koptur. “Pesticides and pollination of imperiled plants of the lower Florida Keys.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Onuoha, N. and N. De la Rosa “Impact of reticulated foam on algal biomass growth using chlorophyll as an indicator.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Riera, D., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, C. Lewis, and K. Jayachandran. “Ex-situ conservation strategy: cryopreservation of threatened Floridian orchids by encapsulation-dehydration.” ASHS Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. 2016.

    Riera, D., A.A. Khoddamzadeh, C. Lewis, and K. Jayachandran. “Ex-situ conservation strategy: cryopreservation of threatened Floridian orchids by encapsulation-dehydration.” International Tropical Botany and Pine Rockland Conference. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Soti, P., J. Muñoz-Jimenez, and K. Jayachandran. “Using summer cover crops for nematode control in a low input agriculture system.” ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ. 2016.

    Thiesen, T. “A framework for assessing alternative agro-ecosystems: Finding multi-functional solutions for sustainable urban landscapes.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Thiesen, T. “A framework for assessing alternative agro-ecosystems: Finding multi-functional solutions for sustainable urban landscapes.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2016.

    Alexis, D. “The impact of climate change on South Florida agriculture.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2015.

    Betancourt, E. and K. Jayachandran. “Evaluation of crop seed powders as amendments for purple nutsedge ( Cyperus rotundus) control compared to a traditional herbicide, Roundup.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2015.

    Estevez, C.E. “A market study of Bolivian coffee.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2015.

    Freidenreich, A., P. Soti, and K. Jayachandran. “Comparison of synthetic versus organic herbicides and insecticides on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization of okra ( Abelmoschus esculentes).” ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. 2015.

    Alvarez, A. “Biogas slurry as an alternative to conventional fertilizer.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Becnel, A., M.G. Bhat, and A. Melesse. “Land use and water quality correlations in Miami-Dade, FL.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Betancourt, E. and K. Jayachandran. “ Dactylaria higginsii and glyphosate as control agents of purple nutsedge ( Cyperus rotundus).” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Cicilio, E., D.P. Harper, and N. Labbe. “Implications of the genetic modification of switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum) cell wall recalcitrants on plant stem toughness.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Cicilio, E. “Improved ecosystem services in agricultural systems through the intercropping of hybrid poplar and switchgrass cultivars.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Cordoba, E. “Food security perspectives in the commonwealth of the Bahamas.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    De la Rosa, N., B. Toprak, N. Damaso, and K. Jayachandran. “Comparison of rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere microbial communities of avocado trees between four different soil conditions in Miami-Dade County, FL.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    De la Rosa, N. “Isolation and characterization of alkaline-tolerant freshwater microalgae from Lake Okeechobee for algae-based biofuel production.” American Society for Microbiology Meeting, Boston, MS. 2014.

    De la Rosa, N. “Isolation and characterization of alkaline-tolerant freshwater microalgae from Lake Okeechobee for algae-based biofuel production.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Estevez, C.E. “Interning abroad: How changing places changes everything.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Fleurissaint, A. “Effects of control release fertilizers on nutrient leaching, palm growth, and production cost” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Fleurissaint, A. J. Saunders, and S. Reed. “The effects of control release fertilizer packets on nutrient leaching.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Garbinski, L., M. Yoshinaga, and B.P. Rosen. “Degradation of organoasernical growth promoters.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Garbinski, L., M. Yoshinaga, and B.P. Rosen. “Degradation of organoasernical growth promoters.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Garcia, E. “The effect of climate change on lentil ( Lens culinaris) suitability in Ethiopia.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Herrera, J. “The Challenges, process and outcomes of studying abroad for minority students: My personal experience in Lyon, France.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Juste, R. “Biofuels and the promise for the future.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.Medina, M. “Aquaponic cultivation of red amaranth (  tricolor ): Effect of aquafeed on plant productivity and water quality” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Medina, M. “Effect of aquafeed on water quality and plant productivity under aquaponic cultivation of blue tilapia ( Oreochromis aureus).” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Muñoz-Jimenez, J. “2 Years: Zero to upcoming farmer - experiential learning.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Muñoz-Jimenez, J. “Finding a suitable composting worm for South Florida:  Eisenia hortensis Eisenia foetida, A nutrient analysis.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Onuoha, N. and N. De la Rosa “Impact of reticulated foam on algal biomass growth using chlorophyll as an indicator.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Redmond, M. “Release potential and mobility of sediment phosphorus in a periodically oxygenated reservoir.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Salazar, P. and A. Freidenreich. “Accessioning and mapping the living collection at Miami-Dade County’s Fruit and Spice Park: An analysis of mango biodiversity importance.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Salazar, P. “Analysis of undergraduate experiential learning: Developing skills and

    knowledge on agrobiodiversity.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Salazar-Ortiz, R. “Leaf functional traits and structure of West Indian dry forest” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Sanchez, V. “Characterization of rhizobial diversity and relationship of rhizobial partner and legume performance in four South Florida pine rockland soils.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Sanchez, V. “Relationship of rhizobial partner and legume performance in South Florida pine rockland soils.” Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Research Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Scally, W. “Measuring volumetric flow in an urban storm water network: Skillsets gained from research education for undergraduates (REU).” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Valdes, I. “Addressing food security at university farmer’s markets: Accepting EBT.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014

    Valdes, I. “The effects of herbivory damage on growth and reproduction of  Angadenia berteroi.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Vasquez, M., T. Ayala-Silva, H. Gubbuk, M. Winterstein, A. Salas, and J. Marquez. “Morphological and physiochemical characterization of  Dyospiros digina.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Vidales, R. “Impact of native and exotic plant use on arthropod foliar damage in urban landscape models.” Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century: Diversity | Access | Success. Miami, FL. 2014.

    Vidales, R., M.H. Greenstone, and J.S. Hu. “Impact of native and exotic plants on pest and arthropod natural enemy populations in managed urban landscapes.” Agroecology Symposium. Florida International University. Miami, FL. 2014.

  • Presentations at FIU

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. 2016. Smart Application Technology for Sustainable Nursary Production Management. International Workshop on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. Miami, FL.

    Khoddamzadeh, A.A. 2016. Sustainable Horticulture in the Subtropics. International Workshop on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. Miami, FL.

    Abdo, M. Growing Practice of Sustainable Agriculture: Drivers and Causes Leading to Implementation of Sustainable Strategies by Local Communities in Indonesia. Presented at the Agroecology Symposium, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. January 2008.

    Brahim, N. Small Holder Resource Management in the Amala Watershed. Presented at the Agroecology Symposium, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. January 2008.

    Escandon, A. Constructed Wetlands in San Andres, El Salvador. Presented at the Agroecology Symposium, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. January 2008.

    Escobedo, R. Avocado Production and Best Management Practices for Avocados in the Region Metropolitana, Chile. Presented at the Agroecology Symposium, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. January 2008.

    Foss, J. Lessons from Oaxaca, Mexico: Realities of Organic Coffee Production. Presented at the Agroecology Symposium, Environmental Studies Department. Florida International University, January 2008.

    Ter-Ghazaryan, D. Green Parks and Agriculture in the Urban and Semi-Urban Landscape of Yerevan, Armenia. Presented at the Agroecology Symposium, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. January 2008.

    Tunkuda, N.. The Impact of Sugarcane Farming on the Water Quality of the Black River Basin, Jamaica. Presented at the Agroecology Symposium, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. January 2008.

    Vazquez, J. National Center of Farming and Forest Technology in El Salvador. Presented at the 2008 Agroecology Symposium, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. January 2008.

    Valverde, K. Organic Farming-You can Help Us Save the World. Student Research Report, Agroecology Program, Florida International University. 2007. http:/agroecology.fiu.eduStudent%20Research/Valverde/OrganicFarming_KatherineValverde.pdf.

    Abdo M.. Linking livelihoods to the landscape: integrating local ecological knowledge to improve sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation in Indonesia. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. July 2006.

    Bobeche, G. Socio-economic and ecological dimensions of organic agriculture in South Florida. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. July 2006.

    Brahim, N. Trees and tea in the East African Highlands. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University, July 2006.

    Clark-Cuadrado, C. Summer internship with the USDA-NRCS. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University, July 2006.

    Hoffman, C. Geo-spatial analysis of water-demand-use with in the Mara River Basin (MRB) in Eastern Africa. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University, Miami. July 2006.

    Pacheco, J.. Biological control of Brazilian pepper. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University.July 2006.

    Quave, C. Integration and management of plants as functional foods and medicines in home gardens and vineyards of Southern Italy. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. July 2006.

    Sah, S. Effect of flooding on arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization in bean plans. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. July 2006.

    Stone, K. Policies to mitigate ecological effects of shrimp farming: A comparative study of Florida and Karnataka, India. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. July 2006.

    Trujillo, D. Mycorrhizal Response to Salinity in Snap Beans. Student Research Report, Agroecology Program, Florida International University. 2006. http:/agroecology.fiu.eduStudent%20Research/Trujillo/Snap_Beans.pdf.

    Jayachandran, K. Biological Control of Invasive Plant Species. Seminar presented at Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University. 2006.

    Valverde, K. Experience on summer internship in organic farming. Poster and oral presentation at Agroecology Workshop, Environmental Studies Department, Florida International University, Miami. July 2006.

  • Presentations at High Schools, University Symposia and Government Agencies

    Bhat, M.G. Small-scale Agriculture and Sustainability: A Case Study from South India. Presented at South Miami Ridge High School, Miami, Florida. 2008.

    Koptur, S. Gardening for Pollinators with native wildflowers. Dade County chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society), the Gifford Arboretum (University of Miami), and at the Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC), Miami. 2007.

    Pacheco, J., K. G. Shetty, K. Jayachandran, and C. Smith. Biological Control of Invasive Plants in South Florida. Cell and Molecular Biology Symposium, St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida 2007.

    Pacheco, J., K. G. Shetty, M. Bhat, and K. Jayachandran. Biological Control of Brazilian Pepper. Hispanic Students Leadership Conference, Washington, DC. 2007.

    Bhat, M., Agro-ecosystems of Plantation Agriculture in South India. Guest Lecture presented at South Ridge Senior High School, Miami, Florida. 2006.

    Bhat, M., K. Jayachandran and A. Melesse. Agroecology Program at Florida International University. Presentations at six area senior high schools, Miami. 2006.

    Jayachandran, K. Biological Invasion in South Florida: A microbiologist Approach for Management. Seminar presented at Southeastern Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. 2006.