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ROGEL OMAR CASTILLO RAMÍREZ

Agricultural Sciences and Production Department Director / Associate Professor


EDUCATION:
M.Sc. in Integrated Animal Reproduction, National University of Costa Rica.
MAE, Catholic University of Honduras.
Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.
Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:
Swine Production.
Animal Breeding.
Cattle Farming

MODULES:
Swine Production

RESEARCH AREAS:
Swine nutrition, reproduction, health, and management.
Waste management.

JOHN HINCAPIÉ

Full Professor and Veterinary Doctor / Animal Husbandry Laboratory Director


EDUCATION:

Post-doctoral degree in Biotechnology of Animal Reproduction and Inmunohystochemistry; Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Ph.D. in Veterinary Sciences, Animal Reproduction, and Endocrinology; Agrarian University of Havana, Cuba.

Specialization in Animal Reproduction; Agrarian University of Havana, Cuba.

Veterinarian Medicine; Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia.

COURSES:

Animal Anatomy and Physiology. Animal Reproduction. Ruminant Livestock Production. Animal Reproduction Biotechnology.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Water buffalo and bovine reproduction; controlled hormone therapy; alternative therapies applied to animal reproduction: anesthesia and ozone therapies, and acupuncture.

Directs several research studies in the Animal Reproduction Laboratory of Zamorano, such as: Cryopreservation of male and female gametes, bovine embryo transfer, in-vitro fertilization and inmunohistochemical techniques for bovine reproductive diagnosis.

Conducts research in animal health and tick epidemiology and biological control in bovines.

RENÁN PINEDA

Full Professor, Grains and Seeds


Renán Pineda, Ph.D.

Full Professor, Grains and Seeds

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Crop Production and Physiology with a minor in Crops; Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA.

Master’s degree in Seed Technology with a minor in Pathology; Mississippi State University, Starkville, USA.

B.S. in Agronomy, Mississippi State University, Starkville, USA.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University; Zamorano, Honduras.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Research scientist with broad experience in project design and the implementation and management of field and laboratory research projects;

Experience in teaching graduate students and in training technicians from several sectors;

Proven ability to produce, process, and commercialize seeds and grains of different agricultural crops —including transgenic crops;

Exceptional leader with strong technical and organizational skills reflected in the completion of objectives and the success of this institution.

FRANCISCO ISMAEL ÁLVAREZ AGUILAR

Assistant Professor, Head of the Machinery and Irrigation Unit


EDUCATION:

MBA; National Autonomous University of Honduras.

Agricultural Engineering; Panamerican Agriculture University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Irrigation and Drainage. Agricultural Machinery.  Water Resource Engineering (50%). Plant Production

RESEARCH AREAS:

Irrigation system design;

Assessment of water storage and harvesting technologies;

Low-pressure irrigation systems;

Solar and human powered pumping systems for small producers;

Validation of net irrigation requirements and crop water requirements.

MARÍA ALEXANDRA BRAVO

Assistant Professor, Head of the Plant Tissue Culture Laboratoryand Plant Science Area Coordinator.


EDUCATION:

M.Sc. in Horticulture and Biotechnology; National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwán. Agricultural Engineering; Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Biotechnology —part of the Biotechnology and Genetics course.

MODULES:

Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory

RESEARCH AREAS:

Plant biotechnology and tissue culture;

Micropropagation of key crops for food security and pathogen-free plant production;

Protocol development for experimental micropropagation of major crops, ornamental, and vegetable crops.

GLORIA ÁREVALO DE GAUGGEL

Associate Professor, Soils Unit and Laboratory Coordinator


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Intensive Agriculture with an emphasis in Plant Nutrition; University of Almería, Spain.

M.Sc. in Soil and Water Management; National University of Colombia.

Agrology; University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia.

COURSES:

Soil Science;

Soil Management and Plant Nutrition;

Soil Management and Conservation;

She coordinates the Soil Conservation Module, participates in the Plant Production for Agribusiness elective, and in the Plant Production course.

RESEARCH AREAS:

In-field research in soil conservation and management;

Soil mapping and classification;

Soil conservation and plant nutrition;

Fertilization programs in agricultural crops, grasses, forages, energy crops, forestry crops, fruit crops and grains; Strategy design for soil and water management to optimize crop nutrition and yields;

Chemical, physical, and biological conditioning of soil;

Plant nutrition in hydroponics and protected crops;

Policies and strategies for land management;

Selection of areas for agricultural and animal production; Mechanized soil systems and their conservation; Program design for soil conservation and protection;

Methods for the analysis of soil and plant tissues.

DINNIE ESPINAL

Assistant Professor, Professional Practice Coordinator


EDUCATION:

M.Sc. in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, Cornell University, USA.

B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture, University of Florida, USA.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras

COURSES:

Plant Physiology;

Plant Propagation.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Biotechnology, crop genetic engineering, in-vitro reproduction, and tissue remediation.

ISIDRO ANTONIO MATAMOROS OCHOA, PH.D.

Associate Professor and Head of the Technical Unit Beef Cattle


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. and M.S. in Animal Production and Reproduction, Mississippi State University, USA.

B.S. in Animal Science, Mississippi State University, USA.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Animal reproduction, animal breeding, experimental design, biotechnology, and ruminant production.

MODULES:

Beef cattle

RESEARCH AREAS:

Renowned international speaker in animal production and breeding systems; known as well as for his work in sugarcane-based diets for beef and dairy cattle.

Published a large number of articles in international magazines.

GERADO MURILLO

Assistant Professor and Poultry Module


EDUCATION:
Agricultural engineer. Pan-American Agricultural School, ZamoranoAgrónomo . Pan-American Agricultural School, Zamorano
MODULES:
Poultry farming
RESEARCH AREAS:
Animal Nutrition and Poultry

ABELINO PITTY CANO, PH.D.

Full Professor


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Crop Production and Physiology (weeds), Iowa State University, USA.

M.Sc. in Crop Production and Physiology (weeds), Iowa State University, USA.

B.S. in Plant Pathology, University of Florida, USA.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Technical Writing;

Weeds;

Plant Physiology and Propagation (half class); and

Plant Production (half class).

RESEARCH AREAS:

Author or co-author of more than fifty articles, and five books and booklets.

Broad experience in weed management research and in the use of adjuvants in pesticides and tillage systems.

JUAN CARLOS ROSAS, PH.D.

Full Professor, Bean Research Program Leader


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin- Madison, WI, USA.

M.Sc. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI, USA.

Agricultural Engineering, National Agrarian University, La Molina, Lima, Peru.

COURSES:

Genetics and Plant Breeding.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Created more than 60 common bean varieties currently used by farmers in Central America and the Caribbean.

Conducts research in genetic resources, conventional and participatory plant breeding, molecular marker assisted selection, resistance to disease, resistance to the granary weevil, and tolerance to drought, high temperatures, and low soil fertility.

Responsible for the maintenance and regeneration of genetic inventories and the production of beans, corn, and sorghum basic seeds.

Published more the 125 articles in scientific magazines, book chapters, scientific meeting reports, textbooks, bulletins, and booklets.

ADALIA ALEJANDRA SIERRA AUGUSTINUS

Assistant Professor, Head of Vegetable Production, Organic Agriculture, and Composts


EDUCATION:

M.Sc. in Horticulture, University of Florida, USA.

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Plant Production (coordinator).

RESEARCH AREAS:

Research focused on the evaluation of plants as hosts for natural enemies;

Use of cover crops for rotation of high-economic value crops;

Adaptation of chickens to free-range systems;

Alternate pest and disease management in organic production systems;

Evaluation of organic fertilizers, alternate substrates for hydroponic production and fertilization programs for hydroponic vegetables.

ROGELIO TRABANINO

Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Biological Control Laboratory


EDUCATION:

M.Sc. in Entomology, Mississippi State University, USA.

B.S. in Entomology, Mississippi State University, USA.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Integrated Pest Management

RESEARCH AREAS:

Conducts research and develops integrated pest management strategies for vegetable crops, basic grains, and fruit crops.

Pest control expert who leads the production of biological pesticides and natural enemies used in teaching and in commercial production.

Involved in the commercialization and registry of biological control agents in Central America, implements biological effectiveness evaluations for pesticides needed in records and validations, as well as biological effectiveness evaluations for natural enemies.

Conducts research and develops natural enemies and biological pesticides.

Presides over the following research projects: Transgenic crop efficacy for registering in Honduras; implements projects for monitoring the susceptibility of toxic proteins for target pests in biotechnology; liquid fermentation of entomopathogenic nematodes and their application in the field; and development projects for biological control implementation with small producers.

Author of several scientific articles and books about integrated pest management and biotechnology.

JULIO ISABEL LÓPEZ MONTES

Associate Professor, Head of the Innovation Center for Vegetables and Fruits.


EDUCATION:

M.Sc. in Entomology, Mississippi State University, USA.

Agricultural Engineer, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Agrónomo, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

MODULES:

Coordinator of the Integrated Management of Crops and Climate Change Module (MIC-CC)

RESEARCH AREAS:

Plant genetic improvement and resistance of local sorghum varieties to the Spodoptera gender pest complex; biology and management of leafcutter ants (Atta cephalotes) and others.

Author of more than thirty publications, guides, and books regarding integrated pest management and good agricultural practices, agroecology, autonomous farmer field schools, and farmer field schools (ECA for its initials in Spanish) for independent producers and Central American technical schools and universities.

MARIELENA MONCADA LAÍNEZ, PH.D.

Associate Professor


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition; National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwán ROC.

M.Sc. in Animal Production and Behavior; National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwán ROC.

Agricultural Engineering; Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Ruminant Production

JESÚS OROZCO, PH.D.

Associate Professor, Curator of the Entomological Collection and Editor of the Ceiba magazine


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Taxonomy, Phylogeography, and Conservation; Rhodes University, South Africa.

Ph.D. in Entomology; University of Nebraska, USA.

M.Sc. in Biology; Western Kentucky University, USA.

Biology, Industrial University of Santander, Colombia.

COURSES:

Entomology

RESEARCH AREAS:

Curator in charge of managing, developing, and improving Zamorano’s entomological collection, the second largest collection in Central America with nearly 300,000 specimens.

Focuses in taxonomy; monitoring and diagnosis of agricultural, forest, and urban pests; and biodiversity and animal & human health.

Author of several articles in prestigious magazines and has described 10 new insect species, one of which is named after him.

PATRICIO PAZ CASTILLO, PH.D.

Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Zootechny and Aquaculture Areas


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Aquaculture, Auburn University, USA.

M.Sc. in Aquaculture, Louisiana State University, USA.

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Conducts research in the Aquaculture Unit about aquaculture nutrition —particularly the use of additives to improve feed conversions in tilapia— and aquaponics.

CRISTIAN QUISPE, PH.D.

Associate Professor, Plant Pathology


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Molecular and Microbiological Biology (Virology), University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA.

M.Sc. in Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA.

B.S. in Agricultural Sciences and Production, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Plant pathology

RESEARCH AREAS:

Author and co-author of several publications about virology and mycology with experience in researching plant pathogens, the use of molecular tools, and maintenance of microorganisms.

EMMANUEL AMABLE TORRES QUEZADA, PH.D.

Associate Professor, Horticulture


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.

M.Sc. in Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.

Agricultural Engineering, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Agricultural Technology, Loyola Polytechnic Institute, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.

COURSES:

Horticulture

RESEARCH AREAS:

Water management; nutrients and cultural practices in minor vegetable and fruit crops. Production practices in protected environments for tropical and subtropical areas.

Instructors

IVANNA KARINA VEJARANO MORENO

Instructor


MODULES:

Integrated Crop Management and Climate Change (ICM-CC).

Food Security.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Develops and implements the ICM-CC module; develops and manages food and nutritional security projects, and projects with rural youth. She is the MásRiego project liaison for the North Carolina A&T State University in Guatemala.

ULISES FEDERICO BARAHONA CUADRA

Instructor of Extensive Olericulture


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Independent Production Plots.

MODULES:

Vegetable production project.

MIGUEL ERLINDO COCOM BABB

Instructor and Researcher in Biological Control


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Associate Degree of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Belize, Belize.

COURSES:

Massive production of entomopathogenic nematodes as biological control agent.

Plant pathology laboratories on phytoparasitic nematodes.

Talks on the efficient use of nematicides in the agricultural sector as part of the Plant Protection class.

MODULES:

Biological control

RESEARCH AREAS:

Plant protection, biological pest control, massive production of nematodes, monitoring projects on the resistance of insects to chemical pesticides.

Has studied the dose-response baseline for genetically modified crops and new active ingredients in chemical products. Also, he has done research in potential biological products and new agrochemicals.

Currently, he is focusing his research on massive production through liquid culture fermentation of entomopathogenic nematodes or parasite nematodes of insects.

PAOLA ALEJANDRA FLORES CARBAJAL

Organic Agriculture Module Instructor


EDUCATION:

M.Sc. in Project Management, Central American Technological University (UNITEC), Honduras.

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Animal Biotechnology Laboratory.

Biological Control Laboratory.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Production of beneficial fungi as biological control agents.

Pathogenicity of beneficial fungi strains on different types of disease-causing organisms.

Responsible for research and production of agricultural mites and other beneficial organisms in the Biological Control Laboratory.

MAURICIO JOSÉ HUETE RAMÍREZ

Instructor, Fruit Unit Manager, Learning by Doing Coordinator


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Fruticulture and Perennials; Business Aspects of Vegetable Production

CINTHYA KATHERINE MARTÍNEZ RODRÍGUEZ

Chief Technician of the Ornamental and Propagation Unit


EDUCATION:

MBA (finance focus), Universidad Católica de Honduras.

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Plant Propagation (principles y fundamentals of sexual and asexual propagation).

Ornamental Crop Production.

Business Aspects of Agricultural Production.

ÁNGEL AUGUSTO SUAZO RAMÍREZ

Instructor, Chief of the Pasture and Fodder Unit


EDUCATION:

MBA, Catholic University of Honduras.

 B.S. in Animal Science, Mississippi State University, USA.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

MÓDULO:

Agriculture and Animal Management.

COURSES:

Business Aspects of Agricultural Production.

GUILLERMO ZELAYA

Instructor, Beef Cattle


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

Agronomy, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

MODULES:

Beef cattle.

COURSES:

Assistant, Animal Reproduction and Physiology.               

RESEARCH AREAS:

Beef and dairy cattle nutrition, reproduction, and production.

Pasture and fodder production and conservation.

JOSÉ RAMÓN ROBLES HERNÁNDEZ

Learning by Doing Instructor, Swine


EDUCATION:

Zootechnics Engineering, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil.

Agronomy, Escuela Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras.

MODULES:

Swine.

ANDREA ELVIR FLORES

Instructor


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

MODULES:

Soil Laboratory.

MARIO ALEJANDRO NÚÑES FLORES

Instructor


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

MODULES:

Grains and Seeds Production.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Improvement of seeds to optimize production;

Adaptability of new species for food in areas with drought problems and agricultural economy to provide new production opportunities for farmers.

CIELO YANIRE VILATUÑA UMATOMBO

Instructor


Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

LOANA RODRÍGUEZ CARIAS

Instructor


EDUCATION:

Environment and Socioeconomic Development Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

MODULES:

Plant Health

RESEARCH AREAS:

Pest and disease identification and food safety.

TELLO CALDERON ÁLVARO MARCO

Instructor


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

MODULES:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Nutrition and management of replacements.

Assistants

PATRICIA AZUCENA ARCE VALLADARES

Assistant, Innovation Center for Vegetables and Fruits


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

COURSES:

Assistant in Integrated Pest Management

RESEARCH AREAS:

Research and innovation in production, storage, and post-harvest technologies for vegetables and fruits;

Integrated pest management;

Integrated crop management and climate change.

GABRIELA HERNÁNDEZ

Assistant, Innovation Center for Vegetables and Fruits


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Escuela Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Outreach and innovative technologies for efficient production and post-harvest technologies for small producers. Use of the Farmer Field Schools methodology in the departments of Morazán and El Paraíso.

KAREN MARGARITA MORÁN RIVERA

Research Assistant, Soil Laboratory


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.  

RESEARCH AREAS:

Plant nutrition, soil management, and use of mycorrhiza.

Fertilization recommendations for several crops and the Mycoral project.

Imparts the soil conservation and management laboratory for third-year students.

RUFINA YULIANA SORTO VILLALOBOS

Assistant, Biological Control


EDUCATION:

Microbiology with an Industrial Orientation, National Autonomous University of Honduras.

RESEARCH AREAS:

In charge of the pest controlling fungi production laboratory for crops —biological control unit.

Assists second-year and fourth-year students in the Learning by Doing biological control module.

CARLOS AKER NARVÁEZ

Technician for the PROMESSA-CAFCA ZAMORANO-SNV project, Nicaragua


EDUCATION:

M.Sc. in Natural Resources, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica.

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Coordinates technical implementation activities regarding food security and good agricultural practices in northern Nicaragua with ­­­­­coffee and cacao producers.

Manages and develops model farms in the same region.

LISS DÍAZ RUEDA

Technician for the PROMESSA-CAFCA ZAMORANO-SNV project, Nicaragua


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Coordinates technical work on food security and farmer field schools in northern Nicaragua working jointly with coffee and cacao cooperatives.

KARIM JAHELY GALEANO JIMÉNEZ

Assistant, Soil Laboratory


EDUCATION:

Industrial Chemical Engineering, National Autonomous University of Honduras, Honduras.

MODULES:

Soil Laboratory.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Chemical analysis;

Quality control for processes;

Experience in implementing the quality management system according to ISO 17025 standards, with an orientation towards food, management, and finance.

JOSÉ MOISÉS SÁNCHEZ AMAYA

Assistant, Soil Laboratory


EDUCATION:

Expert in recovering contaminated soils, International Iberoamerican University, Puerto Rico.

Chemical Engineering, National Autonomous University of Honduras, Honduras.

MODULES:

Soil Laboratory.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Responsible for quality and chemical analysis.

In charge of routine monitoring of laboratory operations;

Implements and revises the quality management system according to ISO 17025 standards for accreditation.

 

DANIEL JOSUÉ VALLE TORRES

Research Assistant


EDUCATION:

Agricultural Engineering, Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, Honduras.

MODULES:

Molecular Diagnosis.

RESEARCH AREAS:

Works in the Bean Research Program supervising sowing, maintenance, and harvesting of trials.

Assesses tolerance to abiotic factors and resistance to diseases of beans grown in the field and in greenhouses using molecular diagnostic analysis in the laboratory.

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