Alemayehu W. Habteweld is a Postdoctoral Associate working with Dr. Mengistu in Nematode Assay Lab.
He earned a PhD in Horticulture from Michigan State University, USA. His PhD work focused on assessing the impact of compost amendment on nematode and soil health management, and carrot yield and quality. He is interested in nematode community analysis as an indicator of soil ecosystem changes in general and integrated soil health management with particular emphasis on vegetable production systems.
He also earned Masters' degrees in Nematology (University of Ghent, Belgium) and Applied Microbiology (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia). Additional areas of expertise include characterizing nitrogen fixing and plant growth promoting bacteria, and entomopathogenic nematodes which are strongly tied with soil health and sustainable agriculture.
His research at UF focuses on testing the virulence of selected Pasteuria strains to soybean cyst (Heterodera glycines) and root-knot (Meloidogyne spp.) nematodes under laboratory and greenhouse conditions. Morphological and molecular characterization of economically important plant-parasitic nematodes collected from different states within the United State will be a part of his duty at UF. He will include assessing the impact of different agricultural management practices using nematode community structure as indicator of soil health.