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Franklin Behlau


Fundo de Defesa da Citricultura (FUNDECITRUS)  (Institutional affiliation from the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

Dr. Behlau completed his PhD in Plant Pathology at the University of Florida in 2010. In the same year, he joined the scientific department of Fundecitrus Fund for Citrus Protection, a non-profit institution funded by the citrus growers and the citrus industry of São Paulo state, Brazil. He is responsible for coordinating research projects on citrus bacterial diseases. The most explored research lines are (i) citrus canker: development and optimization of control measures such as copper, windbreaks and biological/sustainable tools, characterization of the critical period of control and fruit susceptibility, copper resistance in bacteria, cultivar resistance; (ii) HLB: assessment of potential biological/sustainable tools for bacterial control, disease suppression and prevention of disease-related premature fruit drop; (ii) others: measurement of disease and pest-related crop loss in the citrus belt; development of integrated disease and pest management program, and cost-benefit analysis of the control measures. Dr. Behlau collaborates with several national institutions, including ESALQ/USP, FFCLRP/USP.; UNESP, UFSCar, IAC, and international, including University of Florida, Manchester Metropolitan University (England) and University of Groningen (Holland). Serves as a reviewer for more than a dozen international journals and as an associate editor for the European Journal of Plant Pathology. From 2017 to 2020, he acted as the coordinator and professor of the professional masters degree program on Citrus Protection offered by Fundecitrus. He also acts as guest lecturer in graduate programs in other institutions, is member of the Crop Estimate Research committee and also acts on matters related to citrus phytosanitary regulations. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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