Dr. Zane J. Grabau


My research program focuses on improving Florida agronomic and horticultural crop production systems, primarily through nematode management.  This includes assessing and improving plant-parasitic nematode management strategies such as crop rotation, resistant cultivars, pesticides, biocontrol, and other practices.  My lab also seeks to improve nematode management through better understanding of how different plant-parasitic nematodes interact with their environment including factors such as soil type, weather, nematode-feeding microbes, and crops/weeds among others.  My research program also explores how crop production practices affect soil ecology by assessing the whole nematode community.  Nematodes occupy a wide range of ecological niches—a relatively small percentage damage plants—so they are good indicators of the ecological activity in the soil.   

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Assistant Professor in Nematology