UI Researchers Teach and Collaborate in Haiti

Wednesday, December 11 2013

Louise-Marie Dandurand, director of UI’s Pale Cyst Nematode Project, and Guy Knudsen, professor, spent three weeks last month in Jérémie and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as part of UI’s Haiti Initiative. At the Université de la Nouvelle Grand’Anse, Dandurand taught an intensive laboratory and field course on ‘Santé Végétale’ (plant pathology, nematology), developed a distance-mentoring program with five teams of agronomy students, and visited with community farming groups. Knudsen taught the course “Microbiologie en Santé et l’Agriculture’, and both researchers worked with Haitian agronomists and government representatives towards development of collaborative research efforts. They also published two online e-books in French, for their respective courses, for use in tropical agriculture for French-speaking countries. The work in Haiti was funded by a grant to Dandurand from the American Phytopathological Society’s Office of International Programs, and by the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.