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.