Agricultural engineer by the University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP) (2002-2006), Master of Science (2007-2009, CNPq fellowship) and DSc. (2009-2011, FAPESP fellowship) by the University of São Paulo (CENA/USP). Currently working as Professor at CENA/USP, being responsible for the LIARE laboratory (Food Irradiation and Radioentomology Laboratory). Performed part of the M.Sc project in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at Seibersdorf- Austria (2008), and part of the doctorate project in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) and the Comisión Panamá-Estados Unidos para la Erradicación y Prevención del Gusano Barredor del Ganado (COPEG) at Panamá (2011). Has experience in the sterile insect technique, biological control of insect pests, food defense, food irradiation, and the application of nuclear techniques in agriculture and livestock.
55 years applying Nuclear Techniques to Agricultural sciences in Brazil
The Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA) is a specialized Institute of the University of São Paulo (USP) dedicated to generate and disseminate knowledge related to agriculture and environment, using nuclear and related techniques. CENA is located at the municipality of Piracicaba, São Paulo state, Brazil, and it was established in 1966 after an initiative made by a group of professors from USP that started using nuclear techniques in studies with soil nutrition, tractor engines and other areas. In 1967, IAEA donated a 60Co irradiator and its research areas expanded to include food irradiation, mutation breeding, animal nutrition, the Sterile Insect Technique, among others. Today, CENA has 3 scientific divisions with 21 Laboratories, 32 professors and 115 technicians. There are two postgraduation courses with ca. 200 students currently. Some of CENA’s remarks include 11,454 scientific publications since 1970, more than 900 postgraduates, 11 commercial cultivars obtained by mutation breeding, and provision of sterile insects and irradiation services to agricultural products for domestic and export markets.