Dr. Johan Desaeger
Assistant Professor — Nematology
Nematology Research Goals
My main focus is to develop new, safer and more sustainable tools to manage nematode problems in Florida agriculture. This includes evaluating new chemicals and biologicals, as well as optimizing existing fumigant practices (placement, delivery, integration with non-fumigants), and exploring resistance and cultural control options.
Instrumental to achieving this goal is building new nematology infrastructure and capacity at GCREC from lab to field, educating students and growers, and increasing our general knowledge of nematode biology in Florida soils (distribution, survival, soil health).
Ultimately, the goal is to develop an internationally recognized nematology program that will support Florida growers and provide them with better tools to manage nematodes.