Research Collaboration with Alumni in Uruguay

March 1, 2018


Plant Pathology Professor Linda Kinkel and Uruguayan Research Collaborators

Left to right: Carlos Perez, Patricia Vaz-Jauri, Linda Kinkel, Nora Altier

Linda Kinkel traveled to Uruguay in February to work on collaborative research focusing on soil health in agricultural production systems with plant pathology alumni Nora Altier, Patricia Vaz-Jauri, and Carlos Perez.  

Nora Altier (Ph.D. 1997; Principal Research Scientist, INIA Las Brujas); Carlos Perez (M.S. 2005, Ph.D. 2008; Faculty, Departamento de Protección Vegetal Universidad de la República, Paysandú); and Patricia Vaz-Jauri (Ph.D. 2013; Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Departamento de Bioquímica y Genómica Microbianas, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable (IIBCE)

The project integrates field data on soil biotic and abiotic parameters with soybean establishment metrics from three growing seasons to develop a predictive model for soybean planting and seed treatment decisions by Uruguayan growers. The team spent time at INIA-Las Brujas and in Montevideo working on data analyses and discussions of next steps for the research. In addition, Kinkel presented a research seminar at IIBCE and spoke with scientists studying the potential for endophytic bacteria to enhance plant productivity.  

These three UM grads, plus Cecilia Jones, Silvia Pereyra, and Pablo Olivera, represent a group of amazing young scientists who have built a strong University of Minnesota-Uruguay connection.  Collectively, these graduates are leaders in their fields and have accomplished important science while contributing significantly to agricultural research and education in Uruguay and Minnesota.