Paola CuartasBioProducts Department Researcher at AGROSAVIA, Colombia
Dr. Paola Cuartas is Bioproducts Department Researcher with AGROSAVIA.
Paola has a PhD in Biotechnology and is an agricultural and veterinary microbiologist. She has over 10 years’ experience in development and registration of biopesticides for biological control of insect pests.
Since 2008, Paola has worked in the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (AGROSAVIA), a government owned R&D&I institution. She has worked and developed research projects in subjects related to production of biopesticides based on viruses and fungi. The principal issues of her work are related to characterization of native isolates, standardization of propagation conditions and preparation of active ingredient, and bioassays in laboratory, greenhouse and field conditions for evaluation of biological activity and prototypes performance. She has worked with granulovirus isolates for controlling Tecia solanivora in stored potato, Erinnyis ello in rubber plantations and Tuta absoluta in tomatoes crops, and with nucleopolyhedrovirus isolates for controlling Spodoptera frugiperda in maize crops.