Priscila Chaverri


Priscila Chaverri
Associate Professor
Office Location: 2112 Plant Science Building
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Associate Professor
Priscila Chaverri
pchaverr@umd.edu
University of Maryland
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
Environmental Science & Technology
1447 AnSc/AgEn Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
Phone (main): 301 405-7041
Phone (alt): 301 405-8039
Fax: 301 314-9308

RESEARCH FOCUS

  • Systematics of ascomycetes that are important in agriculture and in tropical forests.
  • Systematics research focused on monographic work, taxonomy, and phylogenetics with a keen interest in evolution
  • Taxonomy of endophytes in the tropics and the systematics of fungal pathogens (Nectriaceae) associated with hardwood trees in temperate and tropical regions
  • Biodiversity of fungi associated to rubber trees (Hevea spp.) and towards understanding their role as plant protection agents
  • Secondary metabolites as drivers in fungal endophyte community diversity
  • Fruit-eating bats and endophytic fungi: an unexplored indirect mutualism

 

Biodiversity, systematics, and molecular phylogenetics / evolution of fungi important in agroecosystems and tropical forests. My primary research interests are in the systematics (taxonomy) and biodiversity of ascomycetous fungi. Until now, I have focused my work on the order Hypocreales (Ascomycota), more specifically, with fungi that have biocontrol properties against plant pests and diseases. Currently, I also have research projects that deal with the taxonomy of endophytes in the tropics and the systematics of fungal pathogens associated with hardwood trees in temperate regions. In my research, I use a synergy of traditional taxonomic techniques, such as field collecting, microscopy and culture in artificial media, as well as modern tools, such as molecular phylogenetic analyses using DNA sequences from multiple genes. Chaverri Webpage