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 Expert  726566

Expert in Agriculture, Pesticides, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Crop Damage, Postharvest storage and transport

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Florida (FL)
Education Work HistoryPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert has over 20 years experience in agriculture, pest and disease control, post harvest management, horticulture, soil management, crop nutrition and physiology, logistics, infrastructure development, and market research. After having worked in the global crop protection market as well as in the banana industry, he started his own companies and is an independent consultant who has networked with an extremely knowledgeable and competent group of individuals throughout the world.

Expert has over twenty years experience in all aspects of open field and greenhouse agriculture including agricultural chemicals, pest management, post harvest physiology and quality management, spray drift behavior and its prevention, research and development, agricultural economic analysis, soil fertility management, crop nutrition, plant disease and nutrient deficiency management and yield maximization.


agricultural development


agricultural pesticide




experimental agriculture




sustainable agriculture


tropical agriculture


agricultural chemical


agricultural crop


agricultural pest


agricultural production


agricultural research




greenhouse vegetable production


spray drift

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Jacksonville, Florida;  Tampa, Florida;  Saint Petersburg, Florida;  Orlando, Florida;  Clearwater, Florida;  Gainesville, Florida;  Lakeland, Florida;  Deltona, Florida;  Largo, Florida;  and Daytona Beach, Florida.

Often requested
with this expert:

Plant Pathology, Forensic Agricultural Sciences and Custom...
Soil Science, Crop Nutrition, Nutrient Management
Agronomy, Regulated (GMO) & Regulated Crop/ Seed...
Agronomy, Pest Management, Plant Pathology (Epidemiology...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1992   Ph.D.   Plant Pathology   University of Florida  
1988   M.S.   Entomology   University of California, Riverside  
1984   B.S.   Entomology   Michigan State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2012 to




Agricultural Chemical


Commercial Development Manager


Expert is responsible for the southeastern U.S. vegetable market for Expert's Firm's soil fumigant DMDS, which is an effective replacement for methyl bromide. He provides technical support to vegetable growers and oversees the commercial development in Florida and southeastern states.

2007 to








Develop abaca fiber production for an exclusive client (paper company) in Costa Rica. He formed his own company to promote, provide technical assistance, and coordinate all aspects of production and export of this natural fiber for a specific client.

2006 to 2010


Tropical Plant Technologies






Manage and operate consulting company based in Costa Rica, and serve an important group of global clients in diverse agricultural and forestry projects.

1998 to 2006


Dole Fresh Fruit International




Plantation Disease Manager - Latin America


Managed disease control operations and all associated research for Dole's banana plantations worldwide.

1992 to 1998


ISK Biosciences




Global Technical Manager Banana


Commercial development of agriculture chemistry on all tropical crops in Central America and focus on banana business worldwide.

1986 to 1988


U.S. Peace Corps




Volunteer, Honduras


Peace Corps volunteer in rural Honduras, focused on pest control practices for a US AID funded farmer cooperative network.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has 7 publications in refereed scientific journals

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert performed a detailed technical and business analysis on Jatropha curcus for the production of biofuel. The project was completed for a global forestry company, and entailed extensive travel throughout Asia and Latin America. The study was completed in less than two months and provided a very sound recommendation for this company not to pursue any further development of this crop.
  • Expert completed an analysis of the most suitable country to develop the abaca crop (Musa textilis) for a global paper company. As a result of the study, the paper company requested that he form the local production and export company for abaca fiber.
  • Expert provided expert testimony on the post harvest damage of imported garlic, substantiating the client's claim that the receiving terminal was negligent in storage temperature control and therefore liable for damages to stored garlic .
  • Expert provided key analysis for a client in a case involving alleged toxicity of a fertilizer and irrigation system in hydroponic green pepper.
  • Expert provided consulting services for a global forestry company, including market research and development in Europe and the U.S for the wood biomass/bioenergy market.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on crop protection, plant disease, pest management.
  • Expert for consulting on Phytosanitary experience in plantation
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has served as expert in gathering and evaluating pertinent information on a crop phytotoxicity case in the Dominican Republic for a U.S. chemical manufacturer. He has provided technical analysis for greenhouse grown vegetables and provided expertise on post harvest storage of garlic.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on crop damage following aerial spraying for litigation.
  • Food refrigeration legal expert for consulting on Garlic Cold Storage.
  • Agronomist expert for consulting on cause of crop damage.
  • Expert for consulting on Powder Post Beetle.
  • Hydroponics expert for consulting on Hydroponic lab.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2006 to 2012   Costa Rica   Expert performed global agricultural consulting services and was based in Costa Rica. During this time period, he founded developed an agricultural business, managing all aspects of the business.
1992 to 2009   Latin America   Expert has worked in the areas of crop protection and plantation crops in all tropical countries of Latin America, and worked for Dole Fresh Fruit International as the Latin America Banana Disease Manager.
2007 to 2009   Europe and Asia   Expert has performed consulting work for clients in Europe and Asia, and traveled extensively in these regions performing the services of technical and economic analysis of agricultural and forestry projects, as well as market and logistic analysis.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Expert has the fluency of a native Spanish speaker.

Market Research:
He understands the crop protection business, agrichemical business, banana business, pineapple business, global agricultural trade and logistics, and global forestry market extremely well. Additionally, he has a good understanding of nearly all aspects of agricultural production and operations including production and post harvest storage. He also has a wealth of knowledge in global agriculture. Most recently, he has developed considerable knowledge of the Florida vegetable production industry.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Disease control on tropical crops, pest control practices, spraying equipment and methods, spray drift minimization, crop nutrition, maximizing vegetable crop yield, experimental design, statistical analysis, numerous technical seminars given on a diverse group of topics and audiences.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert worked with global procurement managers in Dole Foods, and was key decision maker in decisions involving $ 30 million annual purchases. Have secured supply agreements and contracts with key vendors for his companies. He has analyzed and provided logistical solutions for production, storage, and transport of forest and agricultural products.

Other Skills and Services

He is fluent in Spanish, both oral and written, and he has traveled globally. He is an expert in Volatile Organic Compound odor detection and science. He has the tools for quantifying volatile compounds at the parts per billion or parts per million level of detection.


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