Project Team

Dr. Yaima Arocha Rosete

Dr. Yaima Arocha-Rosete is a Senior Research Microbiologist at Sporometrics lab in Toronto Canada, a plant pathologist, and a leading expert on the molecular diagnosis, characterization, and epidemiology of phytoplasmas and their insect vectors.  Dr. Arocha-Rosete completed her PhD in Agricultural Sciences at the Agricultural University of Havana, Cuba, followed by work as a Senior Molecular Plant Pathologist at the Rothamsted Research and the Global Plant Clinic-CABI of United Kingdom to aid developing countries in diagnosing and managing phytoplasma diseases.  She has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa and has taught numerous training-courses on the field and laboratory diagnosis of phytoplasmas and plant viruses. She has organized technology transfer and plant clinics as part of project dissemination and capacity building in several collaboration projects. Dr. Arocha-Rosete has also authored over 35 publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and two book chapters.

                                                                                                                    Dr. Jean Louis Konan Konan       

Dr. Jean Louis Konan Konan is Head of the Coconut Program at CNRA (Centre National de Recherche Agronomique/Centre of National Agricultural Research), in Côte d’Ivoire, where he has committed 13 years of career.  Dr. Konan Konan obtained his PhD in Biotechnology and Plant Breeding from the University of Cocody, Côte d’Ivoire. He has authored numerous scientific journal articles and was a lead researcher on the discovery of the phytoplasma associated with a lethal yellowing-type disease of coconut palms in Côte d’Ivoire.  Professor Konan Konan has visited and collaborated with Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Jamaica, and Mexico on coconut lethal yellowing-type disease epidemiology studies and development of resistant/tolerant varieties. He currently supervises a PhD thesis on morphological and molecular evaluation of tolerant material to LY-type diseases.

Dr. Taky Hortense Atta Diallo

Dr. Taky Hortense Atta Diallo is a Professor and Senior Research Scientist at the University Nangui Abrogoua (UNA) in Abijan Côte d’Ivoire.  Dr. Diallo studied Plant Pathology/Virology at the University of Arkansas, USA, where she obtained her Master’s degree and PhD. In a post doctorate fellowship at Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom, her research focused on virus and phytoplasma diseases affecting crops of economic interest in Côte d’Ivoire.  Dr. Atta Diallo has been the primary investigator and a team member on a number research grants, including ones with FIRCA (Interprofessional Fund for Agricultural Research and Advisory Services) studying plant disease in banana, yam, cassava and papaya.  Prof Diallo has taught courses on plant pathology and field and laboratory based diagnosis of plant diseases. She has organized plant clinics for dissemination and capacity building in several countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Mali, and Cape Verde. She has worked on diagnosis of phytoplasma diseases of coconut in the UK with Dr Arocha-Rosete.

Third Party Collaborators:

CV – Sylvester Kuunaa Dery
CV – Shiho Satsuka
CV – Keiko Yoshioka
CV – Egya Ndede Yankey
CV – Koulou Nazarette
CV – Wolfgang Moeder


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