Dr. Fahiem El-Borai Kora

Dr. Fahiem El-Borai Kora



Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Nematology), University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department, December 2001.

M.Sc. College of Agriculture, Plant Protection Department,  Zagazig University, Zagazig city, Egypt February 1993.

B.Sc. College of Agriculture, Plant Protection Department, Zagazig University, Zagazig city, Egypt June 1987.

Positions

April 2012-now. Associate Professor on leave from Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig City, Egypt. Currently working as Sr. Research Scientist.  Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Citrus research and Education center, Lake Alfred, Florida, USA.

August 2011-Now. Sr. Research Scientist.  Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Citrus research and Education center, Lake Alfred, Florida, USA.

August 2010-August 2011.  (Arab Distinguished Scholar, Zamalat, The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development Fellowship program) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Citrus research and Education center, Lake Alfred, Florida, USA.

November 2009-August 2010, Assistant professor, Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Egypt.

July 2007-November 2009. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Citrus research and Education center, Lake Alfred, Florida, USA.

December 2006-July 2007. Assistant professor, Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Egypt.

November 2001 – December 2006. Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Citrus research and Education center, Lake Alfred, Florida, USA.

January 1997-December 2001Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Februray 1993 –September 1996. Assistant Lecturer, Department of Plant Protection (Agricultural Zoology), College of Agriculture, El-Zagazig University, Egypt. 

November 1989-Feb1993.Teaching Assistant, Plant Protection Department (Agricultural Zoology), College of Agriculture, El-Zagazig University, Egypt.

Specialization

Biological Control, Plant and Insect parasitic (Entomopathogenic) Nematodes, Microbial Interactions and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Ongoing Research

Interspecific competition between entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN), predation of EPN by fungal and other natural enemies, and competition between EPN and free-living bactivorous nematodes, on the post-application survival of exotic and endemic EPN. Nematodes.

Augmenting vs Conserving Entomopathogenic Nematodes: Habitat Modification for Enhanced Biological Control of Root Weevils in Florida Citrus

Developing a Basis for Commercial Biological Control Tactics for IPM in Citrus.

Thesis and Dissertation

El-Borai, F. E.  2001. The Interaction between Nematode and Fungal Pathogens on the Citrus Fibrous Root Cortex).  Ph.D dissertation, (Nematology), University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department, December 2001. Pp. 119.

El-Borai, F, E.   1993.  Effect of Plant Age and Fertilization on Resistance of Certain Plants to Root-Knot Nematodes   (Meloidogyne. spp).  1993.  M.Sc thesis, Plant Protection Department, (Agricultural Zoology; Plant Nematology).  Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Egypt, Pp. 147.

Fellowships

Distinguished Scholar Award, 2010-2011. The Arab Fund Fellowships Program from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the State of Kuwait. One year fellowship to conduct Research in USA.

Non-tenure track visiting assistant professor) University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural science IFAS, Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), from July 2007 to June 2009 and from May 2010 till now.

Assistant In Research Fellowship from Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural science IFAS,  from March 2003 to December 2006.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowship, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural science IFAS from January 2001 to June 2002.

Davidson graduate student travel Fellowship, University of Florida, College of Agriculture,2001.

Ministry of Higher Education, Arab Republic of Egypt PhD fellowship from June 1997- September 2001.

MSc fellowship, Plant Protection Department, College of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Egypt. From January 1990 till February 1993.

Teaching Experience

Courses taught at College of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Egypt

The Principles of Invertebrate Zoology (Morphology, Anatomy and Taxonomy.

The Principles of Invertebrate Zoology (Physiology).

Advanced Agriculture Zoology, Graduate Zoology.

Principles of Plant nematology.

Nematode morphology and anatomy.

Integrated pest management of nematodes.

Parasites of Farm animals

Research Responsibilities and Interests:

Biological Control.

Plant microbe interactions

Plant parasitic nematodes

 Insect parasitic (Entomopathogenic) Nematodes

Microbial interactions and Soil Food web dynamics using traditional and molecular methods.

Service, Social, and Leadership Activities

Representative of the Entomology and Nematology Department at the Graduate Student counsel, University of Florida for three years 1997, 1998 and 1999.

President of the Egyptian Student Association at University of Florida dealing with all the Egyptian students in USA and Canada under the supervision of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Egyptian Culture and Educational Bureau at Washington D.C  from 1997-2000.

Active member at the Entomology and Nematology Student Organization (ESA), University of Florida from 1997-2001, participating with all of the programs we have and also with the other departments Organization.

Organizer for the seminar series at the Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida, for years 1999-2001.

Afro-Asian Society of Nematologists (AASN) council committee member 2002-present.

Refereed Publications

2013

Raquel Campos-Herrera, Ekta Pathak, Fahiem E. El-Borai , Robin J. Stuart, Carmen Gutiérrez, Jose Antonio Rodríguez-Martín, James H. Graham, Larry W. Duncan. 2013. Geospatial patterns of soil properties and the biological control potential of entomopathogenic nematodes in Florida citrus groves. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 66 163-174.

Campos-Herrera, R., Pathak E., El-Borai, F.E., Stuart, R.J., Gutiérrez, C., Rodríguez-Martín, J.A., Graham, J.H., Duncan, L.W.2013. Linking ecology and agriculture: characterizing soil food webs to enhance hervibore biocontrol. Molecular Ecology (In Review).

Campos-Herrera, R, Pathak, E., El-Borai, F., Schumann, A., Abd-Elgawad, M.M.M., Duncan, L.W. 2013. New citriculture system suppresses native and augmented entomopathogenic nematodes. Biological Control 66, 183–194.

2012

L.W. Duncan, R.J. Stuart, F.E. El-Borai, R. Campos-Herrera, E. Pathak, M. Giurcanu, and J.H. Graham. 2012. Modifying orchard planting sites conserves entomopathogenic nematodes, reduces weevil herbivory and increases citrus tree growth, survival and fruit yield. Biological Control, 64, 26–36.

Campos-Herrera, R; EL-Borai. F. E and Duncan LW. 2012. Wide interguild relationships among entomopathogenic and free-living nematodes in soil as measured by real time qPCR. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 111, 126-135.

Raquel Campos-Herrera, Fahiem E. EL-Borai andLarry W. Duncan. 2012 .Real-time PCR as an effective technique to assess the impact of phoresy by Paenibacillus sp. bacteria on Steinernema diaprepesi nematodes in nature. Molecular Ecology Resources. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12, 885–893.

Ekta pathak, Fahiem E. EL-Borai,  Raquel Campos-Herrera, Evan G. Johnson, Robin J. Stuart, James H. Graham, Larry W. Duncan. 2012. Use of real-time PCR to discriminate parasitic and saprophagous behaviour by nematophagous fungi. Fungal Biology, 116, 563-573.

Fahiem E. El–Borai, Robin J. Stuart, Raquel Campos–Herrera, Ekta Pathak, Larry W. Duncan . 2012.  Entomopathogenic nematodes, root weevil larvae, and dynamic interactions among soil texture, plant growth, herbivory, and predation. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 109: 134-142.

2011

Raquel Campos–Herreraa, Fahiem E. El–Borai, Robin J. Stuart, James H. Grahama, Larry W. Duncana. 2011. Entomopathogenic nematodes, phoretic Paenibacillus spp, and the use of real time quantitative PCR to explore soil food webs in Florida citrus groves. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 108 (2011) 30–39.

Fahiem E. El-Borai, Raquel Campos-Herrera, Robin J. Stuart and Larry W. Duncan. 2011.  Substrate modulation, group effects and the behavioral responses of entomopathogenic nematodes to nematophagous fungi. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 106: 347–356.

2010

Campos-Herrera, Raquel, E.G. Johnson, F. E. El-Borai, J.H. Graham, and L.W. Duncan. 2010. Long-term stability of entomopathogenic nematode spatial patterns in soil as measured by sentinel insects and real-time PCR assays. Annals of Applied Biology    158: 55-68.

2009

El-Borai, F. E, D. Bright, J.H. Graham, R J. Sturat, and L. W. Duncn. 2009. Differential Susceptibility of Entomopathogenic Nematodes to Nematophagous Fungi from Florida Citrus Orchards.  Nematology, 11 (2), 233-243.

2008

Stuart, R.J., F. E. El-Borai, and L.W. Duncan.  2008.  From Augmentation to Conservation of Entomop athogenic Nematodes: Trophic Cascades, Habitat Manipulation and Enhanced Biological Control of Diaprepes abbreviatus Root Weevils in Florida Citrus Groves. Journal of Nematology 40 (2) 73-84.

2007

El-Borai, F. E, C.F. Brentu, and L.W. Duncan. 2007.Augmenting Entomopathogenic Nematodes in soil from a Florida Citrus Orchard: Non-Target Effects of a Trophic Cascade. Journal of Nematology 39 (2) 203-210.

El-Borai, F. E, J. D. Zellers, and L.W. Duncan. 2007.  Suppression of Diaprepes abbreviatus in Potted Citrus by Combinations of Entomopathogenic Nematodes with Different Lifespans. Nematropica 37: 33-41. 

Duncan, L. W., J. H. Graham, J. Zellers, D. Bright, D. C. Dunn, F.E. El-Borai and D. L. Porazinska.  2007.  Food web responses to augmenting entomopathogenic nematodes in bare and animal-manure-mulched soil.  Journal of Nematology 39 (2) 176-189.

2005

El-Borai , F.E, L.W. Duncan, and J. F. Preston. 2005. Bionomics of a Phoretic association between a putative Paenibacillus sp.  and entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema diaprepesi. Journal of Nematology 37 (1) 18-25.

2004

El-Borai, F. E, and L. W. Duncan.  2004. Paenibacillus sp. Impairs the Insecticidal Efficacy of the Entomopathogenic Nematode Steinernema  diaprepesi.  Proceeding of the International Society of Citriculture; Volume III: 904-909.

2003

El-Borai, F. E., L. W. Duncan, J. H. Graham and E. Dickstein.  2003.  Tylenchulus semipenetrans alters the microbial community in the citrus rhizosphere.  Journal of Nematology, 35 (2) 167:177.

2002

El-Borai, F. E., L. W. Duncan, and J. H. Graham.  2002.  Infection of citrus roots reduces root infection by Phytophthora nicotianae.  Journal of Nematology 34 (4): 384-389.

El-Borai, F. E., L. W. Duncan, and J. H. Graham.  2002.  Eggs of Tylenchulus semipenetrans inhibit growth of Phytophthora nicotianae and Fusarium solani in vitro.  Journal of Nematology, 34 (3) 267:272.

Book Chapters

Raquel Campos-Herrera, Robin Stuart, Fahiem El-Borai, Carmen Gutiérrez, and Larry Duncan. 2010.  Entomopathogenic Nematode Ecology and Biological Control in Florida Citrus Orchards. A. Ciancio & K. G. Mukerji (eds.), Integrated Management of Arthropod Pests and Insect Borne Diseases. Integrated management of Plant Pests and Diseases 5, DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-8606_5 © Springer Science + Business Media B.V.2010, 97-126.

Fahiem E. El Borai and Larry W. Duncan. 2004. Nematode Parasites of Subtropical and Tropical Fruit Trees.  Plant parasitic nematodes in subtropical and tropical agriculture, PB:  Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International, U.K (CAB International); Wallingford; UK. (467-492).

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