Mario is Albert’s brother. Mario’s training includes a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Botany/Physical Geography from the University of Toronto, a M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of Guelph, and a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. His Ph.D. research was conducted in the laboratories of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, London, Ontario. Mario did his Post-Doctoral work in the Department of Nematology at the University of California, Davis.
Mario arrived as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba, in 2002. In April 2006, Dr. Tenuta was awarded the position of Tier II Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology. The Chair was extended for another five-year term ending May 2016.
Mario’s interests involve managing biological processes to improve crop performances and soil health in commercial production systems. The laboratory team and with many colleagues, have examined improving soil testing for soilborne fungi and nematodes, control measures of soilborne fungi and nematodes, use of enhanced efficiency nitrogen fertilizers, using 4R management strategies to reduce nitrous oxide loses from nitrogen fertilizers, benefit of organic amendments (animal and green manures, compost), nematode surveys in the Prairies and the ecology of nematodes. The Soil Ecology Laboratory tackles applied questions with goal to give farmers and industry solutions to increase profitability as well as soil and environmental health.