Mario is the NSERC/WGRF/Fertilizer Canada Industrial Research Chair in 4R Nutrient Stewardship and Professor of Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba. His training includes a B.Sc. in Botany and Physical Geography, an M.Sc. in Soil Science, a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences, and Post-Doctoral research in Nematology.
Mario was recently appointed a Senior Industrial Research Chair for five years. Previously, from 2006 to 2017, he served as the Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology. The Industrial Research Chair Program is advancing research in 4R nitrogen management practices on the Prairies to give farmers and industry solutions to increase profitability while improving soil and environmental health. Together with many colleagues, his team has also addressed many soil-related issues, including; improving nitrogen use efficiency of crops, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, development of rapid molecular tests and field surveys of emerging soilborne diseases and nematode pests of crops, and comparison of sustainability of crop and livestock production systems on the Canadian Prairies. Mario has international experience through research in California, Peru, and China, and participation in a Canada Food Grain Bank Project in scaling conservation agriculture in East Africa and Global Affairs Canada and Fertilizer Canada’s 4R Solution Project in sub-Saharan Africa.
To learn more about Mario and the Chair program, please visit www.soilecology.ca