Dr. José Carlos Verle Rodríguez

Jose Carlos Verle Rodrigues, Ph.D.

Crops & Agro-environmental Sciences


Contact Address:

University of  Puerto Rico
Agricultural Experimental Station
Jardín Botánico Sur
Virology& BioMol Lab.
1193 Calle Guayacan
San Juan PR, 00926

Contact Phone:

Phone: 787-767-9705
Ext: 2212
FAX: 787-756-8394
EMAIL: jose_carlos@mac.com


Teaching and Research Interests:


PROC 6650 – Phytovirology – An overview of plant virology with emphasis on biology of host-virus-vector interactions; topics included virus infection, replication, intracellular movement, symptoms, transmission; control; functions of plant viruses and current literature and techniques  (hands-on) important to virology (plant ac. nucleic extraction protocols; transmission; serology; database searching; breeding for resistance to plant viruses and resistance assays, genetic segregation of resistance to viruses; electron microscopy preparations and virus inclusions; RNA extraction; Reverse Transcriptase – Polymerase Chain Reaction; electrophoresis).

Professional Preparation

  • Post-Doctoral Associate, Entomology and Molecular Plant Biology Lab, University of Florida, Gainesvile, FL. 2001-2005.
  • Ph.D. Nuclear Energy in Agriculture, Plant Sciences Pathology/Plant Virology/Plant Genetics/Acarology. Universidade de Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, SP. 2000.
  • M.Sc. Nuclear Energy in Agriculture, Plant Pathology/Plant Virology/Entomology, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, SP Feb. 1995.
  • B.S. Major: Agronomy; minor: Crop Protection, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, RS, Brazil, 1992.

Synergistic Activities

  • Puerto Rican Phytosanitary Adviser Board (2006 – present)
  • USDA Adviser Working Group Invasive species (Nov 2006 – present)
  • Undergraduate Crops and Agro-Environmental Sciences and Plant Breeding Mentor (PROC 4996)
  • Graduate Plant Virology Professor (PROC 6650)
  • Consulting in invasive species for the California Citrus Board, UC, Riverside(2006-2011)
  • Member of The American Association for the Advancement of Science, International and American Phytopatology Society; Acarological Society of America; Entomological Society of America, Latino-American Soc. of Acarology; University of Florida, CREC, Principal Foreigner Investigator, USDA-Foreigner Service (1998-2000).
  • Currently he is working on invasive species and breeding for resistance to pests and diseases at UPR with research projects financed by USDA and NSF.
  • Dr. Rodrigues teaches a graduate course in plant virology at UPR. Member of National Science Foundation (NSF), Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology, Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation (Invasive Species Group) and coordinator of the Center for Energy, Environment and Biodiversity, Amazonas, Brazil. Recently, is working in a multi-agency project to establish a first certified US offshore Center of Excellence for Quarantine and Invasive Species at UPR.  Reviewer for journals (11) in biochemistry & molecular biology, phytopathology, ecology, acarology and agriculture. President (2011) of the Acarological Society of America. Recipient of the US President’s Volunteer Service Award (2011), Award for outstanding services to the Acarological Society of America (2011).


  • Invited Facilitator at Dialogues for United Nations Conference in Sustainable Development (2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil);
  • Invited speaker at European Pant Protection Organization (EPPO) Barcoding of Life meeting (The Netherlands, 2012);
  • Author of Virus Descriptions-CABI; Since 2010 Ad hoc Consultant for CYTED (Ibero-American Science & Technology Development Program, 21 countries), OIRSA Consultant on citrus invasive species in Panama, Belize, Costa Rica and elsewhere in Central America. Consultant for WinRock International (USAID), El Salvador (2010).
  • Symposium organizer for: Entomological Society of America (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012); International Congress of Acarology, Recife, Brazil, 2010;
  • Potential Invasive Pests, IFAS, USDA, Miami, USA, 2010;
  • Red Palm Mite Workshop, San Juan, PR, 2007;
  • Plant and soil microbial Symposia, Sao Paulo and Manaus, Brazil, 2005;
  • International Plant Health Program, La Habana, Cuba, 2004:
  • International Acarology Society, Merida, Mexico, 2002.
  • Participant in conferences (Plenary, Symposia, as Invited Speaker) worldwide on virus and vectors relationships (Australia, 2004, Belize, 2002, Brazil 1995-2002, 2005,2006; Colombia 2006, Mexico, 2002, Puerto Rico 2006, The Netherlands 2006)
  • Participant in international collaborations: Argentina (Provinces of Misiones, Entre Rios, Concordia and Buenos Ayres), Australia, Belize, Brazil (States of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Sergipe, Parana, Santa Catarina, Amazonas and Federal District), Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba (US delegate on International Seminar), Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, USA (States of Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas and California). Visiting Scientist: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa na Amazonia (INPA), Manaus, Brazil (Oct, 2004 and Jan, 2007), Fellowship from Brazilian Council for Science (CNPq); EMBRAPA-Center for Genetic Resources, Brasilia, Brazil (March, 2005), Queensland Department of Agriculture, Australia (Aug 2004); Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria(INTA) and Universidad Nacional de La Plata(UNLP), Argentina, Fellowship from Brazilian–Argentinean Institute of Biotechnology (May-June, 1999); Universidade Federal do Ceara – UFC, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, Brazil. Plant lectins (Jan-March, June-Oct, 1991). Also, Dr. Rodrigues has lectured and consulted on environment, plant pest and diseases in Australia, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico and the USA.


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