PhD Program on Plant Health

The PhD Program on Plant Health, under the auspices of the National Center for Animal and Plant Health (CENSA), is assigned to the Agrarian University of Havana (UNAH). It aims at contributing to the training of specialists at the highest scientific level with an updated vision of the global and Cuban plant health problems, the main approaches its development has gone through, and the current trends regarding Plant Protection. The program, approved by the National Commission for Scientific Degrees (CNGC) of the Republic of Cuba, has a teaching staff of specialists from CENSA and other research centers and universities, recognized nationally and internationally.

Coordinator: Lic. Moraima Suris Campos, PhD.

Scientific degree granted: PhD on Agricultural Sciences.

Modalities: Tutelary, theoretical-methodological or curricular training.

Duration: 3-4 years, extensible in one more year in exceptional cases.

Research lines

  • Diagnosis and characterization of harmful organisms
  • Scientific bases and generation of management systems of pest causal organisms.
  • Selection and development of technologies for mass rearing of biological control agents.
  • Management and/or development of synthetic and natural pesticides.
  • Crops and their interrelations in the agroecosystem.
  • Phytosanitary management in agricultural production systems.
  • Technology for the assessment and phytosanitary management of plant products during the post-harvest and storage.
  • Training and adoption of phytosanitary technologies.
  • Phytosanitary management in seed production.
  • Bioinformatics, modelling and parameterization in plant health.
  • Studies on biodiversity and its role in agroecosystems.
  • Quality management and biosafety in plant health.
  • Disasters in agriculture.

Specialties

  • Agricultural Pests
  • Plant Protection
  • Phytopathology

Admission requirements

  • To be a university graduate from a career related to the program.
  • To be linked to a research topic on Animal Health.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the English language, through a reading comprehension test.
  • To demonstrate enough knowledge of the Spanish language, for not Spanish-speaking candidates.
  • Accredited basic knowledge on Computing and Statistics.

Syllabus

  • Thesis project.
  • Foreign Language Proficiency Test (English, French, German or Russian and Spanish for not Spanish- speaking foreign candidates).
  • Test on Social Issues in Science and Technology.
  • Specialty Test.
  • Teaching-learning method (part or full time).
  • Specialized core courses (curricular).

Requirements for obtaining the scientific degree

  • To accumulate the credits required in the program (curricular).
  • To have, at least, two papers published as first author in a refereed international journal, where the research work carried out during the PhD studies is the substantial element.
  • Presentation of the results of the thesis in two national or international scientific events.
  • An essay on Social Issues in Science and Technology applied to the specialty.
  • To pass the Foreign Language Proficiency Test (English, French, German or Russian and Spanish for not Spanish- speaking foreign candidates).
  • To pass the Specialty Test.
  • A thesis with the results obtained during the development of the research Project.
  • To discuss the results of the thesis at the appropriate Technical Advisory Committee, and then, at the Board intended for such purposes.
  • Defense of the thesis at the appropriate Permanent Board of Animal Health, of the National Commission for Scientific Degrees of Cuba.

For further information

Lic. Sandra Cuello Portal, PhD.

Ing. Aleika Iglesia Lozano, PhD.

Teléfono: 53 47 863677

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