Plant Pathology //

Our Demeter specialists comprise an exceptional team of experts actively engaged in agriculture, water and energy projects and programs around the world. Their breadth of expertise and depth of experience provide our clients with access to the very latest in research, technology, policy and strategic planning. Demeter specialists are, therefore, uniquely able to respond with relevant and appropriate solutions to specific conditions and needs wherever we are working.

Dr. Shimon Pivonia is an expert is plant disease and control. Since 1998, Dr. Pivonia has served as plant protection coordinator at the Arava R&D Center, Sapir, Israel where he led the Arava med-fly eradication project from 2004 to 2007.  In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. in plant pathology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, following which he held a postdoctoral position at the Plant Pathology Dept., Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Dr. Pivonia was a member of the steering committee for the Reduction of Pesticide Use, appointed by the Chief Scientist of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture. A recipient of the Agritech award for research, Dr. Pivonia's research has dealt with significant topics such as the sudden wilt of melons, risk assessment of soybean rust to U.S. soybean production, pesticide alternatives, and novel methods of plant disease control, resulting in reducing yield losses.