Dr. Ramdas Kanissery
Assistant Professor, Weed Science
Dr. Kanissery joined the center in late October 2016. He previously worked as a senior chemist with EAG Laboratories, an environmental fate research and consulting organization based in Easton, Maryland. His previous research explored the knowledge gap in the fate and degradation of herbicides in soils enduring different environmental conditions. He utilized such approaches as radiochromatography and kinetic evaluation to study the influence of soil factors such as aeration, soil amendments, and mineralogy on the persistence and mobility of extensively used herbicides in corn-soybean rotations from the US Midwest.
Dr. Kanissery’s SWFREC research and extension programs will focus on the weed control and herbicide use associated with citrus and vegetable production in South Florida. He plans to elucidate the mechanisms involved in the functional efficacy, retention, and transport of herbicides used in Florida agriculture soils with particular emphasis on excessively drained sandy soils and sandy soil textures in combination with high water tables.