Carlos Erazo

MSc Student, Root-Soil-Microbial-Interactions

Phone: +1-306-966-3707

Carlos Erazo Melo is a new MSc student in plant sciences at University of Saskatchewan. Previously, he completed a master program in Biotechnology at Icesi University and received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Nariño’s University, both degrees in Colombia.

Carlos has three years of experience working in different research projects and institutions y/o universities in his home country. His work at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture was dedicated to the development of analytical methodologies to quantify plant metabolites with great impact on yield production in rice. During his graduate work at Icesi University, he was interested on wild crop species of rice. Their adaptation capacity to a specific harsh environment was the starting point to develop multiple experiments. His research led him to questions about genomic regions behind the adaptability and consolidate wild species as a source of genetic regions to improve commercial crop varieties.  In his experience as a visiting research student at Usask and GIFS, he worked with salt stress phenotyping of breeding lines to identify tolerant wheat germplasm, and the phenotypic characterization of Arabidopsis mutant lines under different nutrient conditions, respectively.

His research work in GIFS as part of his master program at Usask is focused on genomic analysis of drought avoidance in Arabidopsis thaliana, as an alternative to address climate change challenge in crop production.