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Marice Lopez Laurenti

Master's Student


Marice was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in Miami, FL. She attended the University of Florida where she received a B.S. in Biology with a focus on Natural Science and a minor in Soil and Water Sciences in 2014. In the summer of 2016, she joined the Fruit and Vegetable IPM Lab to pursue an M.S. degree. Her research is focused on the IPM strategies in major pests of organic squash. She is using African marigolds and cowpea as cover crops and intercrops for the multiplex purposes of enhancing the beneficial arthropod community in squash, suppressing major insect pests, and enhancing soil health. Additionally, she is investigating the effectiveness of this variety of marigolds with a bacterium biocontrol, P. penetrans, to reduce densities of root-knot nematodes. Marice loves to go camping and play badminton.

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