Curriculum Vita

 

Name: Khalid Majid Hameed

Present Academic Title: Professor.

Present Position: Professor of Mycology, and Plant Pathology and Physiology.

Current Address: Dept. of Applied biological Sciences, JUST, Irbid

Marital Status: Married.

Academic Degrees Earned:

1‑ Ph.D. in Mycology, Plant pathology and Physiology from The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI&SU) Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, 1971.

2‑ M. Sc. in Plant pathology and Physiology and Mycology from The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI&SU) Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, 1969.

3‑ B. Sc. in Botany from the University of Baghdad Iraq, 1962.

 

Professional Titles:

1‑Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Baghdad, Iraq, 1973.

2‑Associate Professor, Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Sulaimanyah. Iraq, 1976.

3‑Professor of Mycology, and Plant Pathology and Physiology, Universities and Institutes of Higher Education in Iraq, Algeria, Yemen, Lebanon,, and currently at The Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan, 1991 to Present.

Professional Experience:

I‑Fulbright Scholar, teaching and research with the VPI&SU, Blacksburg, VA. USA, 1999.

2‑Plant Disease Specialist in Diagnosis of Fungal Plant Diseases, Plant Disease Clinic, Department of Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA, 1978.

3‑Visiting Professor, and Plant Disease Specialist in Diagnosis of Fungal Plant Diseases, Plant Disease Clinic, and Plant Disease Extension Mobile Clinic Operator: Department of Plant Pathology and Physiology, VPI&SU, Blacksburg, VA, USA, 1977; Virginia Extension Service of the State Department of Agriculture (USDA), VPI&SU, Blacksburg, VA, USA, 1972‑73;

4- Visiting Professor and research specialist about Parasitic seed plant Orobanche spp., Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1975.

4‑ Post Doctorate for two years, Department of PLPP, VPI&SU,

USA, 1971‑73.

5‑ Sabbatical Leave for one year, American Universities, USA,1977.

 

Personal Data:

Place and Date of the First Academic Appointment, University of Baghdad, Iraq, May 3"d 1973.

Date of Promotion to Associate Professor, June 12th 1976.

Date of promotion to Full Professor, January 1" 1991.

 

Academic Practices:

I‑Teaching, of General and Advanced courses at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels:

1-Baghdad University

  a‑1965‑66, Teaching Assistant in Botany.

        b‑1973‑76, and from 1986-99, Faculty member in Biology,

     Courses taught:-

General Botany, General Biology, Mycology, Plant Pathology, Physiology of Host parasite Interaction, Research methods.

2‑ Salah Ad‑din University (previously, Sulaimaniah University) 1976‑86.

General Botany, Plant Anatomy, Mycology, Plant Pathology, Research methods and Techniques.

3‑ Algerian Universities, in Tiaret, & Tlmcen, Faculty member in Biology, 1990‑94. Courses taught:

General Biology, General Microbiology, Mycology, Scientific English Language for Graduate Students.

4‑ Sana'a University, Yemen, 1994‑95.

Courses taught:  General Biology, Plant Anatomy.

5‑ Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1995‑2001. Courses taught: General Biology I & 2, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology,, Mycology, Research Methods and Techniques, Practical Plant Pathology, Special Topic in Mycology, Special Topics in Plant Microbial Interaction (Plant Microbiology).

 

II‑ Publication of Books and Scientific Papers:

 

Laboratory Manuals of :- Mycology, Plant Pathology and Plant Physiology.

• Translation to Arabic the Textbook "Introduction to Soil Microbiology, by M. Alexander".

• Technical Scientific Papers (See the attached fist of publications.)

• Abstracts of Scientific work presented in regional and international conferences, congresses and workshops.

 

111‑ Supervision of Graduate Work:

Master and Ph. D. Degrees, In Universities in Iraq, and Algeria and Jordan.

Thesis and Dissertations in the areas of‑.

Mycology, Plant Pathology, Physiology of Host Parasite Interactions, Parasitic Seed Plants and Industrial Mycology, Biological Degradation of Natural and Synthetic Polymers and By‑products, Utilization of Olive Oil Mills By‑products in Agriculture.

 

IV‑ Research Programs:

Research grants from the Deanship of Research at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), and The Badia Project, Saffawi, and the Higher Council of Research and Technology.

Research project about the use of wastewater in agriculture financed by the European Community.

 

V‑ Membership of Consultation Committees:

Plenary Committee for an Agriculture School in central Iraq. Applied Research Central Committee, Univ. of Baghdad, and Sulaimanyiah. Academic Certificates Evaluation and certification. Undergraduate and Postgraduate curricula in universities and academic institutes.

 

VI‑Memberships of Editorial Boards of Scientiflc Journals and Periodicals:

The Iraqi Journal of Biological Sciences.

"Zanco" The official Journal of the Univ. of Sulaimanyah, and Salah‑Addin, Iraq.

The Iraqi Joxunal of Agricultural Sciences.

The Scientific Journal of the college of Science, AI‑Mustansriah University.

The Iraqi Journal of Science, Faculty of Science, Baghdad.

 

VII‑Participation in Conferences, Congresses and Workshops:

The American Phytopathological Society.

The International Phytopathological Association.

The International Mycological Congress.

The Weed Science Society of America,

The Southern Weed Science Society

The Arab Society of Plant Protection.

Scientific Congress of the Pan‑Arab Biological Union.

The Iraqi Biological Society.

The Annual Meetings of the Iraqi Research Council.

The Lebanese Society for the Advancement of Science.

The International Meetings and Workshops of the Parasitic Seed Plants, Orobanche.

The Annual Meetings of the Weed Science Society of America.

 

VIII‑Membership of Scientific and Honor Societies:

          President of The Iraqi Biological Society.

          Member and founder of the Pan‑Arab Union of Biology.

          The American Phytopathological Society.

          The International Phytopathological Association.

          Active Member of the Sigma Xi of the American Scientists.

          The Arab Society of Plant Protection.

          The Algerian Microbiology Society.

          The Fellows of Scientific research in Jordan

 

IX ‑General Research Interests:

Mycology, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology and Plant Protection. Basic and applied aspects in mycology including Fungal Systematics and Physiology. Basic and applied research about Fungi and fungal activities. Plant Microbiology, plant Fungal Interactions. Physiology of the Interactions between Plant Host and  It's Pathogen.  Ecology of Plant Root Fungal Diseases.  Biological Degradation of organic and inorganic products and other agricultural and industrial by‑product by Fungi. Extension works in serving the farmers in the areas of Plant Protection. Setting up and operating Plant Disease Mobile Laboratory. Research about Biology and Physiology and Control of Parasitic Flowering Plants, including Orobanche spp. and Cuscuta spp.

 

Dr. Khalid M. Hameed, Professor of Mycology and Plant Pathology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List of Publications for Dr. Khalid M. Hameed

 

1-     Hameed K. M., A. R. Saghir and C. L. Foy (1973). Influence of Root Exudates on Orobanche Seed Germination. Weed Res, 13:114-117.

2-    Saghir, A. R., C. L. Foy and K. M. Hameed (1973). Herbicide Effects on Parasitism of Tomato by Hemp Broomrape, Weed Science, 21:253-260.

3-     Saghir, A. R., C. L. Foy, K. M. Hameed, C. R. Drake and S. A. Tolin (1973). Studies on the Biology and Control of Orobanche ramosa L., Symposium on Parasitic Weeds, EWRC, Malta Proc. Eur. Weed Res. Coun. Symp. Parasitic Weeds. 106-120 pp.

4-     Hameed, K. M. and C. L. Foy (1974). Effect of Picloram on Growth of Five Soil Fungi. Bull. Coll. Sci. University. Baghdad 15: 13-19.

5-   حميد ، خالد ماجد و فولفكانك فريتشة و الدوري، مي عبد المحسن. (1975) نمو الخميرة Candida utilis   على النواتج العرضية لتصنيع التمور . وقائع المؤتمر العلمي الثاني 6-11 كانون الأول 1975, مؤسسة البحث العلمي- بغداد.

6-   الحزرجي،  طالب عويد و حميد، خالد ماجد (1977) عزل بذور طفيل الهالوك (Orobanche) من التربة  ، المجلة العراقية لعلوم الحياة  5:20-28 .

7-     Damirdagh, I. S., K. M. Hameed, A. T. Sarhan and S. A. Khan (1981). Some new Host records of Leveillula taurica (Lev.) Arnd. From Northern Iraq. Zanco (Series A) 7:119-124.

8-     Damirdagh, I. S., K. M. Hameed,  and S. A. Khan (1983). Fungi and Plant Diseases of Northern Iraq Identified During 1977-1979. Zanco ( Series A) 8: 47-52.

9-     Khan, S. A., K. M. Hameed and I. S. Damerdagh (1983) Three Unreported Parasitic Fungi from Northern Iraq. Nova Hedwigia, Band XXXVII: 361-368.

10-AL- Khazragi, T. O., K. M. Hameed and A. R. Saghir (1987). Effects of Inoculun Density of Orobanche Seeds in Soil on Tomato and Tobacco (1989). Iraqi Journal of Agricultural Sciences (Zanco; Series) 5: 73-82.

11-           سمير، صالح حسن والبهادلي، علي حسين  و  حميد، خالد ماجد  (1987) طبيعة العدوى بفطريات  تفحم الحلفا ( Imperata cylinderica)  و السفرندة Sorghum halapense و أهميتها في المقاومة البيولوجية . مجلة البحوث الزراعية و الموارد الطبيعية المائية 6:27-35..

12-           حميد، خالد ماجد و جار اللة محمد، ايمان و البلزي، بلندينا كوريال (1989). فاعلية أشعة ليزر في التعقيم السطحي لبذور الحنطة و اثرها على سبورات التفحم المغطى ز المجلة العراقية لبحوث علوم الحياة8:26-32  . .

13-Francis, R., and K. M. Hameed (1988) A First Record of Three Species of Vascular Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Soils of Iraq. Zanco (the Scientific Journal of Sallah Addin University, Erbil) 1:19-30.

14-           حميد، خالد ماجد و   الدوري، مي عبد المحسن(1988) . استخدام مخلفات الصناعات التحويلية من التمور في العراق في إنتاج الأعلاف المركزة و بروتين الخلية المنفردة. وقائع الندوة العامية الأولى حول الاستغلال الأمثل لمخلفات الصناعات الغذائية في الوطن العربي: الواقع و الآفاق المستقبلية.

( First Symposium on Optimal Use of Food Industries By-Products in The Arab World)

تشرين الثاني/ نوفمبر- كانون اول/ ديسمبر 1988 ، بغداد مقر الأسكوا.

15-           الحزرجي، طالب عويد و أليا، يعقوب و حميد، خالد ماجد (1989) الهالوك Orobanche ramosa على أشجار المشمش Prunus americanus في العراق. مجلة وقاية النبات العربية8:35-42. .

16-         فياض، عبد حميد و  حميد، خالد ماجد و العاني، حكمت عباس (1990) لفحة طفيل الكشوث(الحامول) Cuscuta campestris Yunk.  المتسببة عن الأصابة بالفطرين Alternaria alternata (Fr. ) Keiser, Geotricum candidum Link Expres.  مجلة وقاية النبات العربية 8:55-58..

17-         حميد، خالد ماجد(1990) طريقة بسيطة و سريعة لدراسة اصابة جذور نباتات اقتصادية ببذور الهالوك  (Orobanche spp.)   المنبتة في مواضعها. المجلة العراقية لبحوث علوم الحياة 10:1-13.

18-Hameed, K. M. (1993). Orobanche, Problem and Manadement in Algeria. Biology and Mangement of Orobanche. Proc. Of the  3rd  International Workshop on Orobanche and related Strigas. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Nov. 1993.

19-Sekkat, Khadija, K. M. Hameed and Fahela Khalil (1994). A simple compact system utilized to test the involvement of auxin in Haustorium  development in Orobanche infection. . Proc. Of the  3rd International Workshop on Orobanche and related Strigas. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Nov. 1993.

20-           حميد، خالد ماجد(1987 ) تقرير تنفيذ تجارب عن مكافحة الهالوك في حقول التبغ و الطماطم باستخدام مواد مكافحة كيماوية انتقائية و طرق زراعية أخرى . قدم التقرير الى قسم وقاية النبات في مديرية وقاية النبات العامة و قسم مكافحة الأدغال في مديرية المحاصيل الحقلية العامة في وزارة الزراعة و الإصلاح الزراعي ، بغداد العراق

21-           الحزرجي، طالب عويد و حميد، خالد ماجد(1987). الهالوك آفة زراعية مهمة. مقالة علية عامة نشرت في : مجلة الزراعة العراقية. حريف 1987، دائرة الثقافة و الإعلام وزارة الزراعة و الإصلاح الزراعي ، بغداد العراق

22-           حميد، خالد ماجد و اديب، روعة .(1990). الفطريات العملي. كتاب التعليمات المخبرية لمادة الفطريات للسنة الثالثة و الرابعة الجامعية.

23-           سلامة، عبد العزيز و حمدي، يوسف و   حميد، خالد ماجد (1981) مقدمة لمكروبيولوجيا التربة. الترجمة العربية عن كتاب مارتن الكسندر باللغة الأنكليزية ، في جزئين من منشورات مطبعة كلية العلوم، جامعة بغداد.

24-Ghoshe, H. Z., K. M. Hameed, M. Turk, and A. F. Jamali.1999. Olive (Olea europea )jift supresses broomrape ( Orobanche spp. ) infections in faba bean (Vicia faba), pea (Pisum sativum ) and tomato (Lycopersicon esculantum ). Weed Technology 13: 457-460.

25-Saadoun, I., K. M. Hameed and A. Moussaoui. 1999. Characterization and analysis of antibiotic activity of some aquatic actinomycetes. Microbios 99: 173- 179.

26-           Saadoun, I., K. M. Hameed and Fouad Al-Momani. 2000. Effect of Orobanche cernua Extract on the Agrobacterium Gall Pathogen…

27-Hameed, K. M., I. Saadoun, and K. I. Erigij. 1999. Cultivation of two Pleorotus spp.on olive oil mill solid by-product (Jift)…

28-Hameed, K. M. and  C. L. Foy.2000. Potential utilization of olive (Olea europea )pomace (jift) from oil mills as a bioherbicide. 2000. International Workshop on Weed Management. . Feb.5-8,00. Cairo Egypt

29-Hameed, K. M. and C. L. Foy. Inhibition of Orobanche seed germination and radicle growth by aqueous extract of olive pomace in vitro. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Weed Science Society  of America. Jan. 24-26,Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

30-Hameed, K. M. 1999.Biological Control of Parasitic Seed Plants, Discussion Group, The 10th International Symposium on Bio;ogical Control of Weeds. July 4-9,99. Bozeman, Montana, USA.

31-Hameed, K. M. and B. Hayek. 1999. Olive oil Mills by-products and their management in Jordan. 2nd International Symposium on the management of olive oil mill byproducts in the Mediterranean sea region. Jan. 29- Feb.3, 99, Sfaqis, Tunisia.

32-Saadoun, I., and K. M. Hameed. (1999). Antibacterial activity of Orobanche cernua extract. J. Basic Microbiol. 39 (1999) 5-6, 377-380.

33- Effect of Orobanche cernua Extracts on Agrobacterium Gall Pathoge.

Ismail Saadoun, Khalid M. Hameed, and Fouad Al-Momani. Department of applied Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Art, Jordan University of Science and Technology, JORDAN. email: hameed@just.edu.jo

 

34- Effect of Orobanche spp. Extracts on Crown Gall (Agrobacterium tumefaciens) and Soft Rot (Erwinia carotovara) phytopathogens

Ismail Saadoun*, Khalid M. Hameed, Fouad Al-Momani, and C. L. Foy.

Department of Applied Biology, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid-22110, Jordan, Fax: 962-2-295123, E-mail: isaadoun@just.edu.jo, and Dept. of PPWS, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA USA

 

35- Inhibition of Orobanche Seed Germination and Radicle Growth by Aqueous and Ethanol Extract of Olive Pomace In Vitro. (2001)

Hameed, K. M. and C. L. Foy, Department of Applied Biological Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P. O. Box, 3030 Irbid 22110, Jordan, and Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg , VA 24061, USA.

 

36-Parasitic Seed Plants and Fungi Associated with Natural Wild Vegetation in the Jordan Badia Region (2003)

Hameed, K. M.,  Ghosheh, H.,  Al-Jamali, A., and Shanaq, H., Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Project Funded by the Project of Research and Development of Jordanian Jordan Badia.

 

37- Hameed, K. M. I. M. Saadun and Zaineb Al-Sheyab, 2001, Potential Biological Control of Orobanche by Fungi Isolated from Diseased Specimen in Jordan. Plant Pathol. J. 17 4: 257-263

(2001)

 

38- Assessment of plastic degradation by fungi isolated from Jordanian habitats (2001)

Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, Khalid M. Hameed, & Ismail M. Saadoun *

*Department of Applied Biological Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P. O. Box: 3030, Irbid: 22110, Jordan

 

39- Polyester-polyurathane Biodegradation by Alternaria solani isolated from northern Jordan (2001)

Ibrahim Ibrahim, ,  Khalid Hameed, & Ismail Saadoun *

*Department of Applied Biological Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P. O. Box: 3030, Code: 22110, Jordan

 

40- Polyester-polyurathane Biodegradation by Fusarium solani isolated from northern Jordan

Ibrahim Ibrahim, ,  Khalid Hameed, & Ismail Saadoun *

*Department of Applied Biological Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P. O. Box: 3030, Code: 22110, Jordan

 

 41- Inhibition of Orobanche Infection on Pea, Faba Bean and Tomato In Vivo and Orobanche Seed Germination and Radicle Growth by Aqueous and Ethanol Extract of Olive Pomace In Vitro and in Soil.

Hameed, K. M., C. L. Foy and Al-Shyab Zainab, Department of Applied Biological Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology,  P. O. Box, 3030 Irbid 22110, Jordan, and Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg , VA 24061, USA.

 

42- The Water Profile and the Policies that need to be developed for the Promotion of Wastewater Reuse in the Mediterranean Countries- The case of Cyprus, Jordan and Lebanon. (2004) 

D. Fatta1, S. Anayiotou2, I. Arslan-Alaton3, G. Ayoub4, M. Mohammad Rusan5a, K. Hameed5b and M. Loizidou6

1University of Cyprus, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, 75 Kallipoleos, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus (E-mail: dfatta@ucy.ac.cy)

2Epsilon Consulting Ltd, Nicosia, Cyprus, (E-mail: evelthon@logosnet.cy.net)

3Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Turkey, (E-mail: arslanid@itu.edu.tr)

 4American University of Beirut, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Lebanon, (E-mail: gayoub@aub.edu.lb

5Jordan University of Science and Technology, aDepartment of Natural Resources and Environment, bDepartment of Plant Production, (E-mail: mrusan@just.edu.jo, hameed@just.edu.jo)

6 National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, Greece, (E-mail: mloiz@orfeas.chemeng.ntua.gr

 

43- Turk, M. A., K. M. Hameed, A. M. Aqeel and A. M. Tawaha, 2003, Nutritional status of durum wheat grown in soil supplemented with olive mill by-products. Agrochimica Vol. XLVII_N. 5-6 : 209-219

 

44- Al-Khateeb, W. M., K. M. Hameed and R. A. Shibli, 2003, Effect of Salinity on Orobanche cernua Seed Germination, Plant Pathol. J. 19 (3): 148-151 (2003)

 

47- Harb, Amal M., Khalid M. Hameed and Rida A. Shibli, 2004, effect of Triiodobenzoic Acid on Broomrape ( Orobanche ramose ) Infecion and Development in Tomato Plants. Plant Pathol. J. 20 (2) : 81-84 (2004)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VPI AND STATE UNIVERSITY

Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061‑0331

(540) 231‑6361 Fax: (540) 231‑7477

October 1, 1999

Dean, College of Science and Arts

Jordan University of Science and Technology

Irbid, 22110, JORDAN

 

Dear Sir:

This letter is to document for your records that Dr. Khalid Hameed, Professor in the Department of Applied Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science at your university, has just now completed a brief (three and one‑half months), but very successful, period of research collaboration with us as a Visiting Scientist in this Department. As you know, he was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a Fulbright Grant, administered by the United States Information Agency with the cooperation of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The title of his approved project was "Biology and Control of Orobanche: A Parasitic Flowering Plant". Virginia Tech, and especially those of us in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, were honored to serve as his host. As you may know, Dr. Harneed completed his two advanced degrees as well as a postoctorate appointment in our Department and he and his wife had formed many lasting friendships while in Blacksburg. Thus, his visit was both a pleasant and professionally fruitful experience for all concerned. Although Dr. Hameed's visit was very brief, he made excellent use of the time available, conducting experiments, attending seminars, and conferring with our teaching faculty.

He also managed to participate in two important scientific meetings that were relevant to his discipline, as follows: (a) 10th International Symposium on Biological Weed Control at Bozeman, Montana, July 5‑10, 1999, where he presented a poster and arranged a discussion group about biological control of parasitic seed plants; and (b) American

Phytopathological Society and Canadian Pathological Society joint annual meeting in  Montreal, Canada, August 7‑11, 1999, where he presented a poster based on his research. Because of careful advance planning, it was possible for Dr. Hameed to conduct a number of productive experiments in the laboratory and greenhouse during his short stay here. As a result, two abstracts based on these studies were prepared and submitted for his anticipated presentation in early 2000. The first, "Inhibition of Orobanche Seed Germination and Radicle Growth by Aqueous Extracts of Olive Pomace In Vitro ", is scheduled for presentation at the Southern Weed Science Society Meetings in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January; the second, "Potential Utilization of Olive (01ea europaea ) Pomace (Jift) from Olive Oil Mills as a Bioherbicide", at the Weed Science Society of America annual meeting in Toronto, Canada in February. We regard Dr. Harneed as'both an esteemed colleague and friend and, circumstances permitting, would welcome further collaboration with him and with your institution in the future. Kind regards.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Chester L. Foy­

Plant Physiology/Weed Science

 

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PHYTOPATHOLOGY NEWS

NOVEMBER / VOLUME6 / NUMBER11

 

Virginia Tech Launches Lab on Wheels

Kalid Hameed, instructor in plant pathology at Virginia Tech, was a traveling man this summer, piloting a disease control laboratory on wheels.

The lab is part of Virginia Tech's plant disease clinic. With just about one stop each day, Hameed will visit 15 different locations in Virginia where peanuts, soybeans, and tobacco are grown. Purpose of the lab is to identify and recommend controls for various crop diseases. Using direct contact with farmers who bring samples of the crop that shows plant diseases, Hameed analyzed and spotted the problem in his 14‑foot van. The van is a self‑contained unit with electricity, water, centrifuge, and microscope. "Everything that can be done at the Blacksburg lab, the mobile unit can do on the road," Hameed said. Hameed has been on the road since early June, and will continue until September 21, when harvesting of the peanuts, soybeans, and tobacco crops is about over. "Hundreds of people have bmught their plant problems to the lab since we started in June," Hameed said. "During our plant disease clinics, a variety of plant materials are examined," he said. One man even brought a diseased branch of a shade tree that was giving him some problem. Disease control does not stop there, Hameed explained. "Always, in our Extension‑Research demonstration, we ask farmers to help by letting us plant one or two acres with a crop so that we can come up with a solution for existing problems or for perfecting a control method for him," he said. "We have been able to study methods to cut costs and improve ways of applying pesticides." The mobile lab serves mainly an educational service, by being a mobile classroorn where the farmer can learn from experience what problems exist in his area. It is also supplied with brochures and booklets on chemical effectiveness which are revised on a yearly basis. The lab, which has been in service for 3 years, is operated by the plant pathology and physiology department of Virginia Tech through funds provided by the Virginia Agricultural Foundation.

 

 

Above: Kalid Hameed and his mobile lab travel. through Virginia to handle hundreds of plant problems on the spot.