“My name is Arsenio Ndeve, Plant Pathologist and currently Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis. I was born in Mozambique, a developing country in South-eastern Africa. My interest in Plant Sciences was driven by my understanding that most of the necessary resources for human and animal survival, such as food, water, medicine, energy and shelter, derive directly or indirectly from the Earth. Therefore, sound utilization and management of natural resources is crucial for our and future generations’ existence.
Globally, the pressure on natural resources has increased dramatically due to increasing population growth and lack of effective policies to support sustainable utilization and management of natural resources. Due to the disconnect between communities, research and financial institutions, food growers and policy makers; natural disasters such as high temperature, heavy rain-fall, flooding, water availability, emergence of novel human, animal and plant pest and diseases are likely to occur cyclically.