Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. John Sutton | PhD, Plant Pathology
Dr. John Sutton is an internationally recognized expert on the epidemiology and management of diseases in crops, biological disease control, plant disease prediction, integrated crop protection, disease diagnosis, and mycology. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Nottingham in 1965 and was awarded a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. He taught courses, and conducted research and technology transfer while a professor in the Department of Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, from 1969 to 2012. During that time he served as principal advisor to 50 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, published several hundreds of scientific papers in books and academic journals, and produced numerous technical documents and industry articles. Internationally, he taught numerous biocontrol and epidemiology courses in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile.
For some 30 years he has pioneered, researched and championed the micro-fungus Clonostachys as a natural tool to promote the health and productivity of crops. His current interests center on the development of science-based practical protocols for employing beneficial microbes such as Clonostachys in agriculture and horticulture as means to minimize economic losses due to diseases and other stresses. The microbes are being timed, targeted and delivered as natural, safe and environmentally friendly tools against destructive diseases such as grey mold (Botrytis) and white mold (Sclerotinia).
Dr. Peter Kevan | BSc., PhD (special merit), FRSC, FRES, FRSB, FLS
Dr. Peter Kevan is a pioneer in the research, development and innovation of systems and equipment for the protection of crops from plant diseases and insect pests. He specializes in systems that use biological control agents delivered via pollination. Dr. Kevan is currently University Professor Emeritus, School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He served as Scientific Director of the Canadian Pollination Initiative over its 6 year highly productive life-span. He is Chair of the International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relations. He also acts on the councils of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and the International Union for Biological Sciences. He holds a BSc honours in Zoology from McGill University and a PhD special merit from the University of Alberta. An internationally renowned expert in bee biology, pollination, biological control for crop protection, he is the author of over 250 scientific papers and book chapters.
Claude Flueckiger | PhD, Entomology
Claude has over 30 years of experience in the global agriculture industry, particularly in crop protection, as both a commercial and technical leader. Currently, he is the Principal at Flueckiger Consulting. Previously, he was the Global R&D Leader for Lawn & Garden Controls at Syngenta AG. Previous roles in the USA included Senior New Solutions Marketing Manager and Director of Agribusiness leading the development of Syngenta’s first global strategic direction in fruits and vegetables. He also served as Director of Crop Management at Novartis and as a Global Product Management Leader for Insecticides at Ciba. Claude also led the global development and initial commercialization of Syngenta’s largest blockbuster insecticide and implemented innovative go-to-market strategies. Claude earned his PhD in Entomology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and has completed various Executive Education Programs at the Harvard Business School.
Todd is formerly the Vice President of Research and Protocol (Sales) and managed BVT’s research initiatives and ensured that new information is shared with both growers and the agricultural industry around the world. He has spent the last seven years in the bee vectoring sector, in direct contact with growers in North America and Europe. Backed by over 30 years of international experience in the agricultural industry, he has extensive experience and knowledge in soil management practices, agronomy, crop enhancement, and disease control spanning North America, Asia, Europe and the U.K. He is a graduate of Guelph University with a focus on Agriculture and Soil Science.
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