University of California Cooperative Extension, King & Tulare Counties
Dr. Gabriel Torres is originally from Colombia, where he got his
bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. After working for some years with
oil palm, Dr. Torres came into the US to do his PhD in Plant
Pathology at Michigan State University. He led the plant
pathology group at the Colombian oil palm research center, before
came back into the US to work as postdoctoral researcher working
on nematodes management on grapes at the Kearney Ag Center.
In his current position as Viticulture Farm Advisor he is working to refine integrated pest management practices for different pests and diseases of table grapes, including powdery mildew, nematodes, trunk diseases and sour rot. Dr. Torres Is also actively collaborating with the Fungicide Resistance Assessment, Mitigation and Extension Network (FRAME) to study fungicide resistance for Powdery mildew on table grapes. Gabriel has also experience with electronics, and he is looking for automation of some equipment that can be used more easily in the field.