Biological Services IPM Consultants
Parag came to us from India where he gained a Masters in Agricultural Science from Anand Agricultural University in 2006. He also has a Diploma in Horticulture from Swinburne TAFE in Australia. Parag initially worked in the nursery industry in Melbourne for several years before moving to WA in 2011 where he has gained experience in a range of crops including strawberries, sweet corn, greenhouse and nursery crops. Parag also worked with citrus north of Perth, cucumbers in Geraldton, and melon crops in Northern Australia. In 2015 he has taken up a consultancy role to help us provide extra IPM services to the east coast. Parag is now based in Victoria, but is responsible for some of our main crops in Tasmania and NSW.
Cezar came to us from Brazil where he majored in entomological research. Cezar also worked with insect screening and exclusion trial materials in the field. Cezar consults in a range of crops in Perth including strawberry, raspberry, greenhouses and nursery crops. Cezar also works with strawberry and raspberry growers in Tasmania and Victoria.
Jake cut his teeth in the production nursery industry focussing on ornamental crops in NSW. He also worked in the garden television and radio industry, helping with advice to the general public. Since moving to New South Wales he now covers New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. He mainly works with capsicum, eggplant, tomato, cucumber and strawberry crops.
Bhavesh has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering. He has also studied Horticulture in Victoria, and worked in the garden and amenity horticulture industry in commercial nurseries in Melbourne and Perth. With Biological Services he is an IPM crop consultant throughout Western Australia servicing nurseries, strawberry, tomato, eggplant, capsicum and cucumber crops.
Stephanus has joined us from South Africa to manage our office and growing client list on the Adelaide Plains. Qualified as a microbiologist he adds a new range of skills to our business including experience with soil health and applied research aimed at improving the yield and quality of tomato crops. He recently completed his PhD in Agronomy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He enjoys working with growers and getting his hands dirty in the process. During his tenure as laboratory manager and senior researcher, he hosted hundreds of growers at his soil laboratory, presented papers at local and national conferences, and published more than 20 articles in grower magazines and scientific publications.
John was raised in Adelaide, where he completed an Honours degree in Agricultural Sciences at the Waite Campus in 2013, majoring in agronomy. Following this, he worked as a Research Officer with the University of Adelaide, and extended his Honours project by running glasshouse experiments to evaluate a new device for measuring plant available sulphur in soils. Before coming to Biological Services he worked with CSIRO, assisting with research regarding the cycling of nitrogen and carbon compounds in soils used for broad-acre cropping. John enjoys working outdoors with plants and interacting with growers. Currently, he works in capsicum, tomato, cucumber and eggplant crops on the Adelaide Plains.
Konstantin has joined us from Macedonia, Europe. He obtained his Masters Degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Bologna, Italy, majoring in Organic Agriculture Production. Afterwards Kon worked in R&D projects involved with pest control in the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean districts utilising IPM techniques, principles and their economic advantages. During this time Kon was also a lecturer in the fields of entomology and IPM and is an author of several scientific papers. Kon is based in Victoria, but will also work with our growers in Tasmania.
Anita is from Germany where she studied Biology at the University of Jena, majoring in Entomology, Ecology and Genetics. Following this, she worked as a researcher in Applied Entomology at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, where she studied the behaviour of parasitic wasps. In 2013, Anita moved to Australia to obtain a PhD in Ecology/Entomology at the University of Adelaide. Anita loves hot summer weather and really enjoys working outdoors. She is currently working with strawberries, brussels sprouts and a variety of greenhouse crops in the Adelaide Plains.