Rodrigo Mendes

Researcher Embrapa Environment


Curriculum Lattes

Office of the Deputy Head of: Research and Development

Sector: Research Group

Date of Hire: 01/12/2010

Registration: 349701


Rodrigo Mendes is research scientist at Embrapa Environment and professor in the Agricultural Microbiology Graduate School at the University of São Paulo. Former Head of Research and Development Department at Embrapa Environment (2015 to 2022). Graduated in Agronomic Engineering with Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He worked as a researcher at CanaVialis/Monsanto and at Wageningen University (NWO Postdoctoral Fellow). He was a visiting researcher at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, United States, at Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom, and at the Isaac Newton Institute at Cambridge University, United Kingdom. Member of the scientific advisory board of the Promise Program (NIOO-KNAW), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and executive secretary of the International Research Program "Back to the Roots". His research focus on soil and plant microbial communities to understand how the rhizosphere microbiome promotes plant growth and protection.


1994 - 1996

Ensino Médio em

Escola Técnica Estadual Trajano Camargo


Obtained year: 1996

1994 - 1997

Escola Técnica Estadual Trajano Camargo


Obtained year: 1997

1998 - 2002

Graduação em Engenharia Agronômica

Universidade de São Paulo

Title: Fungos Endofíticos de Soja: isolamento, caracterização e avaliação da interação com o hospedeiro.

Obtained year: 2002

Advisor: Aline Aparecida Pizzirani-Kleiner

2003 - 2008

Doutorado em Agronomia (Genética e Melhoramento de Plantas)

Universidade de São Paulo

Title: Diversidade e caracterização genética de comunidades microbianas endofíticas associadas à cana-de-açúcar

Obtained year: 2008

Advisor: Aline Aparecida Pizzirani-Kleiner

2009 - 2010

Pós-Doutorado em

Wageningen University


Obtained year: 2010

Areas of expertise

  1. Grande área: Biological Sciences / Área: Microbiology / Subárea: Microbiologia Agrícola
  2. Grande área: Biological Sciences / Área: Microbiology / Subárea: Molecular and Microorganism Genetics
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