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Dr. Cohen earned her Ph.D. in Botany in 1993, with the focus of her thesis being "The Efficacy of Three Herbicides in Onion Crops in Jamaica". She has since worked on soil fertility and crop production, wile investigating the impact of herbicide use and other methods of weed control. Her current research involves studying the effects of solarization and mulching on plant-community interaction, the biocontrol agents of Chromolaena odorata; and the Growth and development of pomegranate (Punica granatum)in Jamaica.


Courses
  • BL10M - Plant Diversity
  • BL62C - Plants & Climate
  • BT22A - Plant Physiology

Research Areas
Plant production & protection, in particular:
  • Weed science
  • Agroforestry contour hedgerow systems
  • Soil fertility

Research Projects
  • Growth and development of pomegranate, Punica granatum, in Jamaica and effects of chilling of fruits on flowering. M.Phil. student Peter McLymont (experimental).
  • Cooperative project between UWI Mona and Agricultural Research Council Plant Protection Research Institute (ARC-PPRI), South Africa: field host-range of species with potential as biocontrol agents of Chromolaena odorata; species diversity of phytophagous insects on the shrub Chromolaena odorata (Asteraceae) in Jamaica. Co-supervision of M.Phil student, Marsha Robinson, with Dr Dwight Robinson and Dr. Costas Zachariades (ARC-PPRI).
  • Survey, characterization and conservation of Jamaican orchids, in collaboration with NEPA (Biodiversity Branch) & WINDALCO through JBI (orchid sanctuaries and funding) and Dr. Kisan Vaidya. Supervision of M.Phil student, Judeen Meikle for orchid survey project.
  • Herbicidal effectiveness of household disinfectants; with Mr. Dave Hutton, UWI Faculty of Agriculture Representative in Jamaica.

Memberships
  • Jamaican Society for Agricultural Sciences.
  • Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement (JOAM).
  • Alien Invasive Species Working Group (NEPA administered).
  • National Organic Agriculture Steering Committee; Research & Seed Production Sub-Committee.
  • Consultation Group for Pest Risk Analyses of National Plant Protection Organization, Jamaica.
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