Coffee Rusts Research Center, Tropical Research Institute
Pedro Talhinhas obtained his under-graduation in Agronomy-Plant Breeding (1994) and his PhD in Agronomy (2002) at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia-Technical University of Lisbon (ISA/UTL) in Portugal. During 2002-2007 he worked as a Post-Doc jointly at ISA/UTL and at Warwick HRI (University of Warwick, UK). Since 2008, he is a Research Assistant at the Coffee Rusts Research Centre-Tropical Research Institute (CIFC/IICT, Portugal).
Pedro Talhinhas devoted the earlier stages of his research career to Plant Genetic Resources and Diversity and Breeding for Disease Resistance (mostly concerning anthracnose of Lupinus spp.), later focusing on Molecular Diversity and Epidemiology of fungal diseases caused by Colletotrichum species. Currently he is working on molecular pathogenicity mechanisms of Hemileiavastatrix (the coffee leaf rust pathogen) and Colletotrichum kahawae (the coffee berry disease pathogen), and on molecular resistance mechanisms of Coffea spp.