Head of the Research and Development Department, Embrapa Environment
Rodrigo Mendes is the head of the research and development department at Embrapa Environment in Jaguariuna, Brazil. He also works as a principal investigator at the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology.
An agronomist, Mendes is the executive secretary of "Back to the Roots," an international research program. His studies focus on the interactions of complex microbial communities to better understand how the rhizosphere microbiome sustains plant growth and health.
Mendes received a doctorate in genetics and plant breeding from the University of Sao Paulo. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, and he served as a visiting researcher at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the U.S.; Rothamsted Research in the U.K.; and at the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge.