Eric Betancourt

Eric Betancourt, Lab Manager

Education Background: Master of Science in Environmental Studies graduate

My graduate studies were funded by the National Needs Fellowship with my thesis project involving evaluation of the effectiveness of several alternative techniques for controlling the troublesome weed purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus). Concentration treatment effects for the allelopathic seed powders of watercress and turnip were tested in a field trial while seed powders of yellow mustard and sunflower were tested in a potted trial. The allelopathic amendments were found to significantly delay weed emergence but long-term effectiveness was hindered by several factors while Roundup provided the best season long control of the weed. I currently work as the lab manager of the Agroecology, Soil-Plant-Microbiology, and Soil-Plant Analytical laboratories at Florida International University.