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                                                Dr. Mohamed Rabei Shehata

                                                Professor of Plant Pathology    





            Dr. Mohamed R. Shehata is a graduate of the University of Alexandria (Ph.D., 1973). Dr. Shehata’s research interests include the ecology and epidemiology of plant pathogenic fungi, fungal physiology and integrated disease management with especial emphasis on biological control of plant pathogens. He has been teaching different courses of botany and plant pathology for undergraduate and graduate students since 1963 when he was appointed as a teaching assistant in the department. Dr. Shehata has also been supervising graduate students during their study for M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees since 1973 when he was promoted to be an assistant professor in the same department. For the time being, he is involved in research work about the integrated pest management in sugar beet.





Modified 3/4/2013




Date of Birth:      November 1, 1942

Sex                :      Male

Address        :      Plant Pathology Department Faculty of Agriculture

University of Alexandria Alexandria , El- Shatby Post No.

21545    .Egypt.

Modified 3/3/2013

      B. SC.:             (HONS) University of Alexandria, Alexandria

Egypt, June 1963.

M.SC.:            University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt, Feb  


Ph.D.:             University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt, August


First Certificate in English: Grade A, University of Cambridge December 1987


Certificate of Achievement of:

Decision Making and Problems Solving (L3), October 19 – 22 , 2004.

Code of Ethics (P4), September 30 – October 2 , 2006.

Effective Presentation Skills (I1), October 3 – 5 , 2006.

Teaching with Technology (T3), October 10 - 12 , 2006.

Communication Skills (I2), October 17 – 19 , 2006.

New Trends in Teaching (T2), October 28 – 30, 2006.

Research Management (R5), November 21 – 23 , 2006.

Effective Teaching (T1), February 10 – 13 , 2007.

Writing Scientific Paper and International Publication (R2), February 17 – 19 , 2007. 

Thinking Skills (P1), February 27 – March 1 , 2007.

Managerial Skills (P2), March 13 -17 , 2007.

Time and Stress Management (P3), March 24 – 26 , 2007.

Preparing Research Project (R3), March 27 – 29 , 2007.

Curriculum Design (T4), March 31 – April 3 , 2007. 

Financial Affairs (L5), April 21 – 23 , 2007.

Credit Hours (D1), April 28 – 30 , 2007.

Teaching Evaluation (T5), May 8 – 10 , 2007.

Economics of Marketing and Funding Scientific Research (R5), May 15 – 17 , 2007.

Teaching for Large Numbers and Micro Teaching (T6), May  26 - 28 , 2007.

Legal Affairs (L4), June 16 – 18 , 2007.

Effective Meetings Management (L6), June 12 -14 , 2007.


Certificate of  ICTP:

Digital Literacy (601) ( 48 Hours), November 20 – January 15 ,  2007.

Information Technology (102) (18  Hours), February 26 – March 12 , 2007.

Windows (using computer and files handling) (103) (24 Hours), March 12 – April 4 , 2007.

Excel (105) (24 Hours), May 14 – July 2 , 2007.

Word (Word processing) (104) (24 Hours), April 4 – May 14 , 2007.

Power Point (presentation) ( 106) (18 Hours), July 2- July 25 , 2007.

Access (data base) (107) (24 Hours), July 25 – August 22 , 2007.

Information and Communication Technology (108) (12 Hours), August 22 – September 5 ,2007.

Introduction to Protection and Maintenance of Personal Computers (109) (6 Hours), September 5 –September 12 , 2007.

Electronic Content (602) ( 48 Hours), October 29 – December 31 , 2007.         

Modified 3/3/2013

2002 – Now                Emeritus professor of Planr Pathology, Univ.

                                                            Of Alexandria,  Alexandria, Egypt.


              1986 – 2002             Professor of Plant Pathology, Univ. of

 Alexandria,  Alexandria, Egypt.


              1991- 1992                Fulbright Scholar, Plant Pathology

Department,   Univ. of California, Davis, CA,



                         1980- 1984:                Head of Agriculture and Extensions

Department, Oatif, Ministry of Agriculture

and water, Saudi Arabia


              1978- 1986:               Associate Professor of Plant Pathology,

Univ.of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.


               1973- 1978:              Associate Professor of Plant Pathology,

Univ.of Alexandria,  Alexandria, Egypt.                                               


   1972- 1973:              Assistant Lecturer, Univ.of Alexandria,

Alexandria, Egypt. 1963- 1972 Teaching

Assistant, Univ. of Alexandria, Alexandria,


Modified 3/4/2013

Professional Skills and Experience

Taught various courses in Botany, Microbiology and Plant Pathology since 1963.


Carried out research on various problems associated with the increasing importance of agricultural economy in Egypt and other countries.


Spent 18 months as a visiting professor in the laboratory of phytopathology, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (1977-1979) working on mechanisms of resistance in cotton plants to Fusarium wilt disease.


Spent 9 months in Davis as Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, working on the biological control of Botrytis cinerea on different plants.


Was on leave to Ministry of Agriculture and Water in Saudi Arabia to work as Head of Agricultural Extension Department in Qatif Agricultural Improvement Scheme, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. Lead a team of 10 agricultural advisor and 15 technicians. We were serving 400 farmers in the pilot scheme area in order to teach them new agricultural technology including methods of plant pest and disease control.


Carried out research on the disease of date-palm, citrus trees, alfalfa and certain other crops in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia in collaboration with research groups from the plant protection Department, Faculty of Agricultural and Food, King Faisal Univ. at Hoffuf, and Dahran, Saudi Arabia (1981-1984).


Supervised a research group working on crop loss assessment due to pre- and post-harvest pests and diseases in Egypt from 1988-1991.


While in Davis I attended classes and carried out experimental work in recombinant DNA, molecular biology and other common techniques used in gene manipulation. I have also attended training courses and have been able to use different computer soft-ware programs including 1,2,3 lotus, word perfect, harvard- graphics. SAS and Macihtoch.


Member of different academic societies of phtopathology and biological sciences.


Modified 3/19/2013

I. Physiopathological studies:

            The role of cell wall degrading enzymes in patholgenesis in certain host-pathogen systems was studied. The effect of infection on certain enzymes, ascorbic acid, pH, total acidity was also studied in different host-pathogen systems and at different levels of susceptibility or resistance. Furthemore, the relation between phenolic content and cytokinin compounds, on one hand, and resistance in different plant species on the other hand time was studied. Different mechanisms of resistance in certain host plants were investigated


II. Biological Control of Plant Diseases:

            I started my research on biological control as early as 1975. I studied the antagonistic effect of Bacillus subtilis and Penicillium patulum on Phytophthora cryptogea and Rhizoctonia solani. My research showed that this effect was infuenced by the composition of test medium in case of P.patulum. culture filtrate of B. subtilis was promising in controlling damping-off of cotton seedling caused by R. solani but failed to protect summer squash seedlings against P.crytogea.


            Penicillium patulum was effective against P.cryptogea on summer squash seedlings but it showed no effect in case of R.solani on cotton seedlings. However, culture filtrate of P.patulum, was promising in controlling both diseases.


            I also observed an antagonistic effect of Bacillus sp. on Acremonium sclerotignem the causal agent of white necrosis on Eucalyptus spp. We were able to control the disease by applying Bacillus at a concentration of 1*10^11 cell/ml to leaves 24 hr before inoculation.


            Bacillus subtilis was also antagonistic to Fusarium proliferatum var. minus the causal agent of Dracaena sandreana proliferosis disease. However, application of Bacillus cells onto Dracaena leaves was unsuccessful in controlling the disease neither before nor after inoculation with Fusarium spores.


III. Disease surveys:

            I have carried out several disease surveys of stone-fruit trees, citrus trees, certain ornamental plant, date-palm trees both in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.


IV. Plant Disease Control:

            This study includes screening different cultivars for resistance to plant pathogens, screening different pesticides in vitro against plant pathogens and field experiments for chemical disease control. Toxicity of pesticides to host plant was also investigated.        


Modified 3/19/2013