Michael Brownbridge, PhD
Michael Brownbridge joined Vineland in 2009 as Research Director, Horticultural Production Systems. He leads a research team in the area of biocontrol and IPM systems for greenhouse floriculture, nursery and landscape horticulture in addition to developing sustainable lawn turf management techniques for the industry. Vineland's flagship World Crops program, which was developed with value chain stakeholders in response to changing Canadian demographics, is spearheaded by Michael. This program is delivering fresh, healthy ethno-cultural vegetables to the Canadian consumer.
Michael did post doctoral research at the Ben Gurion University in Israel on microbial control of mosquitoes and at The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology in Kenya on microbial control of Lepidopteran pests in cereal staples. Michael joined the University of Vermont’s Entomology Research Laboratory as a Research Assistant Professor (he was promoted subsequently to the position of Research Associate Professor) where he focused on forest pest management and developing integrated pest management tools and systems for pests of greenhouse ornamentals. He also studied the effects of microbial control agents and genetically modified maize on non-target beneficials and soil-dwelling microarthropods. In 2005, Michael joined AgResearch in New Zealand where his work was primarily focused in pastoral and plantation forest pest management, with a strong emphasis on the transition of research products and knowledge aimed towards leading industry partners.
Michael earned his Honours B.Sc. in Agricultural Zoology and his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK.