Mauricio A. Racines Oliva, Ph.D.
Centro de Investigación, Estudios y Desarrollo de Ingeniería (CIEDI)
Facultad de Ingenierías y Ciencias Agropecuarias (FICA)
Calle José Queri s/n entre Av. Granados y Av. Eloy Alfaro.
Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador.
Phone: 00 593 (2) 3981000 ext 232 or 7341
Research Interests & Skills
My research focuses on plant physiology, pollen germination and viability, and the influence of light quality on crops and abiotic stress. My work emphasizes the importance of light quantity and quality which are extremely important for healthy crop growth, as different light sources have important physiological effects on plants. Major areas of research include:
- Plant physiology
- Light quality and its effects on crops
- Ancestral light knowledge and its application on modern production systems
- Pollen viability
- Postharvest technology
I have acquired the following skills over the years for experimental design and implementation of protocols in:
- GC, HPLC and polyamines measurements
- LED controlled chambers
- WP4 dewpoint potentiometer
- Light composition ratio on crops
Doctor of Philosophy in Bioscience Engineering (2013)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium.
Master of Science in Food Technology, option Postharvest Technology (2006)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium; and
Universiteit Gent, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Racines-Oliva, M.A. , Ceusters, J. and De Proft, M.P. 2011. Possibilities of early flowering induction in Vriesea. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 894: 89-95.
Racines-Oliva, M.A. , Ceusters, J. and De Proft, M.P. 2011. Possibilities of early flowering induction in Vriesea. I International Symposium on Tropical Horticulture. Kingston, Jamaica, 2011.