Kassim Al-Khatib named UC IPM director
After a nationwide search, UC ANR and UC Davis have appointed Kassim Al-Khatib as the new UC IPM director and professor in the Department of Plant Sciences.
Al-Khatib comes to UC from Kansas State University where he was a professor and weed scientist specializing in integrated weed management, vegetation management, and pesticide drift. He also has held appointments at Washington State University. He received his doctorate from Kansas State and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from University of Baghdad.
“I’m both honored and delighted to serve the UC system as the IPM director,” Al-Khatib said. “The exceptional quality of the UC IPM faculty, dedication of the staff, and UC leadership’s support of the IPM Program makes UC IPM a gold standard to all IPM programs worldwide and an asset for the people of California. I’m looking forward to serving California and the IPM community to develop ecologically based pest management programs for agriculture, urban settings, and natural resources.”
Among many other honors, Al-Khatib is an elected fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and recently completed a term as president of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).
Kassim Al-Khatib, Director, UC Statewide IPM Program
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