Jagger Harvey

Program Focus

Pest & Disease Modeling





Jagger Harvey is a Research Scientist at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, a center for excellence in agricultural biosciences research (http://hub.africabiosciences.org). He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Queensland. Jagger is a plant molecular geneticist focused on devising strategies for increasing food security through characterization and mitigation of plant diseases affecting smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This includes serving as project leader of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)-funded BecA-Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) flagship project Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA). He holds a BSc in Biology and Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Washington and Lee University; a PhD in Genetics from University of California, Davis for research identifying resistance genes to mycotoxin-induced plant programmed cell death; and was a US National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sir Prof David Baulcombe’s laboratory at The Sainsbury Laboratory and Cambridge University, discovering a secondary layer of RNA silencing-based antiviral defense in plants. His engagement with InSTePP and HarvestChoice has added an invaluable risk mapping dimension to the CAAREA project and helps contribute to BecA’s consideration of the policy dimension of research for SSA.