Valoram Research Staff
Eileen O’ Herlihy (UCC)
Eileen O’ Herlihy is the Research Project Manager for UCC (Partner 3) in VALORAM with research involvement in WP5 and responsibility for the website development & management as part of WP2.
She holds a B.Sc. in Plant Science (1995) and PhD on ‘Strategies for disease management’ in Plant Science (2002) from University College Cork. Eileen also holds a Certificate in Quality Assurance and a Diploma in Quality Management. She has extensive research and project management experience at national and international level and has worked on the following research projects:
1999-2001: Researcher on EU Project FAIR5 PL97-3889: Health certification of rosaceous species based on disease-indexing of in vitro plants: validation of diagnostics and diagnostic strategies.
2002-2004: Research Project Manager on Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership, IP/2001/041: Mutation breeding in Phytophthora resistance pineapple (Ananas comosus).
2005-2008: Research Project Manager on Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership IP/2005/247: The Selection of Black Sigatoka (Mycosphaerella fijiensis) Resistant Banana (Musa acuminata) Mutants In Vitro in preparation for field trialling.
- Improvement of health and disease suppression through various strategies including microbial manipulation and nutrition
- biosecurity/food security and integrated disease management strategies which reduce the effect on biodiversity and our environment.
O'Herlihy, E.A.; Duffy, E.M. and Cassells, A.C.; (2003) 'The effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and chitosan sprays on yield and late blight resistance in potato crops from microplants. Folia Geobotanica'. Folia Geobotanica, 38 ():201-208.
Cassells, A.C., Joyce, S.M., O'Herlihy, E.A., Perez-Sanz, M.J. and Walsh, C.,; (2003) 'Stress and quality in in vitro culture'. Acta Horticulturae, 625 :153-160.
Cassells A. C., O' Herlihy E. A; (2003) 'Disease management of microplants: Good laboratory practice'. Acta Horticulturae, 616 :105-114
For contact details & further information please go to the following link: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D010/eoherlihy
Siva L.S. Velivelli (UCC)
Siva L S Velivelli obtained his Bachelor degree in Biotechnology from Acharya Nagarjuna University, India in 2007 and then undertook an MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Salford, UK in 2008. He decided to continue his career as a scientific researcher and chose to do an unpaid internship to get experience in his field. He was really enthusiastic about doing research in Bioscience and that led him to apply for a PhD. After completing his undergraduate and Master’s degrees, he moved over to the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork to start a PhD supervised by Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich.
Currently he is working on a project entitled 'VALORAM - Valorizing Andean microbial diversity through sustainable intensification of potato-based farming systems'. His research project aims at exploring the existing large biodiversity of beneficial soil micro-organisms of Andean countries for the development of alternative, efficient technologies and crop management practices to improve the sustainability, food security, environmental protection and productivity of Andean cropping systems benefiting rural farming households.
The novelty relies to some extent on isolation and screening of potential potato associated rhizosphere microorganisms for their ability to antagonise, promote growth and protect against disease in Andean traditional agriculture which could help to reduce excessive use of agrochemicals and support sustainable agriculture and environmental protection. The results will directly benefit farmers and may also have potential to increase the productivity of organic or biological potato production in EU.
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Angela Sessitsch and Barbara Doyle Prestwich The role of microbial inoculants in integrated crop management systems, Potato Research (In press)
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Paul Lojan, Sylvie Cranenbrouck, Hervé Dupré de Boulois, Juan Pablo Suarez, Stéphane Declerck, Javier Franco, and Barbara Doyle Prestwich The induction of Ethylene response factor 3 (ERF3) in potato as a result of co-inoculation with Pseudomonas sp. R41805 and Rhizophagus irregularis MUCL 41833 – a possible role in plant defence, Plant Signaling and Behavior (In press).
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Peter Kromann, Paul Lojan, Mercy Rojas, Javier Franco, Juan Pablo Suarez, and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2014) Identification of mVOCs from Andean rhizobacteria and field evaluation of bacterial and mycorrhizal inoculants on growth of potato in its center of origin, Microbial Ecology (doi: 10.1007/s00248-014-0514-2).
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Paul De Vos, Peter Kromann, Stephane Declerck and Barbara D Prestwich (2014) Biological Control Agents: From Field to Market, Problems and Challenges, Trends in Biotechnology 32: 493-496 (doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2014.07.002).
Jonas Ghyselinck, Siva L.S. Velivelli, Kim Heylen, Eileen O’Herlihy, Javier Franco, Mercy Rojas, Paul De Vos, and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2013) Bioprospecting in potato fields in the Central Andean Highlands: screening of rhizobacteria for plant growth-promoting properties, Systematic and Applied Microbiology 36: 116-127 (doi: 10.1016/j.syapm.2012.11.007).
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Eileen O’ Herlihy, Bogumila Janczura, Barbara Doyle Prestwich, Jonas Ghyselinck and Paul De Vos (2012) Efficacy of rhizobacteria on plant growth-promotion and disease suppression in vitro, Acta Horticulturae 961:525-532.
Manuscripts in Preparation:
Loján P, Demortier M, Siva L.S. Velivelli, Doyle Prestwich B, Dupré de Boulois, H, Suarez, JP, and Declerck S. Co-encapsulation of Rhizophagus irregularis MUCL41833 and bacteria and its impact on the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal life cycle under in-vitro conditions (In Preparation)
Siva L.S. Velivelli and Barbara Doyle Prestwich. The discriminative power of microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) (In Preparation).
Barbara Doyle Prestwich, Siva L.S. Velivelli, Angela Sessitch, Peter Kromann, Paul Lojan, Mercy Rojas, Javier Franco, Paul De Vos, Stéphane Declerck, & Juan Pablo Suarez (2014) Bacterial-based biological control agents – selection criteria, economics and social benefits, International Association for Plant Biotechnology Congress 2014, Melbourne, Australia, 10-15th August.
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Peter Kromann, Paul Lojan, Mercy Rojas, Javier Franco, Juan Pablo Suarez and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2014) Beneficial microbes: A role in food security?, 19th Triennial Conference EAPR, Brussels, Belgium, 6-11th July.
Siva L.S. Velivelli and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2014) VALORAM: A case study for the selection of putative biocontrol agents which can be used as part of an integrated disease management system, FESPB/EPSO Congress, Dublin, Ireland, 22-26th June.
Siva L.S. Velivelli and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2013) How the characterisation of Andean microbial diversity can be used in the development of a low-input sustainable agriculture system in the central Andean Highlands, 5th EPSO Conference, Porto Heli, Greece1- 4th September.
Jonas Ghyselinck, Siva L.S. Velivelli, Kim Heylen, Eileen O’ Herlihy, Paul De Vos, and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2012) Investigating the Plant Growth-Promotion Potential of Bacteria Isolated from the Andean Potato Rhizosphere, a virgin Territory ISME conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 18-24th August.
Jonas Ghyselinck, Eileen O’ Herlihy, Barbara Doyle Prestwich, Siva L.S. Velivelli., Koenraad Van Hoorde, Bart Hoste, Kim Heylen, and Paul De Vos (2012) Bacterial diversity and plant growth-promotion potential in Andean potato rhizosphere soils, The Power of the Small, Copenhagen, Denmark. 19-24th August.
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Eileen O’ Herlihy and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2012) Towards the development of a low input sustainable agricultural system through the exploitation of rhizobacterial volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Plant Biology Congress Freiburg 2012, University of Freiburg, Germany, 29th july-3rd August.
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Eileen O’ Herlihy and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2012) Fingerprinting the volatolome: a useful strategy for the isolation of novel PGPRs which may be relevant to a low-input sustainable agricultural system in Ireland Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, 3-5th April.
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Eileen O’ Herlihy, Bogumila Janczura and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2012) Microbial biodiversity in the rhizosphere: Agriculture and Environment, The Environmental Science Association of Ireland 2012 UCD, Dublin, 7-9thMarch.
Jonas Ghyselinck, Eileen O’ Herlihy, Kim Heylen, Siva L.S. Velivelli, Paul De Vos, and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2011) Screening for antagonistic and plant growth promoting properties in bacteria isolated from the Central Andean highlands, Life, Death and Survival of Microorganisms. Brussels, Belgium, 16th November.
Charles Kidney, Eileen O’ Herlihy, Siva L.S. Velivelli, Bogumila Janczura, Barbara Doyle Prestwich and Deepika Indeti (2011) Can bacteria isolated from a marine environment increase salt tolerance in potato?, Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Research Open Day, University College Cork, 18th October.
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Eileen O’ Herlihy, Bogumila Janczura, Barbara Doyle Prestwich, Jonas Ghyselinck and Paul De Vos (2011) Efficacy of rhizobacteria on plant growth-promotion and disease Suppression In vitro, International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding, ‘Biotechnological advances in In Vitro Horticultural Breeding’, Ghent, Belgium, 18-22ndSeptember.
Eileen O’ Herlihy, Siva L.S Velivelli, Bogumila Janczura and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2011) Bacterial emissions can lead to healthier plants, Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting, Queens University, Belfast, 7th - 9th June.
Jonas Ghyselinck, Eileen O’ Herlihy, Kim Heylen, Siva L.S. Velivelli, Paul De Vos, and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2011) Screening for antagonistic and plant growth promoting properties in bacteria isolated from the Central Andean highlands, Ecology of Soil Microorganisms: Microbes as Important Drivers of Soil Processes, Prague, Czech Republic, 27th April- 1st May and Spring symposium, NVvM/NVMM, Arnhem, Netherlands, 18-20th April.
Eileen O’ Herlihy, Siva L.S. Velivelli and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2010) Selection criteria for rhizobacteria for plant health improvement, 5th EPSO Conference: ‘Plants for life’. Olos (Lapland), Finland, 29th August – 2nd September.
Siva L.S. Velivelli, Eileen O’ Herlihy and Barbara Doyle Prestwich (2010) Screening rhizobacteria for pathogen antagonism and plant growth promotion properties in potato, Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting, UCD, Dublin. 2- 4th June.
Ian Podmore, Helal Ahmed, Narendar Chirika, Pritesh Mistry, Vinod Narayana, Clotilde Tert & Siva L.S. Velivelli (2008) The identification of free radicals by spin-trapping GC/MS The 30th British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS) Annual Meeting, University of York, UK, 8-10th September.
Siva L S Velivelli, The art of conversation between plants and bacteria, The Boolean, 2012, pp.102-105.
Siva L S Velivelli, How can bacteria benefit plants? The Boolean, 2011, pp.211-214.
VALORAM: A case study for the selection of putative biocontrol agents which can be used as part of an integrated disease management system, Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting, University College Cork, Cork. 28-29th April 2014.
Microbial biodiversity in the rhizosphere: Agriculture and Environment, The Environmental Science Association of Ireland, University College Dublin, Dublin, 7-9th March 2012.
Efficacy of rhizobacteria on Plant Growth Promotion and Disease Suppression In vitro, International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding, Biotechnological advances in In Vitro Horticultural Breeding, Ghent, Belgium, 18-22ndSeptember 2011.
Bioprospecting in the Andean Highlands: a non-GM approach for the control of potato blight for the development of a low-input sustainable agricultural system, The Irish Garden Plant Society, Cork, Ireland, 7th October 2014 and School of BEES, University College Cork seminars for transition year students, University College Cork, Cork, May 14th 2014.
Beneficial Soil Bacteria – Protectors and Promoters of Plant Growth, The Irish Garden Plant Society, Cork, Ireland, November 3rd 2010.
Occupational First Aid Training FETAC Level 5 Refresher Course, University College Cork, November 2013
ST6013 "Statistics and Data Analysis for Postgraduate Research Students", University College Cork, May 2012
Organised a training workshop on ‘in vitro autotrophic aseptic microhydroponic screening system’, PROINPA Foundation, Cochabamba, Bolivia, February 20th- 25th, 2012.
Occupational First Aid Training FETAC Level 5, University College Cork, October 2011
PG6003: Teaching and Learning for Graduate Studies, University College Cork, June 2011
International training course on mycorrhizae (AMF) at MUCL in Belgium from 3rd april to 8th april, 2011 (Funded by EMbaRC)
‘CMS – content management system’ training at University College Cork in April 2010 for the management of the project website (http://valoram.ucc.ie)
1) Awarded a conference support grant to attend 7th European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) Conference in Greece from 1 – 4 september 2013.
2) Awarded a conference support grant to attend a Plant Biology Congress at the University of Freiburg, Germany. This conference was jointly organised by Federation of European Societies of Plant Biologists (FESPB) and European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) from 29 July to 3rd August, 2012.
2) Awarded a travel grant (School of BEES, UCC) to cover registration and accommodation fees to attend a 7th International Symposium on In vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding at the Ghent University, Belgium from 18th September to 22nd September, 2011.
3) Awarded a travel grant to cover bench fees, travel and subsistence costs to attend a week-long training course on mycorrhizae in MUCL in Belgium from 3rd april to 8th april, 2011. (http://www.mycorrhiza.be/formation/in_vitro_culture_AMF/index.php). The award has been made as part of the EMbaRCTraining and Outreach Programme (http://www.embarc.eu/infonote.html). EMbaRC is an EU project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme, Research Infrastructures action (INFRA-2008-22.214.171.124: Biological Resources Centres (BRCs) for microorganisms).
Peer Reviewer Role:
African Journal of Biotechnology
African Journal of Plant Science
Carolina Senes (LMU)
Carolina Senés obtained her Bachelor´s degree in Microbiology in 2007 and a Master´s degree in Biotechnology in 2009. During her Master´s degree, she worked characterizing environmental communities of microalgae, this step led her to start a PhD with Dr. Arthur Schüßler in 2010 at the University of Munich.
For the VALORAM project, Carolina is analyzing the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) diversity of the Andean region. AMF live in symbiosis with plants and because of their lifestyle they can only be detected by molecular methods.
The main goals are: i) to know which AMF are associated to potato plants, ii) unravel possible functional aspects of the plant-fungus interactions and iii) find out about possible potato-AMF combinations that can be used for sustainable agriculture.
1) Senés-Guerrero C, Torres-Cortés G, Pfeiffer S, Rojas M, Schüßler A (2013) Potato-associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in the Peruvian Andes. Mycorrhiza DOI: 10.1007/s00572-013-0549-0.
2) Kõljalg U, Nilsson RH, Abarenkov K, Tedersoo L, Taylor AFS, Bahram M, Bates ST, Bruns TD, Bengtsson-Palme J, Callaghan TM, Douglas B, Drenkhan T, Eberhardt U, Dueñas M, Grebenc T, Griffith GW, Hartmann M, Kirk PM, Kohout P, Larsson E, Lindahl BD, Lücking R, Martín MP, Matheny PB, Nguyen NH, Niskanen T, Oja J, Peay KG, Peintner U, Peterson M, Põldmaa K, Saag L, Saar I, Schüßler A, Scott JA, Senés C, Smith ME, Suija A, Taylor DL, Teresa Telleria M, Weiß M, Larsson K-H (2013) Towards a unified paradigm for sequence-based identification of Fungi. Molecular Ecology DOI: 10.1111/mec.12481.