Dr. Maria F. T. Begonia

MbegoniaOffice: JAP Science Building – Rm 439

Email: maria.f.begonia@jsums.edu

Phone: (601) 979-3469

Fax: (601) 979-5853




  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1989
  • M.S., Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, 1981
  • B.S., University of the Philippines at Los Baños, 1975

Research Interests

  • Plant and soil microbiology, ecology and biochemistry
  • Relationship among soil microorganisms, plant growth, and soil properties as influenced by environmental pollutants and management practices
  • Bio/Phytoremediation of contaminated soils
  • Soil microorganisms and soil enzymes in evaluation and management of soil quality
  • Biological control of pests and disease using microorganisms and plants and their metabolites
  • Renewable energy/Microbial production of sugar and ethanol using lignocellulosic materials
  • Toxicity of environmental pollutants (i.e., heavy metals) in plants and microorganisms