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




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

Research Interests

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