Dr. Fernando Hercos Valicente graduated in Agronomy in 1982 and started his research career in 1984 at Embrapa Maize and Sorghum Research Center - located in SeteLagoas, MG, Brazil. The first steps were towards Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management, focusing in the use of Baculovirus in agriculture. In 1989 he started working with Maize Biotechnology and in 1994 with Transgenic Crops (maize), and the use of Bacillus thuringiensis and Baculovirus based biopesticides in sustainable agriculture. Besides being a researcher, he was a member of CTNBio (National Biosafety Technical Commission) for 6 years, he also teaches at the Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA), MG for Masterís and PhD courses. He represented CTNBio at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is a member of Biosafety-Clearing House (BCH) and Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management. For 4 and and a half years he was a member of the Agriculture Chamber- Fapemig) - Minas Gerais State Research Foundation.
He won the "Young Scientist" prize (CNPq) in 1995 (second place), and also won "Frederico de Menezes Veiga Prize in 2015, as a senior scientist.
Baculovirus and Bacillus thuringiensis based biopesticides (bioproducts and bioprocess - large scale production); Molecular biology of Baculovirus and Bacillus thuringiensis, including the discovery of new insecticidal proteins and new genes; Transgenic maize (Bt Maize) - Bt Maize management and Risk Assessment; The use of Bacillus thuringiensis and Baculovirus as biopesticides in sustainable agriculture. Today they have products ready to the market. Wettable powder and emulsifiable concentrate formulations.