Shabeg Briar, Ph.D.
Research Scientist (Entomology/Insect Ecology/Nematology)
Dr. Shabeg Briar holds a B.Sc. in Agronomy and M.Sc. in Nematology/Plant Pathology from Punjab Agricultural University, India. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology and Nematology from the Ohio State University, USA. Shabeg is working with Montana Agricultural Experiment Station since 2015 and is currently stationed at Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center (WTARC), Conrad, Montana. During his Ph.D. work at the Ohio State University, he compared the soil health of organic and conventional farming systems.
His primary responsibilities at WTARC include helping research program on biological and ecological processes affecting strategies to reduce crop losses inflicted by arthropod pests of small grains, pulse, oilseeds and forage production systems in Montana, and help small plot maintenance activities, green house studies and participate in extension education related activities including delivering extension talks at grower’s meetings and field days. In addition, he is actively involved with the Agriculture industry in evaluating the potential for seed-applied microbes to alleviate plant stresses caused by pathogenic nematodes and to increase crop yield.