Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva

Assistant Professor


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124 Funchess Hall,
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • 2017 – Ph.D. in Horticultural Sciences / Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
  • 2013 – M.S. in Agronomy/Vegetable Production, State University of Maringa (Brazil)
  • 2011 – B.S. in Agronomy, State University of Maringa (Brazil)


  • 2021 to Present – Assistant Professor in Vegetable Cropping Systems, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University
  • 2018 to 2021 – Assistant Professor in Vegetable Production, Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia
  • 2018 to 2018 – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida
  • 2016 to 2018 – Agricultural Crop Modeler Iteris, Inc.


  • Donnie Morris Award of Excellence from the Southern Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. 2021.
  • Michael J. Bader Award of Excellence for Junior Scientist – Extension from the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. 2020.
  • Blue Ribbon Extension Communication Award from the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science. 2020. Title: Principles of Irrigation and Scheduling for Vegetable Crops in Georgia.
  • Blue Ribbon Extension Communication Award from the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science. 2019. Title: Hurricane Michael’s Impact on Vegetable Production in Georgia.


  • American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS)
  • Southern Region American Society of Horticultural Science (SRASHS)
  • Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
  • Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
  • American Society of Agronomy (ASA)


Dr. da Silva’s program is focused on developing best management practices for pre- and post-harvest yield and quality of vegetable crops. Dr. da Silva has emphases on plant physiology, water and nutrient management in conventional and organic systems as well as in vertical farming and high tunnel systems, water conservation for different irrigation methods, fertilization of vegetables, variety evaluation, and the use of crop models to account the effects of weather variability on vegetable production. Working with an interdisciplinary team, Dr. da Silva also conduct research for an integrated pest management of insects (i.e., whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii), diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella), etc) and disease (i.e., black rot (Xanthomonas campestris) and alternaria leaf blight (Alternaria sp.) on brassicas, center rot (Pantoea ananatis) on onions, fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum) on watermelon, phytophthora blight (Phytophthora capsici) on bell pepper, etc).



  • White, E., G.D. Kumar, A.L.B.R. da Silva, W.L. Kerr, S. Cimowsky, J.A. Widmer, L.D. Dunn. 2021. Postharvest reduction of Salmonella enterica on tomatoes using a pelargonic acid emulsion. Foods 10: 178 (
  • Diaz-Perez, J.C., P. Germishuizen, A.L.B.R. da Silva. 2021. Effect of compost application at transplant stage and before planting to the field on plant growth and fruit yield in bell pepper (Capsicum annum L). Communication in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. Accepted with minor reviews on Dec. 22, 2020.
  • Agarwal, G., S.R. Kavalappara, S. Gautam, A.L.B.R. da Silva, A.M. Simmons, R. Srinivasan, B. Dutta. 2021. Field screen and genotyping of Phaseolus vulgaris against two begomoviruses in Georgia, USA. Insects, 12: 49 ( insects12010049).
  • Diaz-Perez, J.C., A.L.B.R. da Silva, L.A.V. Aguilar. 2021. Seasonal plant growth, leaf and bulb mineral nutrients, and bulb yield and quality under chemical, mixed, and organic fertilization in sweet onion (Allium cepa L.). Journal of Plant Nutrition, Accepted on Dec. 15, 2020.
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., J.S. Candian, L. Zotarelli, T. Coolong., C. Christensen. 2020. Nitrogen fertilizer management and cultivar selection for cabbage production in the southeastern United States. HortTechnology, 30: 685-691 (
  • Agarwal, G., S.R. Kavalappara, S. Gautam, A.L.B.R. da Silva, A.M. Simmons, R. Srinivasan, B. Dutta. 2020. Whole-genome sequencing and phenotyping revealed structural variants and varied level of resistance against leaf crumple disease in diverse lines of snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Preprints (
  • Gautam, S., M.S. Crossley, B. Dutta, T. Coolong, A.M. Simmons, A.L.B.R. da Silva, W.E. Snyder, R. Srinivasan. 2020. Low genetic variability in Bemisia tabaci MEAM1 populations within farmscapes of Georgia, USA. Insects, 11: 834
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., D.T. Price, A. Hajihassani, J.C. Diaz-Perez, E.R. do Rego. 2020. Can non-fumigant nematicides be an alternative to fumigation on carrot fields?. Communication in Soil Sciences and Plant Analysis, 51: 1826-1833.
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., J.S. Candian, E.R. do Rego, T. Coolong, B. Dutta. 2020. Screening of cabbage cultivars for resistance to Black Rot under field conditions. HortTechonology, 30: 448-455.
  • Barbieri, J.D., P.S.L. de Freitas, R. Dallacort, R Rezende, A.L.B.R. da Silva, W. Fenner, M.A.D. de Carvalho. 2020. Influence of soil coverage on evapotranspiration and dual crop coefficients on soybean. Journal of Experimental Agriculture International. 42: 111-125.
  • Hollifield, S., J.S. Candian, A.L.B.R. da Silva. 2020. Determining irrigation scheduling for vegetable crops using the blue dye test. Journal of the NACAA, 13: 1.
  • Zeist, A.R., J.T.V. de Resende, D.S. Zanin, A.L.B.R. da Silva, A.C. Perrud, G.A. Bueno, J.H.V. Arantes, D.P. de Lima. 2020. Effect of acclimation environments grafting methods and root stock RVTC-66 on the seedling development and production of tomato. Scientia Horticulturae, 271:109496. (
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., B. Dutta. 2020. Evaluation of variety and fungicides for managing Alternaria head rot on broccoli, Georgia 2019. Plant Disease Management Reports, 14:112.
  • Rodrigues, C., A.L.B.R. da Silva, L. L. Dunn. 2020. Factors Impacting the Prevalence of Foodborne Pathogens in Agricultural Water Sources in the Southeastern United States. Water, 12: 51.
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., F.S. Krupek, T. Coolong, D.S. Carlson, W. Gay, J. Shealey. 2019. Using crop water demand-base irrigation scheduling to improve cabbage irrigation management in Georgia. Journal of the NACAA, 12: 1.
    Coolong, T., A.L.B.R. da Silva, J. Shealey. 2019. Fertilizer program impacts yield and blossom end rot in bell pepper. HortTechnology, 29: 163-169.
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., L. Zotarelli, S. Agehara, M.D. Dukes, E. van Santen. 2018. Irrigation methods and application timing impact on nitrogen fertilizer uptake efficiency of potato. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems Journal, 112: 253-264.
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., H.T. Hashiguti, L. Zotarelli, K.W. Migliaccio, M.D. Dukes. 2018 Soil water dynamic of shallow water table soils cultivated with potato crop. Vadose Zone Journal, 17 (http://doi:10.2136/vzj2018.04.0077).
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., L. Zotarelli, S. Agehara, H.T. Hashiguti, M.D. Dukes, S. Asseng. 2016. Optimum nitrogen rate and application timing for chipping potato under different irrigation systems. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 129: 158-164.
  • da Silva, A.L.B.R., P.S.L. de Freitas, P.V.D. Vieira, R. Dallacort, R Rezende, J. Voroniak. 2016. Dry bean crop productivity simulation for soil and climatic conditions of Tangará da Serra, MT-Brazil. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 50: 5100-5108.
  • Mariano, D.C., P.S.L. de Freitas, R.T. Faria, R. Rezende, R. Dallacort, A.L.B.R. da Silva. 2016. Evaporation of soil water based on the quantity and uniformity of crop waste distribution in soil superficies. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 46: 4726-4734.
  • Vieira, P.V.D., P.S.L. de Freitas, A.L.B.R. da Silva, H.T. Hashiguti, R. Rezende, C.A.F. Junior. 2016. Determination of wheat crop coefficient (Kc) and soil water evaporation (Ke) in Maringa, PR, Brazil. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 44: 4551-4558.


Dr. da Silva’s program is focused on addressing the needs of commercial vegetable growers in the southeastern U.S., in special for the state of Alabama. Dr. da Silva conducts on-farm trials, field days, county meetings, educational videos, web-based resource tools, and publication of extension bulletins. The ultimate goal of Dr. da Silva’s extension program is to translate science-based information to growers in the vegetable industry, the objective is to promote sustainable intensification of vegetable production.