Alexandre Costa Varella
Agricultural Research and Development
Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria
Alexandre Varella was born in Rio Grande do Sul State and holds dual citizenship, Brazil and New Zeraland. Varella took his undergraduate course on Agronomy at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), South Brazil (1994). Afterwards, he did the Master degree (M.Sc.) on Forage Plants with emphasis on silvipastoral systems at UFRGS (1997) and then got a Ph.D degree on Plant Science at Lincoln University, New Zealand, with the emphasis on modelling of pasture growth under agroforestry systems (2002). Dr. Varella is a scientist at the Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Southern Brazil (Bage/RS). His work is focused on screening and management of shade tolerant pastures for silvipastoral systems and modelling systems for temperate pastures. He developed his post doctoral research at Lincoln University and Plant and Food Research Ltd., New Zealand, where he is collaborating with the development of an annual ryegrass growth model for different soil N conditions. Varella worked as the Head of R&D Scientific Group of EMBRAPA Southern Sheep and Animal Husbandry Research Center between 2006 and 2009. Currently Varella is the Head of Southern Embrapa Research Unit and leads research projects on silvipastoral systems, pasture growth and management at Embrapa.
Screening and management of shade tolerant pastures for silvipastoral systems and modelling systems for temperate pastures