ISSN: 0041-3216

Editorial Board

Editors and Reviewers

Faculty Editorial Board

  • Dr Wayne Ganpat (Dean and Chair)
  • Professor Julian Duncan (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Ms Sarojini Ragbir (Managing Editor)
  • Dr Selby Nichols
  • Dr Reynold Stone
  • Dr Laura Roberts-Nkrumah
  • Professor Carlisle Pemberton
  • Dr Majeed Mohammed
  • Dr Mark Wuddivira
  • Dr Winston Elibox
  • Dr Wendy-Ann Isaac
  • Dr Priya Kissoon
  • Professor Neela Badrie

International Editorial Board

Professor Gisele Alexandre
INRA –Domaine Dulcos Petite Bourg
Guadeloupe, French West Indies

Professor Harry Archimede
INRA –Domaine Dulcos Petite Bourg
Guadeloupe, French West Indies

Professor Adelia C Bovell-Benjamin
Food and Nutritional Sciences
Tuskegee University

Associate Professor Cheryl Brown
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Division of Resource Management
West Virginia University

Dr C  Devendra, IDRC, Tanglin,

Professor Lisle Wesley George
Department of Medicine and Epidemiology
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis

Professor James R Lindner
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
Texas A & M University, USA

Professor Chandra A Madramootoo
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
McGill University

Professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Cornell University
Professor A Wild
Department of Soil Science, University of Reading, U.K.

Professor T Lewis
Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, U K

Researchers, scientists, experts and advanced farmers are invited to assist us with reviewing and editing of manuscripts of research and review papers as well as reviews of published books in their area of expertise.


About the Editor-in-Chief

Professor Emeritus Edgar Julian Duncan will serve as Editor-in- Chief of Tropical Agriculture for the year 2014.


Julian Duncan graduated from the University College of the West Indies (UCWI), Mona, Jamaica in 1960, with the B. Sc. (Botany and Zoology as majors and Chemistry as a minor) in 1960, on the results of which he was awarded the first Sir James Irvine Memorial Scholarship to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, from which institution he graduated with the Ph.D in fungal cytology and genetics in 1963.

Career: Appointments

In September 1963, he was appointed Lecturer in Botany at the then College of Arts and Sciences on the St. Augustine, Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies, where he lectured for 35 years, broken by a spell in 1976 when he lectured on exchange at the University of Reading, England.  He was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in 1973 and appointed Professor of Plant Sciences in 1991. During his tenure at the University he served as head of department on two occasions: 1973 -1976 and 1991-1998.  He served as Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, from 1996-1998.

UWI Teaching Responsibilities

As the only appointee in Botany in the formative years of the B.Sc. programme in Botany, Professor Duncan taught most of the courses in the discipline to students offering the subject as part of their degree.  In 1976/77 academic year he introduced Plant Tissue Culture as a part of the offerings of plant propagation in the degree and built up a research team in the subject area. At the post-graduate level, he successfully supervised 15 M. Phil. students, 5 of whom were co-supervised and 7 Ph. D. students, 4 of whom were co-supervised. Professor Duncan has several papers published in international Journals and one book published locally.

International Service

Professor Duncan served as local coordinator of the Organization of American States (OAS) Programme on Food and Biotechnology in the 1980s and as the representative from the Trinidad on the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy for the period 2003-2006. Professor Duncan retired from the University in December 1998.


  • 1960: Sir James Irvine Memorial Scholarship (tenable at the University of St. Andrews) First Recipient


  • 1975: Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship to Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany.
  • 1980: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fellowship to Piracicaba, Brasil.
  • 1994: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (in Teaching and Administration) U.W.I. inaugural year of award.
  • 2002: Lifetime Achievement Award in Agriculture (for pioneering Contribution to Plant Tissue Culture Research and Development) National Institute of Higher Education (Research, Science and Technology)  NIHERST.
  • 2005: Named among Caribbean Icons in Science, Technology and innovation - CCST/NIHERST
  • 2005: Named among Trinidad and Tobago Icons in Science and Technology (NIHERST)


  • 1999: Status of Emeritus Professor conferred (UWI).