2015 – Current: Master Student in Plant Pathology, Louisiana State University (LSU),
Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Laboratory of Virology.
2010 – 2013: Bachelor Degree in Agronomy Engineer, Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras (UNA).
Current Research Focus
Over the years breeders have been developing new cultivars with particular characteristics that have improved the production; however, it appears that they have unknowingly introduced a persistent virus called Bell pepper endornavirus (BPEV) into all the new developed cultivars. Comparative studies are going on with two near-isogenic lines of bell pepper one infected with BPEV and the other one BPEV-free. The comparison pretends evaluate the morphology and some physiological characters of the two lines, as well as the reaction of these lines to mechanical inoculation with acute viruses.
May 2014 – Aug. 2014: Assistant Researcher at Dean Lee Research & Extension Center, Alexandria LA.
Aug. 2014 – Nov. 2014: Internship at the AgCenter, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University.
Jun. 2013 – Sep. 2013: Internship at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMex), Toluca, Mexico.
Honors and Awards
2012, 2013 Certificate of Recognition: for obtaining the First Place in Laboratory of Field and Third Place in Academic Performance in Agricultural Engineering. Universidad Nacional de Agricultura. Honduras.
2011 Certificate of Recognition: for obtaining the First Place in Laboratory of Field and First Place in Academic Performance in Agricultural Engineering. Universidad Nacional de Agricultura. Honduras.
2009 “Froylan Turcios Award”: for obtaining the First Place in Academic Performance wide Institution. Instituto Técnico Industrial Froylan Turcios, Honduras.
2015 – 2016: Vice-President of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology Graduate Student Association LSU (PPCP-GSA).
2012 – 2013: Secretary of the National University of Agriculture Student Association (AEUNA). Honduras.
2011: Co-founder of the National University of Agriculture Student Association.
Khankhum S., Escalante C., Valverde R. 2015. Interaction between persistent viruses of common bean and pepper and four acute viruses. Abstracts Phytobiomes 2015. Washington D.C.
Khankhum S., Escalante C., Rodrigues de Souto E., De la Torre R., Valverde R. 2015. A method for the extraction of viral double stranded RNA from relative small amounts of virus and fungus infected plant tissues. Revista Mexicana de FITOPATOLOGÍA 33:S223.
Rodrigues de Souto E., Escalante C., Valverde R. 2015. Detection of plant endornaviruses in wild plants of south Louisiana. Revista Mexicana de FITOPATOLOGÍA 33:S224.
Escalante C., Mejia H., Franco O., Morales A., Sosa M., López G. 2013. Leaf extract of wild grape (Vitis spp.) in postharvest hydrating solution of gladiolus (Gladiolus glandiflorus) and lilies (Lilium spp.), Campus UAEMex Tenancingo, México, XIV National Symposium and VII International Symposium of Ornamental Horticulture.
Escalante C. 2013. Extension of postharvest life of Lilium spp. and Gladiolus glandiflorus with silicon application and wild grape extract. Thesis. Universidad Nacional de Agricultura.