Pathogen-vector-plant interactions: characterization of the transmission mechanisms of plant pathogens by their insect vectors and development of new control strategies to interfere with the transmission process.
Preference, prevalence and population increase of insect vectors and their natural enemies on pathogen-infected plants and its epidemiological implications.
Plant pathogen and vector control in integrated production systems: new strategies to control the spread of plant pathogens based on the interference with vector population growth, landing, movement and transmission.
Provision of ecological infrastructures to enhance biological control and pollination to increase food security.
Response of insect vectors and plant pathogens to variable abiotic stresses under a climate change scenario.
Identification of new sources of host plant resistence against insect pests
Cid, M., A. Avila, A. Garcia, J. Abad and Fereres, A. 2012. New sources of resistance to lettuce aphids in Lactuca spp. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 6: 655-669
Provide knowledge on how plant pathogens are able to modify vector behaviour to enhance their own spread
Moreno-Delafuente A, Garzo E, Moreno A, Fereres A. 2013. A Plant Virus Manipulates the Behavior of Its Whitefly Vector to Enhance Its Transmission Efficiency and Spread. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61543. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061543
Provide knowledge on how insect vectors response under a climate change scenario
Dader, B., Gwynn-Jones, D., Moreno, A., Winters, A., Fereres A. 2014. Impact of UV-A radiation on the performance of aphids and whiteflies and on the leaf chemistry of their host plants. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 138: 307–316
Development of new strategies based on physico-chemical barriers for virus and vector control
Dáder, B., Legarrea, S., Moreno, A., Plaza, M., Carmo-Sousa, M., Amor, F., Viñuela, E. and Fereres, A. (2015), Control of insect vectors and plant viruses in protected crops by novel pyrethroid-treated nets. Pest Management Science doi: 10.1002/ps.3942 (in press).