To determine the soil content of persistant organic compounds, and total and available load of heavy metals, assessing their relationship with soil parameters involved in their mobility and availability.
To study the community structure of soil nematodes, assessing the effect of contaminants on their food web assemblage. To identify bioindicators taxa
To determine the spatial variability of contaminants, soil parameters and characteristics of nematode communities and to identify the existence of spatial correlations.
To develop predictive models of soil contaminant content to provide risk maps associated with the loss of soil nematode diversity
Geoestatistic and multivariate analyses techniques applied to study the interaction between abiotic and biotic soil factors to identify areas contaminated by Pb and to assess the effect on soil nematodes.
Rodriguez, J.A., Gutiérrez, C., Escuer, M., García-González. M.T., Campos-Herrera, R.; Águila, N. 2014. Effect of mine tailing in the spatial variability of soil nematodes from lead pollution from La Unión (Spain). Science of the Total environment, 473-474: 518-529
Geospatial study of the interaction: physico-chemical soil factors~entomopathogenic nematodes~natural enemies to identify factors that can be manipulated with the purpose of conserving native populations of NEPs and to increase the biological control of Diaprepes abreviatus in citrus groves.
Campos-Herrera, R.; Pathak, E.; El-Borai, F.E.; Stuart, R.J., Gutiérrez, C.; Rodriguez Martin J.A.; Graham, J.H.; Duncan, L.W. 2013. Geospatial patterns of soil properties and the biological control potential of enthomopathogenic nematodes in Florida citrus groves. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 66: 163-174.
Source identification of soil mercury pollution in Balearic and Canary Islands using geostatistical analysis.
Rodriguez Martín J.A.; Carbonell, G.; Nanos, N.; Gutierrez, C., 2013. Source identification of soil mercury in Spanish islands. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 64: 171-179.