PLANT PESTS RESEARCH GROUP
The plant pests research groups has two main focus: plant-pathogenic bacteria and plant insect pests.
The phytopathology workline aims to study bacteria that are pathogenic to relevant agrofood crops and cultures, such as kiwi and pear rocha.
This study comes not only by studying the bacteria, but also understanding the pathosystem and the underlying interactions between the bacteria and the host plant. Besides, it also aims to study new control methods and/or more resistant genotypes in order to help not only national producers but also producers worldwide who may encounter such bacteria in their orchards.
The insect pests workline aims at studying the biology of the insect, its distribution in the country and its general behaviour. Host-pest interactions are also studied, not only to understand why the insect could be atracted to the host plant but also how the plant reacts to the presence of the insect.
Finding and development of new control measures are topics of great concern, as insect pests are still poorly controled and managed. The final goal is to better understand all these interactions, working closely with producers, in order to implement new methods in the field.