Group Leader/s

Head of lab


Our aim is to provide knowledge-based insights and novel tools for managing arthropods of agricultural and medical relevance. The multidisciplinary composition of the group (ecology, physiology and molecular biology) allows a holistic approach for the implementation of Integrated Pest Management strategies, a key issue to increase food security, environmental quality and public health.


Vidal-Quist, C., García, M., Ortego, F., Castañera, P., and Hernández-Crespo, P.  [2018]. Inbreeding of house dust mites, a tool for genomic studies and allergy-related applications. Allergy (doi: 10.1111/all.13605)

Santamaría, M.E., Auger, P., Martínez, M., Migeon, A., Castañera, P., Díaz, I., Navajas, M., Ortego, F.  [2018]. Host plant use by two distinct lineages of the tomato red spider mite, Tetranychus evansi, differing in their distribution range. Journal of Pest Science 91: 169-179

Farinós, G.P., Hernández-Crespo, P., Ortego, F., Castañera, P.  [2018]. Monitoring of Sesamia nonagrioides resistance to MON 810 maize in the European Union: lessons from a long-term harmonized plan. Pest Management Science 74: 557-568

Thieme, T.G.M., Buuk, C., Gloyna, K., Ortego, F., Farinós, G.P.  [2018]. Ten years of MON 810 resistance monitoring of field populations of Ostrinia nubilalis in Europe. Journal of Applied Entomology 142: 192-200

Camargo AM, Andow DA, Castañera,P Farinós GP,  [2018]. First detection of a Sesamia nonagrioides resistance allele to Bt maize in Europe. Scientific Reports 8: 3977

García-Ruiz, E., Loureiro, I., Farinós, G.P., Gómez P., Gutiérrez, E.; Sánchez, F.J., Escorial, M.C., Ortego, F., Chueca, M.C., Castañera, P.  [2018]. Weeds and ground-dwelling predators' response to two different weed management systems in glyphosate-tolerant cotton: a farm-scale study. Plos One 13: e0191408

Guillem-Amat, A.; González-Guzmán, M.; López-Errasquín, E.; Sánchez, L.; Castañera, P.; Hernández-Crespo, P.; Ortego, F  [2018]. Estudio de la herencia y mapeo de la resistencia de Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann, 1824) (Diptera, Tephritidae) al insecticida λ-cihalotrina. Phytoma 301: 71-76

Arias-Martín M, García M, Castañera P, Ortego F, Farinós GP  [2018]. Farm-scale evaluation of the impact of Cry1Ab Bt maize on canopy nontarget arthropods: a 3-year study. Insect Science 25: 87-98

Vidal-Quist, J.C., Ortego F., Rombauts, S., Castañera, P., Hernández-Crespo, P.  [2017]. Dietary shifts have consequences on the repertoire of allergens produced by the European house dust mite. Med. Vet. Entomol. 31: 272-280

Ximénez-Embún, M.G., Glas, J.J., Ortego, F., Alba, J.M., Castañera, P., Kant, M.  [2017]. Drought stress promotes the colonization success of a herbivorous mite that manipulates plant defenses. Experimental and Applied Acarology 73: 297-315



Funding Agencies

AGL2016-76516-R (MINECO) (2016-2019)

AGL2015-73235-JIN (MINECO) (2016-2019)

AGL2015-64825-R (MINECO) (2016-2018)

JPI- FACCE Era Net Plus Ref 618105 (EC) (2015-2017)

AGL2013-42632-R (MINECO) (2014-2017)

TSN- JRC/SVQ/2014/J.4/0016/OC (TSN - JRC/EC) (2014-2015)

AGL2012-34289 (MINECO) (2013-2015)

50204160071 (ALK-Abelló) (2016)

20158477 (FMC Corporation) (2015-2017)

050204120098 (Monsanto Europe SA) (2012-2017)

50204120109 (ALK-Abelló) (2012-2015)


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