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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 JC, Ortego F, Castañera P, Hernández-Crespo P  [2017]. Quality control of house dust mite extracts by broad-spectrum profiling of allergen-related enzymatic activities. Allergy (doi: 10.1111/all.12994)

Arias-Martín M, García M, Castañera P, Ortego F, Farinós GP  [2017]. Farm-scale evaluation of the impact of Cry1Ab Bt maize on canopy nontarget arthropods: a 3-year study. Insect Science (doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12378)

Ximénez-Embún MG, Castañera P, Ortego F  [2017]. Drought stress in tomato increases the performance of adapted and non-adapted strains of Tetranychus urticae. J. Insect Physiol. 96: 73-81

Vidal-Quist JC, Ortego F, Lambrecht BN, Castañera P, Hernández-Crespo P  [2017]. Effects of domestic chemical stressors on expression of allergen genes in the European house dust mite. Medical and Veterinary Entomology ( doi: 10.1111/mve.12200)

Ximenez-Embún MG, Ortego F, Castañera P  [2016]. Drought-stressed tomato plants trigger bottom–up effects on the invasive Tetranychus evansi. Plos One 11: e0145275

Arias-Martín M, García M, Luciáñez MJ, Ortego F, Castañera P, Farinós GP  [2016]. Effects of three-year cultivation of Cry1Ab-expressing Bt maize on soil microarthropod communities. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 220: 125-134

Castañera P, Farinós GP, Ortego F, Andow DA  [2016]. Sixteen Years of Bt Maize in the EU Hotspot: Why has resistance not evolved? Plos One 1: e0154200

Papanicolaou A, Schetelig MF, Arensburger P, Atkinson PW, Benoit JB, Bourtzis K, Castañera P, Cavanaugh JP, Chao H, Childers C, Curril I, Dinh H, Doddapaneli HV, Dolan A, Dugan S, Friedrich M, Gasperi G, Geib S, Georgakilas G, Gibbs RA, Giers SD, Gomulski LM, González-Guzmán M, Guillem-Amat A, Han Y, Hatzigeorgiou AG, Hernández-Crespo P, Hughes DST. Jones JW, Karagkouni D, Koskinioti ., Lee SL, Malacrida AR, Manni M, Mathiopoulos K, Meccariello A, Murali SC, Murphy TD, Muzny DM, Oberhofer G, Ortego F, Paraskevopoulou MD, Poelchau M, Qu J, Reczko M, Robertson HM, Rosendale AJ, Rosselot AE, Saccone G, Salvemini M, Savini G, Schreiner P, Scolari F, Siciliano P, Sim SB, Tsiamis G, Ureña E, Vlachos IS, Werren JH, Wimmer EA, Worley KC, Zacharopoulou A, Richards S, Handler AM  [2016]. The whole genome sequence of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) reveals insights into the biology and adaptive evolution of a highly invasive pest species. Genome Biology 17: 192

Martinez M, Santamaria ME, Diaz-Mendoza M. Arnaiz A, Carrillo L, Ortego F, Diaz I  [2016]. Phytocystatins: Defense proteins against phytophagous insects and acari. Intern. J. Mol. Sciences 17: 1747

Vidal-Quist JC, Ortego F, Lombardero M, Castañera P, Hernández-Crespo P  [2015]. Allergen expression in the European house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus throughout development and response to environmental conditions. Med Vet Entomol 29: 137-146



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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