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.


Camargo, A.M., Arias‐Martín, M., Castañera, P., Farinós, G.P.  [2020].  Performance of Sesamia nonagrioides on cultivated and wild host plants: Implications for Bt maize resistance management. Pest Management Science 76: 3657–3666

Guillem-Amat, A., Ureña, E., López-Errasquín, E., Navarro-Llopis, V., Batterham, P., Sánchez, L., Perry, T., Hernández-Crespo, P., Ortego, F.  [2020]. Functional characterization and fitness cost of spinosad resistant alleles in Ceratitis capitata. Journal of Pest Science 93: 1043-1058.

Ureña, E., Guillem-Amat, A., Couso-Ferrer, F., Beroiz, B., Perera, N., López-Errasquín, E., Castañera, P., Ortego, F., Hernández-Crespo, P.  [2019]. Multiple mutations in the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor Ccα6 gene associated with resistance to spinosad in medfly. Scientific Reports 9: 2961

Vidal-Quist, C., García, M., Ortego, F., Castañera, P., and Hernández-Crespo, P.  [2019]. Inbreeding of house dust mites, a tool for genomic studies and allergy-related applications. Allergy 74: 198-201

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

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

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 72: 425-434

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

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



Insect resistance monitoring associated with Bt maize cultivation in the European Union. Bayer CropScience Schweiz AG. IP: Dr. Gema Pérez Farinós (2020-2025).

Tools for the sustainable use of insecticides: towards the management of resistance in pests and unintended effects on pollinators. AEI (PID2019-104578RB-100). IPs: Drs. Félix Ortego and Gema Pérez Farinós (2020-2023).

AGROFOR-Optimización de los Sistemas Agrarios y Forestales. Thematic Interdisciplinary Platform CSIC. Coordinator: Dr. Rosana Malvar (2020-2022).

Aprendiendo de la naturaleza: Interacciones multitróficas para la protección de cultivos y bosques. AEI (RED2028-102407-T).  Coordinator: Dr. Isabel Diaz (2020-2021).

Tools for proactive monitoring and management of multiple resistance in Ceratitis capitata. CICYT (AGL2016-76516-R). IPs: Drs. Félix Ortego and Pedro Hernández Crespo (2017-2020).

Allergen expression in different culture conditions for Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and Dermatophagoides farinae. ALK-ABELLÓ, Spain. IP: Dr. Pedro Hernández Crespo (2016-2020).

Wild pollinators in extensive crops: impact of pest control practices. MINECO, DGCYT (AGL2015-64825-R). IP: Dr. Gema Pérez Farinós (2016-2020).

Survey of the frequency of the AChE G328A mutation that confers resistance to malathion in Ceratitis capitata in commercial fields. FMC Corporation. IP: Dr. Félix Ortego (2015-2017).

New generation sustainable tools to control emerging mite pests under climate change. JPI- FACCE Era Net Plus (618105). IP: Prof. Pedro Castañera (2015-2017).

Insect resistance monitoring associated with Bt maize cultivation in the European Union. Monsanto Europe SA. IP: Dr. Gema Pérez Farinós (2012-2020).


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