Degree in Management of Forest Systems, she earned PhD in Agricultural Microbial Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences on 2012 with a study about the role and interaction between Geosmithia species and pathosystem elm – Dutch elm disease.
Presently, her research focuses on the study of invasive forest pathogens. The study of genetic variability of forest pathogen populations and the study of induced systemic resistance caused by root and foliage pathogens, will improve the knowledge about the host physiological responses, the effects of pathogenic fungi and the genetic changes in native organisms phylogenetically related to invasive species.
Main research topics:
• Invasive forest pathogens: identification and determinants of invasion. Interaction between alien and native pathogen.
• Real‐time PCR assay optimization to detect and quantify DNA from different pathogens in plant and soil and insects.
• Transcriptome analysis by Real-time PCR assay to study the interaction host plant/pathogen.
• Fungus‐fungus interactions (Vegetative Compatibility, association, parasitism, etc.)
• Host‐pathogen‐environment interaction.
• Plants and pathogens population genetics.