Head of the “Phytopathology for Sustainable Agricultural Systems” research group at IAS-CSIC; he is a plant pathologist specialized in plant disease epidemiology and Integrated disease management. His main research interests are to develop quantitative models to facilitate prediction of plant diseases and design efficient control strategies; Spatio-temporal dynamics of plant disease epidemics; Impacts of climatic change on plant pathogens; and Detection, monitoring and quantification of plant disease epidemics by remote sensing. He has published over 55 papers in peer reviewed international journals and has coordinated six research projects, authored one patent on specific diagnosis of plant pathogens and participated in organizing different scientific activities. He has supervised seven PhD Thesis and four Master of Science projects, at University of Córdoba, Spain.
Role in BeXyl Project: Work Package 1 leader. In particular: biotic and abiotic factors driving Xf epidemics, host-pathogen-vector interactions of relevant Xf strains under current and future changing climate. Task leader in Work Package 3: In particular, verification of efficacy of different TT protocols on the viability of Xf in vitro and in planta.