IN-Vid: Agroecological Innovation in the vineyards

Group members: 
Raquel Campos-Herrera: 
Tenured Scientific CSIC
Rubén Blanco-Pérez: 
PhD Student FPI-CAR
Ignacio Vicente-Díez: 
PhD student FPI-UR
Elisabet Vaquero: 
Research Assistant
Mariá del Mar González Trujillo: 
Elizabeth Carpentero: 
Erasmus Mundus Master Universidad de Padova (Italia)
Collaborator researchers: 
Vicente Santiago Marco-Mancebón : 
Universidad de La Rioja (España)
Ignacio Pérez-Moreno : 
Universidad de La Rioja (España)
Victoria Pastor: 
Universidad Jaime I (España)
Xoaquín Moreira: 
Misión Biológica de Galicia, CSIC (España)
José A. Rodríguez Martín: 
INIA (España)
Larry W. Duncan: 
University of Florida (FL, E.E.U.U.)
Ted C.J. Turlings: 
Université de Neuchâtel (Suiza)
Geoffrey Jaffuel: 
Université de Neuchâtel (Suiza)
Vladimir Půža : 
SEZNAM (República Checa)
Lidia Dionisio: 
Universidade do Algarve (Portugal)

The In-Vid group (IN-Vid, http: // is an official research group of the CSIC (ref. 886222) whose long-term challenge is to reduce dependence on traditional agrochemicals in pest control, with special emphasis on the vineyard, focusing on two specific challenges (i) developing pest control bio-tools, and (ii) understanding how agronomic management impacts agroecosystems to identify the most sustainable actions.


            On the one hand, new non-chemical alternatives are sought for the management of vine pests with low environmental impact based on the application of entomopathogenic nematodes or secondary metabolites produced by their symbiotic bacteria that allow the provision of new management tools for three key arthropods in the vineyard: Lobesia botrana, Tetranychus urticae and Philaenus spumarius (vector of Xylella fastidiosa).

            On the other hand, promoting a high functional biodiversity is key to the sustainability of viticulture. Soil nematodes are an excellent model group for their evaluation since they form complex trophic networks, which allows estimating maturity indices and state of degradation of the agrosystem. However, this information is scarce and almost null if it is considered in relation to the control of pests/pathogens, or in crop improvements. In this context, In-Vid is providing new indicators of the impact of management on the beneficial fauna of the vineyard in several studies that investigate, for example, the impact of the presence of plant covers, or the effect of pest management (ecological versus integrated).


Featured Publications from IN-Vid


Blanco-Pérez, R. Vicente-Díez, I., Pou, A., Pérez-Moreno, I., Marco-Mancebón, V.S., Campos-Herrera, R., 2022. Organic mulching modulated native populations of entomopathogenic nematode in vineyard soils differently depending on its potential to control outgrowth of their natural enemies. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 107781,

Blanco-Pérez, R., Vicente-Díez, I., Ramos-Sáenz de Ojer, J.L., Marco-Mancebón, V.S., Pérez-Moreno, I., Campos-Herrera, R., 2022. Organic viticulture enhanced the activity of native entomopathogenic nematodes in DOCa Rioja soils (North of Spain). Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 332, 107931.

Vicente-Díez, I., Blanco-Pérez, R., Chelha M., Puelles, M., Pou, A., Campos-Herrera, R. 2021. Exploring the use of entomopathogenic nematodes and the natural products derived from their symbiotic bacteria to control the grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Insects 12, 1033.


Campos-Herrera, R., Vicente-Díez, I., Blanco-Pérez, R., Chelkha, M., González-Trujillo, M.M., Puelles, M., Cepulite, R., Pou, A. 2021. Positioning entomopathogenic nematodes for the future viticulture: exploring their use against biotic threats and as bioindicators of soil health. Turkish Journal of Zoology 45, 335-346.

Chelkha, M., Blanco-Pérez, R., Vicente-Díez, I., Bueno-Pallero, F.A., Amghar, S., El Harti, A., Campos-Herrera, R. 2021. Earthworms and their cutaneous excreta can modify the virulence and reproductive capability of entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 107620.

Vicente-Díez, I., Blanco-Pérez, R., González-Trujillo, M.M., Pou, A., Campos-Herrera, R. 2021. Insecticidal effect of entomopathogenic nematodes and the cell-free supernatant from their symbiotic bacteria against Philaenus spumarius (Hemiptera: Aphrophoridae) nymphs. Insects, 12, 448.

Blanco-Pérez, R., Sáenz-Romo, M.G., Vicente-Díez, I., Ibáñez-Pascul, S., Martínez-Villar, E., Marco-Mancebón, V.S., Pérez-Moreno, I., Campos-Herrera, R., 2020. Impact of vineyard ground cover management on the occurrence and activity of entomopathogenic nematodes and associated soil organisms. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 301, 107028. DOI:

Chelkha, M., Blanco-Pérez, R., Bueno-Pallero, F.A., Amghar, S., El Harti, A., Campos-Herrera, R. 2020. Cutaneous excreta of the earthworm Eisenia fetida (Haplotaxida: Lumbricidae) might hinder the biological control performance of entomopathogenic nematodes. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 141, 107691.

Pûza, V., Campos-Herrera, R., Blanco-Pérez, R., Jakubíková, H., Vicente-Díez, V., Nermut, J. 2020. Steinernema riojaense n. sp., a new entomopathogenic nematode (Nematoda: Steinernematidae) from Spain. Nematology, in press.

van den Hoogen, J., Geisen, S., Routh, D., Ferris, H., Traunspurger, W., Wardle, D.A., de Goede, R.G.M., Adams, B.J., Ahmad, W., Andriuzzi, W.S., Bardgett, R.D., Bonkowski, M., Campos-Herrera, R., Cares, J.E., Caruso, T., de Brito Caixeta, L., Chen, X., Costa, S.R., Creamer, R., da Cunha Castro, J.M., Dam, M., Djigal, D., Escuer, M., Griffiths, B.S., Gutiérrez, C., Hohberg, K., Kalinkina, D., Kardol, P., Kergunteuil, A., Korthals, G., Krashevska, V., Kudrin, A.A., Li, Q., Liang, W., Magilton, M., Marais, M., Rodríguez Martín, J.A., Matveeva, E., Mayad, E., Mulder, C., Mullin, P., Neilson, R., Nguyen, T.A.D., Nielsen, U.N., Okada, H., Palomares Rius, J.E., Pan, K., Peneva, V., Pellissier, L., Pereira da Silva, J.C., Pitteloud, C., Powers, T.O., Powers, K., Quist, C.W., Rasmann, S., Sánchez-Moreno, S., Scheu, S., Setälä, H., Sushchuk, A., Tiunov, A.V., Trap, J., van der Putten, W., Vestergård, M., Villenave, C., Waeyenberge, L., Wall, D.H., Wilschut, R., Wright, D.G., Yang, J., Crowther, T.W., 2019. Soil nematode abundance and functional group composition at a global scale. Nature, 7768, 194-198.

Sáenz-Romo, M.G., Veas-Bernal, A., Martínez-García, H., Campos-Herrera, R., Ibáñez-Pascual, S., Martínez-Villar, E., Pérez-Moreno, I., Marco-Mancebón, V.S., 2019. Ground cover management in a Mediterranean vineyard: Impact on insect abundance and diversity. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 283, 106571.