IN-Vid: Agroecological Innovation in the vineyards

Group members: 
Raquel Campos-Herrera: 
Investigador “Ramón y Cajal”
Rubén Blanco-Pérez: 
Contratado Predoctoral CAR
Ignacio Vicente-Díez: 
Estudiante de doctorado, Universidad de La Rioja
Francisco Ángel Bueno-Pallero: 
Estudiante de doctorado, Universidade do Algarve (Portugal)
Maryam Chelkha: 
Estudiante de doctorado, University of Rabat (Marruecos)
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)

IN-Vid has as main objective to reduce the dependence of traditional agrochemicals on pest control and evaluate the sustainability of different management in the agroecosystems, with special emphasis on the vineyard. We develop two lines of research: (i) functional biodiversity of vineyards and multitrophic interactions and (ii) habitat modification and development of new bio-tools.


Vineyard functional biodiversity and multitrophic interactions

The maintenance of a rich functional biodiversity is key to the sustainability of viticulture. Nematodes in the soil are an excellent model group for their evaluation since they form complex trophic networks, which allows estimating maturity indices and degradation status of the agroecosystem. Furthermore, the functional group of biological control agents (BCA), such as entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs), are of particular interest. Its optimal implementation for managing insect pests requires knowledge of the multitrophic interactions of the agroecosystem. However, this information is scarce and almost nil if considered in relation to pest / pathogen control, or crop improvement. In this context, IN-Vid has specific objectives: (i) to assess the general functional biodiversity (trophic groups and soil quality) in vineyards under different agronomic management, (ii) to investigate the distribution patterns of NEPs and their enemies natural in those vineyards, and (iii) advance knowledge of plant / pest-disease / natural enemy interactions to identify beneficial associations for the crop.

Habitat modification and development of new bio-tools

Studying how different habitat modifications impact functional diversity will allow us to know how to promote the activity of certain groups, such as biological control agents (BCAs), both by augmentation and by conservation approaches. In addition, the development of EPN formulations for their aerial application, or product based on their symbiote bacteria or derivatives, will allow expanding the non-chemical control alternatives for several key vine pests, such as Lobesia botrana, Tetranychus urticae or Philaenus spumarius (Xylella fastidiosa vector). In this context, the specific objectives of IN-Vid are: (i) to investigate the effect of the implementation of vegetal covers, (ii) to evaluate the impact of the incorporation of vegetal substrates in the soil, and (iii) to select the best combination of NEPs / bacteria / metabolite against target pests.

Featured publications  

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.


Sáenz-Romo, M.G., Veas-Bernal, A., Martínez-García, H., Ibáñez-Pascual, S., Martínez-Villar, E., Campos-Herrera, R., Pérez-Moreno, I., Marco-Mancebón, V.S., 2019. Effects of ground cover management on insect predators and pests in a Mediterranean vineyard. Insects, 10, 421.


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.


Blanco-Pérez, R., Bueno-Pallero, F.A., Vicente-Díez, I., Marco-Mancebón, V.S., Pérez-Moreno, I., Campos-Herrera, R., 2019. Scavenging behavior and interspecific competition decrease offspring fitness of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema feltiae. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 164, 5-15.


San-Blas, E., Campos-Herrera, R., Dolinski, C., Monteiro, C., Andaló, V., Leite, L.G., Rodríguez, M.G., Morales-Montero, P., Sáenz-Aponte, A., Cedano, C., López-Núñez, J.C., del Valle, E., Doucet, M., Lax, P., Navarro, P.D., Báez, F., llimiquinga, P., Ruiz-Vega, J., Guerra-Monero, A., Stock, S.P., 2019. Entomopathogenic nematology in Latin America: A brief history, current research and future prospects. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 165, 22-45.


Jaffuel, G., Imperiali, N., Shelby, K., Campos-Herrera, R., Geisert, R., Maurhofer, M., Loper, J., Keel, C., Turlings, T.C.J., Hibbard, B.E., 2019. Protecting maize from rootworm damage with the combined application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Pseudomonas bacteria and entomopathogenic nematodes. Scientific Reports, 9:3127


Jaffuel, G., Puza, V., Hug, A.-S., Meuli, R.G., Nermut, J., Turlings, T.C.J., Desurmont, G.A., Campos-Herrera, R., 2019. Molecular detection and quantification of slug parasitic nematodes from the soil and their hosts. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 160, 18-25.


Campos-Herrera, R., Stuart, R.J., Pathak, E., El-Borai, F.E., Duncan, L.W. 2019. Temporal patterns of entomopathogenic nematodes in Florida citrus orchards: Evidence of natural regulation by microorganisms and nematode competitors. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 128, 193-204.


Campos-Herrera, R., Blanco-Pérez, R., Bueno-Pallero, F.A., Duarte, A., Nolasco, G., Sommer, R.J., Rodríguez Martín, J.A., 2019. Vegetation drives assemblages of entomopathogenic nematodes and other soil organisms: Evidence from the Algarve, Portugal. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 128, 150-163.


Jaffuel, G., Blanco-Pérez, R., Hug, A.-S., Chiriboga, X., Meuli, R.G., Mascher, F., Turlings, T.C.J., Campos-Herrera, R., 2018. The evaluation of entomopathogenic nematode soil food web assemblages across Switzerland reveals major differences among agricultural, grassland and forest ecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 262, 48–57.