Plan Protection and Biotechnology

The two general objectives of the Department are pest and diseases control by means of procedures that reduce, to the maximum, the negative environmental impact and the genetic improvement of plants. The attainment of these objectives is being based significantly upon techniques of biotechnology, particularly in the projects of genetic improvement. Special stress should be placed on the close collaboration of the department with the various teams, in carrying out joint multidisciplinar projects, allowing solutions to real problems in agriculture and in an integrated form.

Research Areas

Etiology

Epidemiology
The spatial and temporal distribution of pathogens and pests, survival forms, transmission and alternative hosts, as a base to design control strategies.
Diagnosis, detection and characterization
Development of strategies based on the integration of biological, chemical and cultural methods that allow a suitable control of pests and diseases without negative incidence on the environment. Development of quarantine methods, and obtention of pathogen free plants.
Control Strategies
Development of strategies based on the integration of biological, chemical and cultural methods allowing an adequate pest and disease control, without negatively falling upon the environment. Development of quarantine methods for production of pathogen free plants.
Genetic Improvement
Genetic improvement of plants directed to introduce resistance to pathogens and to increase quality, by the application of biotechnology methods.