Topic 1.2.2 IA Sustainability and competitiveness of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive horticulture (Section 1).. Topic 2.2.1 RIA Small scale farming systems innovation (Section 2).. Topic 2.2.2 RIA Use and management of biodiversity as a major lever of sustainability in farming systems (Section 2).
My interests are focus on the development of biotechnological tools for their application in biological control of agricultural important pests, which could implement management strategies for the development of more sustainable farming systems. Recently my research lines are related with plant-arthropod-microbiome interactions, using next generation sequencing for endosymbiont metagenomics determinations and differential gene expression using RNAseq. Related with the risk assessment of important crop pest, I also develop molecular taxonomy for detecting, identifying and tracing invasive species.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
The Universitat Jaume I (UJI) of Castelló is the public university in the north of the Valencian Community, a region on the European Mediterranean coast located among the cities of Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid. The Agrifood and Rural Environment Engineering Bachelor Degree has more than 20 years' experience at the UJI. The agricultural and food production sector is an economically relevant sector in the Valencian Community and has a crucial significance in the area of Castelló. The UJI's involvement in the local social environment of the agricultural sector is reflected in the large number of projects and agreements signed with agricultural companies and cooperatives. This is also evident in the amount of research agreements with centers and institutes of agricultural research in the Valencian Community.
This year 2018 the UJI has entered the Shanghai Global Ranking of Agricultural Sciences. Our Bachelor Degree counts with over 40 full-time PhD lecturers, which teach and conduct research in topical issues endorsed by international scientific indicators. More than eight leading research groups collaborate with the degree course in the fields of agrifood engineering, agricultural entomology, plant breeding, ecophysiology, pathology and biochemistry.
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth