Action Members

The list below shows the current members of the ACTION project.

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Action Members

Working Group: WG1 Impacts of CAMo interactions on crop production

Prof Paula Baptista

Professor
Research Interests
Biological control of pests and diseases, Microbe-Plant-Insect interaction, Plant microbiome, Endophytic and epiphytic microorganisms, Olive tree diseases and pests

Dr Alison Bennett

Alison Bennett
Rhizosphere Microbiologist

Dr Arjen Biere

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Evolutionary ecology, Plant-insect interactions, Plant-microbe interactions, chemical ecology, Mycorrhiza

Dr Aleksandra Bulajic

Professor
Research Interests
Vegetable and ornamentals viruses, Vegetable and ornamentals fungi and fungus like organisms, Quarantine plant pathogenic viruses and fungi, Vectors of plant pathogens

Dr Raquel Campos-Herrera

IF-Investigator
Research Interests
Plant-arthropod-beneficial organisms interaction, Entomopathogenic nematode ecology: application/long-term persistence, Conservation biological control of belowground pests, Soil Agroecology, Habitat modification

Dr Enric Frago

Researcher
Research Interests
Insect ecology, Insect-plant interactions, Insect symbiosis, Parasitism and predation, Population ecology

Dr Thure Pavlo Hauser

Associate Professor
Research Interests
Plant defense, Evolution of plant – insect – microbe interactions, Reproductive ecology, Adaptation, Complex plant interactions

Dr Marlena Lembicz

Professor
Research Interests
Life history, Resource allocation, Fungal endophyte, Wild grass, Symbiosis

Dr Jaroslav Michalko

Dr Jaroslav Michalko
Independent Researcher
Research Interests
Plant-microbe interactions, Endophyte, Biotechnology, Molecular biology, Genetics

Prof Gianfranco Romanazzi

Head of Plant Pathology Unit
Research Interests
Induced resistance, Biocontrol, Natural compounds, Plant disease management, Molecular characterization of Phytoplasma in weed hosts and vectors

Prof Kari Saikkonen

Research Professor
Research Interests
Trophic interactions, Microbe-plant-herbivore interactions, Climate change, Ecology and evolution, Sustainability

Dr Paloma Sanchez-Bel

RyC Researcher
Research Interests
Plant-pathogen interactions, Priming, Mycorrhizo-induced resistance, proteomics, Metabolomics

Dr Ayco Tack

Assistant Professor
Research Interests
Plant-based food webs, Community ecology, Spatial ecology, Plant-microbe-insect interactions, Disease dynamics

Dr Sharon Zytynska

Postdoc
Research Interests
Community genetics, Metacommunity ecology, Plant-aphid genetic interactions, Plant growth-promoting-rhizobacteria, Aphid bacterial symbionts

Working Group: WG2 Mechanisms underlying CAMo interactions

Dr Benedicte Albrectsen

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Plant health in plant production systems, chemical ecology, the evolution of resistance mechanisms, beneficial symbioses, behavioural drivers

Dr Ofir Bahar

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Insect vectored bacterial diseases of plants, Plant immunity, Bacterial pathogenicity, Bacterial outer membrane vesicles

Dr Victor Flors

Senior Lecturer
Research Interests
Plant immunity, Induced Resistance and Priming, Mycorrhizae, Fungal diseases, Spider mites

Prof Anna-Liisa Laine

Professor
Research Interests
Plant-pathogen interactions, Epidemiology, Coevolution tri-trophic interactions, Mutualistic interactions

Dr Aleksandra Obrępalska-Stęplowska

Associate Professor
Research Interests
Plant-virus interaction and plant-virus-vector interaction, The role of insect associated bacteria in plant defense reaction, The role of endosymbionts in insect-mediated virus transmission, Molecular biology, Virology

Dr Kalliope Papadopoulou

Associate Professor
Research Interests
Plant-fungi interactions, Fungal endophytes, Signalling, Specialized metabolism

Dr Victoria Pastor

Postdoc
Research Interests
Plant-pathogen interactions, Metabolomics, Priming, Mycorrhiza-induced resistance, disease control

Dr Anna Maria Pirttilä

Assistant Professor
Research Interests
Symbiosis, Plant-microbe interactions, Plant development, Plant defense, Biomimetics

Dr Maria J. Pozo

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Induced plant resistance against biotic stress, Defense priming, Mycorrhiza, Defense signalling, Phytohormones

Dr Sabine Ravnskov

Associate Professor
Research Interests
Arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM), Interplant signaling, Mechanisms underlying biocontrol by AM, Role of functional compatibility in the AM symbiosis in biocontrol, Plant-microbe interactions and plant health

Prof Peter Schröder

Senior Plant Physiologist
Research Interests
Plant health, Defense reactions, Plant microbe interactions, Aphids

Dr Jean-Christophe Simon

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Aphid symbionts, plant-insect-microbe interactions, genomics of plant adaptation in insects

Dr Akiko Sugio

Akiko Sugio
Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Plant-aphid interactions, Plant-aphid-symbiont interactions, Effectors (virulence and avirulence factors), Plant defense

Dr Vered Tzin

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Plant-insect interactions, Plant defense mechanism, Alteration of central metabolism toward production of specialized metabolism, Benzoxazinoid biosynthesis in wheat and barley, Combinatory effects of both aphid and drought on plants

Dr Radomíra Vaňková

Senior Scientist
Research Interests
Abiotic stresses, Biotic stresses, Plant hormones, Stress physiology, Hormone analysis

Working Group: WG3 Utilization of CAMo interactions

Prof Remzi Atlihan

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Sustainable agriculture, Biological control, Insect ecology, Using interactions between plants, microbes and insects for pest management

Prof Bruno Biavati

Temporary Staff University of Malta
Research Interests
Microbial taxonomy, Microbial ecology of the intestinal tract in humans and farm animals, Beneficial bacteria in humans animals and plants, Antimicrobial activity of natural compounds, Biotechnological application of methanogens

Prof Jasenka Ćosić

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Plant pathogens (cereals, arable crops, vegetables), Biological protection, Antifungal activity of essential oils

Prof Marcel Dicke

Head and chair of Laboratory of Entomology
Research Interests
Multitrophic interactions, Ecogenomics, Insect behavior, Integrated pest management

Dr Lotfi Fki

Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Plant (date palm), Biotechnology, Endophytes, cryopreservation, Plant physiology

Dr Fuad Gasi

Associate Professor
Research Interests
Molecular diversity, Fruit breeding, Genetic resources, Integrated pest management

Dr Richard Meadow

Head of Plant Protection Section
Research Interests
Vegatable entomology, Entomopathogenic fungi, IPM, Endofytes, Push-pull-kill strategies

Dr Photini Mylona

Head of Greek Gene Bank, Senior Researcher
Research Interests
Genetic diversity of plant species, Plant-microbe molecular interactions, Abiotic and biotic stress resilience of crops, Plant breeding of tolerant/resilient varieties, Conservation of ecosystem diversity

Dr Iakovos Pantelides

Academic Staff
Research Interests
Plant-microbe interactions, Biological control of plant diseases, Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, Fungal genetics and pathogenicity, Rhizosphere microbiome

Dr Maria Pappas

Assistant Professor
Research Interests
Herbivore-plant interactions, Biology and ecology of insects and mites, Biological control of crop pests, Plant defence in biological control, Integrated pest management

Dr Ana Pineda

Postdoc
Research Interests
Insect-plant interactions, Microbiomes, Plant-soil feedbacks, Plant immunity, Integrated pest management

Dr Jaka Razinger

Jaka Razinger
Research fellow
Research Interests
Biological control, Entomopathogenic fungi, Plant-microbe-pest interactions, Applied agricultural entomology, Integrated pest management

Dr Carolin Schneider

General Manager
Research Interests
Biostimulants, Mycorrhiza, Micropropagation, Agriculture of medicinal plants, Elite forest trees

Prof Ted Turlings

Professor
Research Interests
Chemical ecology of insect-plant interaction, Exploitation of induced chemical plant defences for crop protection, Evolutionary ecology of tritrophic interactions

Prof Ezio Venturino

Professor
Research Interests
Ecological and population models, Epidemiological models, Simulations, Dynamical systems, Numerical analysis

Dr Karolina Vrandečić

Assistant Professor
Research Interests
Fungal diseases of cereales, Fungal diseases of vegetables, Diagnostic of plant pathogens, Biological control of pathogens, Molecular methods in plant pathology