*in which I am the principal investigator
ECOLIVES – Fostering sustainable management in Mediterranean olive farms: pest control services provided by wild species as incentives for biodiversity conservation. Ref. PTDC/AAG-REC/6480/2014. Funding Agency: Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (FCT) and European Regional Development Fund, Portugal2020. This project has Pedro Beja (CIBIO-Porto) and Francisco Moreira (CIBIO-Porto) as research partners.
Naturally occurring species can efficiently reduce populations of crop pests. By reducing crop losses and the need for agrochemicals, the so-called biocontrol services (BS) therefore provide clear incentives for biodiversity conservation. Yet, the ecology of biocontrol services is poorly known, thus limiting our ability to understand its value and to plan their conservation and management. Which local and landscape environmental factors affect biodiversity patterns and the BS they provide in Mediterranean olive farms? What is the monetary value of BS and the economic cost of their loss? What is the impact of distinct pest control strategies on BS? Does management intensification compromises the economic profitability of BS? How BS can be managed at broad spatial scales, particularly in the face of global environmental change? Questions such as these have been identified as critical priorities for the science-policy interface in sustainable crop production worldwide, and ECOLIVES will hopefully deliver some of the urgently needed answers using olive farms as study system.
TORUÑOS – Plan de gestión y conservación del control de plagas forestales por murciélagos en el Parque Metropolitano Marisma de los Toruños y Pinar de la Algaida (Cádiz)”. This project, hosted by AGADEN, seeks to reinforce the local population of the Soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) and, in turn, natural pest control services against the pine processionary (Thametopoea pitycampa).
*in which I participate as research associate
IMPLANTIN – Aspectos básicos y aplicados del impacto de plantas invasoras. Ref. CGL2015-65346-R. PI: Montserrat Vilá. Funding agency: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Host institution: Doñana Biological Station (EBD)- Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Spain)
HERRIZA –Reinterpretación de la singularidad biogeográfica y ecológica del brezal mediterráneo o herriza del estrecho de Gibraltar. Ref. CGL2015-64007-P. PI: Fernando Ojeda Copete. Funding agency: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Host institution: University of Cádiz (Spain)