Juan Antonio Navas Cortés

My research activities are focused on the understanding of plant disease epidemics by:

  • Development of quantitative models to facilitate prediction of plant diseases and design efficient control strategies.
  • Spatio-temporal dynamics of plant disease epidemics.
  • Impacts of climatic change on the geographical distribution of plant pathogens, their life cycles and the epidemics they cause.
  • Detection, monitoring and quantification of plant disease epidemics by remote sensing.


Navas-Cortés, J.A., Landa, B.B., Méndez-Rodríguez, M.A. & Jiménez-Díaz, R.M. 2007. Quantitative modeling of the effects of temperature and inoculum density of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ciceris races 0 and 5 on development of Fusarium wilt in chickpea cultivars.Phytopathology 97: 564-573. DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-97-5-0564.

Navas-Cortés, J.A., Landa, B.B., Mercado-Blanco, J., Trapero-Casas, J.L., Rodríguez-Jurado, D. & Jiménez-Díaz, R.M. 2008. Spatiotemporal analysis of spread of infections by Verticillium dahliae pathotypes within a high tree density olive orchard in southern Spain. Phytopathology 98: 167-180. DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-98-2-0167.

Remesal, E., Landa, B.B., Jiménez-Gasco, M.M., and Navas-Cortés, J.A. 2013.Sequence variation in two protein-coding genes correlates with Mycelial Compatibility Groupings in Sclerotium rolfsii. Phytopathology 103: 479-487. DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-07-12-0151-R.

Jiménez-Fernández, D., Landa, B.B., Kang, S., Jiménez-Díaz, R.M., & Navas-Cortés, J.A. 2013. Quantitative and microscopic assessment of compatible and incompatible interactions between chickpea cultivars and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ciceris races. PLoS ONE8: e61360739. doi:10.1371 /journal.pone. 0061360.

Calderón, R., Navas-Cortés, J.A., Lucena, C., & Zarco-Tejada, P.J. 2013. High-resolution airborne hyperspectral and thermal imagery for early detection of Verticillium wilt of olive using fluorescence, temperature and narrow-band spectral indices. Remote Sensing of Environment 139: 231-245. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2013.07.031.

  • Specific diagnosis of plant pathogenic fungi and oomycetes, and their races, pathotypes or biotypes by conventional and DNA-based procedures.
  • Quantification of populations of plant pathogenic fungi and oomycetes in plant material, soil or agricultural substrates by conventional and DNA-based procedures.
  • Evaluation and characterization of disease resistance to plant pathogens and the efficacy of biological or chemical products to promote plant growth of agricultural crops and/or the control of diseases caused by pathogens including fungi and oomycetes.

Teaching in the Expert course “Innovaciones en el diagnóstico y gestión integrada de enfermedades, plagas y malas hierbas de cultivos y masas forestales”, University of Cordoba-CeiA3-AESaVe, Spain, 2014 and 2015.

Teaching in the European Master of Science in Nematology (EUMAINE). Nematode Diseases in Mediterranean Crops. Erasmus Mundus, EU, University of Jaén, Spain, 2010-2014.

  • Email: jnavas@ias.csic.es
  • IAS main building – Office 3 top floor
  • Phone: (+34) 957 49 92 26