Carmen Gómez Lama Cabanás

Etiology and Control of Crop Diseases
1) Development of molecular methods for detection and differential diagnosis of pathogenic variants of the fungus Verticillium dahliae; 2) Analysis about genetic, molecular and pathogenic diversity of V. dahliae populations infecting relevant crops in Mediterranean agriculture; 3) Development of strategies for biological control of Verticillium wilt of olive. The main research line aims to elucidate the genetic and molecular basis of olive-V. dahliae- beneficial bacteria (mainly Pseudomonas spp.) interaction, with emphasis on strains able to establish endophytically. The study of mechanisms involved in plant resistance/natural tolerance to the pathogen and resistance induced by beneficial microorganisms are also areas of interest.

Gómez-Lama Cabanás C., Schilirò E., Valverde-Corredor A., and Mercado-Blanco J. 2014. The biocontrol endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens PICF7 induces systemic defense responses in aerial tissues upon colonization of olive roots.Front. Microbiol. 5:427. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00427.

Gómez-Lama Cabanás C., and  Pérez-Artés E.. 2014. New evidence of intra-race diversity in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. dianthi populations based on Vegetative Compatibility Groups. European Journal of Plant Pathology. DOI 10.1007/s10658-014-0412-y

Gómez-Lama Cabanás C.,  Valverde-Corredor A., and Pérez-Artés E.. 2012. Molecular analysis of Spanish populations of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. dianthi demonstrates a high genetic diversity and identifies virulence groups in races 1 and 2 of the pathogen. European Journal of Plant Pathology 132: 561-576.