Jesús Mercado Blanco

Etiology and Control of Crop Diseases
My research interests are focused on agriculture biotechnology and plant microbiology, particularly in the development of biological control tools to be implemented in integrated disease management strategies, using Verticillium wilt of olive as study system among others. Specific lines of research are: 1) Identification and characterization of biological control agents; 2) Study of the molecular and genetics bases of plant(s)-pathogen(s)-biocontrol agent(s) tripartite interactions by ‘-omics’ approaches; 3) Beneficial endophytic bacteria; 4) Molecular and genetic diversity of soil and rhizosphere microorganisms; and 5) Qualitative and quantitative methods for the molecular detection of soil microorganisms.

a) Mercado-Blanco, J. and Lugtenberg, B. J.J. (2014) Biotechnological applications of bacterial endophytes. Current Biotechnology 3: 60-75

DOI: 10.2174/22115501113026660038

b) Maldonado-González, M. M., Prieto, P., Ramos, C. and Mercado-Blanco, J. (2013)From the root to the stem: interaction between the biocontrol root endophyte Pseudomonas fluorescens PICF7 and the pathogen Pseudomonas savastanoi NCPPB 3335 in olive knots. Microbial Biotechnology6: 275-287.

DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12036

c) Schiliro`, E., Ferrara, M., Nigro, F., and Mercado-Blanco, J. (2012) Genetic responses induced in olive roots upon colonization by the biocontrol endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens PICF7. PLoS ONE: e48646.


d) Prieto, P., Schiliro`, E., Maldonado-González, M., Valderrama, R., Barroso-Albarracín, J.B., and Mercado-Blanco, J. (2011) Root hairs play a key role in the endophytic colonization of olive roots by Pseudomonas spp. with biocontrol activity. Microbial Ecology62: 435-445.

DOI: 10.1007/s00248-011-9827-6

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e) López-Escudero, F.J., and Mercado-Blanco, J. (2011) Verticillium wilt of olive: a case study to implement an integrated strategy to control a soil-borne pathogen. Plant and Soil344: 1-50

DOI: 10.1007/s11104-010-0629-2

Professor of the Master Degree Course ‘Olivar, Aceite de Oliva y Salud’ (‘Olive, Olive Oil and Health’) of the University of Jaén (Spain)