José María Melero Vara

PLANT DISEASE MANAGEMENT
1. Study of oilseed crops diseases
Determination of Plasmopara halstedii races that affect sunflower in Spain.
Genetic and pathogenic characterization of Verticillium dahliae isolates affecting sunflower in Spain.
2. Studies on the etiology of vegetable crop diseases caused by soilborne fungi
Determination of Pythium species that affect cucurbits and green beans.
Pathogenicity studies of Fusarium solani and Fusarium proliferatum on asparagus and strawberry.
3. Integrated control of diseases caused by soilborne fungi
Integrated control of Fusarium crown and root rot of asparagus.
Integrated control of Fusarium wilt of carnation.

Bejarano-Alcázar, J., J. M. Melero-Vara, M. A. Blanco-López, and R. M. Jiménez-Díaz. 1999. Influence of inoculum density of defoliating and non-defoliating pathotypes of Verticillium dahliae on epidemics of Verticillium wilt of cotton in southern Spain. Phytopathology 95: 1474-1481.

Arthur W. A. M. de Cock, C. André Lévesque, José M. Melero-Vara, Yolanda Serrano, M. Luisa Guirado, Julio Gómez. 2008. Pythium solare sp. nov., a new pathogen of green beans in Spain. Mycological Research 112: 1115-1121.

Melero-Vara, J.M. A. M. Prados-Ligero, M.D. Vela, C.J. López-Herrera, J. A., Navas and M. J Basallote–Ureba. 2011. Effects of soil amendment with poultry manure on carnation Fusarium wilt in greenhouses in southwest Spain. Crop Protection 30: 970-976.

Molinero-Ruiz, M.L., Garcia Carneros, A.B., Collado Romero, M., Raranciuc, S., Domínguez J., Melero-Vara, J.M. 2014. Pathogenic and molecular diversity in highly virulent populations of the parasitic weed Orobanche cumana (sunflower broomrape) from Europe. Weed Research 54: 87-96.

Ana Borrego-Benjumea, María J. Basallote-Ureba, José M. Melero-Vara, and Pervaiz A. Abbasi. 2014. Characterization of Fusarium isolates from asparagus fields in Southwestern Ontario and influence of soil organic amendments on Fusarium Crown and Root Rot. Phytopathology 104: 403-415.

Public /Private Contracts: Evaluations of susceptibility of sunflower híbrids to different races of Plasmopara halstedii, the causal agent of sunflower downy mildew, for registration of commercial varieties. Spanish Office of Plant Varieties. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • Supervisor of nine PhD and three MSc theses (University of Córdoba and Polytechnic University of Almería.
  • Participant in teaching within Programs of MSc. given the Universities of Córdoba and Sevilla.
  • Member in many Committees of PhD and MSc Theses.