Ana Martin Camargo
The main focus of my research is to evaluate whether plant soil feedbacks (PSF) can be used to suppress noxious weeds. A thorough understanding of the effect of soil legacies on plant performance and the interactions between PSF and herbivores through changes in plant chemistry are key.
My research career focuses in plant-insect interactions, including resistance development in target and non-target pests to genetically modified maize (PhD and an internship at EFSA) and biological control of weeds.
Together with Professor Martijn Bezemer and Dr. Suzanne Lommen, I evaluate whether plant-soil feedbacks (PSF) can be harnessed for the control of the noxious weed Jacobaea vulgaris in the field. In this project it is key to assess the effect of PSF on the establishment and growth of this weed species, as well as to gain knowledge on the interactions between PSF and specialist and generalist herbivores of Jacobaea vulgaris, which are influenced by the soil community mainly through changes in the plant chemistry. The results of this study could provide a proof of principle that soil inoculations can be combined with biological control with herbivores in an integrated approach for the suppression of J. vulgaris.
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