About

I am a researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and guest professor at the Department of Biology of Ghent University (Belgium).

I am interested in the interactions of plants with insect herbivores and their natural enemies. I also study how soil organisms affect plant growth, defensive traits and aboveground plant-insect interactions. I have applied this research framework across a range of natural and agro- ecosystems; currently, I focus on the study of Mediterranean and sub-tropical agro-ecosystems and I work with vegetable and fruit crops (in developing countries). At a different scale of organization, I want also to understand how landscape features determine the functional biodiversity and productivity of these agro-ecosystems to guarantee a sustainable agricultural production.

On this website you can find more information about my academic activity, research and publications. Feel free to contact me for more information:

e.delapena@csic.es