Fernando García-Arenal


Fernando García-Arenal, graduated as Ingeniero Agrónomo from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1974, and obtained his PhD degree in Plant Pathology in 1977. From 1981 to 1983 he was a visiting fellow with Prof. Milton Zailtin, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, NY, USA, and in 2001 he did a six-month sabbatical with Prof. Lin Chao, Dept. of Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution, University of California San Diego, USA. Since 1983 he is Catedrático (Professor) at UPM, and since 2008 he leads the research group “Plant-Virus Interactions and Co-Evolution” at CBGP, of which he was Director (2006 to 2015).

Over the years, he has contributed to different aspects of plant virology, from diagnosis and diagnostic tools for new diseases to the molecular mechanisms of plant-virus interactions. However, his major interest has been understanding plant virus evolution, in increasingly complex frameworks. Initially he focussed on the genetic diversity and structure of virus populations, and on the mechanisms that generate virus diversity. He moved then to study the evolution of plant-virus interactions, with significant contributions to understand the evolution of virulence, host defence, and host range, including virus overcoming of resistance in crops. This work highlighted the role of the environment as modulator of virus host range and virulence, which directed his research to virus ecology and virus emergence, the topics of his most recent research. topics of my most recent research .

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