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Full Professor 
Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology
Telephone:965903400  ext. 3381, 3280
Brief summary of work: I have worked in universities and centres of investigation of Scotland, Holland, United States and Spain, near of twenty years, on different appearances of mycology, phytopathology and especially in biological control of insects and phytopathogenic nematodes.

Abridged CV

Group Leader of Patholgy Lab (Fungal Interactions)


Structural and molecular analysis of organisms.


Mycology, phytopathology and biological control of insects and phytopathogenic nematodes.


 Phytopathology and Fungal Ecology

  • “Análisis molecular, celular y agronómico de la compatibilidad entre Pochonia chlamydosporia y quitosano en la promoción del crecimiento del tomate y defensa contra nematodos". CICYT (AGL2011-29297). Aportación concedida: 121.000 Euros. (2012-14).
  • "Utilización práctica de quitosano, hongos endofitos y agentes de control biológico para el control de patógenos radiculares" (AGL200800716). Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia 01/01/2009-31/12/2011.
  • "Aplicación de productos formulados con hongos entomopatógenos para el control biológico del picudo rojo (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) de las palmeras. (PET2007_0469_01). Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. 12/09/2008-11/09/2011.
  • "Mecanismos y aplicaciones prácticas de la promoción del crecimiento vegetal y control de enfermedades por quitosano y endofitos fúngicos" (AGL200760264). Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. 01/10/2007-30/09/2008.
  • "Control biológico de la plaga de las palmáceas, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, mediante el uso de hongos agentes de biocontrol. (TRT200600016C0702). Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. 12/02/2007-12/02/2009.
  • "Aproximación sinergistica al control de enfermedades radiculares utilizando agentes de biocontrol endófitos y quitosano",  agl2004-05808 ,  36  meses. (2007).
  • "Cámara climática (1991)",  uainfra06-04 ,  12  meses. (2007)
  • "Fitopatología",  vigrob-061 ,  24  meses. (2007)
  • "Investigación Multidisciplinar en Medio Ambiente",  aorg/2007/035.
  • "Live Cell Imaging of Fungal Biology ( vivo de Biol.Fúngica)",  inv07-43 (2007).



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Book Chapters:
  • Lopez-Llorca, L.V. & Güerri-Agullo, B. (2012). Estado Fitosanitario del Palmeral de Figuig. p123-131. En Bases Ecológicas y Culturales del oasis de Figuig (Marruecos). Eds Vargas-Llovera, M.D., Seva-Roman, E. & Hamdaoui, M. ISBN 9954-8612-012.
  • Maciá-Vicente, J.G., Jansson H.-B., Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2011). Visualizing interactions of nematophagous fungi with barley roots using low-temperature SEM and histochemistry. In: Prospects and Applications for Plant-Associated Microbes. A Laboratory Manual, Part B: Fungi. Pirttilä, A.M., Sorvari, S. (eds.). BioBien Innovations, Finland. ISBN 978-952-99302-6-5.
  • Maciá-Vicente, J.G., Jansson H.-B., Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2011). Understanding biological importance of endophytism of nematophagous fungi. In: Prospects and Applications for Plant-Associated Microbes. A Laboratory Manual, Part B: Fungi. Pirttilä, A.M., Sorvari, S. (eds.). BioBien Innovations, Finland. ISBN 978-952-99302-6-5.
  • Macia-Vicente, J.G., Palma-Guerrero, J., Gómez-Vidal, S.,  Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2010). New insights on the mode of action of Fungal Pathogens of Invertebrates for improving their biocontrol performance. Chapter 9. In :"Biological Control of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes: Building Coherence between Microbial Ecology and Molecular Mechanisms. Spiegel, Yitzhak; Davies, Keith (Eds.). Springer. Dordrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-1-4020-9647-1.
  • Lopez-Llorca, L. V., Maciá-Vicente, J. G., Jansson, H. , Ciancio, A. & Mukerji, K. G. (2008). Mode of action and interactions of nematophagous fungi. Integrated Management and Biocontrol of Vegetable and Grain Crops Nematodes, 51-76.
  • Lopez-Llorca, L. V. & Jansson, H. (2007). Fungal parasites in invertebrates: Multimodal biocontrol agents. Exploitation of Fungi, 310-335.
  • Lopez-Llorca, L. V., Jansson, H., Vicente, J. G. M. & Salinas, J. (2006). Nematophagous fungi as root endophytes. Microbial Root Endophytes. Berlin, Germany, 191-206.
  • Jansson, H.  & Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2004). Control of nematodes by fungi. Fungal  Biotechnology in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Applications, 205-215.
  • Jansson, H.  & Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2001). Biology of nematophagous fungi. Trichomycetes and Other Fungal Groups: Robert W. Lichtwardt Commemoration, 144-173

Articles in Journals:

Most of our papers are available in PDF form. Please contact us at the address for a free PDF copy for personal use.

  • Expression and specificity of a chitin deacetylase from the nematophagous fungus Pochonia chlamydosporia potentially involved in pathogenicity" by Almudena Aranda-Martinez, Laia Grifoll-Romero, Hugo Aragunde, Enea Sancho-Vaello, Xevi Biarnes, Luis V. Lopez-Llorca, and Antoni Planas (2018). Scientific Reports (in press)
  • Genome and secretome analysis of Pochonia chlamydosporia provide new insight into 2 egg-parasitic mechanisms 3 Runmao Lin1,2,*, Feifei Qin1,2,*, Baoming Shen2,*, Qianqian Shi2 , Chichuan Liu2 , Xi Zhang1,2 4 , Yang Jiao2 , Jun Lu1 , Yaoyao Gao1 , Marta Suarez-Fernandez3 , Federico Lopez-Moya3 5 , Luis Vicente Lopez-Llorca3 , Gang Wang2 , Zhenchuan Mao2 , Jian Ling2 , Yuhong Yang2 6 , Xinyue Cheng1,4 & Bingyan Xie. Scientific Reports (in press).
  • F. Lopez-Moya , N. Escudero, E. A. Zavala-Gonzalez, D. Esteve-Bruna, M. A. Blázquez, D. Alabadí & L. V. Lopez-Llorca (2017). Induction of auxin biosynthesis and WOX5 repression mediate changes in root development in Arabidopsis exposed to chitosan. Scientific Reports 7: 16813. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-16874-5.

  • Escudero N, Lopez-Moya F, Ghahremani Z, Zavala-Gonzalez EA, Alaguero-Cordovilla A, Ros-Ibañez C, Lacasa A, Sorribas FJ and Lopez-Llorca LV (2017) Chitosan Increases Tomato Root Colonization by Pochonia chlamydosporia and Their Combination Reduces Root-Knot Nematode Damage. Front. Plant Sci. 8:1415. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01415.
  • A. Aranda-Martinez , M. A. Naranjo Ortiz , I.S. Abihssira García, E.A. Zavala-Gonzalez , L.V. Lopez-Llorca. (2017). Ethanol production from chitosan by the nematophagous fungus Pochonia chlamydosporia and the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana. Microbiological Research 204, 30–39.

  • N. Escudero, F. Lopez-Moya , Z. Ghahremani, E. A. Zavala-Gonzalez , A. Alaguero-Cordovilla, C. Ros-Ibañez , A. Lacasa, F. J. Sorribas and L. V. Lopez-Llorca. Chitosan increases tomato Root colonization by Pochonia chlamydosporia and their combination reduces Root-Knot Nematode damage. (2017). Frontiers in Plant Science  8. Article 1415. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01415

  • F. M. Mahmoud, Z. Krimi, J. G. Maciá-Vicente, M. B. Errahmanig, L. V. Lopez-Llorca. Endophytic fungi associated with roots of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) in coastal dunes. (2017). Revista Iberoamericana de Micologia. DOI: 10.1016/j.riam.2016.06.007

  • Aranda-Martinez, A., Lenfant, N., Escudero, N., Zavala-Gonzalez, E. A., Henrissat, B. and Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2016). CAZyme content of Pochonia chlamydosporia reflects that chitin and chitosan modification are involved in nematode parasitism. Environ. Microbiol. In press. Doi. 10.1111/1462-2920.13544.

  • Zavala-Gonzalez, E.A., Rodríguez-Cazorla, E., Mart%u0131nez-Laborda, A., Escudero, N., Aranda-Martìnez, A., Ramìrez-Lepe, M., Vera, A. and Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2016). Arabidopsis thaliana root colonization by the nematophagous fungus Pochonia chlamydosporia is modulated by jasmonate signaling and leads to accelerated flowering and improved yield. New Phytologist  doi: 10.1111/nph.14106

  • Mohamed Mahmoud, F., Krimi, Z., Macia-Vicente, J.G., Brahim Errahmani, M., and Lopez Llorca, L.V. (2016). Endophytic fungi associated with roots of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) in coastal dunes. Revista Iberoamericana de Micología (in Press)

  • Aranda-Martinez, A., Lopez-Moya, F. and Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2016). Cell wall composition plays a key role on sensitivity of filamentous fungi to chitosan. Journal of Basic Microbiology; doi:10.1002/jobm.201500775.

  •  Zavala-Gonzalez, E., Lopez-Moya, F., Aranda-Martinez, A., Cruz-Valerio, M., Lopez-Llorca, L.V. and Ram%u0131rez-Lepe, M. (2016). Tolerance to chitosan by Trichoderma species is associated with low membrane fluidity.  Journal of Basic Microbiology; doi:10.1002/jobm.201500758

  •  Lopez-Moya, F.  and Lopez-Llorca L.V. (2016). Omics for Investigating Chitosan as an Antifungal and Gene Modulator. J. Fungi 20, 2(1): 11; doi:10.3390/jof2010011.
  • Lo Piccolo S.; Alfonzo A.; Giambra S.; Conigliaro G.; Lopez-Llorca L.V. & Burruano, S. (2015). Identification of Acremonium isolates from grapevine and evaluation of their antagonism towards Plasmopara viticola. Annals of Microbiology. DOI 10.1007/s13213-015-1082-5.

  • Larriba, E.; Belda, A.;  Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2015). A PCR based method to detect Russula spp. in soil samples and Limodorum abortivum roots in Mediterranean environments. Forest Systems 24 (1), e019, 5 pages (in press).

  • Larriba, E., Jaime, M.D.L.A., Nislow, C., Martín-Nieto, J., Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2015). Endophytic colonization of barley (Hordeum vulgare) roots by the nematophagous fungus Pochonia chlamydosporia reveals plant growth promotion and a general defense and stress transcriptomic response. Journal of Plant Research. ISSN: 1618-0860 (Online). DOI 10.1007/s10265-015-0731-x.

  • Jalinas J., Güerri-Agulló B., Mankin, R.W., López-Follana R. and L. V. Lopez-Llorca (2015). Acoustic Assessment of Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) Effects on Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Dryophthoridae) Larval Activity and Mortality. Journal of Economic Entomology, 1–10 (2015); DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov023.

  • Zavala-Gonzalez, E. A., Escudero, N., Lopez-Moya, F., Aranda-Martinez, A., Exposito, A., Ricaño-Rodríguez, J., Naranjo-Ortiz, M. A., Ramírez-Lepe, M. and Lopez-Llorca L. V. (2015). Some isolates of the nematophagous fungus Pochonia chlamydosporia promote root  growth and reduce flowering time of tomato. Annals of Applied Biology. doi:10.1111/aab.12199.

  • Lopez-Moya, F., Colom-Valiente, M.F., Martinez-Peinado, P., Martinez-Lopez, J.E., Puelles, E., Sempere-Ortells, J.M. and  Lopez-Llorca L.V. (2015) Carbon and nitrogen limitation increase chitosan antifungal activity in Neurospora crassa and fungal human pathogens. Fungal Biology. doi: 10.1016/j.funbio.2014.12.003.

  • Escudero, N. and Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2014). Estudio de la interacción tritrófica: tomate, Meloidogyne javanica y Pochonia chlamydosporia. Boletín de la SEF, 87: 73-81. ISSN: 1998-513X.

  • Larriba, E., Maria D.L.A, Jaime, Carbonell-Caballero, J., Conesa, A., Dopazo, J., Nislow, C., Martin-Nieto, J., Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2014). Sequencing and functional analysis of the genome of a nematode egg-parasitic fungus, Pochonia chlamydosporia. Fungal Genetics and Biology 65: 69-80.

  • Escudero, N., Marhuenda-Egea, F. C., Ibanco-Cañete, R., Zavala-González, E. A., Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2014). A metabolomic approach to study the rhizodeposition in the tritrophic interaction: tomato, Pochonia chlamydosporia and Meloidogyne javanica. Metabolomics DOI 10.1007/s11306-014-0632-3.

  • Ricaño, J., Güerri-Agulló, B., Serna-Sarriás, M. J., Rubio-Llorca, G., Asensio, L., Barranco, P. and Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2013). Evaluation of the pathogenicity of multiple isolates of Beauveria bassiana (HYPOCREALES: CLAVICIPITACEAE) on Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Dryophthoridae) for the assesment of a solid formulation under simulated field conditions. Florida Entomologist 96(4): 1311-1324.

  • Jaime, M., Lopez-Llorca, L.V., Conesa, A., Lee, A.Y., Proctor, M., Heisler, L.E., Gebbia, M., Giaever, G., Westwood, T.J. and Nislow, C. (2012). Identification of yeast genes that confer resistance to chitosan oligosaccharide (COS) using chemogenomics . BMC Genomics, 13:267 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-13-267.

  • Larriba E., Martín-Nieto, J., and Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2012). Gene cloning, molecular modeling, and phylogenetics of serine protease P32 and serine carboxypeptidase SCP1 from nematophagous fungi Pochonia rubescens and Pochonia chlamydosporia . Can. J. Microbiol. 58, 815-827.

  • Escudero, N. & Lopez-Llorca L.V. (2012). Effects on plant growth and root-knot nematode infection of an endophytic GFP transformant of the nematophagous fungus Pochonia chlamydosporia . Symbiosis. DOI: 10.1007/s13199-012-0173-3.

  • J.G. Macia-Vicente, V. Ferraro, S. Burruano & L.V. Lopez-Llorca (2012). Fungal Assemblages Associated with Roots of Halophytic and Non-halophytic Plant Species Vary Differentially Along a Salinity Gradient. Microbial Ecology . DOI 10.1007/s00248-012-0066-2.

  • B. Güerri-Agulló, R. López-Follana, L. Asensio, P. Barranco, L. V. Lopez-Llorca (2011). Use of a Solid Formulation of Beauveria bassiana for Biocontrol of the Red Palm Weevil ( Rhynchophorus ferrugineus ) (Coleoptera: Dryophthoridae) Under Field Conditions in SE Spain . Florida Entomologist, 94(4):737-747.

  • Muhammad Mukhtar, Khawaja G Rasool, Michael P. Parrella, Qaiser I Sheikh, Arnab Pain, Luis Vicente Lopez-Llorca, Yousif N. Aldryhim, R. W. Mankin and Abdulrahman S. Aldawood (2011). New Initiatives for Management of Red Palm Weevil Threats to Historical Arabian Date Palms. Florida Entomologist, 94(4):733-736.

  • B. Güerri-Agulló, M. Flores-Peñalver, J.M. Aranda-Aranda, L. Asensio, P. Barranco y L.V. Lopez-Llorca (2011). Desarrollo de una herramienta de control biológico para el manejo sostenible del picudo rojo. Phytoma España 226, 60-62.

  • Bezrodnykh E.A., Tikhonov V.E., Lopez-Llorca L.V. (2010). Segregation of chitin from wastes of seafood and receiving of chitosans from it. Fish Industry, v.2, pp. 9-12, ISSN 2073-9656.

  • Palma-Guerrero, J., Larriba, E., Guerri-Agulló, B., Jansson, H-B., Salinas, J. & Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2010). Chitosan increases conidiation in fungal pathogens of invertebrates. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 87:2237–2245.

  • Abdullah, Samir K., Monfort, E., Asensio, L., Salinas, J., Lopez-Llorca, L.V. & Jansson, H.B. (2010). Soil mycobiota of date palm plantations in Elche, SE Spain. Czech Mycology, 61(2): 149–162.

  • Güerri-Agulló, B., Gomez-Vidal, S., Asensio, L., Barranco, P. & Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2010). Infection of the Red Palm Weevil ( Rhynchophorus ferrugineus ) by the Entomopathogenic Fungus Beauveria bassiana : A SEM Study . Microscopy Research and Technique, 73:714–725.

  • Palma-Guerrero, J.; Gómez-Vidal, S.; Tikhonov, V.; Salinas, J.; Jansson, H-B.; Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2010). Comparative analysis of extracellular proteins from Pochonia chlamydosporia grown with chitosan or chitin as main carbon and nitrogen sources . Enzyme and Microbial Technology 46: 568–574.

  • Lopez-Llorca, Gómez-Vidal, Monfort,  Larriba, Casado-Vela, Elortza, Börje-Jansson, Salinas, Martín-Nieto (2010). Expression of serine proteases in egg-parasitic nematophagous fungi during barley root colonization. Fungal Genetics and Biology 47: 342-351.

  • J. Palma-Guerrero, J.A. Lopez-Jimenez , A.J. Pérez-Berná, I.-C. Huang , H.-B. Jansson, J. Salinas, J. Villalaín , N.D. Read and L.V. Lopez-Llorca (2010). Membrane fluidity determines sensitivity of filamentous fungi to chitosan. Molecular Microbiology 75, 1021-1032.

  • Lopez-Llorca, L.V. & Macia-Vicente, J.G. (2009). Plant symbioses with fungal endophytes: perspectives on conservation and sustainable exploitation of Mediterranean ecosystems . Mediterranea 20, 10-47.

  • J.G. Macia-Vicente, L.C. Rosso, A. Ciancio, H.-B. Jansson & L.V. Lopez-Llorca (2009). Colonisation of barley roots by endophytic Fusarium equiseti and Pochonia chlamydosporia : Effects on plant growth and disease . Ann Appl Biol 155: 391–401. ISSN 0003-4746.

  • Palma-Guerrero, J., Huang, I., Jansson, H., Salinas, J., Lopez-Llorca, L. V. & Read, N. D. (2009). Chitosan permeabilizes the plasma membrane and kills cells of Neurospora crassa in an energy dependent manner . Fungal Genetics and Biology 46(8): 585-594.

  • Gómez-Vidal, S.; Salinas, J.; Tena, M.; Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2009). Proteomic analysis of date palm ( Phoenix dactylifera L.) responses to endophytic colonization by entomopathogenic fungi . Electrophoresis 30: 2996-3005.

  • Maciá-Vicente, J.G.; Jansson, H.-B.; Lopez-Llorca, L.V. (2009). Assessing fungal root colonization for plant improvement . Plant Signaling & Behavior 4(5): 445-447.

  • Maciá-Vicente, J. G., Jansson, H. , Talbot, N. J., & Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2009). Real-time PCR quantification and live-cell imaging of endophytic colonization of barley ( Hordeum vulgare ) roots by Fusarium equiseti and Pochonia chlamydosporia . New Phytologist, 182(1): 213-228.

  • Maciá-Vicente, J. G., Jansson, H., Mendgen, K. & Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2008). Colonization of barley roots by endophytic fungi and their reduction of take-all caused by Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici . Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 54(8): 600-609.

  • Maciá-Vicente, J. G., Jansson, H., Abdullah, S. K., Descals, E., Salinas, J. & Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2008). Fungal root endophytes from natural vegetation in mediterranean environments with special reference to Fusarium spp . FEMS Microbiology Ecology,64(1): 90-105.

  • Palma-Guerrero, J., Jansson, H. , Salinas, J. & Lopez-Llorca, L. V. (2008). Effect of chitosan on hyphal growth and spore germination of plant pathogenic and biocontrol fungi . Journal of Applied Microbiology, 104(2): 541-553.

  • Gómez-Vidal, S., Tena, M., Lopez-Llorca, L. V. & Salinas, J. (2008). Protein extraction from Phoenix dactylifera L. leaves, a recalcitrant material, for two-dimensional electrophoresis . Electrophoresis, 29(2): 448-456.

  • Asensio, L., López-Jiménez, J. A. & López-Llorca, L. V. (2007). Mycobiota of the date palm phylloplane: Description and interactions. Revista Iberoamericana De Micologia , 24(4): 299-304.

  • Monfort, E., Lopez-Llorca, L.V., Jansson, H-B. & Salinas, J.(2006). ” In vitro soil receptivity to egg-parasitic nematophagous fungi ”. Mycological Progress.  VOL. 5. Pp. 18-23.

  • Tikhonov, V.E., Stepnova, E.A., Babak, V.G., Yamskov, I.A., Palma-Guerrero, J., Jansson, H-B., Lopez-Llorca, L.V., Salinas, J., Gerasimenko, D.V., Avdienko, I.D. & Varlamov, V.P. (2006). ” Bactericidal and antifungal activities of a low molecular weight chitosan and its N-/2(3)-(dodec-2-enyl)succinoyl/-derivatives .” Carbohydrate Polymers. Vol. 64. Pp. 66-72.

  • Gómez-Vidal, S., Lopez-Llorca, L.V., Jansson, H-B. & Salinas, J. (2006) “ Endophytic colonization of date palm ( Phoenix dactylifera L.) leaves by entomopathogenic fungi ”. Micron. Vol. 37. Pp. 624- 632.

  • Abdullah, S.K.; Asensio, L.; Monfort, E.; Gomez-Vidal, S.; Palma-Guerrero, J.; Salinas, J.; Lopez-llorca, L.V.; Jansson, H-B.; Guarro, J. ” Ocurrence in Elx, SE Spain of inflorescence rot disease of date palms caused by Mouginiella scaettae ”.  Journal of Phytopathology. Vol. 153. Pp. 1-6. (2005).


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