Crop Protection- -Entomology- Biological Control


ORCID: 0000-0002-6283-5236

Professor – Spain

Department of Agrarian Production – ETSIAAB – Technical University of Madrid


Campus Ciudad Universitaria
Av. Puerta de Hierro, nº 2 – 4
28040 Madrid


I’m leading a multidisciplinary research group focusing on Integrated pest management.

My main research fields of expertise are:

  • biological control, particularly the study of non-target effects of pesticides on beneficial organisms in order to preserve them in the crops and the compatibility of biological control with selective barriers (UV-absorbent and pesticide treated, etc.)
  • The management of field margins to improve the presence of pollinators in agricultural areas
  • The control of vectors of Xylella fastidiosa
  • The integration of baculovirus in IPM  programs.


  • Responsibility of several courses:
  • Delivering more than 30 plenary lectures by invitation in congresses and courses
  • Involvement in several European and National teaching projects
    • 2011: Teaching innovation group EDUEMBO project.
    • 2019  EU course: Better training for safer food. Course on sustanaible use of pesticides with a focus on integrated pest management(Toulouse, Francia)

Selected publications

  1. Azpiazu C., Bosch J,  Viñuela E., Medrycki P., Teper D., Sgolastra F. 2019. Chronic oral exposure to field-realistic pesticide combinations via pollen and nectar: effects on feeding and thermal performance in a solitary bee. Scientific reports 9:13770.
  2. Dáder B., Colomer I., Adán A., Medina P., Viñuela E. 2019. Compatibility of early natural enemy introductions in commercial pepper and tomato greenhouses with repeated pesticide applications. Insect science doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12723 SCI 2018: 2.710 (10/98 Entomology)
  3. Dáder B, Viñuela E., Garzo E., Moreno A., Del Estal P., Fereres A. 2019. Sulfoxaflor and natural pyrethrin with piperonyl butoxide as effective insecticides against Philaenus spumarius, the European vector of Xylella fastidiosa. Insects 10 (8), 225, doi: 10.3390/insects10080225. SCI 2018: 2.139 (18/98 Entomology)
  4. Pineda S., Hernández-Quintero O., Velázquez-Rodríguez Y.B., Viñuela E., Figueroa J.I., Morales S.I., Martínez-Castillo M. 2019. Predation by Engytatus varians (Distant) (Hemiptera: Miridae) on Bactericera cockerelli (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Triozidae) and two Spodoptera species. Bulletin of Entomological Research 1–8. 10.1017/S0007485319000579
  5. Prieto-Ruiz I., Garzo E., Moreno A., Dáder B., Medina P., Viñuela E., Fereres A. 2019. Supplementary UV radiation on egg plants indirectly deters Bemisia tabaci settlement without altering the predatory orientation of their biological control agents Nesidiocoris tenuis and Spaherophoria ruepellii. Journal of Pest Science 92:1057–1070