Prof. Enrique Quesada-Moraga’s journey in science started in 1995 as an awardee of a Spanish National FPU Grant in the Agronomy Department (ETSIAM) of the University of Cordoba (UCO). In 1999 he earned a PhD degree on locust pest biology, ecology and biocontrol, which was awarded with PhD mention of excellence at UCO. This was followed by a prestigious EU Marie Curie individual fellowship awarded in 2000, which allowed him to pursue a 2-year postdoctoral program at INRA’s Station de Recherches en Pathologie Comparee, France. In 2003, Prof. Quesada-Moraga was awarded with a 5yr-fellowship from the Spanish National Science “Ramón y Cajal” Program, which led him to start an innovative research program on fundamental and applied aspects on the use of entomopathogenic fungi for pest control in the Department of Agronomy at UCO that was pioneer in Spain at that time. At UCO, he was appointed Assistant Professor in 2008 and promoted to Full Professor of Plant Production and Agricultural Entomology in 2011. He has published some 110 research articles, 90% in Q1, 40% D1 WOS journals (H index=28; NIF Index: 2.1) and has produced 160 contributed and invited presentations at national and international meetings. He has effectively managed as PI several competitive national, regional, international and collaborative projects. Prof. Quesada-Moraga’s research program has been fully supported by competitive public funds amounting ca. 5 million euros. He is author of three patents, one of them being the matter of this candidacy. He is the FUNGI sub-convenor of International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control Working Group “Insect Pathogens and Entomoparasitic Nematodes”. He has supervised 40, 20 and 13 undergraduate, master and PhD students respectively. He has obtained 5 six-year research and transfer from CNEAI. His H and NIF indexes places Prof. Quesada-Moraga at the top 10 Agricultural Entomologists in Spain and among the top world scientist in this area in the Ioannidis’s classification (Stanford). He has held several academic positions and he is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Research and Territorial Development of the University of Cordoba.
During my academic career, I have dedicated much of my efforts to highly innovative research on the biological control of plant pests with emphasis in the use of entomopathogenic fungi, being the FUNGI sub-convenor of International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control Working Group “Insect Pathogens and Entomoparasitic Nematodes” since 2011, which has allowed me editing the IOBC-WPRS Bulletins of the last 5 meetings of the Group. Among other top pest control journals, I am member of the editorial board of Biocontrol (https://www.springer.com/journal/10526/editors) and I have organized as President of the Organizing Committee the 4th European Meeting of the IOBC/WPRS Working Group “Integrated Protection of Olive Crops” in Córdoba (Spain) in 2009. In 2021 he was elected as IOBC-WPRS Council Member.