Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Photographer: Juan Alba

dr. J.M. (Juan) Alba Cano


  • Faculty of Science
    IBED
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Room number: C3.218
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94240
    1090 GE  Amsterdam
  • J.M.AlbaCano@uva.nl
    T: 0205257432

My research focuses on the interaction of the herbivore spider mite Tetranychus urticae with tomato as host plant. We assume that the compatibility of the interaction is determined by many factors; involving the constitutive/induced plant defenses, and how the spider mite can handle these defenses.

I am currently focusing on a family of proteins that the herbivore injects to the host plant, the so called effectors. These proteins have the ability to alter the physiology of the plant converting to a better host for the herbivore. The study of these effectors and the plant-targeted proteins will help us to understand the herbivore/plant interaction. We can use this information to open new strategies for crop protection.

2016

2015

  • Alba, J. M., Schimmel, B. C. J., Glas, J. J., Ataide, L. M. S., Pappas, M. L., Villarroel, C. A., ... Kant, M. R. (2015). Spider mites suppress tomato defenses downstream of jasmonate and salicylate independently of hormonal crosstalk. New Phytologist, 205(2), 828-840. DOI: 10.1111/nph.13075  [details] 
  • Kant, M. R., Jonckheere, W., Knegt, B., Lemos, F., Liu, J., Schimmel, B. C. J., ... Alba, J. M. (2015). Mechanisms and ecological consequences of plant defence induction and suppression in herbivore communities. Annals of Botany, 115(7), 1015-1051. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcv054  [details] 

2014

  • Glas, J. J., Alba, J. M., Simoni, S., Villarroel, C. A., Stoops, M., Schimmel, B. C. J., ... Kant, M. R. (2014). Defense suppression benefits herbivores that have a monopoly on their feeding site but can backfire within natural communities. BMC Biology, 12, [98]. DOI: 10.1186/s12915-014-0098-9  [details] 
  • Sato, Y., Alba, J. M., & Sabelis, M. W. (2014). Testing for reproductive interference in the population dynamics of two congeneric species of herbivorous mites. Heredity, 113(6), 495-502. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2014.53  [details] 
  • Falara, V., Alba, J. M., Kant, M. R., Schuurink, R. C., & Pichersky, E. (2014). Geranyllinalool synthases in solanaceae and other angiosperms constitute an ancient branch of diterpene synthases involved in the synthesis of defensive compounds. Plant Physiology, 166(1), 428-441. DOI: 10.1104/pp.114.243246  [details] 

2013

  • van Houten, Y. M., Glas, J. J., Hoogerbrugge, H., Rothe, J., Bolckmans, K. J. F., Simoni, S., ... Sabelis, M. W. (2013). Herbivory-associated degradation of tomato trichomes and its impact on biological control of Aculops lycopersici. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 60(2), 127-138. DOI: 10.1007/s10493-012-9638-6  [details] 
  • Salinas, S., Capel, C., Alba, J. M., Mora, B., Cuartero, J., Fernández-Muñoz, R., ... Capel, J. (2013). Genetic mapping of two QTL from the wild tomato Solanum pimpinellifolium L. controlling resistance against two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae Koch). Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(1), 83-92. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-012-1961-0  [details] 

2012

  • Alba, J. M., Allmann, S., Glas, J. J., Schimmel, B. C. J., Spyropoulou, E. A., Stoops, M., ... Kant, M. R. (2012). Induction and suppression of herbivore-induced indirect defenses. In G. Witzany, & F. Baluška (Eds.), Biocommunication of plants (pp. 197-212). (Signaling and communication in plants; No. 14). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23524-5_11  [details] 
  • Alba, J. M., Bleeker, P. M., Glas, J. J., Schimmel, B. C. J., van Wijk, M., Sabelis, M. W., ... Kant, M. R. (2012). The impact of induced plant volatiles on lant-arthropod interactions. In G. Smagghe, & I. Diaz (Eds.), Arthropod-plant interactions: novel insights and approaches for IPM (pp. 15-73). (Progress in biological control; No. 14). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-3873-7_2  [details] 
  • Glas, J. J., Schimmel, B. C. J., Alba, J. M., Escobar-Bravo, R., Schuurink, R. C., & Kant, M. R. (2012). Plant glandular trichomes as targets for breeding or engineering of resistance to herbivores. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 13(12), 17077-17103. DOI: 10.3390/ijms131217077  [details] 

2011

  • Alba Cano, J. M., Glas, J. J., Schimmel, B. C. J., & Kant, M. (2011). Avoidance and suppression of plant defenses by herbivores and pathogens. Journal of Plant Interactions, 6(4), 221-227. DOI: 10.1080/17429145.2010.551670  [details] 

2017

  • Knegt, A. J., Alba Cano, J. M., Silva Ataide, L. M., Barbosa, T. A., Bernardo, A. M. G., Chafi, R., ... Egas, C. J. M. (2017). Meta-analysis reveals intraspecific variation in herbivores for plant-mediated interactions. Poster session presented at Gordon Research Conference "Plant - Herbivore Interactions", Ventura, CA, USA, United States.

2016

  • Villarroel Figueroa, C. A., Jonckheere, W., Alba Cano, J. M., Glas, J. J., Dermauw, W., Haring, M., ... Kant, M. (in press). Effector proteins of spider mites improve their performance by plant defense manipulation. Abstract from EURAAC 2016 Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
  • Ataide, L. M. S., Pappas, M. L., Duarte, M. V. A., Schimmel, B. C. J., Alba Cano, J. M., Sabelis, M. W., ... Kant, M. (2016). Jasmonate defenses operate against target and non-target mites. Abstract from EURAAC 2016 Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
  • Ximenez-Embun, M. G., Glas, J. J., Ortego, F., Alba Cano, J. M., Castañera, P., & Kant, M. (2016). Drought Stress in Tomato Plants increases the performance of the tomato russet mite, Aculops lycopersici. Abstract from EURAAC 2016 Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
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