Enrique Moriones Alonso

Enrique Moriones Alonso

Director. Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Fruit and Vegetable Growing "La Mayora"

Enrique Moriones Alonso

Director. Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Fruit and Vegetable Growing "La Mayora"

PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the School of Agricultural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He completed this degree in 1991 with a doctoral thesis that sought to understand how the presence of subviral agents (satellite RNAs) could modulate the pathogenic effect of the cucumber mosaic virus, and which subviral virus-agent interactions were established and led to pathogenesis.

From October 1991 to December 1995 he was Head of the Plant Virology Laboratory at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) (Cabrils, Barcelona). In 1996 he became a researcher at ‘La Mayora’ Experimental Station (Algarrobo-Costa, Malaga), part of the ‘La Mayora’ Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Fruit and Vegetable Growing, a joint institute of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the University of Malaga. He is currently a Research Lecturer and has been Director since July 2007.

His research career has focused on understanding viral epidemics affecting horticultural crops of economic importance and finding efficient and lasting control strategies. He has studied issues such as biological and molecular characterisation of the viruses involved in epidemics; diversity and evolution of their natural populations, and understanding virus-plant-insect vector interaction mechanisms. An understanding of these factors is essential to design control systems.

As such, part of his research involves studies for the use of plant genetic resistance to either the virus or its insect vector, as a strategy to control viral epidemics, in addition to the design of simple, rapid and reliable virus diagnosis systems to facilitate implementation of certification systems for virus-free material. He conducts his research in close conjunction with the private sector so that the scientific knowledge acquired can be transferred immediately.

He has published over 100 articles in significant international journals, as well as various scientific and technical briefing articles and chapters in scientific books.