Victor Sarto Monteys

Victor Sarto Monteys

Victor Sarto Monteys

Victor Sarto Monteys has a PhD in Biology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona. His doctoral thesis (1984) was on the ecology and fauna of a family of nocturnal Lepidoptera (Noctuidae) and was of applied interest as it covered several pest species of agricultural and forest crops.

He carried out three years of postdoctoral research at James Cook University (Australia), where he studied the relationship between butterflies and the flowers they visit to obtain nectar. When he returned to Spain in 1990, he began working as an entomologist at the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Government of Catalonia, undertaking work on the biology and diagnosis of plant pests, especially invasive species - those recently introduced into the Autonomous Community. Some of his most salient work in this period was on the geranium bronze, Cacyreus marshalli (Lep. Lycaenidae), and the castniid palm borer, Paysandisia archon (Lep. Castniidae).

From 2001-2008 he was assigned to the Animal Health Research Centre (CReSA), located on the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he combined work on plant pests (plant health) with research into mosquito-borne diseases in farm animals (animal health). He spent most of those years studying the entomology of bluetongue virus (BTV), a serious vector-borne disease of sheep transmitted by Ceratopogonidae midges belonging to the Culicoides genus. He was also in charge of the entomological surveillance programme in Catalonia, in coordination with the national Spanish programme. Dr. Sarto's team was the first to discover the main vector of bluetongue, Culicoides imicola, in the eastern Iberian Peninsula, in addition to a nematode parasite of Culicoides, which was a new species for science (Heleidomermis cataloniensis). 

He has written two field guides to the insects of Catalonia. He has been involved in numerous entomology research projects, in both private and public companies. He was also selected as an expert entomologist on two EU-funded Phare projects, one with the Czech Republic (2003) and the other with Slovenia (2006). To date he has published some 130 articles on entomology in science magazines and journals. 

In July 2013 he was assigned to the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where his work focuses on invasive insect species.