Noelia started her PhD project within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network “PROTECTA” (Pathogen Informed Resistance to Oomycete diseases in Ecosystems, Agriculture and Aquaculture) which aims to develop new and innovative ways to control oomycete diseases across the agriculture, environment, forestry and aquaculture sectors. Her research focuses on forest Phytophthora pathogens – their ecology, diversity and management in forest and nursery settings. The research is supervised by Johanna Witzell and Michelle Cleary (SLU, Alnarp) and involves international collaborators in UK, France and Finland, and local stakeholders at County Administration Board in Skåne. Some of the projects include:
- mapping Phytophthora species diversity and distribution from forest environments representing a gradient of human influence.
- examining the associated mycobiome in beech trees growing in these environments.
- effector gene expression of forest Phytophthora species
- evaluate data for Pest Risk Assessments (PRAs) to develop appropriate phytosanitary strategies for stakeholders