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Mango and Avocado Microbiology

Study of biological causes and possible solutions for mango and avocado crops

The research group Mango and Avocado Microbiology (belonging to the PAI research group Microbiology and Plant Pathology AGR169) dedicates its human and material resources to the study of the biological causes and possible ways of solution of the problems that affect the main subtropical crops of the south of the Iberian Peninsula, mainly avocado and mango.

The main projects that cover the study of these two crops can be classified into two different groups. On the one hand, the study of microbial pathologies, such as mango apical necrosis, caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae, mango malformation, fungal disease caused by Fusarium sp. and that affects floral and vegetative panicles, or the regressive death of avocado caused by fungi of the Botryosphaeriaceae family. On the other hand, projects are carried out that focus on the study of the control of diseases that affect mango and avocado, such as avocado root rot, caused by Rosellinia necatrix, or the control of post-harvest diseases that affect mango and avocado fruits. Among these prophylaxis measures, work on biological control strategies and compatible with organic farming stands out.

In addition, part of our research group is made up of researchers who focus their efforts on the study of microbial diseases of other plants, also of great interest in our region, such as the study of powdery mildew of cucurbits, strawberry gray rot, or olive tree tuberculosis, caused by Pseudomonas savatanoi.

We are a research group belonging to the University of Málaga and the Instituto Hortofrutícola Subtropical y Mediterránea.