Are All Clonal Crops Equally Vulnerable To Insect Pest Attacks? The Avocado File
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Claudio is a Ph.D. student at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Institute of Ecosystem and Sustainability Research.

My major aim is to conduct research in the chemical ecology of plant-associated organisms from agroecosystems in three-trophic levels, for development of alternative plaguicides and sustainable agricultural practices.

In this way, I have wide experience in isolation and identification of endophytic and phytopathogenic fungi; Bioassay-guided isolation; natural products isolation by different chromatographic techniques (CC, TLC, PTLC, HPLC, Flash Chromatography); structural elucidation of natural products by spectroscopic (RMN 1D and 2D, UV-Vis, IR), spectrometric (MS), and Chiro-optical (RO, DC) techniques; Bioassay screening for antifungal, cytotoxic and phytotoxic activities.

                       

Are All Clonal Crops Equally Vulnerable To Insect Pest Attacks? The Avocado File

In wild populations, most plant species exhibit high genetic diversity, which often is manifested as high chemical diversity and variation. This chemical heterogeneity is very important in plant populations to resist insect and pathogen attack. However, in monoculture crops, where chemical diversity in quality and quantity is low, possibilities to resist pest attack and diseases are diminished. It is common knowledge that genetic uniformity in annual crops leads to disastrous pest and/or pathogen attack. An emblematic example of this phenomenon...

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