My career interest has been mainly the biological control of agricultural pests by parasitoid and predatory insects. I focus my research on Agrecology and Integrated Pest Management disciplines. Biological control is a technique based in the action of natural enemies against agricultural pests. The development of a biological control program requires procedures to evaluate potential candidates among a complex of species, and select the best biological control agent/s. Currently, I am studying different aspects of the biological control of the South American tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, by means of the evaluation of predatory and parasitoid species.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on General Biology, Community Ecology, Biological Control and Pest Ecology at Universidad de La Plata, Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad de San Antonio de Areco (Argentina).
Publications (last 5 years):
Papers in Journals
Speranza et al. 2014. Fla Entomol 97: 295-297
Luna et al. 2015.Fla Entomol 98: 489-492
Nieves et al. 2015. J Econ Entomol 108: 1553-1559
Luft et al. 2015. Rev Fac Cs Agr UNCuyo 47: 219-229
Salas Gervassio et al. 2016. Agric Forest Entomol 18: 137-144
Salas Gervassio et al. 2016. Ins Sci 24: 809-817
Savino et al. 2016. Bull Entomol Res 107: 32-38.
Luna et al. 2016. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0163196.
Garrido et al. 2017. Rev Soc Arg Entomol 76: 46-49.
Salas Gervassio et al. 2018. J Econ Entomol 111: 528-532
Salas Gervassio et al. 2019 (accepted, in press). J Pest Sci. SPECIAL ISSUE 2019
Ferracini C et al. 2019 (accepted, in press). Biocontr Sci & Tech
van Lenteren et al. (Eds.). (2019, accepted). The rich history of and bright future for biological control in Latin America. CAB International.
Supervision: 1 assistant researcher CIC-BA; 5 PhD and 3 MSc students (UNLP and UBA, Argentina); 4 internships by undergraduate students