Short CV/Education and training

  • 2017 – 2021
    Ramón y Cajal Postdoctoral Program. Spanish National Research Council (IAS-CSIC) (Dep. Plant Breeding). Córdoba, Spain

  • 2014 – 2016
    Marie-Curie FP7 COFUND People Program. Agreenskills French National Institute for Agricultural Research. (Dep. Agroecologie), Dijon, France

  • 2013 – 2014
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers. Weed Science Center. Utsunomiya University, Japan

  • 2010 – 2013
    Marie Curie European Postdoctoral Fellowship. FP7-People-IOF-2009. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State University, USA (Dep. Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science)

  • 2009 – 2010
    MICINN (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State University, USA (Dep. Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science)

  • 2008
    Doctorate in Agricultural Engineering from Córdoba University, Spain

Selected publications

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, Bernard A, Falchetto L, Marget P, Chauvel B, Steinberg C, Morris CE, Gibot-Leclerc S, Boari A, Vurro M, Bohan DA, Sands DC and Reboud X 2017. Investigation of Amino Acids as Herbicides for Control of Orobanche minor Parasitism in Red Clover. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8:842.

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, Masi M, Maddau L, Cimmino A, Evidente M, Rubiales D, Evidente A. 2016. Induction of haustorium development by sphaeropsidones in radicles of the parasitic weeds Striga and Orobanche. A structure-activity relationship study. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 64(25), 5188-5196.

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, Kisugi T, Xie X, Rubiales D, Yoneyama K. 2014. Low strigolactone root exudation: a novel mechanism of broomrape (Orobanche and Phelipanche spp.) resistance available for faba bean breeding. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62(29):7063-71.

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, Cimmino A, Evidente A, Rubiales D. 2013. Inhibition of Orobanche crenata seed germination and radicle growth by allelochemicals identified in cereals. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61(41): 9797-803.

  • Westwood JH, dePamphilis CW, Das M, Fernández-Aparicio M, Honaas LA, Timko MP, Wickett NJ, Yoder JI. 2012. The Parasitic Plant Genome Project: New Tools for Understanding the Biology of Orobanche and Striga. Weed Science: 60: 295-306.

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, Rubiales D, Bandaranayake PCG, Yoder JI, Westwood J.H. 2011. Transformation and regeneration of the holoparasitic plant Phelipanche aegyptiaca. Plant Methods, 7:36.

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, Shtaya M, Emeran AA, Allagui MB, Kharrat M, Rubiales D. 2011. Effects of crop mixtures on chocolate spot development on faba bean grown in Mediterranean climates. Crop Protection, 30:1015-1023.

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, Yoneyama K, Rubiales D. 2011. The role of strigolactones in host specificity of Orobanche and Phelipanche seed germination. Seed Science Research, 21:55-61.

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, García-Garrido JM, Ocampo JA, Rubiales D. 2010. Colonization of pea roots by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi reduces broomrape seed germination. Weed Research, 50: 262-268.

  • Fernández-Aparicio M, Flores F, Rubiales D. 2009. Recognition of root exudates by seeds of broomrape (Orobanche and Phelipanche) species. Annals of Botany, 103: 423-431.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Participation in research projects as IP or co-IP

  • AGL2017-87693-R “Genetic characterization of local populations of sunflower broomrape greater virulence and new sources of genetic resistance in sunflower” Funded by Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. 2018 – 2020

  • “Obtaining new varieties of buckwheat optimized for cultivation in Andalusia ” Funded by Research contract CSIC-Private sector(Algodonera del Sur S.A.). 2019-2021

  • Aminoacids as orobanchicides: an innovative approach for biocontrol of broomrape weeds” Appel à projets scientifiques 2015 du Département Santé des Plantes et Environnement. Catégorie Biocontrôle Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique. France.

Participation in projects as a member of the research team

  • NSF Plant Genome award “Parasitic Plant Genome Project” 2009-2013. Leader JH. Westwood (

  • Andalusian project of excellence “Agronomic, genetic and biotechnological approaches for the reintroduction of pea into rainfed Andalusian farming systems”. AGR-2883, 2007-2011. Leader D. Rubiales

  • Spanish-German-French ERA-PG project LEGRESIST: “Exploiting genetic variability of resistance genes in major European food legumes to improve varieties for sustainable agriculture”. GEN2006-27798-C6-6-E/VEG, 2007-2010. Coordinator Dr Meter Winter, Sub-project leader at CSIC: D. Rubiales

  • European Union Integrated Project (FP6): “Grain Legumes: New strategies for grain legume research”. FP6-2002-FOOD-1-506223, 2004 – 2008, Coordinator Noel Ellis, Coordinator of WP4.2 “Resistance against biotic stresses” D. Rubiales

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editor Special Issue "Parasitic Plants Management" section Plant Protection, Plants. SCI (2019): 2.762. CR category rank: 58/234 (Plant Sciences). Q1, 2021

  • Editor for Frontiers in Plant Science, Plant Breeding section. SCI (2019): 4.402, Ranking 19/234 (Plant Sciences). Q1, since 2016

  • Appointment for ERC Remote Referees “Excellent Science_H2020 Framework Programme” European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA), 2019

  • Scientific evaluator “EU-Africa research and innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable AGRIculture” (LEAP-Agri), 2018

  • Jury in PhD defense "Ecology and Biology of Rhamphicarpa fistulosa, a New Parasitic Weed of Rain-fed Rice (Oryza sativa L.) in sub-Saharan Africa" realizada por Ms. Stella Kabiri. Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2017

  • Editor Special Issue “Advances in Parasitic Weed Research” Frontiers in Plant Science. SCI (2019): 4.402, Ranking 19/234 (Plant Sciences). Q1, 2014 – 2016


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