Marcos Miñarro

Marcos Miñarro
Servicio Regional de Investigación y Desarrollo Agroalimentario · Fruit Unit

PhD

About

131
Publications
54,759
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
1,246
Citations
Citations since 2016
72 Research Items
853 Citations
2016201720182019202020212022050100150200
2016201720182019202020212022050100150200
2016201720182019202020212022050100150200
2016201720182019202020212022050100150200
Additional affiliations
February 1998 - present
Servicio Regional de Investigación y Desarrollo Agroalimentario
Position
  • Researcher

Publications

Publications (131)
Article
Full-text available
Bees are a diverse group with more than 1000 species known from the Iberian Peninsula. They have increasingly received special attention due to their important role as pollinators and providers of ecosystem services. In addition, various rapid human-induced environmental changes are leading to the decline of some of its populations. However, we kno...
Article
Efficient and unbiased sampling of ecological interactions is essential to our understanding of the functions they mediate. Seed dispersal by frugivorous birds is a key mutualism for plant regeneration and community dynamics. Mist-netting is one of the most widely used methods to sample avian seed dispersal through the identification of seeds in dr...
Article
Full-text available
Efficient and unbiased sampling of ecological interactions is essential to our under- standing of the functions they mediate. Seed dispersal by frugivorous birds is a key mutualism for plant regeneration and community dynamics. Mist-netting is one of the most widely used methods to sample avian seed dispersal through the identification of seeds in...
Article
Full-text available
Fungi in the sooty blotch and flyspeck (SBFS) complex blemish fruit and reduce the market value of fresh-market apples. In 2010, apples were collected from 16 orchards in northern Spain that had received few to no fungicide sprays. SBFS colonies with the subtending cuticle were excised, pressed, and shipped to Ames, Iowa, United States, for isolati...
Article
Full-text available
The diversity of traits within animal assemblages has been shown to affect the magnitude of animal‐provided ecological functions. However, little is known about how consistent trait diversity effects are across ecological functions and ecosystems. More importantly, the importance of trait diversity in driving ecosystem functioning, relative to othe...
Article
Full-text available
The population dynamics of most animal species inhabiting agro-ecosystems may be determined by landscape characteristics, with agricultural intensification and the reduction of natural habitats influencing dispersal and hence limiting gene flow. Increasing landscape complexity would thus benefit many endangered species by providing different ecolog...
Article
Full-text available
Molecular dating methods of population splits are crucial in evolutionary biology, but they present important difficulties due to the complexity of the genealogical relationships of genes and past migrations between populations. Using the double digest restriction-site associated DNA (ddRAD) technique and an isolation-with-migration (IM) model, we...
Article
Seventy five percent of the world's food crops benefit from insect pollination. Hence, there has been increased interest in how global change drivers impact this critical ecosystem service. Because standardized data on crop pollination are rarely available, we are limited in our capacity to understand the variation in pollination benefits to crop y...
Article
Full-text available
Las pomaradas de sidra de Asturias son cultivos no intensivos capaces de albergar una fauna rica y abundante, con potencial para proporcionar relevantes servicios ecosistémicos como el control biológico de plagas. En este artículo, resumimos nuestras investigaciones sobre sus aves insectívoras e identificamos acciones de gestión agroambiental para...
Article
Full-text available
Mitigating pollinator declines in agriculturally dominated landscapes to safeguard pollination services requires the involvement of farmers and their willingness to adopt pollinator-friendly management. However, farmer knowledge, perceptions, and actions to support on-farm pollinators and their alignment with science-based knowledge and recommendat...
Article
Full-text available
With frequent host shifts involving the colonization of new hosts across large geographical ranges, crop pests are good models for examining the mechanisms of rapid colonization. The microbial partners of pest insects may also be involved in or affected by colonization processes, which has been little studied so far. We investigated the demographic...
Article
Full-text available
The Lusitanian pine vole, Microtus lusitanicus, an endemic fossorial rodent of the Iberian Peninsula, has a burrowing behaviour and prefers to live underground. It feeds on bark and roots causing severe damage to trees. In Asturias (NW Spain), where M. lusitanicus is considered a pest in several orchards, a faunistic-ecological study was carried ou...
Data
A plain langauge 2 page overview of the paper "Opportunities to reduce pollination deficits and address production shortfalls in an important insect-pollinated crop" designed for non-acedemic audiences (or very busy acedemics). Please feel free to pass this along.
Article
Full-text available
Understanding the full diet of natural enemies is necessary for evaluating their role as biocontrol agents, because many enemy species do not only feed on pests but also on other natural enemies. Such intraguild predation can compromise pest control if the consumed enemies are actually better for pest control than their predators. In this study, we...
Article
Full-text available
Functional traits mediate the response of communities to disturbances (response traits) and their contribution to ecosystem functions (effect traits). To predict how anthropogenic disturbances influence ecosystem services requires a dual approach including both trait concepts. Here, we use a response‐effect trait conceptual framework to understand...
Article
The importance of wild bees for crop pollination is well established, but less is known about which species contribute to service delivery to inform agricultural management, monitoring and conservation. Using sites in Great Britain as a case study, we use a novel qualitative approach combining ecological information and field survey data to establi...
Article
Full-text available
Pollinators face multiple pressures and there is evidence of populations in decline. As demand for insect‐pollinated crops increases, crop production is threatened by shortfalls in pollination services. Understanding the extent of current yield deficits due to pollination and identifying opportunities to protect or improve crop yield and quality th...
Article
Full-text available
The entomophilous pollination niche (abundance, phenotypic traits, foraging behaviours and environmental tolerances of insect pollinators) helps to understand and better manage crop pol-lination. We apply this niche approach to assess how an entomophilous crop (blueberry, Vaccinium ashei) can be expanded into new territories (i.e., northern Spain)...
Article
Full-text available
En las pumaradas de sidra de Asturias habitan comunidades de aves insectívoras muy diversas que contribuyen a reducir notoriamente la incidencia de insectos plaga en el cultivo. Así, parece muy razonable gestionar las pumaradas para convertirlas en un hábitat "amigable" para las aves, por ejemplo, mediante la instalación de cajas nido. En este artí...
Article
Full-text available
The next reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2021- 2027 (currently extended to 2023-2030) requires the approval by the European Commission of a Strategic Plan with environmental objectives for each Member State. Here we use the best available scientific evidence on the relationships between agricultural practices and bi...
Data
A two page summary of the paper - this is designed for a non-acedemic audience. Pleasse feel free to disseminate. There is a QR Code for the paper itself included.
Article
Full-text available
The success of biological control by natural enemies in agricultural crops relies on an understanding of the trophic interactions between natural enemies, pests and host plants. Top-down and bottom-up trophic effects, together with potential landscape and local-scale factors, may regulate pest populations. For two years, we analyzed codling moth po...
Article
1. Ecological intensification in croplands aims to enhance biodiversity‐based ecosystem services, helping to increase yield while reducing agricultural environmental impacts. Identifying ecological intensification tools of wide applicability and easily implemented by farmers is, therefore, an imperative. Here, we verify the efficiency of provisioni...
Preprint
Full-text available
A bstract With frequent host shifts involving the colonization of new hosts across large geographical ranges, crop pests are good models for examining the mechanisms of rapid colonization. The microbial partners of pest insects may also be involved in or affected by colonization processes, which has been little studied so far. We investigated the d...
Article
Pollinator conservation has become a key challenge to achieve sustainable agricultural landscapes and safeguard food supplies. Considering the potential negative effects of pollinator decline, international efforts have been developed to promote agri-environmental measures and pollinator-friendly management practices. However, little effort has bee...
Article
Full-text available
While the importance of biological control for crop production is widely acknowledged, research on how farmers perceive on-farm natural enemies remains scarce. This paper examines cider-apple farmers' perceptions and knowledge of the concept of biological control and the specific organisms underpinning its provision (i.e. natural enemies) in the ci...
Article
Full-text available
Making agriculture more sustainable requires a greater understanding of animal-mediated ecosystem services. The beneficial effects of pest-control and pollination provided by, respectively, insectivorous birds and pollinator insects are essential for many crops. Improving these ecosystem services simultaneously in the same crop system means, first,...
Article
Introduction Many parasites living in aquatic ecosystems are useful indicators of environmental health. On the other hand, information is scarcer with respect to the use of helminth parasites of vertebrates living in terrestrial ecosystems as monitoring tools for toxic element environmental pollution. The present study evaluates the suitability of...
Article
Full-text available
A pesar de que España es uno de los países con mayor diversidad de polinizadores silvestres y, que de su conservación depende el futuro de nuestros cultivos y por tanto de nuestra alimentación, lo cierto es que hoy día seguimos sin conocer el estado de conservación de gran parte de esta fauna, una demanda histórica de la sociedad cien- tífica que s...
Article
Full-text available
Local agri-environmental schemes, including hedgerows, flowering strips, organic management, and a landscape rich in semi-natural habitat patches, are assumed to enhance the presence of beneficial arthropods and their contribution to biological control in fruit crops. We studied the influence of local factors (orchard management and adjacent habita...
Article
The Ityogonimus lorum-I. ocreatus co-infection is reported for the first time in the Iberian mole Talpa occidentalis in Asturias (NW Spain). Both Ityogonimus species are stenoxenous helminths of insectivores of the genus Talpa and they have often been found parasitizing the Iberian mole and also the European mole T. europaea, but a mixed infection...
Technical Report
Full-text available
Las pumaradas de sidra de Asturias albergan más de 30 especies de aves insectívoras silvestres, a lo largo de todo el año. Estas especies son muy diferentes en rasgos y comportamiento, y se complementan unas a otras a la hora de atacar a los distintos insectos plaga del manzano. Las aves son capaces de reducir la abundancia de artrópodos en el manz...
Technical Report
Full-text available
Artículos científicos: Miñarro, M., García, D. Complementarity and redundancy in the functional niche of cider apple pollinators. Apidologie.
Article
Full-text available
1. Apple is considered the most important fruit crop in temperate areas and profit-able production depends on multiple ecosystem services, including the reduction of pest damage and the provision of sufficient pollination levels. Management ap-proaches present an inherent trade-off as each affects species differently. 2. We quantified the direct a...
Poster
Full-text available
Poster with pictures of some of the main insect pollinators of cider apple in Asturias, Spain
Article
The magnitude and the stability of pollination services in entomophilous crops both depend not only on honeybee management but also on the diversity of wild pollinators, which enables additive contributions and replacement of species. This work evaluated the functional niche of cider apple pollinators in Spain and found a highly heterogeneous commu...
Poster
Full-text available
The montane water vole, Arvicola scherman, and the Lusitanian pine vole, Microtus lusitanicus, cohabit in apple orchards from Asturias (NW Spain) where they cause important damages at feeding on the root system of trees. An observed pattern of spatial and temporal segregation in those orchards suggests a potential competition between these species....
Article
Full-text available
La polinización entomófila es indispensable para la producción global de alimentos, de modo que se considera un servicio ecosistémico clave. En este trabajo se sintetiza información actualizada sobre cómo y porqué la biodiversidad de insectos es importante para la polinización de los cultivos, así como sobre qué medidas pueden aplicarse para gestio...
Article
Full-text available
Entomophilous pollination is essential for global food production, and it is therefore considered a key ecosystem service. This paper synthesizes updated information on how and why insect biodiversity is important for crop pollination, as well as how to manage such biodiversity. Recent studies show that the magnitude of the pollination service depe...
Article
Full-text available
Low input farming is an alternative production system that provides a great opportunity to disentangle the natural mechanisms regulating crop pests, since neither pests nor their natural enemies are disrupted by pesticides. Here we use a key apple pest in Europe, the apple blossom weevil (Anthonomus pomorum), as a model case to unravel the factors...
Article
The phenolic profiles of apple cultivars from the SERIDA Asturian cider apple breeding program, including parents and progenies, were determined by ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography-diode array detector-electrospray ionization-quadrupole time of flight/mass spectrometer in order to study the relationship between phenols and the resistance...
Article
Making farming compatible with biodiversity conservation requires identifying the biodiversity drivers that operate in agricultural landscapes, while also addressing the role of biodiversity in ecosystem services. Such integrative information is, however, rare for specific biodiversity groups and services. Here, we focus on insectivorous birds in c...
Article
Full-text available
The cultivated apple is susceptible to several pests including the rosy apple aphid (RAA; Dysaphis plantaginea Passerini), control of which is mainly based on chemical treatments. A few cases of resistance to aphids have been described in apple germplasm resources, laying the basis for the development of new resistant cultivars by breeding. The cul...
Article
Full-text available
The montane water vole, Arvicola scherman, can be found at low altitude in northwestern Spain, where it has become a key pest in apple orchards. Its sustainable control entails the knowledge of its reproduction pattern, which is unknown for this region. Thus, we conducted a study on more than 800 voles caught monthly over two years in apple orchard...
Article
The Lusitanian pine vole (Microtus lusitanicus) is a key pest of apple in Asturias (NW Spain). The sustainable management of populations of this vole requires a deep knowledge of relevant aspects of its biology and ecology. To improve our knowledge on the breeding characteristics of M. lusitanicus, we analysed a sample of 700 individuals collected...
Article
Full-text available
Fossorial water voles, Arvicola scherman, feed on tree roots causing important damages in European apple orchards. Since the intensity of crop damage produced by rodents ultimately depends on their inherent capacity to increase their population, the main goal of this study was to determine the reproductive potential of the subspecies A. scherman ca...
Article
Full-text available
The apple proliferation (AP) disease is spread mostly by two psyllids. Each species plays a predominant role as AP vector that changes regionally. Thus, there is an urgent need to identify the AP vectors in each region where the disease is present. This research aimed at identifying the psyllid community in apple orchards from Asturias (NW Spain) a...
Article
Full-text available
Rosy apple aphid (Dysaphis plantaginea), is one of the major insect pests of apple, causing serious physical and economic damage to fruit production. A dominant resistance gene Dp-fl was previously mapped at the bottom of linkage group LG8 from the cultivar ‘Florina’, linked to the SSR CH01h10. The development of additional genetic markers mapping...
Article
Polyphenols may play a role in plant response to biotic-stress and in resistance mechanisms. We aimed at testing the correlation between phenol concentration in apple and cultivar tolerance to rosy apple aphid (RAA), Dysaphis plantaginea, a key pest of apple on a full-sib family produced at SERIDA, derived of a crossing between the local cultivar ‘...
Article
Full-text available
El control sostenible del pulgón ceniciento, una de las principales plagas del manzano, podría basarse en el empleo de variedades resistentes. El mecanismo de resistencia más conocido es el presente en 'Florina', una variedad que no muestra los típicos enrollamientos foliares producidos por este áfido y que, además, afecta negativamente a la viabil...
Article
Full-text available
Genes with relevant roles in the differentiation of closely-related species are likely to have diverged simultaneously with the species and more accurately reproduce the species tree. The Lusitanian (Microtus lusitanicus) and Mediterranean (M. duodecimcostatus) pine voles are two recently separated sister species with fossorial lifestyles whose dif...
Article
Managed bees are used to transfer pollen from male to female flowers in kiwifruit, but the contribution of wild insects has been long overlooked. We approached such contribution with multiple criteria (pollinator abundance, foraging behavior, pollinating efficiency, and response to weather conditions) in the absence of imported colonies. An abundan...
Article
The arrival of alien insects is frequently associated with the introduction of alien plants. Two exotic Psylloidea native to Australia (Ctenarytaina eucalypti (Maskell, 1890) and Ctenarytaina spatulata Taylor, 1997) were recorded during a two-year survey in five apple orchards located in Asturias, on the Northern coast of Spain. Both species develo...
Article
Full-text available
10 Tecnología Agroalimentaria -n.º 13 Las manchas negras de la piel de la manzana Las manchas negras de la piel es una enfermedad típica de regiones húmedas que afecta a la superficie de las manzanas y que produce una depreciación del producto, al menos en el caso de la manzana de mesa. Foto 1.-Distintos tipos y formas de manchas negras de la piel....