My research interest relate to natural enemy movement, between crops, between crop-associated habitats and natural environments, at the population and the landscape scale. My main focus had to do with the use of these habitats in relation to biological control. Understanding the seasonal movement of natural enemies and the quantification of the role of ‘sinks’ or ‘sources’ of predators and parasitoids in agroecosystems has been carried out in my lab, using a combination of molecular (diet analyses), population genetics (microsatellite markers) and behavioral approaches. More recently I have focused on the role of landscape composition and configuration on the interplay of natural enemy assemblages on pest control.
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PUBLICACIONES (Últimos 5 años)

Ballesteros, G.I., Gadau, J., Legeai, F., González-González, A., Lavandero, B., Simon, J.C., Figueroa, C.C. (2017). Expression differences in Aphidius ervi(Hymenoptera: Braconidae) females reared on different aphid host species. PeerJ 5, e3640. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3640.

Villegas, C.M., Zikic, V., Stankovic, S.S., Ortiz-Martinez, S.A., Penalver-Cruz, A., Lavandero, B. (2017). Morphological variation of Aphidius ervi Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) associated with different aphid hosts. Peerj 5,  10.7717/peerj.3559

Zepeda-Paulo, F., Villegas, C., Lavandero, B. (2017). Host genotype-endosymbiont associations and their relationship with aphid parasitism at the field level. Ecological Entomology 42, 86-95.

Sepúlveda, Daniela A, Zepeda-Paulo, Francisca, Ramírez, Claudio C, Lavandero, Blas, Figueroa, Christian C. (2016) Loss of host fidelity in highly inbred populations of the parasitoid wasp Aphidius ervi(Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Journal of Pest Science.

Sepúlveda, Daniela A, Zepeda-Paulo, Francisca, Ramírez, Claudio C, Lavandero, Blas, Figueroa, Christian C. 2016. Diversity, frequency, and geographic distribution of facultative bacterial endosymbionts in introduced aphid pests. Insect Science.

Zepeda-Paulo, F., Lavandero, B., Mahéo, F., Dion, E., Outreman, Y., Simon, J.C., Figueroa, C.C.(2016). Signatures of genetic bottleneck and differentiation after the introduction of an exotic parasitoid for classical biological control. Biological Invasions 18(2): 565-581.

Raymond L, Plantegenest M, Gagic V, Navasse Y and Lavandero, B (2015) How generalized are generalist aphid parasitoids? Journal of Pest Science. (Accepted).

Raymond L, Ortiz-Martinez S and Lavandero, B (2015) Temporal variability of aphid biological control in contrasting landscape contexts. Biological Control.

Zepeda-Paulo F, Lavandero B, Maheo F, Dion E, Outreman Y, Simon JC and Figueroa CC (2015) Does sex-biased dispersal account for the lack of geographic and host-associated differentiation in introduced populations of an aphid parasitoid? Ecology and Evolution.

Zepeda-Paulo F, Ortiz-Martinez S, Figueroa CC and Lavandero B (2013) Adaptive evolution of a generalist parasitoid: implications for the effectiveness of biological control agents, Evolutionay Applications. 6. 983-999.

Ortiz-Martínez S, Ramírez CC and Lavandero B (2013) Host acceptance behavior of the parasitoid Aphelinus mali and its aphid-host Eriosoma lanigerum on two Rosaceae plant species, Journal of Pest Science. 86:659–667.

Lavandero B and Tylianakis J (2013) Genotype matching in a parasitoid-host genotypic food web: an approach for measuring effects of environmental change. Molecular Ecology. 22: 229-238.


Understanding the networks of natural enemy assemblages involved in aphid control: repercussions for sustainable pest management. FONDECYT 1140632. 2014-2018. (Main Researcher).

Asociate Investigator Millennium Nucleus in Molecular Ecology and Evolutionary Applications in the agroecosystems (NC120027). 2014-2015.

APHIWEB-Structure, strength and invasibility of aphid food webs. Seventh Framework Programme-European Comission. Marie Curie Actions. 611810. 2013-2016. (Co-Researcher).

Efectos de la infección con bacterias endosimbióticas secundarias en clones de áfidos sobre el control biológico de parasitoides FONDECYT Postdoc N°3140299. 2013-2016. (Sponsor).

Molecular mechanisms underpinning host-adaptation in a parasitoid wasp: a novel approach to increase the efficacy of biological control. FONDECYT 1130483 . 2013-2016. (Co-Researcher).

Putative host refuges for Aphidius ervi: colonization of early season crop fields from adjacent natural habitats FONDECYT 1110341, 2011-2013.(Main Researcher).