Eduardo de la Peña
Phone: +32(0)499161540
Category: Scientific Officer-Post-doc
Department: Department of Biology-Terrestrial Ecology Unit
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Academic Achievements


2006: PhD in Applied Biological Sciences (Ecology), Faculty of BioScience Engineering, Ghent University (Belgium)

2002-2006: PhD Student at the Faculty of BioScience Engineering, Ghent University (Belgium)

2002: Bachellor of Sciences (Biology), Segovia University, Spain

Research Interests

Multitrophic Interactions

Above-belowground biotic interactions 

Soil Ecology


Biology and ecology of plant-parasitic nematodes

Participation in Research Projects

2006-2008: Pest Risk Assessment of plant pathogens and invasive species in the agricultural sector in Flanders. Ministry of Environment, Belgium.


2004-2006: “Interaction between cereal lesion nematodes, Pratylenchus crenatus and P. penetrans: host plants and diagnosis”. Belgian Institute of Science and Technology.


2002-2006: “Ecology of plant-parasitic nematodes, their hosts plants and antagonists in European coastal dunes: training opportunity for ecologists and biocontrol researchers”. E.U. Marie Curie RTN Project (EcoTrain: HPRN-CT-2002-00210).


2001:“Kinetics of the binding of Ni (II)-ions to Citric Acid and plant peptides” Bielefeld University, Bielefeld (Germany). 

1998: “Biomarkers in marine sponges: molecular approaches to assess pollution risks and ecosystems health in the ocean to support management for its sustainable use”, BIOMARK ; MAST-III program of the European Community” CEAB-CSIC, (Spain).


  1. Viaene, N., Mahieu, T., de la Peña, E. (2007) Distribution of Meloidogyne chitwoodi in potato tubers and comparison of extraction methods. Nematology. 9, 1, 143-150 (see details)
  2. Hol W.H., de la Peña E., Moens M., Cook R. (2007) Interactions between a fungal endophyte and root herbivores of Ammophila arenaria. Basic And Applied Ecology. 8, 6, 500-509 (see details)
  3. de la Pena, E; Rodriguez-Echeverria, S; van der Putten, WH; Freitas, H; Moens, M (2006) Mechanism of control of root-feeding nematodes by mycorrhizal fungi in the dune grass Ammophila arenaria. New Phytologist. 169, 4, 829-840. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01602.x
  4. van der Putten, WH; Cook, R; Costa, S; Davies, KG; Fargette, M; Freitas, H; Hol, WHG; Kerry, BR; Maher, N; Mateille, T; Moens, M; de la Pena, E; Piskiewicz, AM; Raeymaekers, ADW; Rodriguez-Echeverria, S; van der Wurff, AWG (2006) Nematode interactions in nature: Models for sustainable control of nematode pests of crop plants?. Advances In Agronomy, Vol 89. 89, 227-260. 0-12-000807-6. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: doi:10.1016/S0065-2113(05)89005-4
  5. de la Peña, E., Moens, M., Van Aelst, A., Karssen, G. (2006) Description of Pratylenchus dunensis sp. n. (Nematoda: Pratylenchidae), a root-lesion nematode associated with the dune grass Ammophila arenaria (L.) Link. Nematology. 8, 1, 79-88 (see details)
  6. de la Peña, E., Spiridonov, S.E., Moens, M. (2005) Entomopathogenic nematodes in the sand dunes of Het Zwin (Belgium). Russian Journal Of Nematology. 13, 2, 144 (see details)
  1. de la Peña, E. (2006) Interactions between marram grass, root-lesion nematodes and plant mutualists in coastal dunes. Ghent. Department of Agro-Zoology - Ghent University. (see details)
  1. Danquah, W., Viaene, N., Karssen, G., de la Peña, E. (2007) Root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) on turf grass in Belgium. (see details)
  2. de la Peña, E., Moens, M. (2007) Tritrophic interactions in coastal dunes: Ammophila arenaria, root-lesion nematodes and plant mutualists. (see details)
  3. Rodriguez-Echeverria, S, de la Peña, E., Freitas, H. (2006) Insights into the control of root-feeding nematodes by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi . (see details)
  4. Múnera Uribe, G.E., de la Peña, E., Bert, W., Moens, M., Borgonie, G., Decraemer, W. (2006) Morphological and molecular identification of Radopholus spp. isolates in Musa spp. from Colombia. (see details)
  5. de la Peña, E., Moens, M. (2006) Diversity and distribution of root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.) in coastal dunes. (see details)
  6. de la Peña, E., Rodríguez-Echeverría, S., Freitas, H., Moens, M. (2005) Regulation of endoparasitic nematodes in the dune grass Ammophila arenaria: host plant vs. plant mutualists. (see details)
  7. de la Peña, E., Moens, M. (2005) Ecology of root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.) in coastal dunes. (see details)