Raquel Díaz (PhD, Forest Engineer) graduated in Forest Engineering (Madrid Polytechnic University – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) in 1996. Since 1997 she has been working at the Lourizán Forest Research Centre (Pontevedra, Spain) on quantitative genetics of forest trees. She presented her thesis (“Genetic Breeding of Juglansregia”) in 2001. Since 2010 she has been in charge of the Galician genetic and silviculturalbreeding programs of Pinuspinaster and Pinusradiata; and since 2013 her main objective has been to study resistance or tolerance mechanism of pine trees against pine wood nematode and find resistant or tolerant individuals as a strategy to control pine wilt disease.
Title : Genetic breeding as a tool to control the pine wilt disease