Interactions between microorganisms and plants, among microorganisms, and between microorganisms and insect pests.
Prof. Mosquera is an agronomic engineer. Her studies have focused on finding alternatives for plant health management in agricultural crops, to minimize the use of synthetic chemicals. She is especially interested in interactions between microorganisms and plants, among microorganisms, and between microorganisms and insect pests. Specific research topics include: isolation and identification of mycorrhizal fungi and endophytic fungi of orchids for conservation and sustainable use of species with commercial potential; characterization of arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi for plant nutrition and protection; recuperation of eroded soils; etiology of plant diseases and biocontrol with antagonistic fungi; identification of plant parasitic nematodes associated with crops and their management; bioprospecting of orchid mycorrhizal fungi as agents of biocontrol against soilborne plant diseases; and microbial control of insect pests of crops. She has also worked on agroecology for crop production, giving support to rural and ethnic communities in the departments of Valle del Cauca, Cauca y Boyacá. In her future research projects in the Biology Program, she will incorporate microorganisms from natural environments to develop integrated management strategies for agroecology, as well as restoration and conservation of terrestrial ecosystems.