PI: Dr María Virginia Bianchinotti
Independent Researcher,
National Research Council, CONICET
Adjunct Professor, UNS

Dra. Virginia Bianchinotti

The Mycology, Phytopathology and Biological Control (LaMiFiCoB) research group studies fungi associated with native plants and soils, as well as fungal diseases of wild plants from Bahía Blanca region, Argentina. Our aims are to contribute with scientific knowledge on the existing fungal biodiversity, to search for as well as to characterize fungal species that produce bioactive compounds of interest, and to investigate on disease impact on the health and survival of endemic and/or rare species. As to the particular case of species that behave like weeds, the factibility of incorporating fungal pathogenic species to integrated pest management plans is investigated.

Lines of Research

  • Study of micromycetes associated to wild plants and soils from extreme natural environments.

    The aims of this line of research are: to identify micromycetes associated with native plant species, to describe possible new species by means of morphological and molecular techniques, to estimate alpha and beta diversity of soil fungal communities in selected environments using traditional and molecular tools, and to identify the species that produce active secondary metabolites by small scale cultivation.

  • Study of wild plant diseases.

    The purpose of this line of research is to study fungal pathogens that affect endemic, rare and iconic plants in order to generate information that could help protect them while in the case of species that are considered to be weeds, to use fungal disease-producing agents for their biological control. 

    In addition to contributing to the knowledge of the diversity of plant pathogens associated with wild plants in Argentina, further aims of this line of research are: to investigate the effect of diseases on host fitness and to study plant-host-pathogen-hyperparasite tri-trophic interactions as well as to identify the potential inoculum reservoirs and sources of resistance to diseases of cultivated species. 

Recent Publications
  • Ramírez, G.H., Anderson, F.E. &  Bianchinotti, M.V. (2019). Induction of sporulation of cercosporoid pathogens of moth vine (Araujia hortorum). New Zealand Journal of Botany 57(3), 179-187.
  • Sanchez, R.M., Miller, A.N. & Bianchinotti, M.V. (2019). New species of Capronia (Herpotrichiellaceae, Ascomycota) from Patagonian forests, Argentina. Plant and Fungal Systematics 64(1), 81-90.
  • Kuhar, F., Postemsky, P.D. &  Bianchinotti, M.V. (2018). Conditions Affecting Ganoderma lucidum (Curt.: Fr.) P. Karst. (Ganodermataceae) Basidiome Quality, Morphogenesis and the Biodegradation of Wood By-products. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2018026249.
  • Sánchez, R.M., Carmarán, C.C. & Bianchinotti, M.V. (2018). Ostreichnion (Dothideomycetes, Ascomycota) en los bosques andino patagónicos. Darwiniana 6:1, 47-57.
  • Grafia, A.L., Vázquez M.B., Bianchinotti, M.V. &  Barbosa, S.E. (2018). Antifungal film development by polyethylene surface modification with natamycin. Food Packaging and Shelf Life. (under revision).
  • Musotto, L.L., Candel, M.S., Borromei, A.M., Ponce, J.M. & Bianchinotti, M.V. (2018). La palinología como una herramienta para la caracterización de paleoambientes continentales y marinos del Cuaternario Tardío en el Archipiélago de Tierra del Fuego. Asociación Paleontológica Argentina (PE-APA) 18(2), 131-155.
  • Musotto, L.L., Borromei, A.M., Bianchinotti, M.V., Coronato, A., Menounos, B., Osborn, G. & Marr, R. (2017). Postglacial environments in the southern coast of Lago Fagnano, central Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, based on pollen and fungal microfossils analyses. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 238, 43-54.
  • Musotto, L.L., Borromei, A.M., Bianchinotti, M.V., Coronato, A.M.J. (2017). Late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of central Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) based on pollen and fungi. Quaternary International 442, 13-25.
  • Nuñez Otaño, N., Di Pasquo, M., Bianchinotti, M.V. (2017). The occurrence of Potamomyces palmarensis sp. nov. in the Late Holocene at the El Palmar National Park (Colón, Entre Ríos, Argentina) and transfer of fossil species of Mediaverrunites to Potamomyces. Palynology 41, 267-277.
  • Anderson, F.E., Gallego, L., Sánchez, R.M., Flemmer, A.C., Hansen, P.V, McLaren, D. &  Barton, J. (2017). Plant/pathogen interactions observed during host range testing of the rust fungus Uromyces pencanus, a classical biological control agent for Chilean needle grass (Nassella neesiana) in Australia and New Zealand. Biocontrol Science and Technology 27(9), 1096-1117 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09583157.2017.1384795. 
  • Martínez, M.A., Bianchinotti, M.V., Saxena, R., Quattrocchio, M.E. & Cornou, M.E. (2016). Fungal spores from the Río Foyel group (Paleogene) of Ñirihuau basin, Argentina. Papers in Palaeontology 3, 1-20.
  • Anderson, F.E., Santos López, S.P., Sánchez, R.M., Reinoso Fuentealba, C.G. & Barton, J. (2016). Puccinia araujiae, a promising classical biocontrol agent for moth plant in New Zealand: Biology, host range and hyperparasitism by Cladosporium uredinicolaBiological Control 95, 23-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2015.12.015.
  • Anderson, F.E., Santos López, S.P., Sánchez, R.M., Reinoso Fuentealba, C.G. & Barton, J. (2016). Puccinia araujiae, a promising classical biocontrol agent for moth plant in New Zealand: Biology, host range and hyperparasitism by Cladosporium uredinicola. Biological Control 95, 23-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocontrol. 2015.12.015.
  • Vázquez, M.B., Amodeo, M.R. & Bianchinotti, M.V. (2016). Estimación de la biomasa fúngica en un suelo del SO de la provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina) con una tinción directa con blanco de calcoflúor. Revista Argentina de Microbiologia 48, 252-258.
  • Vázquez, M.B., Barrera, V.A. &  Bianchinotti, M.V. (2015). Molecular identification of three isolates of Trichoderma harzianum isolated from agricultural soils in Argentina, and their abilities to detoxify in-vitro metsulfuron methyl. Botany 93: 793-800.
  • Crous, P.W., Müller, M., Sánchez, R.M., Giordano, L., Bianchinotti, M.V., Anderson, F.E. & Groenewald, J.Z. (2015). Resolving Tiarosporella spp. allied to Botryosphaeriaceae and Phacidiaceae. Phytotaxa 202.(2), 73–93.                    
  • Rajchenberg, M., Barroetaveña, C., Bianchinotti, M.V. & Pildain,  M.B. (2015). The phylogenetic position of poroid Hymenochaetaceae (Hymenochaetales, Basidiomycota) from Patagonia, Argentina. Mycologia 107, 754-767.
  • Salgado-Salazar, C., Hirooka, Y., Samuels, G.J., Rossman, A.Y., Sánchez, R.M. & Chaverri. P. (2015). Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of Thelonectria discophora (Ascomycota, Hypocreales, Nectriaceae) species complex. Fungal Diversity 70(1), 1–29. DOI: 10.1007/s13225-014-0280-y
  • Sánchez, R.M. & Bianchinotti, M.V. (2015). Nuevos registros de Dothideomycetes (Ascomycota) no liquenizantes de los bosques Andino Patagónicos de Argentina. Darwiniana, nueva serie 3(2),  216-226.
Chapters in Books:
  • Cabrera Walsh, G., Briano, J., Enrique de Briano, A. & Anderson, F.E. (2014). Control Biológico de Malezas. (Chapter XXIX),  801-821. In: Malezas e Invasoras de la Argentina. Tomo I: Ecología y Manejo. Eds: O.A. Fernández, E.S. Leguizamón & H. Acciaresi. Editorial UNS, Bahía Blanca, Argentina. 
  • Moreno, M.V., Bianchinotti, M.V., Silvestro, L., Vázquez, M.B., Merlos, C. & Stenglein, S. (2013). Diversidad de Hongos en Suelos agrícolas. In: Microbiología Agrícola: un aporte de la investigación en Argentina, MAGNA, Argentina, 157-177.
  • McLaren, D.A.,Anderson, F.E. & Barton, J. (2012). Nassella trichotoma (Nees) Hack. - serrated tussock, Nassella neesiana Trin. & Rup. -Chilean needle grass. Pp. 404-415. In: Biological control of weeds in Australia 1960 to 2010. Eds.: Julien M.H., McFadyen R.E. & Cullen J.M. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia.


  • PIP-CONICET: Primero conocerlos, después aplicarlos: diversidad, biología y potencial biotecnológico de hongos de suelos y plantas de interés en el Sudoeste Bonaerense, 2015-2018. 
  • PICT2015-FONCYT: Identificación multigénica de las especies de Alternaria presentes en plantas nativas de interés agrícola y ecológico del sur bonaerense, 2017-2019.
  • PGI-UNS: Estudios básicos y aplicados en algas y hongos de la República Argentina, 2017-2020. 

National and International Collaborations

  • Dr. Ana Paula Murray, Independent Researcher, CONICET, Instituto de Química del Sur, UNS-CONICET, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • Dr. Ma. Virginia Moreno, Adjunct Researcher, CONICET, Laboratorio de Biología Funcional y Biotecnología, BIOLAB, Azul, Argentina
  • Dr. Ma. Belén Pildaín, Adjunct Researcher, CONICET, and Dr. Mario Rajchenberg, Principal Researcher, CONICET, Laboratorio de Biología Molecular del Centro de Investigación y Extensión Forestal Andino Patagónico (CIEFAP), Esquel, Argentina
  • Dr. Andrea I. Romero, Director of the Instituto de Micología y Botánica, FCEN-UBA-CONICET, and Dr. Cecilia C. Carmarán, Independent Researcher, CONICET, INMIBO, FCEN-UBA-CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argenina
  • Dr. Alejandro Sosa, Fundación para el estudio de especies invasivas (FuEDEI), Adjunct Researcher, CONICET, Argentina
  • Dr. Alberto M. Stchigel Glikman, Professor, Facultad de Enología, Tarragona, Spain and Researcher, Facultad de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud (Reus) de la Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Dr. Andy N. Miller, Professor and Researcher, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of  Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, and Director of the Herbal House of Illinois Natural History Survey, USA
  • Dr. Pedro Crous, Director of the CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Institute of the Royal Dutch Academy of Artsand Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlans, and Professor at Stellenbosch University and University of Pretory, South Africa, and at Utrecht University and Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Jane Barton, Researcher, Landcare Research New Zealand, New Zealand
  • Dr. Louise Morin, Researcher, SCIRO, Australia

Group Members

Dr. Freda E. Anderson
Principal Professional, CONICET

Dr. Romina M. Sánchez

Assistant Researcher, CONICET
Teaching Assistant, UNS

Lic. Cintia G. Reinoso Fuentealba

Doctoral Fellow, CONICET

Lic. Gustavo H. Ramírez

Doctoral Fellow, CONICET

Dr. M. Belén Vázquez

Ex-member and current collaborator 
Teaching Assistant, UNS