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Scientific Articles (ISI)

Branco, S., Douma, J.C., Brockerhoff, E.G., Gomez-Gallego, M., Marcais, B., Prospero, S., Franco, J.C., Jactel, H., Branco, M. (2023)

Eradication programs against non-native pests and pathogens of woody plants in Europe: which factors influence their success or failure?

NeoBiota 84: 281-317.. DOI:

Farinha A.O., Branco M., Courtin C., Lesieur V., Gallego Di., Sanchez-Garcia F.J., Sousa E., Roques A., Auger-Rozenberg M.-A., Bras A. (2023)

Another chapter in the history of the European invasion by the western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis: the Iberian Peninsula

Diversity, 15(1): 64.. DOI:

Garcia A., Samalens J.C., Grillet A., Soares P., Branco M., Halder I., Jactel H., Battisti A. (2023)

Testing early detection of pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa nests using UAV-based methods.

NeoBiota, 84: 267-279.. DOI: DOI:

Nunes, P., Robinet, C-, Branco, M., Franco J.C. (2023)

Modelling the invasion dynamics of the African citrus psyllid: The role of human-mediated dispersal and urban and peri-urban citrus trees

NeoBiota, 84: 369-396. DOI:

Rua, J.C.P., Barreiro S., Reis A., Tomé M., Branco M. (2023)

A cost-benefit analysis for the management of Gonipterus platensis by comparing chemical and augmentative biological control

Forest Ecology and Management 548: 121333. . DOI:

Branco S., Faccoli M., Brockerhoff E.G., Roux G., Jactel H., Desneux N., Gachet E., Mouttet R., Streito J.-C., Branco M. (2022)

Preventing invasions of Asian longhorn beetle and citrus longhorn beetle: are we on the right track?

Journal of Pest Science, 95 (1): 41-66. DOI:

Catry F.X., Branco M., Moreira F., Sousa E., Rego F. (2022)

Ambrosia beetle attacks in Mediterranean cork oak forests following fire: which factors drive host selection?

Fire, 5: 115.. DOI:

Franco J.C., Branco M., Conde S., Garcia A., Fernandes M.R., Santos J.L., Messina T., Duarte G., Fonseca A., Zina V., Ferreira M.T. (2022)

Ecological Infrastructures May Enhance Lepidopterans Predation in Irrigated Mediterranean Farmland, Depending on Their Typology and the Predator Guild

Sustainability, 14(7): 3874. DOI:

Marchioro M., Faccoli M., Dal Cortivo M., Branco M., Roques A., Garcia A., Ruzzier E. (2022)

New species and new records of exotic Scolytinae (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) in Europe

Biodiversity Data Journal, 102022: e93995.. DOI:

Sim√Ķes R., Branco M., Nogueira C., Carvalho C., Santos-Silva C., Ferreira-Dias S., Miranda I., Pereira H. (2022)

Phytochemical composition of extractives in the inner cork layer of cork oaks with low and moderate Coraebus undatus attack

Forests, 13: 1517. DOI:

Vald√©s-Correcher E., Popova A., Galm√°n A., Prinzing A., Selikhovkin A.V., Howe A.G., Mrazova A., Dulaurent A.-M., Hampe A., Tack A.J.M., Bouget C., Lupa»ôtean D., Harvey D., Musolin D.L., L√∂vei G.L., Centenaro G., Halder I.V., Hagge J., Dobrosavljevińá J., Pitk√§nen J.-M., Koricheva J., Sam K., Barbaro L., Branco M., Ferrante M., Faticov M., Tahadlov√° M., Gossner M., Cauchoix M., Bogdziewicz M., Duduman M.-L., Kozlov M.V., Bjoern M.C., Mamaev N.A., Fernandez-Conradi P., Thomas R.L., Wetherbee R., G reen S., Milanovińá S., Moreira X., Mellerin Y., Kadiri Y., Castagneyrol B. (2022)

Herbivory on the pedunculate oak along an urbanization gradient in Europe: effects of impervious surface, local tree cover, and insect feeding guild

Ecology and Evolution, 12(3): e8709. DOI:

Bouzar-Essaidi K., Branco M., Battisti A., Garcia A., Fernandes M.R., Chabane Y., Bouzemarene M., Benfekih L. (2021)

Response of the egg parasitoids of the pine processionary moth to host density and forest cover at the southern edge of the range

Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 23(2): 212-221. DOI:

Farinha A.O., Carvalho C., Correia A.C., Branco M. (2021)

Impact assessment of Leptoglossus occidentalis in Pinus pinea: integrating population density and seed loss

Forest Ecology and Management, 496: 119422. DOI:

Garcia A., Vaz P.G., Franco J.C., Nunes P., Jactel H., Branco M. (2021)

Urban tree isolation affects the abundance of its pests and their natural enemies.

Landscape and Urban Planning, 227: 104515.. DOI:

Nunes P., Branco M., Van Halder I., Jactel H. (2021)

Modelling Monochamus galloprovincialis dispersal trajectories across a heterogeneous landscape to optimize monitoring by trapping networks

Landscape Ecology, 36: 931‚Äď941. DOI:

Tomé M., Almeida M.H., Barreiro S., Branco M., Deus E., Pinto G., Sande Silva J., Soares P., Rodríguez-Soalleiro R., (2021)

Opportunities and challenges of Eucalyptus plantations in Europe ‚Äď the Iberian Peninsula experience

Eur J Forest Res, 140:489-510. DOI:

Tomé M., Almeida M.H., Barreiro S., Branco M.R., Deus E., Pinto G., Silva J.S., Soares P., Rodríguez-Soalleiro R. (2021)

Opportunities and challenges of Eucalyptus plantations in Europe: the Iberian Peninsula experience

European Journal of Forest Research, 140: 489‚Äď510. DOI:

Vald√©s-Correcher E., Moreira X., Augusto L., Barbaro L., Bouget C., Bouriaud O., Branco M., Centenaro G., Cs√≥ka G., Damestoy T., Dobrosavljevińá J., Duduman M.-L., Dulaurent A.-M.l, E√∂tv√∂s C.B., Faticov M., Ferrante M., F√ľrjes-Mik√≥ √Ā., Galm√°n A., Gossner M.M., Hampe A., Harvey D., Gordon Howe A., Kadiri Y., Kaennel-Dobbertin M., Koricheva J., Kozel A., Kozlov M.V., L√∂vei G.L., Lupa»ôtean D., Milanovińá S.k, Mrazova A., Opgennoorth L., Pitk√§nen J.-M., Popova A., Popovińá M., Prinzing A., Queloz V., Roslin T., Sall√© A., Sam K., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Schuldt A., Selikhovkin A., Suominen L., Tack A.J.M., Tahadlova M., Thomas R., Castagneyrol B. (2021)

Search for top-down and bottom-up drivers of latitudinal trends in insect herbivory in oak trees in Europe

Global Ecology and Biogeography, 30(3): 651-665. DOI:

Burban C., Rocha S., Leblois R., Rossi J.P., Sauné L., Branco M., Kerdelhué C. (2020)

From sympatry to parapatry: a rapid change in the spatial context of incipient allochronic speciation

Evolutionary Ecology, 34(1): 101-121. DOI:

Faccoli M., Gallego D., Branco M., Brockerhoff E.G., Corley J., Coyle D.R., Hurley B.P., Jactel H., Lakatos F., Lantschner V., Lawson S., Martínez G., Gómez D.F., Avtzis D. (2020)

A first worldwide multispecies survey of invasive Mediterranean pine bark beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae)

Biological Invasions, 22(5): 1785-17991. DOI:

Jactel H., Desprez-Loustau M.L., Battisti A., Brockerhoff E., Santini A., Stenlid J., Bjorkman C., Branco M., Dehnen-Schmutz K., Douma J.C., Drakulic J., Drizou F., Eschen R., Franco J.C., Gossner M.M., Green S., Kenis M., Klapwijk M.J., Liebhold A.M., Orazio C., Prospero S., Robinet C., Schroeder M., Slippers B., Stoev P., Sun J.H., van den Dool R., Wingfield M.J., Zalucki M.P. (2020)

Pathologists and entomologists must join forces against forest pest and pathogen invasions

Neobiota, 58: 107-127. DOI:

Machado D.N., Costa E.C., Guedes J.V.C., Barbosa L.R., Martínez G., Mayorga S.I., Ramos S.O., Branco M., Garcia A., Vanegas-Rico J.M., Jiménez-Quiroz E., Laudonia S., Novoselsky T., Hodel D.R., Arakelian G., Silva H., Perini C.R., Valmorbida I., Ugalde G.A., Arnemann J.A. (2020)

One maternal lineage leads the expansion of Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae) in the New and Old Worlds

Scientific Reports, 10(1): 3487. DOI:

Regolini M., Meredieu C., Jactel H., Arias-Gonzalez A., Branco M., Cantero A., Castro A., Fraysse J.Y., Gardiner B., Hevia A., Lario F.J., Steffy-Pater C., Rodriguez-Soalleiro R., Soares P., Orazio C. (2020)

Multi-criteria analysis to compare multiple risks associated with management alternatives in planted forests

Forest Systems, 29(2): e004. DOI:

Rocha S., Caldeira M.C., Burban C., Kerdelhué C., Branco M. (2020)

Shifted phenology in the pine processionary moth affects the outcome of tree-insect interaction

Bulletin of Entomological Research, 110(1): 68-76. DOI:

Rua J.C.P., Barreiro S., Branco M., Tomé M. (2020)

Estimating defoliation impact of Gonipterus platensis on Eucalyptus globulus stands productivity using a forest simulator based on 3-PG

Forest Ecology and Management, 478: 118495. DOI:

Zina V., Branco M., Franco J.C. (2020)

Impact of the invasive argentine ant in citrus agroecosystems: effects on the diversity and frequency of native ant species foraging on tree canopy

Insects, 11(11) 785 : 1-17. DOI:

Bellahirech A., Branco M., Catry F.X., Bonif√°cio L., Sousa E., Jam√Ęa M.L.B. (2019)

Site-and tree-related factors affecting colonization of cork oaks Quercus suber L. by ambrosia beetles in Tunisia

Annals of Forest Science, 76(2): 45.

Borowiec N., La Salle J., Brancaccio L., Thaon M., Warot S., Branco M., Ris N., Malausa J.-C., Burks R. (2019)

Ophelimus mediterraneus sp. n. (Hymenoptera, Eulophidae): a new Eucalyptus gall wasp in the Mediterranean region

Bulletin of Entomological Research, 109(5): 678-694.

Branco M., Esquivel M.D.G., Cortez M., Figueiredo E. (2019)

Heat shock proteins expression and survival at fluctuating high temperature in the larvae of two moth species, Helicoverpa armigera and Thaumetopoea pityocampa

Bulletin of Insectology, 72 (1): 61-68.

Branco M., Nunes P., Roques A., Fernandes M.R., Orazio C., Jactel H. (2019)

Urban trees facilitate the establishment of non-native forest insects.

NeoBiota, 52: 25-46. DOI:

Garcia A., Allen G.R., Oberprieler R.G., Ramos A.P., Valente C., Reis A., Franco J.C., Branco M. (2019)

Biological control of Gonipterus: uncovering the associations between eucalypts, weevils and parasitoids in their native range

Forest Ecology and Management, 443:106‚Äď116.

Garcia A., Franco J.C., Branco M. (2019)

Novel prey boosts the expansion of host-plant range in a native predatory bug.

BioControl, 64(6). DOI:

Garcia A., Gonçalves H., Borowiec N., Franco J.C., Branco M. (2019)

Ophelimus sp., a new invasive gall wasp of Eucalyptus globulus in Europe, escapes the parasitism by Closterocerus chamaeleon due to an asynchronous life cycle

Biological Control, 131: 1-7.

Gonçalves C.I., Vilas-Boas L., Branco M., Rezende G.D., Valente C. (2019)

Host susceptibility to Gonipterus platensis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) of Eucalyptus species

Annals of Forest Science, 76(3): 63.

Rua J., Barreiro S., Branco M., Tomé M., (2019)

Estimating defoliation impact of Gonipterus platensis on Eucalyptus globulus stands productivity using a forest simulator based on 3-PG

For. Ecol. Manag., 478, 118495. DOI:

Shahin H., Correia A.H., Orazio C., Branco M., Almeida M.H. (2019)

Monitoring two REINFFORCE Network Arboreta: first result on site, climate and genetic interaction showing impact on phenology and biotic damages

Scientia Forestalis, 47(123): 552-570.

Silva E.B., Mourato C., Branco M., Mendel Z. (2019)

Biparental mealybugs may be more promiscuous than we thought.

Bulletin of Entomological Research, 109(5): 574-582. DOI:

Valente C., Afonso C., Goncalves C.I., Branco M. (2019)

Assessing the competitive interactions between two egg parasitoids of the Eucalyptus snout beetle, Gonipterus platensis, and their implications for biological control.

Biological Control, 130: 80-87. DOI:

Vaz P.G., Bugalho M.N., Fedriani J.M., Branco M., Lecomte X., Nogueira C., Caldeira M.C. (2019)

Unravelling associations between tree-seedling performance, herbivory, competition, and facilitation in high nature value farmlands.

Journal of Environmental Management, 232: 1066-1074. DOI:

AydńĪn T., Branco M., G√ľven √Ė., Gon√ßalves H., Lima A., Karaca ńį., Butt T. (2018)

Significant mortality of eggs and young larvae of two pine processionary moth species due to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum.

Biocontrol Science and Technology, 28(4): 317-331.

Correia A.H., Almeida M.H., Branco M., Tomé M., Cordero-Montoya R., Di Lucchio L., Cantero A., Diez Casero J., Recio C.P., Bravo F., Garzia Bengoetxea N., Arias Gonzaléz A., Jinks R., Paillassa E., Patrick P., Rozados Lorenzo M.J., Silva Pando F.J., Traver M.C., Zabalza S., Nóbrega C., Ferreira M.C., Orazio C. (2018)

Early survival and growth plasticity of 33 species planted in 38 Arboreta across the European Atlantic Area

Forests, 9(10): 630. DOI:

Farinha A.C.O., Silva J.E.P., Correia A.C., Sousa E.M.R., Roques A., Branco M. (2018)

Is Leptoglossus occidentalis entirely responsible for the high damage observed on cones and seeds of Pinus pinea? Results from a fertirrigation trial in Portugal.

Forest Ecology and Management, 429: 198-206.

Farinha A.O., Branco M., Pereira M., Auger-Rozenberg M-A., Mauricio A., Yart A., Guerreiro V., Sousa E., Roques A. (2018)

Micro X-ray computed tomography suggests cooperative feeding among adult invasive bugs Leptoglossus occidentalis on mature seeds of stone pine Pinus pinea.

Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 20(1): 18-27.

Farinha A.O., Durpoix C., Valente S., Sousa E., Roques A., Branco M. (2018)

The stone pine, Pinus pinea L., a new highly rewarding host for the invasive Leptoglossus occidentalis.

Neobiota, 41: 1-18.

Gschloessl B., Dorkeld F., Berges H., Beydon G., Bouchez O., Branco M., Bretaudeau A., Burban C., Dubois E., Gauthier P., Lhuillier E., Nichols J., Nidelet S., Rocha S., Sauné L., Streiff R., Gautier M., Kerdelhué C. (2018)

Draft genome and reference transcriptomic resources for the urticating pine defoliator Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae).

Molecular Ecology Resources, 18: 602‚Äď619.

Leblois R., Gautier M., Rohfritsch A., Foucaud J., Burban C., Galan M., Loiseau A., Sauné L., Branco M., Gharbi K., Vitalis R., Kerdelhué C. (2018)

Deciphering the demographic history of allochronic differentiation in the pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa.

Molecular Ecology, 27(1): 264-278.

Santos A., Fernandes M.R., Aguiar F.C., Branco M., Ferreira M.T. (2018)

Effects of riverine landscape changes on pollination services: a case study on the River Minho, Portugal.

Ecological Indicators, 89: 656-666.

Valente C., Gonçalves C.I., Monteiro F., Gaspar J., Silva M., Sottomayor M., Paiva M.R., Branco M. (2018)

Economic outcome of classical biological control: a case study on the eucalyptus snout beetle, Gonipterus platensis, and the parasitoid Anaphes nitens.

Ecological Economics, 149: 40-47. DOI:

Branco M., Paiva M.R., Santos H.M., Burban C., Kerdelhué C. (2017)

Experimental evidence for heritable reproductive time in two allochronic populations of pine processionary moth.

Insect Science, 24(2):325-335.

Catry F.X., Branco M., Sousa E., Caetano J., Naves P., Nóbrega F. (2017)

Presence and dynamics of ambrosia beetles and other xylophagous insects in a Mediterranean cork oak forest following fire.

Forest Ecology and Management, 404: 45-54.

Mendel Z., Protasov A., La Salle J., Blumberg D., Brand D., Branco M. (2017)

Classical biological control of two eucalyptus gall wasps; main outcome and conclusions.

Biological Control, 105: 66‚Äď78.

Rocha S., Kerdelhué C., Jamaa M.B., Dhahri S., Burban C., Branco M. (2017)

Effect of heat waves on embryo mortality in the pine processionary moth.

Bulletin of Entomological Research, 107 (5): 583-59.

Valente C., Afonso C., Goncalves C.I., Alonso-Zarazaga M.A., Reis A., Branco M. (2017)

Environmental risk assessment of the egg parasitoid Anaphes inexpectatus for classical biological control of the Eucalyptus snout beetle, Gonipterus platensis.

Biocontrol, 62(4): 457-468.

Valente C., Gonçalves C.I., Reis A., Branco M. (2017)

Pre-selection and biological potential of the egg parasitoid Anaphes inexpectatus for the control of the Eucalyptus snout beetle, Gonipterus platensis.

Journal of Pest Science, 90: 911-923.

Zina V., Branco M., Franco J.C. (2017)

Ant community associated to citrus canopy in Southern Portugal over a century after the invasion by the Argentine ant.

Phytoparasitica, 45(2): 183‚Äď200.

Boavida C., Garcia A., Branco M. (2016)

How effective is Psyllaephagus bliteus (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) in controlling Glycaspis brimblecombei (Hemiptera: Psylloidea)?

Biological Control, 99: 1-7.

Burban C., Gautier M., Leblois R., Landes J., Santos H., Paiva M.R., Branco M.R., Kerdelhue C. (2016)

Evidence for low level hybridization between two allochronic populations of the pine processionary moth, Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae).

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 119(2): 311‚Äď328.

Franco J.C., Garcia A., Branco M. (2016)

First report of Epichrysocharis burwelli in Europe, a new invasive gall wasp attacking eucalypts.

Phytoparasitica, 44: 443.

Godefroid M., Rocha S., Santos H., Paiva M.R., Burban C., Kerdelhué C., Branco M., Rossi J.P. (2016)

Climate constrains range expansion of an allochronic population of the pine processionary moth.

Diversity and Distributions, 22(12), 1288-1300.

Hurley B.P., Garnas J., Wingfield M.J., Branco M., Richardson D.M., Slippers B. (2016)

Increasing numbers and intercontinental spread of invasive insects on eucalypts.

Biological Invasions, 18(4): 921-933.

Sampaio T., Branco M., Guichoux E., Petit R.J., Pereira J.S., Varela M.C., Almeida M.H. (2016)

Does the geography of cork oak origin influence budburst and leaf pest damage?

Forest Ecology and Management, 373: 33-43.

Tiberi R., Branco M., Bracalini M., Croci F., Panzavolta T. (2016)

Cork oak pests: a review of insect damage and management.

Annals of Forest Science, 73(2):219-232.

Berardi L., Branco M., Paiva M.R., Santos H., Battisti A. (2015)

Development time plasticity of the pine processionary moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) populations under laboratory conditions.

Entomologia, 3(1): 273.

Branco M., Brockerhoff E.G., Castagneyrol B., Orazio C., Jactel H. (2015)

Host range expansion of native insects to exotic trees increases with area of introduction and the presence of congeneric native trees.

Journal of Applied Ecology, 52: 69‚Äď77.

Branco S., Videira N., Branco M., Paiva M.R. (2015)

A review of invasive alien species impacts on eucalypt stands and citrus orchards ecosystem services: towards an integrated management approach.

Journal of Environmental Management, 149: 17-26.

Bugila A.A.A., Franco J.C., Silva E.B., Branco M. (2015)

Suitability of five mealybug species (Hemiptera, Pseudococcidae) as hosts for the solitary parasitoid Anagyrus sp. nr. pseudococci (Girault) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae).

Biocontrol Science and Technology, 25(1): 108-120.

Ezzine O., Branco M., Villemant C., Schmidt S., Nouira S., Jam√Ęa M.L.B. (2015)

Host use in Orgyia trigotephras (Erebidae, Lymantriinae) during outbreak: effects on larval performance and egg predation.

Annals of Forest Science, 1-8.

Samra S., Ghanim M., Protasov A., Branco M., Mendel Z. (2015)

Genetic diversity and host alternation of the egg parasitoid Ooencyrtus pityocampae between the pine processionary moth and the caper bug.

PloS One, 10(4): e0122788.

Tavares C., Jactel H., van Halder I., Branco M. (2015)

Reproductive requirements and life cycle of Iberorhyzobius rondensis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), potential biological control agent of Matsucoccus feytaudi (Hemiptera: Matsucoccidae).

Environmental Entomology, 44(3): 846-854. DOI:

Tavares C., Roques A., Courtial B., Branco M., Jactel H., Lopez-Vaamonde C. (2015)

Phylogeography of the ladybird Iberorhyzobius rondensis, a potential biological control agent of the invasive alien pine bast scale Matsucoccus feytaudi.

BioControl, 60(1):59-69. DOI:

Branco M., Dhahri S., Santos M., Lahbib Ben Jamaa M. (2014)

Biological control reduces herbivore’s host range.

Biological Control, 69: 59-64.

Bugila A.A.A., Branco M., Silva E. B., Franco J. C. (2014)

Host selection behavior and specificity of the solitary parasitoid of mealybugs Anagyrus sp. nr. pseudococci (Girault) (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae).

Biocontrol Science and Technology, 24(1): 22-38.

Bugila A.A.A., Franco J.C., Silva E.B., Branco M. (2014)

Defense response of native and alien mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) against the solitary parasitoid Anagyrus sp. nr. pseudococci (Girault) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae).

Journal of Insect Behavior, 27(4): 439-453.

Ezzine O., Hausmann A., Branco M., Mannai Y., Dhahri S., Nouira S., Jam√Ęa M. L. B. (2014)

Genetic patterns, host use and larval morphology in Tunisian populations of Orgyia trigotephras.

Bulletin of Insectology, 67(1): 73-79.

Pereira P., Godinho C., Roque I., Marques A., Branco M., Rabaça J.E. (2014)

Time to rethink the management intensity in a Mediterranean oak woodland: the response of insectivorous birds and leaf-chewing defoliators as key groups in the forest ecosystem.

Annals of Forest Science, 71(1): 25-32.

Tavares C., Jactel H., van Halder I., Mendel Z., Branco M. (2014)

A case of ecological specialization in ladybirds: Iberorhyzobius rondensis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), potential biocontrol agent of Matsucoccus feytaudi (Hemiptera: Matsucoccidae).

Bulletin of Entomological Research, 104(03): 367-375. DOI:

Brockerhoff E.G., Suckling D.M., Roques A., Jactel H., Branco M., Twidle A.M., Mastro V.C., Kimberley M.O. (2013)

Improving the efficiency of Lepidopteran pest detection and surveillance: constraints and opportunities for multiple-species trapping.

Journal of Chemical Ecology, 39(1): 50-58.

Garcia A., Figueiredo E., Valente C., Monserrat V., Branco M. (2013)

First record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus in Portugal and of the neotropical predator Hemerobius bolivari in Europe.

Bulletin of Insectology, 66 (2): 251-256.

Rocha S., Branco M., Vilas Boas L., Almeida M.H., Protasov A., Mendel Z. (2013)

Gall induction may benefit host plant: a case of a gall wasp and eucalyptus tree.

Tree Physiology, 33(4): 388-397.

Santos H.M., Paiva M.R., Rocha S., Kerdelhué C., Branco M. (2013)

Phenotypic divergence in reproductive traits of a moth population experiencing a phenological shift.

Ecology and Evolution, 3(15): 5098-5108.

Silva E.B., Branco M., Mendel Z., Franco J.C. (2013)

Mating behavior and performance in the two cosmopolitan mealybug species Planococcus citri and Pseudococcus calceolariae (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae).

Journal of Insect Behavior, 26(3): 304-320.

Jactel H., Branco M., Duncker P., Gardiner B., Grodzki W., Langstrom B., Moreira F., Netherer S.,Nicoll B., Orazio C., Piou D., Schelhaas M., Tojic K. (2012)

A multicriteria risk analysis to evaluate impacts of forest management alternatives on forest health in Europe.

Ecology and Society, 17(4): 52.

Reis A.R., Ara√ļjo C., Ferreira L., Tom√© M., Branco M. (2012)

Efficiency of biological control of Gonipterus platensis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) by Anaphes nitens (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) in cold areas of the Iberian Peninsula: implications for defoliation and wood production in Eucalyptus globulus.

Forest Ecology and Management, 270: 216-222.

Branco M.R., van Haldern I., Franco J.C., Constantin R., Jactel H. (2011)

Prey sex pheromone as kairomone for a new group of predators (Coleoptera: Dasytidae, Aplocnemus spp.) of pine bast scales.

Bulletin of Entomological Research, 101(6): 667-674.

Bugalho M.N., Lecomte X., Gonçalves M., Caldeira M.C., Branco M. (2011)

Establishing grazing and grazing-excluded patches increases plant and invertebrate diversity in a Mediterranean oak woodland

Forest Ecology and Management, 261(11): 2133-2139.

Franco J.C., Silva E.B., FortunaT., Cortegano E., Branco M., Suma P., Russo A., Zada A., Mendel Z. (2011)

Vine mealybug sex pheromone increases citrus mealybug parasitism by Anagyrus sp. near pseudococci (Girault).

Biological Control, 58(3): 230-238.

Paiva M.R., Mateus E., Santos M.H., Branco M.R. (2011)

Pine volatiles mediate host selection for oviposition by Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lep., Notodontidae).

Journal of Applied Entomolology, 135(3): 195-203.

Santos H., Burban C., Rousselet J., Rossi J.P., Branco M., Kerdelhué C. (2011)

Incipient allochronic speciation in the pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae).

Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24(1): 146-158.

Santos H., Paiva, M.R., Kerdelhué C., Branco M. (2011)

Temperature niche shift observed in a Lepidoptera population under allochronic divergence.

Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24(9): 1897-1905.

Branco M., Pereira J. S., Mateus E., Tavares C., Paiva M.R. (2010)

Water stress affects Tomicus destruens host pine preference and performance during the shoot feeding phase.

Annals of Forest Science, 67: 608-615. DOI:

Silva E.B., Franco J.C., Vasconcelos T., Branco M. (2010)

Effect of ground cover vegetation on the abundance and diversity of beneficial arthropods in citrus orchards.

Bulletin of Entomological Research, 100: 489 -499.

Branco M., Boavida C., Durand N., Franco J.C., Mendel Z. (2009)

Presence of the Eucalyptus gall wasp, Ophelimus maskelli and its parasitoid Closterocerus chamaeleon in Portugal: first record, geographic distribution and host preference.

Phytoparasitica, 37(1): 51-54.

Gatto P., Zocca A., Battisti A., Barrento M.J., Branco M., Paiva M.R. (2009)

Economic assessment of managing processionary moth in pine forests: a case-study in Portugal.

Journal of Environmental Management, 90(2): 683-691.

Jactel H., Nicoll B.C., Branco M., Gonzalez-Olabarria J. R., Grodzki W., Långström B., Moreira F., Netherer S., Orazio C., Piou D., Santos H., Schelhaas M.J., Tojic K., Vodde F. (2009)

The influences of forest stand management on biotic and abiotic risks of damage.

Annals of Forest Science, 66(7): 701.

Branco M., Santos M., Calv√£o T., Telfer G., Paiva M.R. (2008)

Arthropod diversity sheltered in Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) larval nests.

Insect Conservation and Diversity, 1(4): 215-221.

Franco J.C., Silva E.B., Cortegano E., Campos L., Branco M., Zada A., Mendel Z. (2008)

Kairomonal response of the parasitoid Anagyrus spec. nov near pseudococci to the sex pheromone of the vine mealybug.

Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata,126(2): 122-130.

Santos H., Rousselet J., Magnoux E., Paiva M.R., Branco M., Kerdelhue C. (2007)

Genetic isolation through time: allochronic differentiation of a phenologically atypical population of the pine processionary moth.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274 (1612): 935-941.


Pragas e doenças em pinhal e eucaliptal. Desafios para a sua gestão integrada

Branco M., Valente C., Paiva M.R. (Eds.). (2008)

ISA Press, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisboa.

Book Chapters

Branco M., Franco J.C., Mendel Z. (2023)

Sap-Sucking Forest Pests

In: D. Allison J., Paine T.D. Slippers B., Wingfield M.J. (eds) Forest Entomology and Pathology. Springer, Cham.. DOI:

Kondo T., Gullan P. J., Mendel Z., Branco M. (2022)

Family: Matsucoccidae

In: Encyclopedia of Scale Insect Pests. Takumasa Kondo and Gillian W. Watson (Eds.), GB: CABI, pp. 39-52. 720 pp. . ISBN: 978-1-80062-064-3

Zina V., Franco J.C., Branco M., Fernandes M.R., Duarte G., Fonseca A., Ferreira M.T. (2022)

Ecological Infrastructures May Enhance Lepidopterans Predation

In: Scholarly Community Encyclopedia .

Battisti A., Branco M., Mendel Z. (2016)

Defoliators in native insect systems of the Mediterranean basin

In: Insects and diseases of Mediterranean forest systems. Springer International Publishing, Springer Netherlands, pp. 29-45. ISBN: 978-94-017-9340-7

Branco M., Battisti A., Mendel Z. (2016)

Foliage feeding invasive insects: defoliators and gall makers

In: Insects and diseases of Mediterranean forest systems. Springer International Publishing, Springer Netherlands, pp. 211-238. ISBN: 978-94-017-9340-7

Mendel Z., Branco M., Battisti A. (2016)

Invasive sap-sucker insects in the Mediterranean basin

In: Insects and diseases of Mediterranean forest systems. Springer International Publishing, Springer Netherlands, pp. 261-291. ISBN: 978-94-017-9340-7

Battisti A., AvcńĪ M., Avtzis D. N., Jamaa M. L. B., Berardi L., Berretima W., Branco M., Chakali G., El Fels M.A.A., Fr√©rot B., H√≥dar J.A, Ionescu-MńÉlńÉncuŇü I., ńįpekdal K., Larsson S., Manole T., Mendel Z., Meurisse N., Mirchev P., Nemer N., Paiva M.-R., Pino J., Protasov A., Rahim N., Rousselet J., Santos H., Sauvard D., Schopf A., Simonato M., Yart A., Zamoum M. (2015)

Natural history of the processionary moths (Thaumetopoea spp.): new insights in relation to climate change

In: Processionary moths and climate change: an update. Alain Roques Eds. Springer Netherlands, pp. 15-79. ISBN: 978-94-017-9340-7

Jactel H., Barbaro L., Battisti A., Bosc A., Branco M., Brockerhoff E., Castagneyrol B., Dulaurent A.M., Hódar J.A., Jacquet J.S., Mateus E., Paiva M.R., Roques A., Samalens J.C., Santos H., Schlyter F. (2015)

Insect-tree interactions in Thaumetopoea pityocampa

In: Processionary moths and climate change: an update. Alain Roques Eds. Springer Netherlands, pp. 265-310. ISBN: 978-94-017-9340-7

Kerdelhu√© C., Battisti A., Burban C., Branco M., Cassel-Lundhagen A., ńįpekdal K., Larsson S., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Magnoux E., Mateus E., Mendel Z., Negrisolo E., Paiva M.R., Pivotto I. D, Rocha S., Ronn√•s C., Roques A., Rossi J.P., Rousselet J., Salvato P., Santos H., Simonato M., Zane L. (2015)

Genetic diversity and structure at different spatial scales in the processionary moths

In: Processionary moths and climate change: an update. Alain Roques Eds. Springer Netherlands, pp. 163-226. ISBN: 978-94-017-9340-7

Roques A., Rousselet J., AvcńĪ M., Avtzis D.N., Basso A., Battisti A., Ben Jamaa M.L., Bensidi A., Berardi L., Berretima W., Branco M., Chakali G., √áota E., DautbaŇ°ińá M., Delb H., El Fels M.A.A., El Mercht S., El Mokhefi M., Forster B., Garcia J., Georgiev G., Glavendekińá M.M, Goussard F., Halbig P., Henke L., HernaŇĄdez R., H√≥dar J.A., ńįpekdal K., Jurc M., Klimetzek D., Laparie M., Larsson S., Mateus E., MatoŇ°evińá D., Meier F., Mendel Z., Meurisse N., Mihajlovińá L., Mirchev P., Nasceski S., Nussbaumer C., Paiva M.-R., Papazova I., Pino J., Podlesnik J., Poirot J., Protasov A., Rahim N., Pe√Īa G. S., Santos H., Sauvard D., Schopf A., Simonato M., Tsankov G., Wagenhoff E., Yart A., Zamora R., Zamoum M., Robinet C. (2015)

Climate warming and past and present distribution of the processionary moths (Thaumetopoea spp.) in Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa

In: Processionary moths and climate change: an update. Alain Roques Eds. Springer Netherlands, pp. 81-161. ISBN: 978-94-017-9340-7

Branco M., Bragança, H., Sousa, E., Phillips A.J. (2014)

Pests and diseases in Portuguese forestry: current and new threats

In: Forest context and policies in Portugal. Springer International Publishing, pp. 117-154. ISBN: 978-3-319-08454-1

Kenis M., Branco M. (2010)

Impact of alien terrestrial arthropods in Europe

In: Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe. BioRisk, 4(1): 51-71. Pensoft. DOI:

Sauvard D., Branco M., Lakatos F., Faccoli M., Kirkendall L. (2010)

Weevils and Bark Beetles (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea)

In: Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe. BioRisk, 4(1): 219-266. Pensoft. DOI:

Branco M., Ramos A.P. (2009)

Coping with pests and diseases

In: Cork oak woodlands on the edge – ecology, adaptive management and restoration. Aronson J., Pereira J.S., Pausas J.G. (Eds). Island Press, pp. 103-111. ISBN: 9781597264785 URL:

Barrento M.J., Santos H., Branco M., Paiva M.R. (2008)

Monitorização da processionária do pinheiro, Thaumetopoea pityocampa

In: Pragas e doenças em pinhal e eucaliptal. Desafios para a sua gestão integrada. M.Branco, C. Valente, M.R. Paiva (Eds.). ISA Press, Lisboa, pp. 55-64.

Branco M., Calv√£o T., Manta C., Valente C. (2008)

Efeito da diversidade da vegeta√ß√£o e da paisagem nas pragas ‚Äď estudo de caso

In: Pragas e doenças em pinhal e eucaliptal. Desafios para a sua gestão integrada. M. Branco, C. Valente, M.R. Paiva (Eds.). ISA Press, Lisboa, pp. 173-186.

Branco M., Sousa C., Franco J.C. (2008)

Cochonilha do pinheiro bravo, Matsucoccus feytaudi, estudo de caso: predadores

In: Pragas e doenças em pinhal e eucaliptal. Desafios para a sua gestão integrada. M. Branco, C. Valente, M.R. Paiva (Eds.). ISA Press, Lisboa, pp. 135-146.

Calv√£o T., Branco M., Pimentel C. (2008)

Vegetação e paisagem: relação entre diversidade e fitófagos

In: Pragas e doenças em pinhal e eucaliptal. Desafios para a sua gestão integrada. M. Branco, C. Valente, M.R. Paiva (Eds.). ISA Press, Lisboa, pp. 161-172.

Reis A., Ara√ļjo C., Branco M. (2008)

Monitorização e impacte do gorgulho do eucalipto, Gonipterus scutellatus, em povoamentos

In: Pragas e doenças em pinhal e eucaliptal. Desafios para a sua gestão integrada. M. Branco, C. Valente, M.R. Paiva (Eds.). ISA Press, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisboa, pp. 65-74.

Santos H., Ferreira C., Paiva M.R., Branco M. (2008)

Processionária do pinheiro, Thaumetopoea pityocampa, estudo de caso: parasitóides oófagos

In: Pragas e doenças em pinhal e eucaliptal. Desafios para a sua gestão integrada. M. Branco, C. Valente, M.R. Paiva (Eds.). ISA Press, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisboa, pp. 121-134.

Branco M. (2007)

Agentes bióticos do eucalipto em Portugal

In: O eucaliptal em Portugal: impactes ambientais e investigação científica. A.M. Alves, J.S. Pereira, J.M.N. Silva (Eds.). ISAPress, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisboa, pp. 255-282. ISBN: 978-972-8669-25-6

Vasconcelos T., Branco M. (2007)

A apicultura nos montados de azinho

In: Os montados: muito para al√©m das √°rvores. J.S. Silva (Coord.). Colec√ß√£o √Ārvores e Florestas de Portugal, 03. FLAD / P√ļblico / LPN, Lisboa, pp. 211-230. ISBN: 978-989-619-100-9

Vasconcelos T., Machado H., Bonifácio L., Bragança H., Inácio L., Branco M. (2007)

Doenças e pragas das florestas portuguesas

In: Proteger a floresta: inc√™ndios, pragas e doen√ßas. J.S. Silva (Coord.). Col. √Ārvores e Florestas de Portugal, 08. FLAD / P√ļblico / LPN, Lisboa, pp. 129-152. ISBN: 978-989-619-102-3



Florestas mistas de sobreiro e pinheiro manso: Gestão para valorização dos produtos, promoção da biodiversidade e prevenção de fogos florestais

Duration: 2021-2025

CEF Budget: 163640.00 ‚ā¨


Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program – Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management

Duration: 2020-2025

CEF Budget: 3661800 ‚ā¨


Gestão integrada de agentes bióticos associados à perda de produção do pinhão

Duration: 2018-2022

CEF Budget: 92.828 ‚ā¨


Grupo Operacional FITOGLOBULUS – Gest√£o e Sanidade Florestal

Duration: 2018-2022

CEF Budget: 37.916,78 ‚ā¨


Gestão holística de pragas e doenças florestais emergentes

Duration: 2018-2022

CEF Budget: 361.237 ‚ā¨


Optimal Greening of Irrigated farmland to achieve a prime environment

Duration: 2016-2021

CEF Budget: 191.226 ‚ā¨


Planos Transnacionais para a Gest√£o dos Riscos Florestais

Duration: 2016-2019

CEF Budget: 178.810 ‚ā¨


Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program in Mediterranean Forest and Natural Resources

Duration: 2012-2021

CEF Budget: 5322379,29 ‚ā¨