José Carlos Franco. Concluiu o(a) Doutoramento em Engenharia Agronómica em 1999 pelo(a) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Mestrado em Mestrado de Produção Vegetal - parte escolar em 1988 pelo(a) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia e Licenciatura em Engenharia Agronómica em 1985 pelo(a) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia. É Professor Auxiliar no(a) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia. Publicou 43 artigos em revistas especializadas. Possui 1 livro(s). Recebeu 1 prémio(s) e/ou homenagens. Nas suas atividades profissionais interagiu com 98 colaborador(es) em coautorias de trabalhos científicos.

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Full name
José Carlos Franco

Citation names

  • Franco, José
  • Franco, J.C.
  • Franco, José Carlos

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English Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
French Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Italian Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1)
Spanish; Castilian Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Degree Classification
Engenharia Agronómica (Doutoramento)
Major in Sem especialidade
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal
"Contribuição para a Protecção Integrada em Citrinos - Caso das Cochonilhas-algodão (hemiptera, Pseudococcidae)" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Mestrado de Produção Vegetal - parte escolar (Mestrado)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal
17 valores
Engenharia Agronómica (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal
"O oídio da videira . I- Revisão bibliográfica; II- Ensaios de campo." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
14 valores

Teaching in Higher Education

1999/11 - Current Assistant Professor (University Teacher)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal

Positions / Appointments

2016 - 2018 Conselho Pedagógico
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
2013 - 2016 Conselho pedagógico
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal


Designation Funders
2018 - 2022/09 HOlistic Management of Emerging forest pests and Diseases
European Commission
2018 - 2021/12 Networking European Farms to Enhance Cross Fertilisation and Innovation Uptake through Demonstration
European Commission
2011 - 2014/10 Coping with alien pests in citrus and eucalyptus: implementing best strategies plant system models
Provided by PTCRIS: 111877
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.
2010 - 2013/09 Mealybug reproductive biology and pheromone-mediated interactions: a basis to develop ecological sound management tactics for pest mealybugs
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.
2010 - 2013/08 FLYPRED - Has tiger-fly a role in biological control of protected crops?
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.
2005 - 2007/12 Mate location by mealybug males and host finding by parasitoids: its potential use to manage two noxious mealybug species in citrus orchards and vineyards
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.
1998 - 2001/12 New ecological pest management of pernicious scale insects in Mediterranean forest and groves
European Commission


Designation Funders
2018 - 2021/09/30 Optimização de infraestruturas verdes em vales agrícolas irrigados para promoção da qualidade ambiental e biodiversidade
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


  1. Franco, J.C.; Zada, A.; Mendel, Z.. Novel approaches for the management of mealybug pests. 2009.
Journal article
  1. Vera Zina; Manuela Branco; José Carlos Franco. "Impact of the Invasive Argentine Ant in Citrus Agroecosystems: Effects on the Diversity and Frequency of Native Ant Species Foraging on Tree Canopy". Insects (2020): https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11110785.
  2. Riis, T.; Kelly-Quinn, M.; Aguiar, F.C.; Manolaki, P.; Bruno, D.; Bejarano, M.D.; Clerici, N.; et al. "Global overview of ecosystem services provided by riparian vegetation". BioScience 70 6 (2020): 501-514. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85088694310&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  3. Jactel, H.; Desprez-Loustau, M.-L.; Battisti, A.; Brockerhoff, E.; Santini, A.; Stenlid, J.; Björkman, C.; et al. "Pathologists and entomologists must join forces against forest pest and pathogen invasions". NeoBiota 58 (2020): 107-127. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85088255898&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  4. André Garcia; Hugo Gonçalves; Nicolas Borowiec; José Carlos Franco; Manuela Branco. "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 (2019): 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2018.12.006.
  5. Garcia, A.; Allen, G.R.; Oberprieler, R.G.; Ramos, A.P.; Valente, C.; Reis, A.; Franco, J.C.; Branco, M.. "Biological control of Gonipterus: Uncovering the associations between eucalypts, weevils and parasitoids in their native range". Forest Ecology and Management 443 (2019): 106-116. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85064440001&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  6. Garcia, A.; Franco, J.C.; Branco, M.. "Novel prey boosts the expansion of host-plant range in a native predatory bug". BioControl 64 6 (2019): 677-683. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85072211654&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  7. E.B. Silva; C. Mourato; M. Branco; Z. Mendel; J.C. Franco. "Biparental mealybugs may be more promiscuous than we thought". Bulletin of Entomological Research (2018): 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007485318000810.
  8. Zina, V.; Branco, M.; Franco, J.C.. "Ant community associated to citrus canopy in Southern Portugal over a century after the invasion by the Argentine ant". Phytoparasitica 45 2 (2017): 183-200. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85019249539&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  9. Canário, D.V.P.; Figueiredo, E.; Franco, J.C.; Guerra, R.. "Detecting early mealybug infestation stages on tomato plants using optical spectroscopy". European Journal of Horticultural Science 82 3 (2017): 141-148. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85026192360&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  10. Von Ellenrieder, N.; Watson, G.W.; Kinnee, S.A.; Franco, J.C.; Mazzeo, G.. "Paracoccus leucadendri Mazzeo & Franco in Mazzeo, Franco & Russo, 2009, a junior synonym of Paracoccus hakeae (Williams, 1985) comb. nov. (Coccomorpha: Pseudococcidae)". Zootaxa 4093 4 (2016): 552-558. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84962243586&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  11. Da Silva, E.B.; Maia, M.; Santos, M.; Cruz, A.; Botelho, M.; Franco, J.C.; Ribeiro, H.; Mexia, A.. "Parthenolecanium corni (Bouché) (Hemiptera coccidae) in vineyards in Portugal: Morphology, seasonal development, life cycle and reproduction". Redia 99 (2016): 215-217. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85012117550&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  12. Franco, J.C.; Garcia, A.; Branco, M.. "First report of Epichrysocharis burwelli in Europe, a new invasive gall wasp atacking eucalypts". Phytoparasitica 44 4 (2016): 443-446. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84988956031&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  13. Mateus, C.; Franco, J.C.; Caetano, M.F.; Borges da Silva, E.; Ramos, A.P.; Figueiredo, E.; Mound, L.. "Hercinothrips dimidiatus Hood (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), a new pest of Aloe arborescens Miller in Europe". Phytoparasitica 43 5 (2015): 689-692. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84947035383&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  14. Fortuna, T.M.; Franco, J.C.; Rebelo, M.T.. "Morphology and distribution of antennal sensilla in a mealybug parasitoid, Anagyrus sp. near pseudococci (Hymenoptera, encyrtidae)". Microscopy and Microanalysis 21 (2015): 8-9. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84948954640&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  15. Bugila, A.A.A.; Franco, J.C.; Silva, E.B.; Branco, M.. "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 (2015): 108-120. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84918564058&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  16. Seabra, S.G.; Brás, P.G.; Martins, J.; Martins, R.; Wyatt, N.; Shirazi, J.; Rebelo, M.T.; et al. "Phylogeographical patterns in Coenosia attenuata (Diptera: Muscidae): A widespread predator of insect species associated with greenhouse crops". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114 2 (2015): 308-326. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84921507635&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  17. Kol-Maimon, H.; Mendel, Z.; Franco, J.C.; Ghanim, M.. "Paternal inheritance in mealybugs (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae).". Die Naturwissenschaften 101 10 (2014): 791-802. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84908215170&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  18. Levi-Zada, A.; Fefer, D.; David, M.; Eliyahu, M.; Franco, J.C.; Protasov, A.; Dunkelblum, E.; Mendel, Z.. "Diel periodicity of pheromone release by females of Planococcus citri and Planococcus ficus and the temporal flight activity of their conspecific males". Naturwissenschaften 101 8 (2014): 671-678. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84905030387&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  19. Bugila, A.A.A.; Franco, J.C.; da Silva, E.B.; Branco, M.. "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 (2014): 439-453. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84901651242&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  20. Kol-Maimon, H.; Ghanim, M.; Franco, J.C.; Mendel, Z.. "Evidence for gene flow between two sympatric mealybug species (Insecta; Coccoidea; Pseudococcidae)". PLoS ONE 9 2 (2014): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84895766751&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  21. Bugila, AAA; Branco, M; Silva, EB; Franco, JC. "Host selection behavior and specificity of the solitary parasitoid of mealybugs Anagyrus sp. nr. pseudococci (Girault) (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae)". Biocontrol Science and Technology 24 1 (2014): 22-38.
  22. Martins, R.F.; Zina, V.; Da Silva, E.B.; Rebelo, M.T.; Figueiredo, E.; Mendel, Z.; Paulo, O.S.; Franco, J.C.; Seabra, S.G.. "Isolation and characterization of fifteen polymorphic microsatellite loci for the citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), and cross-amplification in two other mealybug species". Journal of Genetics 93 (2014): 75-78. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84863968344&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  23. Zina, V.; da Silva, E.B.; Quartau, J.A.; Franco, J.C.. "First report of the citrus leafhopper Penthimiola bella (Stål) (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae) in Europe". Phytoparasitica 41 5 (2013): 521-527. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84886249894&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  24. Seabra, S.G.; Brás, P.G.; Zina, V.; Borges da Silva, E.; Rebelo, M.T.; Figueiredo, E.; Mendel, Z.; Paulo, O.S.; Franco, J.C.. "Molecular Evidence of Polyandry in the Citrus Mealybug, Planococcus citri (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae)". PLoS ONE 8 7 (2013): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84879758410&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  25. da Silva, E.B.; Branco, M.; Mendel, Z.; Franco, J.C.. "Mating Behavior and Performance in the Two Cosmopolitan Mealybug Species Planococcus citri and Pseudococcus calceolariae (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae)". Journal of Insect Behavior 26 3 (2013): 304-320. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84875681952&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  26. Martins, R.F.; Zina, V.; Da Silva, E.B.; Rebelo, M.T.; Figueiredo, E.; Mendel, Z.; Paulo, O.S.; Franco, J.C.; Seabra, S.G.. "Isolation and characterization of fifteen polymorphic microsatellite loci for the citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), and cross-amplification in two other mealybug species.". Journal of genetics 91 2 (2012): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84872238608&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  27. Suma, P.; Mansour, R.; La Torre, I.; Ali Bugila, A.A.; Mendel, Z.; Franco, J.C.. "Developmental time, longevity, reproductive capacity and sex ratio of the mealybug parasitoid Anagyrus sp. nr. pseudococci (Girault) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae)". Biocontrol Science and Technology 22 7 (2012): 737-745. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84863578275&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  28. Mendel, Z.; Protasov, A.; Jasrotia, P.; Silva, E.B.; Zada, A.; Franco, J.C.. "Sexual maturation and aging of adult male mealybug (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae)". Bulletin of Entomological Research 102 4 (2012): 385-394. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84862165550&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  29. Zina, V.; Lima, A.; Caetano, F.; da Silva, E.B.; Ramos, A.P.; Franco, J.C.. "First record of the pepper tree psyllid, Calophya schini Tuthill (Hemiptera, Calophyidae), in the Palaearctic region". Phytoparasitica 40 2 (2012): 127-130. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84857505809&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  30. Suma, P.; Mansour, R.; Russo, A.; la Torre, I.; Bugila, A.A.A.; Franco, J.C.. "Encapsulation rates of the parasitoid Anagyrus sp. nr. pseudococci, by three mealybug species (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae)". Phytoparasitica 40 1 (2012): 11-16. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84855578776&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  31. Mendel, Z.; Jasrotia, P.; Protasov, A.; Kol-Maimon, H.; Zada, A.L.; Franco, J.C.. "Responses of Second-Instar Male Nymphs of Four Mealybug Species (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) to Conspecific and Heterospecific Female Sex Pheromones". Journal of Insect Behavior 25 5 (2012): 504-513. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84864284991&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  32. Branco, M.; Van Halder, I.; Franco, J.C.; Constantin, R.; Jactel, H.. "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 (2011): 667-674. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-80255140425&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  33. Franco, J.C.; Russo, A.; Marotta, S.. "An annotated checklist of scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of Portugal, including Madeira and Azores Archipelagos". Zootaxa 3004 (2011): 1-32. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-80052248943&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  34. Franco, J.C.; Silva, E.B.D.; Fortuna, T.; Cortegano, E.; Branco, M.; Suma, P.; Torre, I.L.; et al. "Vine mealybug sex pheromone increases citrus mealybug parasitism by Anagyrus sp. near pseudococci (Girault)". Biological Control 58 3 (2011): 230-238. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79960347486&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  35. da Silva, E.B.; Mendel, Z.; Franco, J.C.. "Can facultative parthenogenesis occur in biparental mealybug species?". Phytoparasitica 38 1 (2010): 19-21. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-76449088734&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  36. Kol-Maimon, H.; Levi-Zada, A.; Franco, J.C.; Dunkelblum, E.; Protasov, A.; Eliyaho, M.; Mendel, Z.. "Male behaviors reveal multiple pherotypes within vine mealybug Planococcus ficus (Signoret) (Hemiptera; Pseudococcidae) populations". Naturwissenschaften 97 12 (2010): 1047-1057. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-78650032723&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  37. Silva, E.B.; Franco, J.C.; Vasconcelos, T.; Branco, M.. "Effect of ground cover vegetation on the abundance and diversity of beneficial arthropods in citrus orchards". Bulletin of Entomological Research 100 4 (2010): 489-499. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-77955851356&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  38. Mazzeo, G.; Franco, J.C.; Russo, A.. "A new Paracoccus species from Palaearctic region (Hemiptera, Sternorrhyncha, Coccoidea, Pseudococcidae)". Zootaxa 2274 (2009): 62-68. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-70350729319&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  39. Branco, M.; Boavida, C.; Durand, N.; Franco, J.C.; Mendel, Z.. "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 (2009): 51-54. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-59149091343&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  40. Franco, J.C.; Silva, E.B.; Cortegano, E.; Campos, L.; Branco, M.; Zada, A.; Mendel, Z.. "Kairomonal response of the parasitoid Anagyrus spec. nov. near pseudococci to the sex pheromone of the vine mealybug". Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 126 2 (2008): 122-130. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-38349075736&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  41. Zada, A.; Dunkelblum, E.; Assael, F.; Franco, J.C.; Da Silva, E.B.; Protasov, A.; Mendel, Z.. "Attraction of Planococcus ficus males to racemic and chiral pheromone baits: Flight activity and bait longevity". Journal of Applied Entomology 132 6 (2008): 480-489. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-44949134053&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  42. Raimundo, A.; Canepari, C.; Mendel, Z.; Branco, M.; Franco, J.C.. "Iberorhyzobius Raimundo & Canepari gen. nov., for Coccidula rondensis Eizaguirre (coleoptera: coccinellidae)". Zootaxa 1312 (2006): 49-58. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33748932702&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  43. Branco, M.; Franco, J.C.; Dunkelblum, E.; Assael, F.; Protasov, A.; Ofer, D.; Mendel, Z.. "A common mode of attraction of larvae and adults of insect predators to the sex pheromone of their prey (Hemiptera: Matsucoccidae)". Bulletin of Entomological Research 96 2 (2006): 179-185. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33646412595&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  44. Branco, M.; Jactel, H.; Franco, J.C.; Mendel, Z.. "Modelling response of insect trap captures to pheromone dose". Ecological Modelling 197 1-2 (2006): 247-257. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33746064469&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  45. Branco, M.; Lettere, M.; Franco, J.C.; Binazzi, A.; Jactel, H.. "Kairomonal response of predators to three pine bast scale sex pheromones". Journal of Chemical Ecology 32 7 (2006): 1577-1586. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33646404018&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  46. Franco, J.C.; Suma, P.; Da Silva, E.B.; Blumberg, D.; Mendel, Z.. "Management strategies of mealybug pests of citrus in mediterranean countries". Phytoparasitica 32 5 (2004): 507-522. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-11144335946&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  47. Mendel, Z.; Dunkelblum, E.; Branco, M.; Franco, J.C.; Kurosawa, S.; Mori, K.. "Synthesis and structure-activity relationship of diene modified analogs of Matsucoccus sex pheromones". Naturwissenschaften 90 7 (2003): 313-317. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0042745390&partnerID=MN8TOARS.


Thesis Title
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2016 - 2016 A problemática das cochonilhas-algodão em cultura protegida de hortícolas na região Oeste
Engenharia Agronómica (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal
2014 - 2014 Cochonilhas-algodão associadas ao cafeeiro em estufas
Engenharia Agronómica (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal
2014 - 2014 Enhancing Biological Control against Eucalyptus pests
Engenharia Florestal e dos Recursos Naturais (PhD)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal
2008 - 2008 Host-parasitoid relationships of Anagyrus sp. Near pseudococci (Girault), (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae), as aa basis to improve biological control of pest mealybugs (Hemiptera, Pseudococcidae)
Engenharia Agronómica (PhD)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal

Other distinction

2016 Achievement in Pest Management Award