Dr. Mónica Garcés-Ruiz is microbiologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), specialized in the University of Sevilla, Spain with a master's degree in Applied microbiology to the industrial biotechnology. PhD in Agronomic Sciences and Bioengineering at the UCLouvain, Belgium, where she started her research in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF). During this period, she worked as well as a professor at PUCE. Since 2019, Mónica Garcés-Ruiz works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Mycology of the UCLouvain, where she is dedicated to investigate the functioning of AMF in the agronomy and bioremediation areas. She has more than 15 years of experience in the environmental field. The research interest of Mónica Garcés-Ruiz is to understand and characterize the role of AMF as biocontrol, biostimulants or possible bioremediator organisms associated to different plant species and the isolation and identification of new AMF strains.