Departments in Phytoplant Research

Phytoplant Team Structure


Management and Quality Control

Stefan Meyer

Managing Director

Stefan Meyer started his career in the hotel business by studying and then working in marketing and quality control for major international hotel chains. He continued his career as a Europe-wide sales representative for a fertiliser producer, then as a marketing consultant for a web design agency. He co-founded Phytoplant Research SL and has coordinated the business since 2008, involved in both administration and research and development in the field of phytotherapy. With Phytoplant Research SL, he took part in various international scientific congresses devoted to phytotherapy, often as an event sponsor.

Dra Mª Carmen Tejeda Agredano

Project Coordinator of R&D

Dra Tejeda is R&D project Coordinator at Phytoplant Research SL (Córdoba, Spain). After obtaining her degree in chemistry at the University of Cordoba (2006, Spain), she worked on different aspect of the quality control in the private enterprise. She has a master degree focus on Advanced Studies in Chemistry, with specialization in Industrial and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Seville and, a PhD (2012) based on the use of microbiological and plant techniques for soil decontamination at Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology, from Spanish National Research Council (IRNASE-CSIC). She also has a MBA executive at the Chamber of Commerce from Seville (2015). During her research career, she has been working actively attending national and international conferences and as active part in the organization of these conferences, contributing her knowledge through posters and scientific papers published in high impact journals.

In recent years, she has been developing her professional career in research and development management, focusing on preparing nationals or internationals projects proposals, timeframes, schedule and budgets, as well as, leading research project, making justification of projects with subventions, being a support to get research and development tax incentive, making the implementation of ISO standards (ISO 14001:2004 and UNE 166002:2004) and obtaining certification of innovative SMEs.

Mª Ángeles Pieri

Executive Assistant

Mª Angeles Pieri got her degree in Economics at Escuela Universitaria de Estudios Empresariales from Córdoba (ETEA). She has worked in the fields of accountancy and administration in several local companies, herein also managing the area of International Commerce. Since September 2016, she is a member of Phytoplant Research SL as accountant manager, collaborating with the research projects economic management.

Breeding and Cultivation

Dr Salvatore Casano

Manager of the Breeding and Cultivation Department

Dr. Salvatore Casano is an agronomist who defended his Bachelor dissertation (in 2005) and PhD thesis (in 2009) at the University of Palermo (Italy) on various aspects of the conservation, evaluation, exploitation, and cultivation for industrial and medicinal purposes of genetic resources of the species Cannabis sativa L. Dr. Salvatore Casano has had two articles published in international scientific journals, one in an Italian journal, and he has also presented several research works, as oral presentations and posters, at national and international conferences.

Since 2011 he is the Director of the Breeding and Cultivation Department at Phytoplant Research, a spanish company dedicated to medicinal plants and natural compounds, including medicinal Cannabis.

He is member of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and the Spanish Association of plant breeders (ANOVE).

Dr. Verónica Codesido


Verónica Codesido Sampedro is doctor in biology for the University of Vigo (2006). Her doctoral thesis was made in the Lourizán Forest Research Institute (CIFAL), being the aim of the thesis stablishing the radiata pine breeding program in Galicia. During her PhD, she had also the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Dag Lindgren at SLU (Umea, Sweden) during few months to learn as much as possible about quantitative genetics, genetic gain, combining ability, etc. Thanks to all this work, several papers on important SCI journals were published as well as participation on several congresses, Workshops, seminars, etc. Simultaneously, she had the possibility to participate in an ambitious European Project titled TREEBREEDEX with more than 24 European research institutes all around Europe. She enjoyed a postdoctoral position (JAEdoc) in the Agrobiological Research Institute (CSIC) in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on in Vitro culture and molecular biology of chestnut and oak, being the first that has identified a gene responsible of the root formation process as well as responsible of flowering structure on forest specie, publishing it on GeneBank databases. Later, she started to work at Aula Dei Research Institute in Zaragoza (Spain) in  the sorghum breeding program for obtaining bioethanol for biodiesel production. She also was working in Al Zaidin Research Station in Granada in proteomics of horticultural species.  Finally, she was working at the University of Cordoba on an interesting project about the use of biotechnology for improving olive breeding programs, using all the techniques learned before. She is referee of several international scientific journals of plant breeding.

Pilar Esquinas Obrero

Cultivation Assistant

Pilar started working at Phytoplant Research SL since 2013, performing tasks such as maintaining the hygienic conditions of all growing rooms to avoid possible contamination and diseases, and maintenance of plants in all stages of growth (pruning, cuttings, harvested, treatment of plant material, etc). 


Dr Xavier Nadal Roura

Manager of the Extraction Department

Dr Nadal holds a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona (in 2003), a Master degree in Advanced Pharmaceutical Studies (in 2006) and a PhD in Health and Life Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University (in 2011). Both during his training and currently, Dr Nadal has been involved in several collaborative projects with pharmaceutical companies on the research and development of new drugs and therapeutic targets. He has had several scientific articles published in international scientific journals, one in a national journal, two chapters in medical books, and he has also presented several research works, as oral presentations and a poster, at national and international conferences.

Verónica Sánchez de Medina


Dr. Verónica Sánchez de Medina obtanied a degree in Chemistry from the University of Córdoba in 2001. He completed a master's degree in Engineering, Management and Environmental Audiences in 2003.  She has worked for more than 6 years in a private company dedicated to formulation and manufacture of cosmetic products, as well as Quality Management. She completed her PhD regarding new studies on the improvement of olive oil and the use of residues from the olive grove, in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Córdoba, defending it in 2014. During the PhD, she has developed qualitative and quantitative analysis methods in Metabolomics, she has carried out the extraction and analysis of natural extracts metabolites, identifying markers in olive breeding programs and she has achieved the revaluation of waste from the agro-food industry through the isolation of bioactive components. She has published more than 10 articles in international scientific journals and has participated in different national and international congresses.

Analytical Chemistry

Dr. Carlos Ferreiro Vera

Manager of Analytical Chemistry Department

Dr. Ferreiro holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Córdoba (in 2008), a Master degree in Advanced Chemistry Studies with specialization in Analytical Chemistry and a PhD focused on the development of new analytical platforms on metabolomic to search for new biomarkers in the Analytical Chemistry Department from Córdoba University (in 2011). In parallel, he has participated in public and private projects about the exploitation and utilization of residues in the agro-food industry to look for new nutraceuticals, colorants and high value-added products. Later, he worked in the Institute of Biomedicine of Córdoba Maimonides (IMIBIC). He has published several scientific articles, all of them published in high-rated peer reviewed scientific journals of his main area of expertise and, he has actively participated in nationals and internationals conferences through lectures, oral presentations and posters.

Carolina Sánchez-Carnerero Callado


Carolina Sánchez-Carnerero Callado holds a degree in Chemistry (2009), a master degree in Chemical Research (2012) and a master degree in Advanced Laboratory Management (2015) from University of Castilla – La Mancha. During her training, she carried out her research about the enrichment of olive oil with natural antioxidant from aromatic and medicinal plants through “no aggressive” procedures. She has presented her results at national and international congress and published several scientific articles in international scientific journals. 

Technology and Control

Jesús Hidalgo García

Manager of Technology and Control Department

Jesús Hidalgo is an Industrial Technical Engineer with specialization in Electronics. He obtained his degree in the University of Cordoba (2014). He has extensive experience in the industrial sector. He is specialized in automation. He has designed, developed and implanted systems in industries as diverse as foundries, cement, renewable energy, agro-food, among others.

Currently, he specializes in the research and development of new automated systems for cultivation, irrigation, climate control and lighting, as well as monitoring and analysis of a large amount of data extracted from the activities developed by the company.

Antonio Tavera Alba

Engineer of Technology and Control Department

Antonio Tavera Alba is a Mechanical Engineer from University of Córdoba and Researcher Master in Industrial and Architectural Design from the same university. He is specialized in Industrial design and application of continuous improvement. He has worked as a development engineer in a R&D department in food industries and later as a process engineer in automotive industry. Currently and in parallel as Phytoplant worker, he is developing his PhD specialized in agricultural, food, forestry and sustainable rural development engineering from University of Córdoba.

Daniel Pérez Rodriguez

Telecommunication Engineer

Telecommunication Engineer from the University of Seville and MsC in Intelligent Systems from the University of Córdoba. He began his career in INGENIA, working as a systems administrator and later collaborating as research assistant in the Robotics, Vision and Control Group of the University of Seville. Since 2013, he has been responsible for the Wimasis data processing center, supporting biomedical researchers from all over the world and currently collaborating with Phytoplant Research SL and undertaking in Onimagin Technologies SCA applying Computer Vision technologies in projects of different nature.


Mar Marín Delgado

Operations Manager

Mar Marín is Operations Manager at Phytoplant Research SL. She has extensive experience in in open field cultivation, planning, coordination and execution of field work, field personnel management and crop in good agricultural practices. In addition, she has many contacts in the agricultural sector with which Phytoplant has collaboration to perform their work in open field.

Juan Manuel Peralbo Esquinas

Operation Assistant

Juan Manuel works at Phytoplant Research SL since July 2016, performing maintenance work in the greenhouses, assisting the Hybridization and Cultivation, Extraction, Analytical Chemistry and Technology and Control departments in matters of plant material processing, sampling, aid In the installation of equipment, etc.

Pablo Martínez Gonzalez

Operation Assistant

Pablo works at Phytoplant Research SL since August 2016, carrying out maintenance work on the greenhouses, assisting the different departments in the areas of plant material processing, sampling, data collection, installation assistance of equipment, etc.