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'''''Genetics of Plant-Environment Interactions'''''<br><br>
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Welcome to the website of the '''Alcázar Lab''' at the University of Barcelona.
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We study the genetic and molecular bases for the '''adaptation of plants to their local environments'''. We focus on the evolutionary adaptation of plant populations to '''abiotic and biotic stresses''', which are major challenges for plant survival. Derived from our basic research, we investigate ways for improving stress protection.<br><br>
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For a more detailed view of our research, please have a look at our [http://alcazar.openwetware.org/Research.html Research Projects] and [http://alcazar.openwetware.org/Publications.html Scientific Publications] sections. You can follow an updated list of our activities and publications in the NEWS section below.<br>
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We're interested in genetics. We want to know how climate change is shaping plant's evolution on resistance traits. My lab undertakes a research approach that looks for naturally existing genetic variation which confers biotic and abiotic stress resistance phenotypes, and how these interact with the environment. We combine the genetics of natural variation, population genetic studies and functional molecular biology to understand the natural evolution of stress tolerance driven by environmental interactions.<br>
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For a more detailed view of our research plans, please have a look at our [http://openwetware.org/wiki/Alcazar:Research Research] and [http://openwetware.org/wiki/Alcazar:Publications Publications] sections.
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== '''NEWS - ANUNCIS''' ==
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Interessat en realitzar la tesi doctoral o màster al nostre grup? Contacta per e-mail amb nosaltres.<br>
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Want to do your PhD with us? Contact us by e-mail.<br>
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[mailto:ralcazar@ub.edu Contact] <br>
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El nostre és un laboratori interessat en l'estudi de les bases genètiques de l'estrés abiòtic i biòtic en plantes, emprant organismes model i espècies d'interés agronòmic, investiguem la variabilitat genètica natural existent en poblacions silvestres. La nostra és una recerca transversal que incorpora genètica de la variabilitat natural, genètica de poblacions, biologia molecular i bioquímica.
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'''1. Natural variation and evolution of immune resistance genes in plants.''' <br>
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Plant resistance to pathogens is an important field of research with direct applications and we study it from an evolutionary, population genetics and molecular view. We currently study the '''molecular bases and evolution of ''Resistance'' genes''' and other loci that condition immune activation. We do so by studying Arabidopsis natural hybrids that exhibit activation of defense and fitness loss. We explore the mechanisms that have naturally evolved in plant populations to resist against pathogens and how the immune receptor repertoire is selected and diversified. At the direct interface between plants and the environment, we study how temperature modulates some plant immune responses.<br>
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Nuestro laboratorio tiene como principal línea de investigación el estudio de las bases genéticas del estrés abiótico y biótico. Para ello estudiamos la variabilidad genética natural existente en poblaciones naturales de especies modelo y de interés agronómico. Nuestra investigación es transversal e incluye genética de la variabilidad natural, genética de poblaciones, biología molecular y bioquímica.
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We investigate the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying the naturally occurring '''tolerance to abiotic stresses in plant populations'''. We're currently studying the genetic bases for the naturally occurring variation of '''stress protective metabolites''' that condition resistance in plants in collaboration with other laboratories.<br>
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'''NEW!''' <br>
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11 Dec 2014. [http://openwetware.org/wiki/Alcazar:pressDec2014 '''Exploring the maintenance and diversity of plant immunity genes in nature''' in PLoS Genetics]
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[http://www.frontiersin.org/books/Plant_polyamines_in_stress_and_development/340 E-book in Frontiers in Plant Science 2014, by Antonio F. Tiburcio and Rubén Alcázar, Eds.]
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Editorial article by Ruben Alcazar & A.F. Tiburcio in Frontiers in Plant Science 2014:
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[http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpls.2014.00319/full Plant polyamines in stress and development: an emerging area of research in plant sciences] <br>
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[http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00425-014-2055-9 '''Review: The Roles of Polyamines during the lifespan of plants:from development to stress''']
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Tiburcio AF, Altabella T, Bitrián M and Alcázar R. (2014) Planta 240: 1-18.<br>
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Facultat de Farmàcia - Universitat de Barcelona (UB) <br>
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Departament de Productes Naturals, Biologia Vegetal i Edafologia<br>
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[http://www.mpipz.mpg.de/4042700/PM_Parker_2015 PLoS Genet 2014 highlight] by Max Planck Institute, Cologne. 11.12.14.<br>
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[http://www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/menu_eines/noticies/2013/11/063.html? Arabidopsis semidwarfs: the green revolution in nature] 02.12.2013. University of Barcelona.<br>
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Diagonal 643, 08028 Barcelona<br>
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[http://www.mpipz.mpg.de/5389/news_publication_619091 Hybrid plants with over-reactive immune system] 17.11.2010. Max Planck Society.
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Rubén Alcázar is Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Department of Natural Products, Plant Biology and Soil Science of the [http://www.ub.edu University of Barcelona].<br>
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* 7th Framework Programme. Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (DISEASENVIRON, PCIG10-GA-2011-303568) of the European Union.  
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* Ramón y Cajal Program (RYC-2011-07847) of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain).
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* BFU2013-41337-P grant of the Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Spain).

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Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Barcelona (UB)
Department of Natural Products,
Plant Biology and Soil Science.
Av. Joan XXIII s/n
08028 Barcelona

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Genetics of Plant-Environment Interactions

Dear visitor,

Welcome to the website of the Alcázar Lab at the University of Barcelona. We study the genetic and molecular bases for the adaptation of plants to their local environments. We focus on the evolutionary adaptation of plant populations to abiotic and biotic stresses, which are major challenges for plant survival. Derived from our basic research, we investigate ways for improving stress protection.


For a more detailed view of our research, please have a look at our Research Projects and Scientific Publications sections. You can follow an updated list of our activities and publications in the NEWS section below.





CURRENT AREAS OF RESEARCH



1. Natural variation and evolution of immune resistance genes in plants.

Plant resistance to pathogens is an important field of research with direct applications and we study it from an evolutionary, population genetics and molecular view. We currently study the molecular bases and evolution of Resistance genes and other loci that condition immune activation. We do so by studying Arabidopsis natural hybrids that exhibit activation of defense and fitness loss. We explore the mechanisms that have naturally evolved in plant populations to resist against pathogens and how the immune receptor repertoire is selected and diversified. At the direct interface between plants and the environment, we study how temperature modulates some plant immune responses.

2. Natural variation of abiotic stress tolerance and adaptation

We investigate the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying the naturally occurring tolerance to abiotic stresses in plant populations. We're currently studying the genetic bases for the naturally occurring variation of stress protective metabolites that condition resistance in plants in collaboration with other laboratories.


News and Announcements e-Board

NEW! 
11 Dec 2014. Exploring the maintenance and diversity of plant immunity genes in nature in PLoS Genetics by Alcázar et al.
E-book in Frontiers in Plant Science 2014, by Antonio F. Tiburcio and Rubén Alcázar, Eds.

Editorial article by Ruben Alcazar & A.F. Tiburcio in Frontiers in Plant Science 2014:
Plant polyamines in stress and development: an emerging area of research in plant sciences 
Review: The Roles of Polyamines during the lifespan of plants:from development to stress Tiburcio AF, Altabella T, Bitrián M and Alcázar R. (2014) Planta 240: 1-18.

PRESS RELEASES

PLoS Genet 2014 highlight by Max Planck Institute, Cologne. 11.12.14.
Arabidopsis semidwarfs: the green revolution in nature 02.12.2013. University of Barcelona.
Hybrid plants with over-reactive immune system 17.11.2010. Max Planck Society.



Rubén Alcázar is Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Department of Natural Products, Plant Biology and Soil Science of the University of Barcelona.



Research in Alcázar Lab is supported by:


  • 7th Framework Programme. Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (DISEASENVIRON, PCIG10-GA-2011-303568) of the European Union.
  • Ramón y Cajal Program (RYC-2011-07847) of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain).
  • BFU2013-41337-P grant of the Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Spain).

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