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Welcome to the website of the '''Alcázar Lab''' at the University of Barcelona.
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We're interested in genetics of natural variation, population genetics and molecular biology. We want to know how climate change is shaping plant's resistance and tolerance traits under a combined multidisciplinary approach. Our lab undertakes a research approach that looks for the genetic and molecular basis of naturally occurring quantitative variation in biotic and abiotic stress responses, and how these interact with the environment (genotype-by-environment interactions). This multidisciplinary approach will allow a better understanding of the natural evolution of stress pathways in plants and efficient know-how transfer to practical applications.<br>
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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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For a more detailed view of our research plans, please have a look at our [http://openwetware.org/wiki/Alcazar:Research Research Projects] and [http://openwetware.org/wiki/Alcazar:Publications Scientific Publications] sections.
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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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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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  Rubén Alcázar editor of Advances in Botany [http://www.hindawi.com/journals/abot/editors/ Editorial Board] <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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[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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[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 guest editor of the research topic "Polyamines in stress and development"<br> in [http://www.frontiersin.org/Plant_Metabolism_and_Chemodiversity/researchtopics/Plant_polyamines_in_stress_and/1527 Frontiers in Plant Sci.]
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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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* Our lab has started research activities as from 1st Dec 2012 and is recruting students interested in our research activities. Interested people should contact us directly.
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* '''25.10.2012''' R.A. granted by Marie Curie Actions for the project DISEASENVIRON.
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* '''25.10.2012'''  Review on new open access journal 'Metabolites' published. [http://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/2/3/516 read]
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*'''''08.10.2012''''' Interessat en realitzar la tesi doctoral o màster al nostre grup? Contacta per e-mail amb nosaltres.
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Facultat de Farmàcia - Universitat de Barcelona (UB) <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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