Genetics of Plant-Environment Interactions
We study the genetic and molecular bases for the adaptation of plants to their local environments. We mainly focus on the evolutionary adaptation of plant populations to abiotic and biotic stresses, which are major threats for plant survival. Derived from our basic research, we investigate ways for improving stress protection.
CURRENT AREAS OF RESEARCH
1. Natural variation and evolution of immune resistance in plants.
Plant resistance to pathogens is an important field of research with direct applications. We study the molecular bases and evolution of Resistance genes and other loci that condition plant immunity. We explore the mechanisms that have naturally evolved in plant populations to resist against biotic threats. This research is complemented by the study of the modulation of some immune responses by temperature which is important under the current climate change predictions.
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. Since 2014 we have introduced Capsella bursa-pastoris for this research and we're currently developing genetic tools for this species.
Rubén Alcázar is Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Department of Natural Products, Plant Biology and Soil Science of the University of Barcelona.
For a more detailed view of our research, have a look at our Research Projects and Scientific Publications sections.
For general public information have a look at +info. Historial record of main press releases can be found at Edublogs
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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.
INSTITUTIONAL PRESS RELEASES
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.
Address: Facultat de Farmacia Universitat de Barcelona Unitat de Fisiologia Vegetal Avda Joan XXIII s/n 08028 Barcelona (Spain)
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