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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.


1. Immune-related hybrid incompatibility in plants

We study the evolution of Resistance genes and interacting loci that condition immune-related hybrid incompatibility in natural Arabidopsis thaliana populations. This research is complemented by the study of the modulation of NB-LRR signaling by temperature which is important under the current climate change predictions.

2. Natural variation of stress-induced metabolites

In collaboration with the lab of Prof. A.F.Tiburcio at the same department, we study the genetic bases for the naturally occurring variation of stress protective metabolites that condition resistance traits in plants.

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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Editorial article of upcoming e-book in Frontiers in Plant Science. Editors: Ruben Alcazar & A.F. Tiburcio.
Plant polyamines in stress and development: an emerging area of research in plant sciences 
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.

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Ruben Alcazar Lab granted by the Spanish Programme of Scientific and Technical Excellence 2014.

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Facultat de Farmacia
Universitat de Barcelona
Unitat de Fisiologia Vegetal
Avda Joan XXIII s/n
08028 Barcelona (Spain)

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