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Dept. Biology, Healthcare & Environment
Section of Plant Physiology
Facultat de Farmàcia, Av. Joan XXIII 27-31
08028 Barcelona, Spain

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Plant-Environment Interactions

Our lab studies 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 stress (abiotic and biotic). Derived from our basic research, we investigate ways for improving stress protection.

Current projects

Disease resistance in plants

We're currently studying the evolution of NB-LRR immune-receptor genes and other interacting loci that condition defense against evolving pathogens and how this derives in immune-related hybrid incompatibility, an important obstacle in plant breeding. We address these questions using molecular biology, population genetics and biochemical approaches. 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.

Natural variation of stress-induced metabolites

We study the genetic bases for the naturally occurring variation of some stress metabolites involved in resistance traits to abiotic and biotic stresses in collaboration with different laboratories. We identify natural compounds which protect plants from stress. Through molecular approaches we improve the resistance of plants to different stresses.

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.

Announcement alcazar.jpg News and Announcements e-Board


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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Full address: Facultat de Farmacia, Universitat de Barcelona, Unitat de Fisiologia Vegetal. Avda Joan XXIII 27-31, 08028 Barcelona (Spain).
Tel +34 934 024 492 Fax +34 934 029 043

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