Plant-Environment Interactions and Molecular Pharming
Our lab studies the genetic and molecular bases for the adaptation of plants to their local environments. We mainly focus on the adaptation to stress (abiotic and biotic) exploring the natural variation present in wild populations and how this can be translated in an efficient molecular pharming (production of pharmaceutical compounds in plants) under climate change.
Evolution of NB-LRR genes in nature, disease resistance and incompatibility
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. We address these questions using molecular biology, population genetics and biochemical approaches in wild Arabidopsis and pathogen populations. This research is complemented by the study of the modulation of NB-LRR signaling by temperature.
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.
We produce proteins of pharmaceutical interest in plants and study ways to improve their productivity under different environments to adapt to the requirements of local climates.
Our research is supported by:
- The Ramón y Cajal Programe (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain)
- Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (DISEASENVIRON) 2012-2016
Would you like to work with us? 您想与我们一起工作吗? ¿Quieres trabajar con nosotros?
Interested students should contact us by e-mail.
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The Roles of Polyamines during the lifespan of plants:from development to stress(2014). Tiburcio AF, Altabella T, Bitrián M and Alcázar R. Planta, doi: 10.1007/s00425-014-2055-9. online first March 2014 read here
Full address: Facultat de Farmacia, Universitat de Barcelona, Unitat de Fisiologia Vegetal. Avda Joan XXIII 27-31, 08028 Barcelona (Spain).
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