Plant-Environment Interactions and
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) and how this can be translated in an efficient molecular pharming (production of pharmaceutical compounds in plants) under the current challenges of climate change.
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.
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.
NEW A 3-years PhD position (2015-2017) is available in our laboratory to study Arabidopsis NB-LRR evolution and interactions with Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis pathogens. Interested candidates should send us their CV and two letters of reference by e-mail. Questions should be addressed to the same e-mail address below. Application period: 1 July - 15 September 2014 Expected starting date: January 2015 Contact
- 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
- rThe 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.
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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