Fisiologia Vegetal/Plant Physiology

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    Edifici C, Campus UAB

    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Plant Physiology research group focuses on the adaptation of plants to ionic stress and its
interaction with other biotic and abiotic factors. The current changes in soils and climates
are decisive factors for the continuous evolution of local adaptation mechanisms in plants and
it is important to characterize these mechanisms both at the genetic-molecular level and at the
physiological level in the plant. Our main objective is to gain an in-depth understanding of
these mechanisms in natural populations of Arabidopsis thaliana and other Brassicaceae in
saline and carbonated soils, against metal deficiencies and toxicities, also considering the
soil microbiome. We are working on phenotyping both in the natural habitat and in reciprocal
transplant experiments, as well as genotyping of contrasting populations in combination with
physiological studies under controlled conditions. International collaboration and the training
of graduates and postgraduates are a priority for the group.

Research lines

  • Research lines:
  • Improvement of agricultural production in saline alkaline soils
  • Development of sustainable phytosanitary tools
  • Role of trace elements in the quality of plant foods
  • Ionic homeostasis in plant development and interactions with microorganisms in problematic soils
  • Mecanisms of local adaptation of model plants to the saline ionic rhizospheric environment in Mediterranean calcareous soils

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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