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Dr Ana I. Caño-Delgado receives the SPPS Physiologia Plantarum award

For her outstanding contributions in the plant sciences field

Researcher at CRAG Ana I. Caño-Delgado has received the Physiologia Plantarum award during the Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society (SPPS) Conference that is taking place from 30th of August until 2nd of September in the Svalbard archipelago, in Norway.

The Physiologia Plantarum Prize is open to researchers all over the world, and it acknowledges a scientist that has made outstanding contributions in the plant sciences field. Physiologia Plantarum is a leading international journal founded by the SPPS, and it grants this monetary prize during the SPPS biannual conference. By awarding this recognition to researcher at CRAG Ana I. Caño-Delgado, the selecting committee emphasizes that:

«Caño-Delgado's research has been consistently at the forefront of scientific discovery by generating insights into the molecular mechanisms enabling brassinosteroids to perform their biological functions. More recently she has started to use this knowledge (…) in model organisms to improve performance of crop species which are affected by climate change.»

Ana I. Caño-Delgado leads the Brassinosteroid signaling in plant development research group at CRAG. With the financial support of an ERC Consolidator Grant, Caño-Delgado’s group has been able to produce genetically modified plants that keep growing in severe drought conditions. The study of the plant steroid hormones -brassinosteroids- has led Dr Caño-Delgado and her team to discover that a particular steroid receptor localized in plant vascular cells confers resistance to water scarcity without penalizing growth. The group is currently working in translating these scientific results to crops with the aim of contributing to achieve food security and safety in the context of a climate emergency.