Plants are highly influenced by the surrounding environmental changes, which shape growth and development over the entire plant life cycle. Elucidating how internal and external cues are coordinated to spatially and temporally regulate plant development is essential for understanding plant optimum fitness and reproductive success.

Research in our Program aims to gain in-depth fundamental knowledge on the molecular and cellular determinants governing plant signaling and development. We use multifaceted and integrative approaches, from cells, tissues and organs all the way to the whole plant. Our research focuses on environmental cues, mainly light and temperature, and endogenous pathways such as hormone and circadian signalling, to examine their effect on multiple developmental processes, from seed germination or root development to floral induction. Molecular mechanisms involving non-coding RNA molecules and post-translational regulation of protein function are also topics covered in our Program. We employ a combination of molecular, genetic, biochemical, and computational approaches using Arabidopsis thaliana as well as a variety of other species such as Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Sorghum bicolor.

Ultimately, our Program aims to obtain a comprehensive understanding of how plants grow, develop and evolve in coordination with the surrounding environment. The drastic environmental changes imposed by climate alteration negatively impact the productivity of agronomically important crops. A detailed and predictive understanding of plant growth and development will be essential to tackle these negative effects.


Marquès-Bueno M.M., Armengot L., Noack L.C., Bareille J., Rodriguez L., Platre M.P., Bayle V., Liu M., Opdenacker D., Vanneste S., Möller B.K., Nimchuk Z.L., Beeckman T., Caño-Delgado A.I., Friml J., Jaillais Y.

Auxin-Regulated Reversible Inhibition of TMK1 Signaling by MAKR2 Modulates the Dynamics of Root Gravitropism (2021) Current Biology, vol. 31 (1), pp. 228 -237.e10 (DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2020.10.011)

Planas-Riverola A., Markaide E., Caño-Delgado A.I.

New Role for LRR-Receptor Kinase in Sensing of Reactive Oxygen Species (2021) Trends in Plant Science, vol. 26 (2), pp. 102 -104 (DOI:10.1016/j.tplants.2020.11.011)

Osnato M., Cereijo U., Sala J., Matías-Hernández L., Aguilar-Jaramillo A.E., Rodríguez-Goberna M.R., Riechmann J.L., Rodríguez-Concepción M., Pelaz S.

The floral repressors TEMPRANILLO1 and 2 modulate salt tolerance by regulating hormonal components and photo-protection in Arabidopsis (2021) Plant Journal, vol. 105 (1), pp. 7 -21 (DOI:10.1111/tpj.15048)

Chen W.W., Takahashi N., Hirata Y., Ronald J., Porco S., Davis S.J., Nusinow D.A., Kay S.A., Mas P.

A mobile ELF4 delivers circadian temperature information from shoots to roots (2020) Nature Plants, vol. 6 (4), pp. 416 -426 (DOI:10.1038/s41477-020-0634-2)

de Leone M.J., Hernando C.E., Romanowski A., Careno D.A., Soverna A.F., Sun H., Bologna N.G., Vázquez M., Schneeberger K., Yanovsky M.J.

Bacterial Infection Disrupts Clock Gene Expression to Attenuate Immune Responses (2020) Current Biology, vol. 30 (9), pp. 1740 -1747.e6 (DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2020.02.058)