The research at the Plant and Animal Genomics Programme is mainly focused on understanding the organization, evolution and variability of the genomes of crops and domestic animals, unveiling their domestication process and elucidating the genetic basis of traits important for crop and livestock improvement.

The Programme is structured in six research groups, which routinely use a wide range of genetic, genomic, paleogenomic, bioinformatic, statistical, population genetics and phenotypic approaches in crops such as melon, peach, apple, strawberry and wheat, and livestock species such as pig and goat, among others. We develop bioinformatics methodologies and software tools for genome data analysis. We also apply gene editing technologies for the functional validation of candidate genes for traits of interest. 

The main objective of the Plant and Animal Genomics Programme is translating genomic information into phenotypes, for this reason some of our research activities are applied to commercial breeding programmes in collaboration with private companies and public institutions.


Guyon-Debast A., Alboresi A., Terret Z., Charlot F., Berthier F., Vendrell-Mir P., Casacuberta J.M., Veillet F., Morosinotto T., Gallois J.-L., Nogué F.

A blueprint for gene function analysis through Base Editing in the model plant Physcomitrium (Physcomitrella) patens (2021) New Phytologist, vol. 230 (3), pp. 1258 -1272 (DOI:10.1111/nph.17171)

Pereira L., Santo Domingo M., Argyris J., Mayobre C., Valverde L., Martín-Hernández A.M., Pujol M., Garcia-Mas J.

A novel introgression line collection to unravel the genetics of climacteric ripening and fruit quality in melon (2021) Scientific Reports, vol. 11 (1), Art. number 11364 (DOI:10.1038/s41598-021-90783-6)

Wu Z., Gong H., Zhang M., Tong X., Ai H., Xiao S., Perez-Enciso M., Yang B., Huang L.

A worldwide map of swine short tandem repeats and their associations with evolutionary and environmental adaptations (2021) Genetics Selection Evolution, vol. 53 (1), Art. number 39 (DOI:10.1186/s12711-021-00631-4)

Castanera R., Vendrell-Mir P., Bardil A., Carpentier M.-C., Panaud O., Casacuberta J.M.

Amplification dynamics of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements and their impact on rice trait variability (2021) Plant Journal, vol. 107 (1), pp. 118 -135 (DOI:10.1111/tpj.15277)

Cardoso T.F., Luigi-Sierra M.G., Castelló A., Cabrera B., Noce A., Mármol-Sánchez E., García-González R., Fernández-Arias A., Alabart J.L., López-Olvera J.R., Mentaberre G., Granados-Torres J.E., Cardells-Peris J., Molina A., Sànchez A., Clop A., Amills M.

Assessing the levels of intraspecific admixture and interspecific hybridization in Iberian wild goats (Capra pyrenaica) (2021) Evolutionary Applications, (Article in Press), (DOI:10.1111/eva.13299)