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Plant Development and Signal Transduction

The sessile nature of plants makes these organisms very versatile and plastic in growing and adapting to a broad range and changing environmental conditions. This versatility relies on the interactions between the plant genomes and the changing environment.

A major challenge in biological research, and a common goal of the program, is to understand how this interaction works, i.e., to understand the genetic, molecular, and mechanistic basis of these interactions. We study developmental aspects related to light perception, photoperiod, circadian clock, hormone signaling, floral transition, flower development and seed development and germination. We also focus on the transcriptional, posttranscriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate these processes.

Our studies employ molecular, genetic, biochemical and cell biology based approaches in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana to understand plant biology. We are also developing (1) comparative approaches that determine whether the mechanisms discovered in Arabidopsis are also important in other plant species and (2) system biology approaches to tackle with the complexity of plants. We expect that a long-term outcome of our work will provide potential targets to improve crop yields and boost agricultural sustainability.

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Pavelescu I., Vilarrasa-Blasi J., Planas-Riverola A., González-García M.-P., Caño-Delgado A.I., Ibañes M.
(2018) Molecular Systems Biology, vol. 14 (1), Art. number e7687
Martín G., Rovira A., Veciana N., Soy J., Toledo-Ortiz G., Gommers C.M.M., Boix M., Henriques R., Minguet E.G., Alabadí D., Halliday K.J., Leivar P., Monte E.
(2018) Current Biology (Article in Press)
Lozano-Elena F., Planas-Riverola A., Vilarrasa-Blasi J., Schwab R., Caño-Delgado A.I.
(2018) Journal of Cell Science, vol. 131 (2), Art. number jcs.204065
Gommers C.M.M., Monte E.
(2018) Plant Physiology, vol. 176 (2), pp. 1061-1074
Fung-Uceda J., Lee K., Seo P.J., Polyn S., De Veylder L., Mas P.
(2018) Developmental Cell, vol. 45 (1), pp. 101-113.e4
Woloszynska M., Gagliardi O., Vandenbussche F., Groeve S.D., Baez L.A., Neyt P., Gall S.L., Fung J., Mas P., Van Der Straeten D., van Lijsebettens M.
(2018) Journal of Cell Science, vol. 131 (2), Art. number jcs.203927
Matías-Hernández L., Jiang W., Yang K., Tang K., Brodelius P.E., Pelaz S.
(2017) Plant Journal, vol. 90 (3), pp. 520-534
Sosa Alderete L.G., Guido M.E., Agostini E., Mas P.
(2017) Environmental Science and Pollution Research, vol. 12 (Article in Press), Art. number e1387708, pp. 1-12
Llorente B., Martinez-Garcia J.F., Stange C., Rodriguez-Concepcion M.
(2017) Current Opinion in Plant Biology, vol. 37, pp. 49-55
Liu B., Lois L.M., Reverter D.
(2017) Scientific Reports, vol. 7, Art. number 41998
Castaño-Miquel L., Mas A., Teixeira I., Seguí J., Perearnau A., Thampi B.N., Schapire A.L., Rodrigo N., La Verde G., Manrique S., Coca M., Lois L.M.
(2017) Molecular Plant, vol. 10 (Article in Press), Art. number e1387708, pp. 709-720
Henriques R., Wang H., Liu J., Boix M., Huang L.-F., Chua N.-H.
(2017) New Phytologist (Article in Press)
Blasco-Escámez D., Lozano-Elena F., Fàbregas N., Caño-Delgado A.I.
(2017) Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1564 (1), Art. number 71, pp. 181-192
Espinosa-Ruiz A., Martı́nez C., De Lucas M., Fàbregas N., Bosch N., Caño-Delgado A.I., Prat S.
(2017) Development (Cambridge), vol. 144 (9), pp. 1619-1628
Schapire A.L., Maria Lois L.
(2016) Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1363, Art. number 41998, pp. 79-88
Kiba T., Henriques R.
(2016) Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1398 (5), pp. 141-152
Salazar-Henao J.E., Lehner R., Betegón-Putze I., Vilarrasa-Blasi J., Caño-Delgado A.I.
(2016) Journal of Experimental Botany, vol. 67 (17), pp. 4951-4961
Gallemí M., Galstyan A., Paulišić S., Then C., Ferrández-Ayela A., Lorenzo-Orts L., Roig-Villanova I., Wang X., Micol J.L., Ponce M.R., Devlin P.F., Martínez-García J.F.
(2016) Development (Cambridge), vol. 143 (9), Art. number 14663, pp. 1623-1631
Matías-Hernández L., Aguilar-Jaramillo A.E., Cigliano R.A., Sanseverino W., Pelaz S.
(2016) Journal of Experimental Botany, vol. 67 (5), pp. 1209-1219
Bustamante M., Matus J.T., Riechmann J.L.
(2016) Journal of Experimental Botany, vol. 67 (6), pp. 1639-1648
Martín G., Soy J., Monte E.
(2016) Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 7 (JULY2016), Art. number 962, pp. 631-644
Castaño-Miquel L., Maria Lois L.
(2016) Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1450, Art. number 40005, pp. 107-123
Soy J., Leivar P., González-Schain N., Martín G., Diaz C., Sentandreu M., Al-Sady B., Quail P.H., Monte E.
(2016) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 113 (17), pp. 4870-4875
Pulice G., Pelaz S., Matías-Hernández L.
(2016) Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 7 (MAR2016), Art. number 329, pp. 98-105
Lee H.G., Mas P., Seo P.J.
(2016) Scientific Reports, vol. 6, Art. number 17754
Martin G., Leivar P., Ludevid D., Tepperman J.M., Quail P.H., Monte E.
(2016) Nature Communications, vol. 7 (3), Art. number 11431, pp. 352-354
Roig-Villanova I., Martínez-García J.F.
(2016) Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 7 (FEB2016), Art. number 236
Mas A., Amenós M., Lois L.M.
(2016) Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1450, pp. 135-150
Matías-Hernández L., Aguilar-Jaramillo A.E., Osnato M., Weinstain R., Shani E., Suárez-López P., Pelaz S.
(2016) Plant Physiology, vol. 170 (3), Art. number 3346, pp. 1624-1639
Matías-Hernández L., Aguilar-Jaramillo A.E., Osnato M., Weinstain R., Shani E., Suárez-López P., Pelaz S.
(2016) Plant Physiology, vol. 170 (3), pp. 1624-1639

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