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Plant Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering

Plants are a primary source of nutrients, materials, and chemicals for humans. The Plant Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering Program aims to generate fundamental knowledge of how plants control their primary and secondary metabolism to respond to environmental cues and eventually improve the quality of plant products.

In particular, the Program addresses the study of the organization and regulation of metabolic pathways for the production of isoprenoids (mainly sterols and carotenoids), lignocellulosic material, and storage lipids. These pathways impact fruit and seed quality, nutritional content, digestibility, bioenergetic value, and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress.

The experimental approaches include biochemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and advanced plant systems methodologies like transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic analyses. A substantial part of our research activities is performed in well established models and crop plants (mainly Arabidopsis, tomato and maize) but we also aim to explore new potential models.



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(2018) Progress in Lipid Research, vol. 70, pp. 62-93
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(2018) Molecular Plant, vol. 11 (1), pp. 149-162
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(2018) Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 9, Art. number 588
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(2018) Plant Science, vol. 267, pp. 112-123
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(2018) Plant Cell and Environment (Article in Press)
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(2018) Phytochemistry, vol. 147, pp. 30-48
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(2017) Plant Signaling and Behavior, vol. 12 (3), Art. number e1290039
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(2017) Plant and Cell Physiology, vol. 58 (2), pp. 240-255
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(2017) Plant Signaling and Behavior, vol. 12 (11), Art. number e1387708
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(2017) Progress in Lipid Research, vol. 67, pp. 27-37
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(2017) Tree Genetics and Genomes, vol. 13 (4), Art. number 77
Llorente, B., Martinez-Garcia, J.F., Stange, C., Rodriguez-Concepcion, M.
(2017) Current Opinion in Plant Biology, vol. 37, pp. 49-55
Majer, E., Llorente, B., Rodríguez-Concepción, M., Daròs, J.-A.
(2017) Scientific Reports, vol. 7, Art. number 41645
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(2017) Molecular Plant, vol. 10 (5), pp. 721-734
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(2017) Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 8, Art. number 984
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(2016) Plant Physiology, vol. 172 (3), pp. 1393-1402
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(2016) New Phytologist, vol. 209 (1), pp. 252-264
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(2016) Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 7 (AUG2016), Art. number 1344
Perello, C., Llamas, E., Burlat, V., Ortiz-Alcaide, M., Phillips, M.A., Pulido, P., Rodriguez-Concepcion, M.
(2016) PLoS ONE, vol. 11 (2), Art. number e0150539
Scheler, U., Brandt, W., Porzel, A., Rothe, K., Manzano, D., Bozic, D., Papaefthimiou, D., Balcke, G.U., Henning, A., Lohse, S., Marillonnet, S., Kanellis, A.K., Ferrer, A., Tissier, A.
(2016) Nature Communications, vol. 7, Art. number 12942
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(2016) Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 7 (MAR2016), Art. number 263
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(2016) Plant Pathology, vol. 65 (3), pp. 392-401
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(2016) Scientific Reports, vol. 6, Art. number 19036
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(2016) PLoS Genetics, vol. 12 (1), Art. number e1005824
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(2016) Plant Physiology, vol. 172 (1), pp. 93-117


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