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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.



Ghirardo, A., Wright, L.P., Bi, Z., Rosenkranz, M., Pulido, P., Rodríguez-Concepción, M., Niinemets, Ü., Brüggemann, N., Gershenzon, J., Schnitzler, J.-P.
(2014) Plant Physiology, vol. 165 (1), pp. 37-51
Rodríguez-Concepción, M.
(2014) Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1153, pp. 1-5
Perelló, C., Rodríguez-Concepción, M., Pulido, P.
(2014) Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), vol. 1153, pp. 273-283
Saladié, M., Wright, L.P., Garcia-Mas, J., Rodriguez-Concepcion, M., Phillips, M.A.
(2014) Journal of Experimental Botany, vol. 65 (17), pp. 5077-5092
Toledo-Ortiz, G., Johansson, H., Lee, K.P., Bou-Torrent, J., Stewart, K., Steel, G., Rodríguez-Concepción, M., Halliday, K.J.
(2014) PLoS Genetics, vol. 10 (6), Art. number e1004416
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(2014) Planta, vol. 240 (1), pp. 1-18
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(2014) Plant Physiology, vol. 166 (2), pp. 920-933
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(2013) Plant Journal, vol. 74 (1), pp. 74-85
Pulido, P., Toledo-Ortiz, G., Phillips, M.A., Wright, L.P., Rodríguez-Concepción, M.
(2013) Plant Cell, vol. 25 (10), pp. 4183-4194
Rodriguez-Concepcion, M., Stange, C.
(2013) Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, vol. 539 (2), pp. 110-116
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(2013) Isoprenoid Synthesis in Plants and Microorganisms: New Concepts and Experimental Approaches, pp. 439-456
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(2013) Plant Molecular Biology, vol. 82 (4-5), pp. 393-416
Planas-Portell, J., Gallart, M., Tiburcio, A.F., Altabella, T.
(2013) BMC Plant Biology, vol. 13 (1), Art. number 109
Medina, M., Roque, E., Pineda, B., Cañas, L., Rodriguez-Concepción, M., Beltrán, J.P., Gómez-Mena, C.
(2013) Plant Biotechnology Journal, vol. 11 (6), pp. 770-779
Chiriboga, M.-A., Saladié, M., Giné Bordonaba, J., Recasens, I., Garcia-Mas, J., Larrigaudière, C.
(2013) Postharvest Biology and Technology, vol. 86, pp. 212-220
Carretero-Paulet, L., Lipska, A., Pérez-Gil, J., Sangari, F.J., Albert, V.A., Rodríguez-Concepción, M.
(2013) BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol. 13 (1), Art. number 180
Carretero-Paulet, L., Cairó, A., Talavera, D., Saura, A., Imperial, S., Rodríguez-Concepción, M., Campos, N., Boronat, A.
(2013) Gene, vol. 524 (1), pp. 40-53
Rodríguez-Concepción, M., Boronat, A.
(2013) Isoprenoid Synthesis in Plants and Microorganisms: New Concepts and Experimental Approaches, pp. 1-16
Pérez-Gil, J., Rodríguez-Concepcíon, M.
(2013) Biochemical Journal, vol. 452 (1), pp. 19-25
Aguayo, M.F., Ampuero, D., Mandujano, P., Parada, R., Muñoz, R., Gallart, M., Altabella, T., Cabrera, R., Stange, C., Handford, M.
(2013) Plant Science, vol. 205-206, pp. 63-75
Pollier, J., Moses, T., González-Guzmán, M., De Geyter, N., Lippens, S., Bossche, R.V., Marhavý, P., Kremer, A., Morreel, K., Guérin, C.J., Tava, A., Oleszek, W., Thevelein, J.M., Campos, N., Goormachtig, S., Goossens, A.
(2013) Nature, vol. 504 (7478), pp. 148-152
Doblas, V.G., Amorim-Silva, V., Posé, D., Rosado, A., Esteban, A., Arró, M., Azevedo, H., Bombarely, A., Borsani, O., Valpuesta, V., Ferrer, A., Tavares, R.M., Botellaa, M.A.
(2013) Plant Cell, vol. 25 (2), pp. 728-743
Houshyani, B., Assareh, M., Busquets, A., Ferrer, A., Bouwmeester, H.J., Kappers, I.F.
(2013) Metabolic Engineering, vol. 15 (1), pp. 88-97
Guirimand, G., Guihur, A., Phillips, M.A., Oudin, A., Glévarec, G., Melin, C., Papon, N., Clastre, M., St-Pierre, B., Rodríguez-Concepción, M., Burlat, V., Courdavault, V.
(2012) Plant Molecular Biology, vol. 79 (4-5), pp. 443-459
Fornalé, S., Capellades, M., Encina, A., Wang, K., Irar, S., Lapierre, C., Ruel, K., Joseleau, J.-P., Berenguer, J., Puigdomènech, P., Rigau, J., Caparrós-Ruiz, D.
(2012) Molecular Plant, vol. 5 (4), pp. 817-830
Flores-Perez, U., Rodriguez-Concepcion, M.
(2012) Phytonutrients, pp. 89-109
Keim, V., Manzano, D., Fernández, F.J., Closa, M., Andrade, P., Caudepón, D., Bortolotti, C., Vega, M.C., Arró, M., Ferrer, A.
(2012) PLoS ONE, vol. 7 (11), Art. number e49109
Pérez-Gil, J., Calisto, B.M., Behrendt, C., Kurz, T., Fita, I., Rodríguez-Concepción, M.
(2012) Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 287 (19), pp. 15803-15809
Gray, J., Caparrós-Ruiz, D., Grotewold, E.
(2012) Plant Science, vol. 184, pp. 112-120
Fuentes, P., Pizarro, L., Moreno, J.C., Handford, M., Rodriguez-Concepcion, M., Stange, C.
(2012) Plant Molecular Biology, vol. 79 (1-2), pp. 47-59


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