Metabolic Integration and Cell Signaling Group

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Omics studies of the priming


Along evolution plants have developed defensive strategies to survive the attackers. Plants that have been exposed to a contact with necrotizing pathogens, insects or appropriated treatments can mount rapidly a stronger defence once a second wave of stress is presented. This is known as plant memory and also as priming, which is based in an adaptation of the plant that reacts faster and stronger against a given pathogen or stress, generating an effective defence. Our current research is mostly focused on omics studies of the priming phenomenon from several points of view. In a first place we try to understand whether plants exposed different priming stimuli activated a shared molecular fingerprint or, on the opposite, each priming inducer has its own characteristic mechanisms. In this approach we study the mechanisms behind β-aminobutyric acid (BABA)-induced resistance, mycorrhizae-induced resistance (MIR) and constitutive priming released by mutation is negative regulatory genes such as NRT2.
In addition, we have recently set up a promising research line focused in citrus innate immunity against arthropods.

Group members::

Dr. Victor Flors

Dr Miguel Cerezo

Dr Paloma Sánchez-Bel

Dr Victoria Pastor

Dr Jordi Gamir

Neus Sanmartín

Julia Pastor

Nadira Oukala (visitant)

Research Lines:

  • Induced resistance against pathogens
  • Development of resistance inducers and priming agents. Chromatography applied to plant defense.
  • Nitrogen transport
  • Role of systemin in the establishment of mycorrhizas and induction of systemic resistance in tomato
  • Study of Plant-arthropod interactions
  • Reactive oxygen species and hormonal metabolism in defense priming


Degree Lectures:

Plant Physiology



Plant Pathology

Master Lectures:

Plant Biotechnology and Agricultural Research


Dr María Jose Pozo. EEZ. CSIC, Granada Spain. Associated Unit UJI-EEZ-CSIC

Dr Brigitte Mauch-Mani. University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Dr. Raquel Campos-Herrera. Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

Dr Jurriaan Ton.University of Sheffield, UK

Dr Josep Jacas. Crop Production. CAMN. Universitat Jaume I. Castellón, Spain

Dr Cayo Ramos.  University of Málaga, Spain

Dr. José Díaz, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

Dr Pablo Vera. IBMCP. CSIC. Valencia, Spain

Dr Teresa Altabella. Fisiología Vegetal- Universitat de Barcelona. Spain

Dr Benoît Poinssot . Université de Bourgogne, INRA, CNRS, Djon. France


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