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Study of plant associated microbes and their effects on plants at scales ranging from molecular to ecological.

Study at the molecular and physiological levels of the interaction of plants with symbiotic, pathogenic or parasitic organisms (viruses, bacteria, plants or other).


Study of the molecular and genetic elements that contribute to the species adaptation to new environments in an evolutionary and ecological context.

Study of the genetics basis and molecular mechanisms associated to the crop improvement (e.g. yield, hardiness, nutritive values, resistance to environmental stress...), the phenotype to genotype link (e.g. methodologies such as QTL and GWAS) and the molecular basis of the species changes driven by the human selection (domestication).

Study of genes and proteins involved in the regulation of organ or tissue development or of physiological response to growth conditions or environmental input.

Development of methodologies, tools and pipelines for the generation and analysis of big biological data, specially focused on the genetic information (genomes) and its expression (transcriptomes).

Study of biochemical pathways, fluxes and membrane transport mechanisms governing synthesis or acquisition of metabolites and nutrients.

Development of effective skills for the communication of the science and the community engagement in science related activities, including education, divulgation and information.



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