Pursuing excellence in research and education.
This research group was born in 2005, from the merging of two other groups to improve research on ecophysiology and agrobiology and to find better opportunities for human resources and funding. As a result, publications increased in the last years and training of graduate and PhD students has been highly improved.
Our group currently leads the Master in Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Use and Environmental Implications (ETUSIA), coordinated by Dr. Manuel J. Reigosa Roger. The corresponding doctorate program was given the excellence mention. Outstanding professors and researchers, coming from the Universities of Santiago, Granada, Autónoma de Barcelona, Coimbra, etc.; and several centres of the National Research Council (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) are involved in this master.
Highlights of our lately work.
Science of the Total Environment. 2013. vol 443. 446–453.
Journal of Chemical Ecology. 2013. 39 (2).
...The results of this study show that citral alters auxin content and cell division and has a strong long-term disorganising effect on cell ultra-structure in A. thaliana seedlings. Its effects on cell division, the thickening of the cell wall, the reduction in intercellular communication, and the absence of root hairs confirm that citral is a strong phytotoxic compound, which has persistent effects on root development.
Science of the Total Environment. Vols. 421–422: 220–229
Weed Science 61(1):154-161. 2013
...On the assessment of the temporal phytotoxic effects, the reduction of aerial biomass in maize could be overcome by adopting a relay-planting of maize after 12 to 15 days from eucalyptus incorporation. Our results constitute evidence that the incorporation of E. globulus residues to soil could be a feasible practice to reduce the reliance on synthetic herbicides in maize-based cropping systems