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Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences
University of Barcelona (UB)
Department of Biology,
Health & Environment
Av. Joan XXIII 27-31
08028 Barcelona

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Laboratory of Plant-Environment Interactions

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Welcome to the webpage of the Laboratory of Plant-Environment Interactions (R. Alcazar) at the Deparment of Biology, Health & Environment of the University of Barcelona.

We investigate the adaptation of plants to local environments. We focus on the evolutionary adaptation of plant populations to abiotic and biotic stresses, which are major challenges for plant survival under the current climate change predictions. Derived from our research, we investigate ways for improving stress protection.

For a more detailed view of our research, please have a look at our Research Projects and Scientific Publications sections. You can follow an updated list of our activities and publications in the NEWS section below. For any other enquires, do not hesitate to contact us directly.


1. Disease resistance in plants
We study the evolution of disease Resistance genes and other loci that condition plant immune activation in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. We make use of natural populations of plants and pathogens to address molecular and evolutionary aspects of pathogen recognition in the wild. At the direct interface between plants and the environment, we study how temperature modulates some NB-LRR triggered plant immune responses.

2. Natural variation of abiotic stress tolerance and adaptation
Polyamines are small amines which accumulate in response to abiotic and biotic stress. We investigate the implications of polyamines in plant stress protection through the analysis of their mechanisms of action.

Joachim Kopka, MPIMP, Germany
Jane Parker, MPIPZ, Germany
CCiT, University of Barcelona
National Centre of Genomic Analysis CNAG

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Publications 2016
22/04/2016 Parker lab: Ler RPP1-like R8 is required for autoimmunity triggered by EDS1 nuclear accumulation

15/03/2016 In Frontiers Plant Sci: GWAS analysis for Arabidopsis guazatine tolerance

22/01/2016 In Plant Cell & Environment:  tSpm triggers salinity tolerance in Arabidopsis

01/02/2016 In Frontiers Plant Sci: Metabolic profiling of atpao4 mutants under dark induced senescence

In press: Drought Stress Tolerance in Relation to Polyamine Metabolism in Plants, book chapter in Springer.

01/01/2016 Iñigo Aristizábal (Degree in Biochemistry and Mol. Biology) joins our lab as UB Master 2015/16.


Alcázar Lab work highlighted by the University of Barcelona 20.01.15
Rubén Alcázar research highlighted by the Faculty of Pharmacy at UB, January 2015
Alcázar Lab work highlighted by the Bulletin of the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology, SEFV. January, 2015
PLoS Genet 2014 highlight by Max Planck Institute, Cologne. 11.12.14.
Arabidopsis semidwarfs: the green revolution in nature 02.12.2013. University of Barcelona.
Hybrid plants with over-reactive immune system 17.11.2010. Max Planck Society.

Rubén Alcázar is Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Department of Natural Products, Plant Biology and Soil Science of the University of Barcelona.

Research in Alcázar Lab is supported by:

  • 7th Framework Programme. Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (DISEASENVIRON, PCIG10-GA-2011-303568) of the European Union.
  • Ramón y Cajal Program (RYC-2011-07847) of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain).
  • BFU2013-41337-P grant of the Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Spain).