The study of the basic mechanisms involved in the associations between plants and beneficial microorganisms, and their relation with the response and tolerance to abiotic stresses.
The identification of phytogenetic resources and beneficial microorganisms with elevated tolerance to abiotic stresses. Valorization of biodiversity.
he biotechnological production of legumes and beneficial microorganisms with improved tolerance to abiotic stresses.
The use of nodulated legumes as an alternative to nitrogen fertilization in agricultural soils affected by environmental stresses, within the context of a sustainable agriculture.
The application of mycorrhizal plants and nodulated legumes in the restoration of forest ecosystems affected by fire and the recovery of heavy metal-polluted soils.
Identification of legume cultivars and rhizobial strains with high tolerance to heavy metals and potential application in phytoremediation.
García de la Torre, V.S., Coba de la Peña, T., Lucas, M.M., Pueyo, J.J. 2013. Rapid screening of Medicago truncatula germplasm for mercury tolerance at the seedling stage. Environmental and Experimental Botany 91: 90-96.
Ruiz-Díez, B., Quiñones, M.A., Fajardo, S., López, M.A.., Higueras, P., Fernández-Pascual, M. 2012. Mercury-resistant rhizobial bacteria isolated from nodules of leguminous plants growing in high Hg-contaminated soils. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 96: 543-554.
Nonnoi, F., Chinnaswamy, A., García de la Torre, V.S., Coba de la Peña, T., Lucas M.M., Pueyo, J.J. 2012. Metal tolerance of rhizobial strains isolated from nodules of herbaceous legumes (Medicago spp. and Trifolium ssp.) growing in mercury-contaminated soils. Applied Soil Ecology 61: 49- 59.
Production of genetically modified legumes and bacteria with improved tolerance to salinity and heavy metals, which allow the study of the mechanisms involved.
Coba de la Peña, T., Redondo, F.J., Manrique, E., Lucas, M.M., Pueyo, J.J. 2010. Nitrogen fixation persists under conditions of salt stress in transgenic Medicago truncatula plants expressing a cyanobacterial flavodoxin. Plant Biotechnology Journal 8: 954-965.
Shvaleva, A., Coba de la Peña, T., Rincón, A., Morcillo, C.N., García de la Torre, V.S., Lucas, M.M., Pueyo, J.J. 2010. Flavodoxin overexpression reduces cadmium-induced damage in alfalfa root nodules. Plant and Soil 326: 109-121.
Identification of a new rhizobial species, Bradyrhizobium retamae, which presents high tolerance to mercury.
Guerrouj, K., Ruiz-Díez, B., Chahboune, R., Ramírez-Bahena, M.-H., Abdelmoumena, H., Quiñones, M.A., Missbah El Idrissi, M., Velázquez, E., Fernández-Pascual, M., Bedmar, E.J., Peix, A. 2013. Definition of a novel symbiovar (sv. retamae) within Bradyrhizobium retamae sp. nov., nodulating Retama sphaerocarpa and Retama monosperma. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 36: 218-223.
Acquirement of mercury tolerance by lupin plants through inoculation with a mercury-tolerant Bradyrhizobium strain.
Quiñones, M.A., Ruiz-Díez, B., Fajardo, S., López, M.A., Higueras, P. y Fernández-Pascual, M. 2013. Lupinus albus plants acquire mercury tolerance when inoculated with an Hg-resistant Bradyrhizobium strain. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 73: 168-175.
Definition of fire effects on the diversity and structure of the ectomycorrhizal communities associated to the natural regenerate of pine forests.
Rincón, A., Pueyo, J.J. 2010. Effect of fire severity and site slope on diversity and structure of the ectomycorrhizal fungal community associated with post-fire regenerated Pinus pinaster Ait. seedlings. Forest Ecology and Management 260: 361-369.
Rincón A., Santamaría-Pérez, B., Ocaña, L., Verdú, M. 2014. Structure and phylogenetic diversity of post-fire ectomycorrhizal communities of maritime pine. Mycorrhiza 24: 131-141.