Plant development Unit

Federico Valverde Albacete
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The Plant Development Unit (PDU) is a balanced mixture of researchers from the CSIC and the University of Seville that combine different approaches to understand themolecular mechanism governing plant development. The research line of Dr Valverde is focused on the mechanisms that rule the flowering process, particularly those related with the photoperiodic and metabolic pathways. Prof Romero group investigates the mechanisms controlling starch and sugar biosynthesis and the role of carbon metabolism in development. Finally, the research interest of Dr Calonje group is directed to elucidate the epigenetic control of plant development, particularly the Polycomb group (PcG) mechanism.

The main objective of the PDU is to integrate these research lines to understand the interplay of three key regulatory elements in plant development- environmental signaling pathways, metabolism and epigenetic gene regulation. In addition, the research team has a special interest inelucidating the evolution of these regulatory mechanisms in plants by comparing the influence of external stimuli in key physiological processes (reproduction, stress, etc.) in model plant species (Arabidopsis) and algae (Chlamydomonas). For these purposes, the use of massive approaches (omics) is crucial and thus, a strong collaborative link with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Department of the University of Seville has been started.

  • Molecular plant development and metabolism (+INFO)
    Group Leaders: Dr. F Valverde (Tenured Researcher, CSIC) and Dr. JM Romero (Full Professor, Seville University)

  • Epigenetic control of gene expression during plant development (+INFO)
    Group Leader: Dr. M Calonje (Tenured Researcher, CSIC )

BIO2011-28847 MINECO FP7-PEOPLE-2012- Marie Curie CIG 333748 (2013-2017) BIO2013-44078-P MINECO