New year, new goals. We are pleased to announce the exciting visit next January of Professor León A. Bravo, from the University of la Frontera (Chile). Prof. L. A. Bravo is an expert and a great reference in the area of the ecophysiology of Antarctic plants. His current project is focused on studying the warming effect on the flowering of the two unique vascular plants inhabiting this frozen continent: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Since December 2020, his research team maintains passive heating systems (OTC: Open Top Chambers) and microclimatic data collection (Data loggers) installed in situ on the ground to generate a moderate increase in temperature (simulating the greenhouse effect). In this framework, a new collaboration between L. Bravo and the ANTIOX team pursue performing phytohormones analyses in these leaf samples of Antarctic plants. The goal is to unravel their crosstalk and signalling responses to regulate physiological processes (such as flowering) under an alarming scenario of global warming on two plants of great ecological importance in the Antarctic ecosystem.
In order to establish an environment for knowledge exchange and scientific discussion, we are pleased to invite you to the talk that will offer León Bravo in the Faculty of Biology entitled “Antarctic vascular plants: Resistance to an extreme and uncertain environment”. It will take place at the “Aula de Graus, Edifici Durfort, Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona” on January 11th (2023), from 12:00 to 14:00.
We look forward to seeing you there!