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VIII Forest Ecophysiology Meeting in Madrid

Last week part of the antiox-ecophys group attended the VIII Spring Forest Ecophysiology Meeting 2018 in Madrid (Coloquio de primavera sobre ecofisiología forestal). The meeting took place on 25-27 April in the breathtaking forests of Cercedilla (Madrid, Spain).

This event brings together plant ecophysiologists from Spain allowing them to share not only their latest findings but also their thoughts about some controversial issues around the ecology and physiology of the plant kingdom.

In this occasion, two of our PhD Students, Marina Pérez and Erola Fenollosa, presented their work during one of the sessions. Moreover, Sergi Munné-Bosch inspired and led a debate around plant longevity and senescence.

Three-Minute Talk

As a closure of last semester, some of our ANTIOX group members took part in the Three Minute Talk (3MT) competition, held at the Faculty of Biology. Hosted by the department of Evolutive Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences (BEECA), 3MT gathered all the exciting research conducted by the current department constituents who had to effectively present their thesis to the audience in only three minutes.
Representing the ANTIOX group, Marina introduced her research on paraheliotropism of Cistus albidus during daily and seasonal periods. Likewise, Erola presented her study of oxidative biomarkers on Carpobrotus edulis, an invasive plant in the Catalan region. Finally, Paula explained her research on photo-oxidative stress and redox regulation on fruits, commercial flowers and dioecious plants. The public and a special jury constituted by members of all groups from the department could choose which three minute speech was the best and we’re very proud to announce that Erola won the first prize with her creative 3MT about invasive plants.
We hope to keep participating in the upcoming editions!

 

Participation at the EMAPI 14 in Lisbon

From the 4th to the 8th of September 2017, Lisbon hosted the 14th edition of the International Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions: Synthesis, Challenges and New Opportunities (EMAPI). 

 

One of our PhD Students, Erola Fenollosa assisted and participated in the five days conference with a poster about her work: “High-scale photoprotective markers to assess invasive success“. 

The conference brought together managers, policy makers, senior and junior scientists from around the world that shared their knowledge and points of view in order to find new ways to face the new challenges on invasion studies. 

 

 

Participation at the ASPB Meeting in Honolulu

On June 24-28 2017, Honolulu hosted the Annual Plant Biology Meeting powered by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)

This international conference met more than 1,500 scientists from different countries, and Alba Cotado from the ANTIOX group was one of them, thanks to the ASPB travel award she received in recognition of her hard work in plant physiology during the last months.

She presented her lasts results on Saxifraga longifolia with a poster and an oral communication entitled “Adaptation mechanisms to high altitude in Saxifraga longifolia, a long-lived monocarpic perennial growing in the Pyrenees“. 

Her work was framed in the Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology ASPB Section (EEPP).

 

Triple theses defense at the ANTIOX group

Last semester was a busy one as three members of the ANTIOX group: Laura Siles, Javier Miret and Eva Fleta-Soriano defended their PhD thesis at the University of Barcelona.
 
Laura Siles defeat their thesis about biosynthesis, distribution, accumulation, control mechanisms and function of Vitamin E in seeds. Javier Miret thesis was about hormonal and redox regulation of organ senescence processes. The thesis from Eva Fleta-Soriano was about protective mechanisms against reiterated water stress in plants. 
 
We are extremely happy for their success and we hope that they can continue contributing to the knowledge generation as effectively as they did during their PhD. Good luck Doctors!
 

Science Festival at the University of Barcelona

The last 12th of May we celebrated the III Science Festival at the University of Barcelona, a party that aims to encourage scholars to be interested on different science fields. This event bridges the university’s investigators not only with schools but also to general public interested on Science.

From the Plant Physiology department, our group participated with different activities about the importance of transpiration on crop growth, the influence of seed propagation strategies on plant distribution, and the technique of in vitro culture

Participation on the first Photosynthesis Workshop

In May 2017 (from 9th to 11st), Pamplona (Spain) hosted the first Photosynthesis Workshop, organized by the Abgrobiotechnology Institute (IdAB), where we  have participated with an oral presentation of Erola Fenollosa.  

The meeting was dedicated to present and discuss the state of the art of the different equips, techniques, estimations and calculations to obtain valuable Gas exchange data.

The workshop aimed to provide the latest up to date information on the issue, and therefore, the newest models of different equips from different companies were presented:

 

Global Change threatens high-mountain plants

Saxifraga longifoliaThe University of Barcelona has recently published a short report about our publication in Plant Physiology: Adaptation of the Long-Lived Monocarpic Perennial Saxifraga longifolia to High Altitude.

This report highlights how the climate change could be threatening high-mountain plant species such as Saxifraga longifolia. It also talks about the importance to understand the cold adaptation mechanisms to understand and predict niche shifts due to global warming.

http://www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/menu_eines/noticies/2016/11/039.html?

 

 

Short television report about our work on invasive plants

The Local Television from Barcelona (BTV) has shoot a short report about our work on invasive plants, specifically about Carpobrotus edulis. In this short report Dr. Munné-Bosch talks about the strengths of this species and alerts the risk of its spread due to gardening.