Dr. Treesubsuntorn visits us in March, don’t miss his talk!

We are delighted to announce that we will be receiving the visit of Dr. Chairat Treesubsuntorn next month. Dr. Treesubsuntorn works as an Assistant Professor at the Pilot Plant Development and Training Institute (PDTI) in Bangkok (Thailand) and will present his lasts results in the field of phytoremediation

During his visit, he will give a talk entitled “Inhibition of cadmium uptake and translocation in Oryza sativa indica by using calcium-acetate and calcium-chloride: Efficiency and possible mechanisms”. The talk will take place at the Faculty of Biology on March 22nd at 12 pm, and is open to everyone interested. 

Take a dive into his publications here.

XV Phytohormones Symposium

The white-leaved rockrose (Cistus albidus) was present in the XV Phytohormones Symposium 2018. This Symposium was held last December 13-14, in Valencia (Spain). Marina Perez-Llorca, PhD Student at the ANTIOX Team, presented her last work on this species with a short talk entitled: “Inter-individual and sun orientation driven variability reveals antagonistic salicylate and jasmonate accumulation in white-leaved rockrose“.

The Symposium was organized by the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology (Sociedad Española de Fisiología Vegetal), which mingles Spanish scientists working on the physiology of plants, with different groups covering molecular and physiological aspects of it. 


Save the date: International Conference on Integrative Plant Physiology 2019

 The International Conference on Integrative Plant Physiology by ELSEVIER will be held in Sitges (Spain) from the 27 to 29th of October in 2019 with Sergi Munné-Bosch on the organizing committee. 

This conference will bring together specialists in plant ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology to share and discuss recent advances in plant biology with an emphasis on integrative and system-based approaches.

Save the date and submit your abstracts by 10 May 2019  to participate in the International Conference on Integrative Plant Physiology

New member of the steering committee of PLANTPOPNET

Sergi Munné-Bosch has become a member of the steering committee of the international network PLANTPOPNET – A Spatially Distributed Model System for Population Ecology, directed by Prof. Yvonne Buckley

The aim is to construct a global network that allows us to understand populations shifts in response to global change, starting with Plantago lanceolata as a model system. 

The Antiox-Ecophys Team is collaborating to PLANTPOPNET with an Add-on Study entitled: “Is oxidative stress a proxy for mortality in Plantago lanceolata?” exploring the use of oxidative stress markers to predict the death of the individual. 

Distribution of PLANTPOPNET sites globally (n=53). Grey area is the geographic range of P. lanceolata as per GBIF, BIEN & Petitpierre et al. (2012). Points represent demographic studies in the Non-Native (yellow) and Native (orange) range of P. lanceolata. Genomic data (red) has been recorded at 38 sites. 



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