Environmental Stress Signaling in Plants

The SEAP Group comprises 5 staff scientists and 5-6 postdocs and PhD students. Our research focus is the understanding of the signaling pathways and molecular responses to environmental stresses, both biotic and abiotic with a high basic and applied interest. In particular we are interested in (1) the response to salinity stress, the homeostatic regulation of sodium and potassium contents in Arabidopsis and rice (2) early signaling events in the response to bacterial pathogens and plant immunity establishment in Solanaceae. Common aspects in the research activities 1 and 2 rely in the characterization of signal transduction mechanisms including Ca2+ signaling, phosphorylation of proteins and transient redox modification of specific targets.
Our scientific record and the intense and fruitful collaborations established with leading national and international groups have positioned the SEAP Group as a reference lab in the field of salinity stress and plant immunity.

Main specialization

Scientific Area:
ERC discipline:
  • LS1 Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry
Industrial Leadership:
  • 4. Biotechnology
  • 4.1. Boosting cutting-edge biotechnologies as future innovation drivers
Societal Challenges:
  • 2. Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bioeconomy.
  • 2.2. Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet