Plant-Animal interactions

Our research focuses on  the study of ecological interactions between plants and animals, and on their leading role in the micro and macroevolutionary processes underlying the astounding diversification of higher plants (Angiosperms). Within this conceptual framework we conduct a multidisciplinary research combining field work, molecular genetics and epigenetics, and chemical and microbiological analyses. We are currently paying special attention to the possible role of nectar microbes (yeasts and bacteria) in plant-pollinator interactions, and to the potential role of epigenetic variation in natural plant populations as a source of adaptations to pollinators, microbes, herbivores and abiotic stressors.

Researchers: Carlos M Herrera, Conchita Alonso