Miguel Angel Rosales Villegas

Miguel Angel Rosales Villegas

AgreenSkills session, year: 2nd session, 2013

Receiving laboratory: B&PMP Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology Montpellier, France

Country of origin : Spain

E-Mail: miguel.rosales@supagro.inra.fr



Mobility project

Hormonal regulations of aquaporins and root hydraulic architecture: their role in water deficit tolerance

The present project aims at understanding mechanisms that determine the root hydraulic architecture, looking at the effects of auxin and ABA on aquaporin function in the lateral root formation, signaling, root architecture and their interactions by a combination of developmental biology, genetics, genomics, biophysics and mathematical modelling. Subsequently, the effects of water deficit will be integrated at the whole root level, by a combination of root phenotyping and quantification of root hydraulic conductivities, which will be incorporated into a mathematical model. Thus, the present work will contribute to an existing functional/structural model of root water transport by integrating novel hormonal and drought stress-dependent regulations.

Biography & research interests

My research experience is focused on the study of physiological, biochemical and molecular responses of higher plants to abiotic stress, with emphasis on drought tolerance and its effects on crop production and quality. Since the beginning of my career, I have published 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals (8 as first author), written 2 books and 6 book chapters as first author, and contributed with 28 presentations in international conferences (11 as first author). Furthermore, I have supervised 2 theses (master and PhD), and taught in different Master’s courses. During my PhD, defended in 2008 (University of Granada, Spain), I studied the effects of different experimental greenhouses on physiological and metabolic responses of tomato fruits to environmental stress, such as antioxidant metabolism, sucrolytic activities, proline metabolism, cell-wall pectins degradation, and the accumulation of compounds that can influence the nutritional quality of tomato fruits. Afterwards, I decided to strengthen my skills in plant molecular physiology and performed a postdoctoral position in the Biotechnology Institute (UNAM, Mexico), studying the molecular and functional characterization of two repressor DEAR transcriptional factors in response to water deficit and Group 6 LEA proteins. In addition, a physiological analysis of common bean cultivars allowed me to uncover critical traits related to terminal drought resistance. Lately, in the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology (CSIC, Spain), I have studied the effect of chloride anion homeostasis on plant water balance and functionally characterized two anion transporters involved in water relations and drought tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Selected publications

Colmenero-Flores JM and Rosales MA (2014) Interaction between salt and heat stress: when two wrongs make a right. Plant Cell Environ. (in press; doi: 10.1111pce.12229)

Rodríguez-Valentín R, Campos F, Battaglia M, Solórzano RM, Rosales MA, Covarrubias AA. (2014) Group 6 LEA proteins in monocotyledoneous plants: genomic organization and transcript accumulation patterns in response to stress in Oryza sativa. Plant Mol. Biol. Rep. 32, 198–208

Rosales MA, Cuellar-Ortiz SM, Arrieta-Montiel MP, Acosta-Gallegos J,  Covarrubias AA (2013) Physiological traits related to terminal drought resistance in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). J. Sci. Food Agric. 93, 324-331

Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Sánchez-Rodríguez E, Rosales MA, Blasco B, Rios JJ,  Romero L, Blumwald E, Ruiz JM (2012) Ammonium formation and assimilation in PSARK::IPT tobacco transgenic plants under low N. J. Plant Physiol. 169, 157-162

Rosales MA, Ocampo E, Rodríguez-Valentín R, Olvera-Carrillo Y, Acosta-Gallegos J, Covarrubias AA (2012) Physiological analysis of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) cultivars uncovers characteristics related to terminal drought resistance. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 56, 24-34

Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Sánchez-Rodríguez E, Rosales MA, Blasco B, Rios JJ,  Romero L, Blumwald E, Ruiz JM (2011) Cytokinin-dependent Improvement in Transgenic PSARK::IPT Tobacco under N Deficiency. J. Agric. Food Chem. 59, 10491-10495

Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Sánchez-Rodríguez E, Rosales MA, Blasco B, Rios JJ,  Romero L, Blumwald E, Ruiz JM (2011) Effect of cytokinins on oxidative stress in tobacco plants under nitrogen deficiency. Environ. Exp. Bot. 72, 167-173

Sánchez-Rodríguez E, Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Ríos JJ, Blasco B, Rosales MA, Melgarejo R, Romero L, Ruiz JM (2011) Ammonia production and assimilation: its importance as mechanism tolerance during water deficit in tomato plants. J. Plant Physiol. 168, 816-823

Rosales MA, Cervilla LM, Sánchez-Rodríguez E, Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Blasco B, Ríos JJ, Soriano T, Castilla N, Romero L, Ruiz JM (2011) The effect of environmental conditions on nutritional quality of cherry tomato fruits: evaluation of two experimental Mediterranean greenhouses. J. Sci. Food Agric. 91, 152-162

Sánchez-Rodríguez E, Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Cervilla LM, Blasco B, Ríos JJ, Rosales MA, Romero L, Ruiz JM (2009) Genotypic differences in some physiological parameters symptomatic for oxidative stress under drought in tomato plants. Plant Sci. 178, 30-40

Rosales MA, Cervilla LM, Ríos JJ, Blasco B, Sánchez-Rodríguez E, Romero L, Ruiz JM (2009) Environmental conditions affect pectin solubilization in cherry tomato fruits grown in two experimental Mediterranean greenhouses. Environ. Exp. Bot. 67, 320-327

Cervilla LM, Rosales MA, Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Sánchez-Rodríguez E, Blasco B, Ríos JJ, Romero L, Ruiz JM (2009) Involvement of lignification and membrane permeability in the tomato root response to boron toxicity. Plant Sci. 176, 545-552

Rosales MA, Ríos JJ, Cervilla LM, Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Blasco B, Ruiz JM, Romero L (2009) Environmental conditions in relation to stress in cherry tomato fruits in two experimental Mediterranean greenhouses. J. Sci. Food Agric. 89, 735-742

Rosales MA, Castellano R, López-Carrión AI, Romero L, Ruiz JM (2007) Proline metabolism in cherry tomato exocarp in relation to temperature and solar radiation. J. Hort. Sci. Biotech. 82, 739-744

Rosales MA, Rubio-Wilhelmi MM, Castellano R, Castilla N, Ruiz JM, Romero L (2007) Sucrolytic activities in cherry tomato fruits in relation to temperature and solar radiation. Sci. Hort. 113, 244-249

Ruiz JM, Ríos JJ, Rosales MA, Rivero RM, Romero L (2006) Grafting between tobacco plants to enhance salinity tolerance. J. Plant Physiol. 16, 1229-1237

Rosales MA, Ruiz JM, Hernández J, Soriano T, Castilla N, Romero L (2006) Antioxidant content and ascorbate metabolism in cherry tomato exocarp in relation to temperature and solar radiation. J. Sci. Food Agric. 86, 1545-1551


E-Mail: miguel.rosales@supagro.inra.fr

Website(s): http://www1.montpellier.inra.fr/ibip/bpmp/english/index.htm

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