BiographyMy scientific career has been developed in the Laboratory of Plant Cell Culture and Genetic Improvement led by Dr. Vicente Moreno. While completing my doctoral thesis I had the opportunity to stay at the laboratory of Professor James Saunders in Beltsville (MD), one of the pioneers in the development of electrofusion and electroporation of plant protoplasts. In the third year of my doctoral thesis I got a contract Assistant Professor so from that moment I collate my teaching with research. From the beginning of my scientific activity I have worked with species of agricultural interest, both vegetables (melon, watermelon and tomato) as ornamental plants in the development and implementation of applications based on plant tissue culture methodologies. Moreover, I have also developed part of my activity in the application of flow cytometry techniques as a tool to evaluate certain characteristics of the plant material. This has allowed me to set some collaborations with IBMCP and other institutions teams through which were able to publish some work. In recent years, in collaboration with Drs. Lozano (UAL) and Bolarín (CEBAS), we are undertaking an ambitious program of insertional mutagenesis. In the context of this project, our group has generated the largest collection of T-DNA lines of tomato and related species that exists today. The work of this groups has led to the identification of genes involved in tomato development processes (e.g. setting, parthenocarpy, fruit size, ripening) or mechanisms of abiotic stress tolerance. With regard to the latter, we have shown that one of these genes have a role in the Halotolerance of tomato wild relative species. We have published several articles (Plant Cell Physiology, 2010, PLoS ONE, 2010; Plant Cell Reports, 2011, J. Plant Physiol, 2012; Physiologia Plantarum, 2014, 2015, Plant Science, accepted, Plant Physiology, b, forwarded; J . Exp Bot, sent, Plant Journal, submitted), two book chapters and one patent (P200900003). The collection of T-DNA lines have generated a unique opportunity to address the genetic dissection of development characters in tomato, as well as the mechanisms that determine salinity and drought tolerance in wild relative species.
Carrera, et al. (2012). Characterization of the procera Tomato Mutant Shows Novel Functions of the SlDELLA Protein in the Control of Flower Morphology, Cell Division and Expansion, and the Auxin-Signaling Pathway during Fruit-Set and Development. Plant Physiology 160(3) 1581-1596 (JIF 5 años = 6.755; Q1 Plant Science)
Pineda*, Giménez-Caminero*, et al. (2010). Genetic and physiological characterization of the Arlequin insertional mutant reveals a key regulator of reproductive development in tomato. Plant and Cell Physiology 51 (3): 435 – 447. (JIF 5 años = 4.972; Q1 Plant Science).
García-Sogo B*, Pineda B*, et al (2012). Production of engineered long-life and male sterile Pelargonium plants. BMC Plant Biology, 12: 156. (JIF 5 años = 4.770; Q1 Plant Science)
Atarés A*, Moyano E*, et al (2011). An insertional mutagenesis programme with an enhancer trap for the identification and tagging of genes involved in abiotic stress tolerance in the tomato wild-related species Solanum pennellii. Plant Cell Reports 30: 1865-1879. (JIF 5 años = 2.830; Q1 Plant Sciences)
García-Abellán*, Egea*, et al. (2014). Heterologous expression of the yeast HAL5 gene in tomato enhances salt tolerance by reducing shoot Na+ accumulation in the long term. Physiologia Plantarum 152 (4) 700 - 713. (JIF 5 años = 3.470; Q1 Plant Science)
Muñoz-Mayor A*, Pineda B*, et al (2012). Overexpression of dehydrin tas14 gene improves the osmotic stress imposed by drought and salinity in tomato. Journal of Plant Physiology 159 (5) 459 – 468. (JIF 5 años = 3.065; Q1 Plant Sciences)
Giménez-Caminero*, Pineda*, et al (2010) Functional analysis of the Arlequin mutant corroborates the essential role of the ARLEQUIN-TAGL1 gene during reproductive development of tomato. PLoS ONE 5 (12) e 14427. (JIF 5 años = 2.830 (Q1 Agricultural and Biological Sciences, misc.)
Muñoz-Mayor*, Pineda* et al (2008) The HAL1 function on Na+ homeostasis is maintained over time in salt-treated transgenic tomato plants, but the high reduction of Na+ in leaf is not associated with salt tolerance. Physiologia Plantarum 133: 288 – 297. (JIF 5 años = 3.470; Q1 Plant Sciences).
Serrani, et al (2007) Effect of gibberellin and auxin on parthenocarpic fruit growth induction in the cv micro-tom of tomato. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 26(3) 211-221. (JIF 5 años = 2.242; Q1 Agronomy and Crop Science).