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Luis Herrera-Estrella

Physiology and Metabolic Engineering of Plants

Luis Herrera-Estrella

Physiology and Metabolic Engineering of Plants

One of the major agronomic problems in the world is the low yield of food crops of interest. Several factors are associated with the poor yield, among the most important is the low nutrients availability and uptake from de soli by plants. To mitigate this problem through classical breeding, varieties with more efficient nutrient uptake have been developed, however, the molecular processes involved in perception, uptake, transportation and distribution of nutrients have not been fully elucidated. The plants require for growth and development of several elements, phosphorus is an essential element for plant development, however, the availability of phosphorus in the soil is limited because it forms chemical complex that are not assimilated by the plants.

In our working group we are interested in studying the molecular mechanisms involved in morphological and metabolic plants responses to low phosphorus availability and other environmental factors. To develop our research we use a combination of genetic, molecular biology and genomic tools, applied to study models such as Arabidopsis, Tobaco and Corn.

Parallel has been developing a research line focused on studying the genetic background of different endemic plants from Mexico, for which genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic tools are applied.


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