Visit of the research group of the UAB Plant Physiology Unit (C. Poschenrieder)

Recently, members of the research group of the Plant Physiology Unit of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ​​currently coordinated by Roser Tolrà, and until recently coordinated by Charlotte Poschenrieder, member of the Carl Faust Foundation’s board of trustees, visited the Marimurtra Botanical Garden. This group has specialized in the study of plant growth and development under abiotic stress (salinity, drought, deficit and excess of trace elements) and its interaction with biotic stress (fungal infections, herbivory). His research projects are generally focused on research projects focused on the adaptation mechanisms of plants to adverse factors of both carbonate soils and tropical acid soils and the rhizospheric processes involved.

The group, which visited the Marimurtra accompanied by a guide, showed a lot of interest in the new dune area, a small representation of a dune system where we find a population of Achillea maritima, a species considered endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Marimurtra is carrying out a project to recover and replant this taxon from 2021. So, once the plants are vigorous, they are planted at points on the Catalan coast in order to increase and consolidate the natural populations of this species.

Likewise, they were also very interested in the range of adaptations that plants show depending on the climate of their area of ​​origin. This is a phenomenon called evolutionary or genetic convergence and it can be seen very clearly in the pergola and the cacti viewpoint, where we find plants typical of the humid subtropical zone and the arid subtropical zone.

Charlotte Poschenrieder is currently a member of the Carl Faust Foundation’s board of trustees and an active member of the Scientific Research and Dissemination Commission. She was coordinator of the Plant Physiology group until Roser Tolrà took over. It is always a pleasure to welcome you to Marimurtra, and in this case, also to your colleagues in the department.