Among other thrusts, the Genetics and Physiology of Plant Development Group studies the genetic and molecular processes of floral induction and fruit development. A second thrust focuses on the physiology and gene-hormone relations of the flowering and fruiting processes. We also work on using biotechnology to improve fruit quality, including taste, shelf life and pigment, sugar and essential compound content.
A final, important thrust of our work is marker-assisted genetic crop improvement. The services offered by the group go from analysing phytohormones in plants and fruit to in vitro cultivation of plant cells and tissue.
We also develop molecular markers for the selection of agricultural traits, DNA techniques for genetic diagnosis, identifying the purity of hybrid seeds and resistance to pests and disease. Lastly, we also identify seeds and determine their varietal purity.
Rafael Lozano Ruiz
Rafael Lozano Ruiz is a professor of Genetics at the University of Almeria. He has supervised 16 doctoral theses, funded by the many research projects and contracts (30) he has overseen over the past 10 years.
He speaks and takes part at many scientific congresses and meetings and has organised three Spain-wide congresses. His contributions to the scientific world include several books on plant genetics and genomics and numerous international publications.
Professor Lozano has also registered several new plant varieties and obtained several patents, many of which have been licensed. He is currently the director of BITAL, Research Center in Agri-foodstuffs Biotechnology at University of Almeria.
- Angosto Trillo, Maria Trinidad
- Bretones Amate, Sandra
- Capel Salinas, Carmen
- Capel Salinas, Juan
- Castañeda Cruz, Laura
- Fernandez Lozano, Antonia
Pre-doctorate research assistant
- Fonseca Rodríguez, Rocio
- García Alcázar, Manuel
- Giménez Caminero, Estela
- Lozano Ruiz, Rafael
- Ortíz Atienza, Ana Belen
- Pérez Martín, Fernando
- Yuste Lisbona, Fernando Juan