Research interests:

Ensuring food security is facing new challenges do to the increase of the world population and the impacts of climate change on agriculture. Cereals (bread and durum wheat, barley, etc.) are economically and culturally important crops in the Mediterranean basin. Responses of these crop species to future climate scenario (elevated [CO2], high temperature, water stress, nutrient deficiencies…) define a complex and sophisticated regulatory network, including physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms. Understanding the processes involved in the adaptive response of crop species is a matter of concern for future breeding programmes.

Research projects:

2014-2016: Advance and high throughput precision phenotyping in durum wheat: physiological basis and tools for selection (FENOMED) (ref. AGL2013-44147-R)

2010-2013: Integration of gene expression with metabolism and photosynthesis for assessing the impacts on durum wheat of the increases in CO2 and temperature foreseen with climate change (ref. AGL2009-11987)


♦ Vicente R, Pérez P, Martínez-Carrasco R,  Feil R, Lunn JE, Watanabe M, Arrivaul S, Stitt M, Höfgen R, Morcuende R (2016) Metabolic and transcriptional analysis of durum wheat responses to elevated CO2 at low and high nitrate supply. Plant and Cell Physiology 57(10):2133-2146 (doi:10.1093/pcp/pcw131)

Morcuende R, Pérez P, Vicente R, Méndez AM, Valeros F, Verdejo AL, Boyero MA, Martínez-Carrasco R (2016) Climate change effects on cereals. Tierras, No. 244, 22-47

♦ Vicente R, Martínez-Carrasco R, Pérez P, Morcuende R (2016) An association network reveals co-regulation of carbon and nitrogen metabolism-related parameters in durum wheat grown under different environmental conditions. New Biotechnology 33(3):414 (doi:10.1016/j.nbt.2015.10.079)

♦ Vicente R, Pérez P, Martínez-Carrasco R, Usadel B, Kostadinova S, Morcuende R (2015) Quantitative RT-PCR platform to measure transcript levels of C and N metabolism-related genes in durum wheat: Transcript profiles in elevated [CO2] and high temperature at different N supplies. Plant and Cell Physiology 56(8):1556-1573 (doi: 10.1093/pcp/pcv079)

♦ Vicente R, Pérez P, Martínez-Carrasco R, Gutiérrez E, Morcuende R (2015) Nitrate supply and plant development influence nitrogen uptake and allocation under elevated CO2 in durum wheat grown hydroponically. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 37(6):114 (doi:10.1007/s11738-015-1867-y)

♦ Vicente R, Pérez P, Martínez-Carrasco R, Verdejo AL, Boyero MA, Feil R, Watanabe M, Arrivault S, Lunn JE, Stitt M, Morcuende R (2015) CO2 enrichment inhibits N assimilation and leads to photosynthetic acclimation in nitrate deficient durum wheat grown hydroponically. In: Fenoll C, Escobar C, Martín M, Mena M (eds). Current research in plant physiology. XIV Hispanic-Portuguese Congress of Plant Physiology. Book of abstracts. Toledo (Spain), p 139, ISBN: 978-84-606-8883-9

Aranjuelo I, Vicente R, Jauregui I, Bettoni M, Morcuende R, Goicoechea N (2015) Differenced flag leaf and ear photosynthetic performance under elevated CO2 conditions during grain filling period. EPPN Plant Phenotyping Symposium, Barcelona, Spain

♦ Vicente R, Pérez P, Martínez-Carrasco R, Usadel B, Morcuende R (2014). Transcript profiles in elevated CO2 and high temperature at different nitrogen supplies in durum wheat grown in field chambers using a quantitative qRT-PCR platform. XII National Meeting of Nitrogen Metabolism, Bilbao, Spain

♦ Vicente R, Pérez P, Martínez-Carrasco R, Usadel B, Morcuende R (2013) Carbon fixation, nitrogen assimilation and gene expression responses in durum wheat to elevated CO2 at different nitrogen supplies. In: Vieira N, Saibo N, Oliveira MM (eds). XIII Congresso Luso-Espanhol de Fisiologia Vegetal. Abstract Book. Oeiras (Portugal), p. 16, legal deposit number: 362078/13

♦ Vicente R, Pérez P, Martínez-Carrasco R, Gutiérrez E, Morcuende R (2012) Efecto del CO2 elevado y la disponibilidad de nitrógeno en la absorción de nitrato y el estado nitrogenado en plantas de trigo duro cultivadas en condiciones hidropónicas. In: Bonilla I, Zornoza P, Gárate A, Marco E, Rivilla R, Lucena JJ (eds). La nutrición mineral de las plantas como base de una agricultura sostenible. Madrid, pp 59-65, ISBN-10: 84-695-5571-5, ISBN-13: 978-84-695-5571-2

♦ Vicente R, Morcuende R, Babiano J (2011) Differences in Rubisco and chlorophyll content among tissues and growth stages in two tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) varieties. Agronomy Research 9, Special Issue II:501-507

Gutiérrez E, Pérez P, Gutiérrez D, Martínez-Carrasco R, Vicente R, Morcuende R (2011) Regulación diferencial de la asimilación fotosintética del carbono y nitrógeno en respuesta a los aumentos de CO2 y temperatura del aire y la disponibilidad de nitrógeno en plantas de trigo cultivadas en cámaras de gradiente de temperatura. In: Arbona V, Gómez-Cadenas A, López-Climent MF, Pérez-Clemente RM (eds). XII Hispanic-Portuguese Congress of Plant Physiology. Abstract book. Publicacions de la Universitat Jaume I, Castelló de la Plana (Spain), p. 284, ISBN: 978-84-8021-805-4