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The state agency Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the main public research institution in Spain. The Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (IAS) is a center within the CSIC whose research activity is aimed to improve the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture. It is located in Cordoba, in the South of Spain.

At the Plant Breeding Department of the IAS we have a long experience of work with legumes, having specialized in the resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. We cover such issues as the selection of germplasm for breeding, description of mechanisms of resistance, identification of genes responsible for these mechanisms, and transfer of those genes to plant material of interest.

Main scientists involved in MediLeg project:
Thais A. Fernàndez, predoctoral researcher

Rears, taxonomy identification and molecular techniques for biological control application, Study of the biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying tolerance to saline stress by gene overexpression and silencing in Arabidopsis.

Research areas:
Pea resistance against Bruchus pisorum and general study of Dooder.

Dr. Rebeca Iglesias

Research areas:
On our working lines we aim to search and characterize new sources of drought tolerance in pea and further understand mechanisms underlying water stress responses. We have sought drought tolerance pea genotypes using different physiological parameters related with drought stress as well as their adaptation to different Mediterranean environments in field trials. We are also working in the identification of quantitative trait loci related with tolerance over recombinant inbred line populations. Finally, we have developed a genetic model for drought tolerance using bioinformatics tools and based on model plant databases which is currently being verified experimentally by gene expression assays.
Dr. Juan Moral

Research area:
I am very interested on epidemiological studies of aerial and soil diseases and, how the host resistance affects the epidemics of fungal or weed diseases.
Currently, I am working with the environmental factors affecting the germination of seeds of several species of Orobanche (broomrape). Moreover, we are working on the induced inaccessibility and accessibility in the pea powdery mildew.

Bani Mustapha, predoctoral researcher

Research area:
Multidisciplinary approach to study the resistance mechanisms to vascular wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum in pea (Pisum sativum).

Pea (Pisum sativum L.), is the second most important food legume crop in the world. Soil-borne diseases are considered the main limiting factor in increasing and stabilizing pea yields. Among them, Fusarium wilt caused by F. oxysporum f. sp. pisi is the most important threat to pea cultivation. My main interests are the selection of novel sources of resistance to this disease and their characterization to identify the process and mechanisms of resistance involved at histological and molecular levels.
Hamid Reza Pouralibab, predoctoral researcher

Vascular wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lentis is the most important disease of lentil.
The project that I am involving covers these objects:
• Population structure of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lentis using a proposed differential set and molecular markers
• Study on host-plant specialization in histochemical level
• Mapping and tagging of genes responsible to resistance
My Interests:
• Identification and characterization of resistance in plant
• Host-Plant interaction
• Population structure of pathogens

Dr. Nicolas Rispail

Research area:
My main scientific interest is the study of legume-microorganism interaction. In particular I aim the characterization of resistance mechanism of legumes to the soilborne pathogen Fusarium oxysporum, responsible for Fusarium wilt disease using the pathosystem Medicago truncatula – F. oxysoprum f. sp. medicaginis and P. sativum – F .oxysporum f. sp. pisi as model. I am also involved in the identification of defensive genes acting against other pea fungal diseases including the Ascochyta blight disease.
Prof. Diego Rubiales Olmedo

Research area:
Identification of new sources of resistance to plant diseases and characterization of operative mechanisms. Research focus mainly on cereal and legume diseases, covering rust, powdery mildew, ascochytosis, botrytis and parasitic plants.

Dr. Ángel Mª Villegas Fernández

Research area:
Biotic stresses on faba bean, focusing particularly on chocolate spot caused by Botrytis fabae. Our work has covered from the identification of sources of resistance to the first molecular studies aimed at identifying the genes behind the resistant responses. Currently we are working on the development of molecular markers for resistance.
Institute for Sustainable Agriculture - Cordoba (SPAIN)
Dr. Sara Fondevilla Aparicio

Research area:
Breeding for resistance to biotic stresses in pea: traditional breeding, marker assisted selection, histological studies to discern mechanisms of resistance, transcriptomics, genomics, next generation sequencing technologies. Stresses: ascochyta blight, powdery mildew, broomrape.