Beneficiary Legal Name:  2 - Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)

General Description

CSIC is the largest public research institution in Spain and the third largest in Europe. CSIC plays an important role in scientific and technological policy, since it encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector. Its research is driven by its centers and institutes such as the Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterranea La Mayora (IHSM La Mayora – CSIC - UMA) participating in this project.  The group will lead WP2 (Fig tree valorization, characterization and selection) and will participate also to all other WPs having ample experience in ecophysiologycal, fingerprinting and diversity studies using molecular tools in fig and other fruit trees. These studies have always had the final objective of improving productivity with minimum environmental impact to ensure food security and the sustainability of natural resources, so its experiences in national and international projects are very important for FIGGEN goals.

Key persons

Prof. José I. Hormaza (Male) (Responsible IHSM). Head of the Subtropical Fruit Crops Department. H index= 44, c.7000 citations (google scholar). Over 200 publications, sci. & tech. publications, 120 in SCI journals.

Dr. Jorge González (male). Researcher in charge of the field management of the IHSM experimental station.

Dr. Librada Alcaraz (female). Researcher in charge of the molecular marker laboratory.

Dr. Alicia Talavera (female). Researcher expert in molecular and phenotypic analyses.

A list of 5 relevant publications

Boudchicha, R.H., Hormaza J.I., Benbouza, H. (2018) Diversity analysis and genetic relationships among local Algerian fig cultivars (Ficus carica L.) using SSR markers. South Afr.J. Botany 116: 207-215

Essid, A., F. Aljane, A. Ferchichi, J.I. Hormaza (2015) Analysis of genetic diversity of Tunisian caprifig (Ficus carica L.) accessions using Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) markers. Hereditas 152:1

Giraldo, E., M. López-Corrales, J.I. Hormaza (2010) Selection of the most discriminating morphological qualitative variables for common fig (Ficus carica L.) germplasm characterization. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 135: 240-249

Giraldo, E., M. López-Corrales, J.I. Hormaza (2008) Optimization of the management of an ex-situ germplasm bank in common fig with SSRs. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 133: 69 – 77

Giraldo, E., M.A. Viruel, M. López-Corrales, J.I. Hormaza (2005) Characterisation and cross-species transferability of microsatellites in the common fig (Ficus carica L.). J. Hort. Sci. & Biotechnol. 80: 217 – 224

A list of 5 relevant previous projects or activities, connected to FIGGEN

Use of genetic resources in subtropical fruit crops through the use of genomic and reproductive biology tools.  (PID2019-109566RB-I00). 2020-2023

Adaptation to climate change through the selection of fruit tree varieties adapted to warmer winters. Fundación Biodiversidad. 2018-2019

Reproductive biology, genomics and phenomics in subtropical fruit corps. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (AGL2016-77267-R). 2017-2019.

Recupera 2020:  Optimization of sexual plant reproduction to increase yield in fruit trees in a context of climate change.  Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. 2013-2015.

Selection of plant material and optimization of Production in subtropical fruit crops.  Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (AGL2013-43732-R). 2014-2016.

Relevant Infrastructure or facilities

The IHSM La Mayora has an experimental station with an extension of 50 has with field collections of different fruit crops and state of the art greenhouses, growth chambers and nethouses with all the infrastructure needed to perform experiments with fruit trees in the field and in pots. In addition, state of the art molecular biology and microscopy laboratories are available.