PILAR S. TESTILLANO

Pilar S. Testillano

Scientific Researcher of CSIC

Biological Research Center, CIB-CSIC

Personal webpage

We analyze the regulation of the stress-induced pollen embryogenesis, in vitro process in which the microspore is reprogrammed, acquires totipotency and originates an embryo and a doubled-haploid plant, potent biotechnological tool in plant breeding, but with limited efficiency in many agro-forestry species. Main research lines are: the role of autophagy, ROS, and proteases in plant programmed cell death (PCD) during pollen development and stress-induced microspore embryogenesis, its epigenetic regulation by DNA methylation and histone modifications, the role of phytohormones (auxins and cytokinins), and cell wall remodeling mediated by pectin methyl esterase and arabinogalactan proteins. We use the crop model systems of rapeseed and barley, and evaluate the aplicability and extension of the results to other species of interest for agriculture (horticulture and fruit trees), bioenergy or forestry (cork oak).

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close