Plants are key organisms in our ecosystems and are the basis of nearly all food chains. For humans, more than 50% of food comes from plant sources. Crop productivity is heavily impacted by the current scenario of climate change, together with the appearance of new pests. This leads to an unbalance between food supply and a growing population, which raises concerns about the present and future food security. In order to tackle these problematics, the plant genomics group aims to:
1) Unveil the molecular mechanisms by which plants sense and respond to environmental cues.
2) Characterize the microbial communities associated with extreme plants and the mechanisms of plant communication with other species
3) Preserve and understand the basis of biodiversity of our flora by sequencing the genomes of native plants from Chile.