Department of Botany, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia
Full Professor of Botany. Universitat de València. PROMETEO award“Excellence in Research” (GeneralitatValenciana). Director of the Plant Biodiversity and Ecophysiology group of the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology. Academic coordinator of the UNESCO Chair of the University of Valencia.
Elected as Associate member of the European project Keys to Nature for disclosure of identification on European biodiversity. Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Postdoctoral Postdoctoral stays with teams of Drs G. Clauzade (Provence) and H. Hertel and J. Poelt (Munich) in Botanische Staatssmalung München. . In 1989 joined the NSF funded (to Prof. T. Nash III) “Sonoran Desert Lichen Flora (Mexico and USA), and made several stays at ASU. Research collaborator in the Forest Laboratory Riverside (USDA Forest Service): effects on crops, lichens and trees of controlled fumigations of ozone in OTC; evaluation of pollution impacts on Mediterranean and Canarian forests, also sensitivity of plants and lichens to photooxidants. She has been leader of MOEBIOS for the 6th Framework Programme of the EU, about the effect of air pollutants and climate change on sensitive lichens. More than 200 publications. Interdisciplinary studies (taxonomy, ecology, physiology, genetic) in lichens, symbiotic microalgae and plants.
Research Interests: Present: *Lichen symbiosis: Biodiversity, Ecophysiology, Genomics, Phylogeography, Evolution. *Lichen microalgae: Genetic and morphological diversity. Systematics and Phylogeny. *Lichen and microalgae responses to abiotic stress. Oxidative stress and redox signaling. *Genome of the microalga Trebouxia TR9 (T. lynnae) by NGS: Bioinformatic analysis. *Plastome of the Mediterranean wild plant Arbutus unedo (Asteridae, Ericaceae). *Bacterial community assembly of Lichen thalli. Biotechnological applications
Catalá et al (2010) Fungal associated NO is involved in the regulation of oxidative stress during rehydration in lichen symbiosis. BMC Microbiol. 297:1-13.
Casano et al (2011) Two Trebouxia algae with different physiological performances are ever-present in lichen thalli of Ramalina farinacea. Coexistence vs competition?. Environ Microbiol. 13: 806-808.
Catalá et al (2015) Differences in the cell walls and extracellular polymers of the two Trebouxia microalgae coexisting in the lichen Ramalina farinacea are consistent with their distinct capacity to immobilize extracellular Pb. Plant Sci. 236: 195-204..