Water Relations Lab

Ricardo Aroca Alvarez

Category: Tenured Scientist at CSIC
Institution: CSIC
Centre: Estación Experimental del Zaidín
Department: Microbiología del Suelo y Sistemas Simbióticos

Phone: +34 958 181600 (ext 340)
FAX: +34 958 129600
e-mail: Ricardo.aroca@eez.csic.es

Dpto. Microbiología del Suelo y Sistemas Simbióticos
Estación Experimental del Zaidín (CSIC)
C/Profesor Albareda 1
18008 Granada (Spain)

Update June 2018

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Research Lines

  • Hormonal and Abiotic Stress Regulation of Root Water Uptake
  • Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria enhances Abiotic Stress Tolerance
  • Water Relations of Mycorrhizal Plants

Most Recent Publications

  • Ibort, P., Imai, H., Uemura, M., Aroca, R. 2018. Proteomic analysis reveals that tomato interaction with plant growth promoting bacteria is highly determined by ethylene perception. Journal of Plant Physiology 220: 43-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.jplph.2017.10.008
  • Ibort, P., Molina, S., Ruiz-Lozano, J.M., Aroca, R. Molecular insights into the involvement of never ripe receptor in the interaction between two beneficial soil bacteria and tomato plants under well-watered and drought conditions. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 31: 633-650. DOI: 10.1094/MPMI-12-17-0292-R
  • Martín-Robles, N., Lehmann, A., Seco, E., Aroca, R., Rillig, M.C., Milla, R. 2018. Impacts of domestication on the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis of 27 crop species. New Phytologist 218: 322-334. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14962
  • Quiroga, G., Erice, G., Aroca, R., Zamarreño, A.M., García-Mina, J.M., Ruiz-Lozano, J.M. 2018. Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis and salicylic acid regulate aquaporins and root hydraulic properties in maize plants subjected to drought. Agricultural Water Management 202: 271-284. DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2017.12.012
  • Ruiz-Lozano, J.M., Porcel, R., Calvo-Polanco, M., Aroca, R. 2018. Improvement of salt tolerance in rice plants by arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. In: Giri B., Prasad R., Varma A. (eds) Root Biology. Soil Biology, vol 52. Springer, Cham pp. 259-279. ISBN 978-3-319-75909-8. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-75910-4_10
  • Sánchez-Romera, B., Calvo-Polanco, M., Ruiz-Lozano, J.M., Zamarreño, Á.M., Arbona, V., García-Mina, J.M., Gómez-Cadenas, A., Aroca, R. 2018. Involvement of def-1 mutation in the response of tomato plants to arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis under well watered and drought conditions. Plant & Cell Physiology 59: 248-261. DOI: 10.1093/pcp/pcx178


Current Projects

  • Contribution of the Maize Aquaporins Regulated by Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi to Water and Solute Transport of Physiological Relevance (2015-217) Ref: AGL2014-53126-R. Spanish Economy and Innovative Ministry. PI: Juan Manuel Ruiz-Lozano and Ricardo Aroca.
  • Empowering Root-Targeted Strategies to Minimize Abiotic Stress Impacts on Horticultural Crops (2012-2016) Ref.: 289365 Cp-Tp VII Marco Program of the European Union. P.I.: Juan Manuel Ruiz-Lozano.
  • Regulations of Integrative Physiological Response to Salinity by Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Fungi in Rice Plants (2013-2016) Ref.: CVI-7107. Junta de Andalucia. P.I.: Juan Manuel Ruiz-Lozano.


  • Biofertilizers (2014-2015) Company TIMAC-Agro International. P.I.: Ricardo Aroca.