Dr. Mª Teresa Lafuente is a member of the Scientific Staff of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) in the Food Science Technology Department at the IATA, Valencia, Spain. She obtained her BSc and her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Valencia, Spain. Her post-doctoral research was carried out in the University of California at Davis (Mann Laboratory, Department of Vegetable Crops) in the field of ‘Postharvest Physiology’. During her career she has conjugated basic and applied research topics. Her main research interests include the study of physiological and molecular mechanisms involved in the tolerance of citrus fruit to different abiotic stresses causing postharvest physiological disorders, as well as the study of the role of the hormones ethylene and abscisic acid in such mechanisms and in the fruit quality attributes. Her research also focuses on postharvest pathology. Within this area, the main goal has been to study mechanisms related to the elicited resistance against Penicillium digitaum infection in citrus fruits.
A-R Ballester, M.T. Lafuente. LED blue light-induced changes in phenolics and ethylene in citrus fruit: Implication in elicited resistance against Penicillium digitatum infection. Food Chemistry 218:575-583 (2017).
M.T. Lafuente, B. Establés-Ortiz, L. González-Candelas. Insights into physiological and molecular events controlling heat-induced chilling tolerance in citrus fruits. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, article 1113 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01113 (2017).
B. Establés-Ortiz, P. Romero, A-R Ballester, L. González Candelas, M.T. Lafuente. Inhibiting ethylene perception with 1-methylcyclopropene triggers molecular responses aimed to cope with cell toxicity and increased respiration in citrus fruits. Plant Physiology and Biochenmistry 103: 154-166 (2016).
M.T. Lafuente, F. Alférez. Effect of LED Blue Light on Penicillium digitatum and Penicillium italicum Strains. Photochemistry and Photobiology 91:1412-1421 (2015).
Lafuente M.T, Alférez F, Romero P. Postharvest ethylene conditioning as a tool to reduce quality loss of stored mature sweet oranges. Postharvest Biol. and Technol. 94:104-111 (2014).
A.R. Ballester; M.T. Lafuente, R.C.H. de Vos, A.G. Bovy, L. González-Candelas. Citrus phenylpropanoids and defence against pathogens. Part I: Metabolic profiling in elicited fruits. Food Chemistry 136: 178-185 (2013).
Romero, P., Rodrigo, M.J., Alférez, F., Ballester, A.R., González-Candelas, L., Zacarías, L., Lafuente. M.T. Unravelling molecular responses to moderate water stress in sweet orange (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck) by using a fruit-specific ABA-deficient mutant. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 2753-2767 (2012).
- Date of the request:Wednesday, 4 November, 2015