University of the Balaeric Islands (UIB)

The University of the Balaeric Islands was created in 1978 and now has more than 800 research workers in 18 Departments and 3 research institutes, and has more than 13,000 students. It is the main research and higher education institution in the Balearic Islands. It accounts for 90% of the research in the region.

This group has expertise in ecophysiology under field conditions: soil water content dynamics, meteorological data, plant water relations, leaf transpiration, photosynthesis and photochemistry (chlorophyll fluorescence), C and O isotope composition and discrimination, sap flow and water balance, plant and leaf growth, water use efficiency (WUE) estimations. With interests in cropping in the Mediterranean area since 1985 this group has been involved EU research since 1988.  Currently its members are leading several national projects on plant responses to drought and are interested in the analysis of ecophysiological traits for drought resistance and water use efficiency, and mechanisms of photosynthesis acclimation and recovery from water stress. In WATBIO they conduct field as well as controlled environment experiments with Populus, Arundo and Miscanthus.

J. Flexas has conducted research on ecophysiology of many different species and model plants, with emphasis on photosynthesis limitations and WUE responses to water stress. M. Ribas-Carbo provides expertise on plant respiration (alternative oxidase), sap flow meters and the use of stable isotopes. J. Galmés is a plant physiologist with skills in plant molecular biology, particularly in Rubisco (photosynthesis) and aquaporins (water supply). A. Gallé provides expertise in plant ecophysiology, water relations, leaf gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence, as well as biochemical analyses (xanthophylls, proteins). H. Medrano works on plant responses to drought since 1985, especially focused on the mechanisms that control WUE.