Marta Pujol

Marta Pujol
IRTA Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology | IRTA · Genomics and Biotechnology Programme

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Introduction
My research is based on dechipering the genetics of important agronomical traits in vegetable crops, mainly belonging to Cucurbitaceae and Solanaceae families.
Additional affiliations
February 2012 - present
CRAG Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics
Position
  • Researcher
October 2006 - present
IRTA Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology
Position
  • Researcher

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Publications (45)
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Fruit ripening is one of the main processes affecting fruit quality and shelf-life. In melon there are both climacteric and non-climacteric genotypes, making it a suitable species to study fruit ripening. In the current study, in order to fine tune ripening, we have pyramided three climacteric QTLs in the non-climacteric genotype “Piel de Sapo”: ET...
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Fruit ripening is an important process that affects fruit quality. A QTL in melon, ETHQV6.3, involved in climacteric ripening regulation, has been found to be encoded by CmNAC-NOR, a homologue of the tomato NOR gene. To further investigate CmNAC-NOR function, we obtained two CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutants (nor-3 and nor-1) in the climacteric Védranta...
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Melon (Cucumis melo L.) has emerged as an alternative model to study fruit ripening due to the coexistence of climacteric and non-climacteric varieties. The previous characterization of a major QTL ETHQV8.1 sufficient to trigger climacteric ripening in a non-climacteric background allowed the identification within the QTL interval of a negative reg...
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Fruit ripening is an important process that affects fruit quality. In melon, ETHQV6 . 3 , a QTL involved in climacteric ripening regulation, was previously found to be encoded by CmNAC-NOR , a homologue of the tomato NOR gene. To further investigate CmNAC-NOR function we have obtained two CRISPR/Cas9 mediated mutants ( nor-3 and nor-1 ) in the clim...
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Melon ( Cucumis melo L.) has emerged as an alternative model to study fruit ripening due to the coexistence of climacteric and non-climacteric varieties. The previous characterization of a major QTL ETHQV8.1 sufficient to trigger climacteric ripening in a non-climacteric background allowed the identification within the QTL interval of a negative re...
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Introgression lines are valuable germplasm for scientists and breeders, since they ease genetic studies such as QTL interactions and positional cloning as well as the introduction of favorable alleles into elite varieties. We developed a novel introgression line collection in melon using two commercial European varieties with different ripening beh...
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Aroma is an essential trait in melon fruit quality, but its complexity and genetic basis is still poorly understood. The aim of this study was the identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) underlying volatile organic compounds (VOCs) biosynthesis in melon rind and flesh, using a Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) population from the cross ‘Piel d...
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When germinating in the light, Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) seedlings undergo photomorphogenic development, characterized by short hypocotyls, greening, and expanded cotyledons. Stressed chloroplasts emit retrograde signals to the nucleus that induce developmental responses and repress photomorphogenesis. The nuclear targets of these retrogra...
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Melon is as an alternative model to understand fruit ripening due to the coexistence of climacteric and non-climacteric varieties within the same species, allowing the study of the processes that regulate this complex trait with genetic approaches. We phenotyped a population of recombinant inbred lines (RILs), obtained by crossing a climacteric (Vé...
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When germinating in the light, Arabidopsis seedlings undergo photomorphogenic development, characterized by short hypocotyls, greening and expanded cotyledons. Stressed chloroplasts emit retrograde signals to the nucleus that induce developmental responses and repress photomorphogenesis. The nuclear targets of these retrograde signals are not yet f...
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The published melon (Cucumis melo L.) reference genome assembly (v3.6.1) has still 41.6 Mb (Megabases) of sequences unassigned to pseudo-chromosomes and about 57 Mb of gaps. Although different approaches have been undertaken to improve the melon genome assembly in recent years, the high percentage of repeats (~40%) and limitations due to read lengt...
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Cucumber vein yellowing virus (CVYV) causes severe yield losses in cucurbit crops across Mediterranean countries. The control of this virus is based on cultural practices to prevent the presence of its vector (Bemisia tabaci) and breeding for natural resistance, which requires the identification of the loci involved and the development of molecular...
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Melon is an economically important fruit crop that has been cultivated for thousands of years; however, the genetic basis and history of its domestication still remain largely unknown. Here we report a comprehensive map of the genomic variation in melon derived from the resequencing of 1,175 accessions, which represent the global diversity of the s...
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Melon production is often compromised by viral diseases, which cannot be treated with chemicals. Therefore, the use of genetic resistances is the main strategy for generating crops resistant to viruses. Resistance to Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) in melon is scarcely described in few accessions. Until recently, the only known resistant accessions wer...
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Background Melon shows a broad diversity in fruit morphology and quality, which is still underexploited in breeding programs. The knowledge of the genetic basis of fruit quality traits is important for identifying new alleles that may be introduced in elite material by highly efficient molecular breeding tools. Results In order to identify QTLs co...
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We report an improved assembly (v3.6.1) of the melon (Cucumis melo L.) genome and a new genome annotation (v4.0). The optical mapping approach allowed correcting the order and the orientation of 21 previous scaffolds and permitted to correctly define the gap-size extension along the 12 pseudomolecules. A new comprehensive annotation was also built...
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Ethylene is a gaseous plant hormone involved in defense, adaptations to environmental stress, and fruit ripening. Its relevance to the latter makes its detection highly useful to physiologists interested in ripening onset. Produced as a sharp peak during the respiratory burst, ethylene is biologically active at tens of nL?L(-1) . Reliable quantific...
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Background The genome of the melon (Cucumis melo L.) double-haploid line DHL92 was recently sequenced, with 87.5 and 80.8% of the scaffold assembly anchored and oriented to the 12 linkage groups, respectively. However, insufficient marker coverage and a lack of recombination left several large, gene rich scaffolds unanchored, and some anchored scaf...
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The availability of the genome sequence of many crop species during the past few years has opened a new era in plant biology, allowing for the performance of massive genomic studies in plant species other than the classical models Arabidopsis and rice. One of these crop species is melon (Cucumis melo), a cucurbit of high economic value that has bec...
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The present work aimed to develop an efficient methodology to generate doubled haploid lines (DHLs), through in vitro anther culture, in commercial types of Solanum lycopersicum L. Trials were designed to determine the effects of the main factors in the meiocyte induction method (Shtereva et al., 1998), such as the genotype, microspore developmenta...
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The availability of genetic and genomic resources for melon has increased significantly, but functional genomics resources are still limited for this crop. TILLING is a powerful reverse genetics approach that can be utilized to generate novel mutations in candidate genes. A TILLING resource is available for cantalupensis melons, but not for inodoru...
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Microbial-mediated decomposition of soil organic matter (SOM) ultimately makes a considerable contribution to soil respiration, which is typically the main source of CO(2) arising from terrestrial ecosystems. Despite this central role in the decomposition of SOM, few studies have been conducted on how climate change may affect the soil microbial co...
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The behaviour of Pseudomonas fluorescens EPS62e was investigated in apple and pear orchards under Mediterranean climatic conditions. The trials studied the influence of weather conditions, plant host species, presence of indigenous microbial community and spread from treated to nontreated trees on colonization and survival. Population dynamics were...
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The colonization of apple blossoms and leaves by Pseudomonas fluorescens EPS62e was monitored in greenhouse and field trials using cultivable cell counting and real-time PCR. The real-time PCR provided a specific quantitative method for the detection of strain EPS62e. The detection level was around 102 cells g (fresh weight)−1 and the standard curv...
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Pseudomonas fluorescens EPS62e has been selected in a screening procedure for its high efficacy controlling Erwinia amylovora infections in flowers, immature fruits and young pear plants. We developed two monitoring methods which allowed specific detection and quantification of EPS62e by combining classical microbiological techniques with molecular...
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A quantitative-competitive PCR (QC-PCR) method with enzyme-linked oligosorbent assay (ELOSA) was developed to monitor Pichia anomala strain K, a biocontrol agent against postharvest diseases on apples. The procedure involved: (i) extraction of strain K DNA; (ii) coamplification of a constant amount of the extracted DNA (containing a strain K DNA ma...
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A washing procedure for apple fruit surfaces, and a semi-selective medium, were developed to assess the population dynamics of Pichia anomala strain K, a biocontrol agent against Botrytis cinerea and Penicillium expansum on fruit. The application of this plating technique allowed more than 99% recovery of strain K population on treated apples (by d...

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