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XVII Meeting Molecular Biology of Plants

Jornada FUE-UJI

XVII Meeting Molecular Biology of Plants
3 July to 5 July 2024

It is an immense pleasure to invite you to the XVII Meeting of Plant Molecular Biology that will be held in Castelló de la Plana 3-5 th of July 2024.

The Meeting of Plant Molecular Biology (RBMP) is an important biennial plant research event, open to scientists working in the academia and the industry. It constitutes an excellent opportunity for knowledge exchange, presentation of novelties at the conceptual and methodology levels, thus expanding visibility and promoting collective scientific enrichment and the establishment of new and potentially fruitful collaborations.

Nowadays, one of the aims of the plant molecular biology research is to fulfill the increasing demands of agriculture and the challenges of climate change is posing on food production. Therefore, this meeting will focus on fundamental and applied research considering the needs of agriculture and presenting new advances in plant biotechnology. To attain these objectives, the meeting has the support of the biotechnological platform BIOVEGEN.

As in past editions, the active participation of young researchers in both the scientific committee and the oral presentation of their work is strongly encouraged. To this respect, as a gold standard to ensure an excellent scientific level, we have invited senior researchers of international prestige for plenary sessions. The meeting is fully committed to gender equality, as seen in the composition of the scientific and organizing committees.

The XVII RBMP will be held in Castelló de la Plana, a small city by the Mediterranean Sea, with a unique architecture and gastronomy and an important historical background. The historical and artistic heritage of Castelló is reflected in its numerous monuments, which can be admired in a walk through its old town. Some of the most outstanding are the cathedral of Santa María, of Gothic style; the town hall, of neoclassical style; the Fadrí, the independent bell tower of the cathedral; the central market, of modernist style; the municipal palace, of Renaissance style; or the Real Casino Antiguo, of eclectic style. The museums of Castelló offer a wide variety of themes, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Ethnological Museum, the Ceramic Museum, the Orange Museum or the City Museum, at walking distance from the city center. The gastronomy is based on fresh products from the orchard, the sea, or the mountain being rice dishes the most popular. The beaches of Castelló are another of its great attractions, as they have an extension of 8.6 kilometers of fine and golden sand, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea.

We are looking forward to having you here in our University Jaume I, in Castelló de la Plana, and enjoy your presence in a relaxing and friendly environment.







  • Vicent Arbona Mengual Universitat Jaume I
  • Miguel González Guzmán Universitat Jaume I
  • Paloma Sánchez Bel Universitat Jaume I
  • Gemma Camañes Querol Universitat Jaume I
  • Rosa Caridad Porcel Roldán Universitat Politècncia De València



  • Mar Castellano Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas
  • Catharina Marchante Instituto de Horticultura y Horticultura la Mayora (CSIC)
  • Jose Tomás Matus Instituto de Biología Integrativa de Sistemas (I²SysBio, UV-CSIC)
  • Luis Valledor Universidad de Oviedo
  • Paz Merelo Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (UPV-CSIC)
  • José Manuel Pérez Pérez Universidad Miguel Hernández
  • Rafael Catalá Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CIB, CSIC)
  • María del Mar Romero Puertas Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ, CSIC)
  • Purificación Lisón Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (UPV-CSIC)
  • Juan Antonio López Ráez Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ, CSIC)
  • Irene García Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal (IBV, CSIC)
  • Sonia Osorio Universidad de Málaga
  • Armando Albert Institut de Química-Física Rocasolano (IQFR, CSIC)
  • José Antonio Darós Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (UPV-CSIC)



Abstract and poster format

  • In the system for the abstract submission you have to include 5 fields:
  1. Title 1000 characters
  2. Authors 1000 characters
  3. Body text 3000 characters
  4. References 1000 characters
  5. Acknowledgements/Funding 1000 characters

Abstracts must be written entirely in English.

A check box must appear on the form to indicate whether the author would be willing to give an oral presentation if his/her abstract is selected (Yes, checked; no, unchecked).
Each registered person will be allowed to submit ONE communication, either in poster format or, if selected, in oral presentation format.

Selected oral presentations will be 15 min + 5 min for questions, and will be entirely in English.
Posters will be in A0 format, 85 x 120 cm. All papers will be presented in poster format except those selected for oral presentation.




Wednesday 3 July 2024


09:00 - 09:30 h. Registration of participants, accreditation and delivery of documentation at the Congress venue.

09:30 - 10:30 h. Meeting of the Integration of Plant Metabolism group (FUE Conference Room) - face-to-face/online.

10:30 - 11:15 h. Welcome and presentation of the group

11:15 - 12:00 h. Presentation and discussion of proposals for the next meeting in 2026.

12:00 - 13:30 h. Registration XVII RBMP

14:00 - 15:00 h. Lunch



15:00 - 15:30 h. Welcome

15:30 - 16:30 h. Plenary lecture 1

16:30 - 18:00 h. Session 1. CELLULAR SIGNALING

Chairs: Mar Castellano (CBGP) & Catharina Marchante (IHSM)

18:00 - 19:00 h. Coffee break.

19:00 - 21:00 h. Session 2. SYSTEMS BIOLOGY
Chairs: José T. Matus (I2SysBio) & Luis Valledor (Univ. Oviedo)

21:00 - 22:00 h. Wine of honour.


Thursday 4 July 2024


09:00 - 10:00 h. Plenary Conference 2. Antonio Molina (CBGP)

10:00 - 11:30 h. Session 3. DEVELOPMENT
Chairs: Paz Merelo (IBMCP) & José Manuel Pérez-Pérez (UMH)

11:30 - 12:30 h. Coffee break / Posters 

12:30 - 14:00 h. Session 4. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION
Chairs: Rafael Catalá (CIB) & María del Carmen Romero Puertas (EEZ)

14:00 - 15:00 h. Lunch



15:30 - 17:00 h. Session 5. PLANT BIOTIC INTERACTIONS
Chairs: Purificación Lisón (IBMCP) & Juan Antonio López-Ráez (EEZ)

17:00 - 17:30 h. Coffee break.

Chairs: Gonzaga Ruiz de Gauna (Biovegen)

Chairs: Irene García (IBV) & Marta Pérez (Inspiring Girls)

21:00 - 00:30 h. Gala dinner


Friday 5 July 2024


09:00 - 10:30 h. Session 8. METABOLISM
Chairs: Irene García (IBV) & Sonia Osorio (Univ. Málaga)

10:30 - 12:00 h. Session 9. PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY
Chairs: Armando Albert (IQFR) & José Antonio Darós (IBMCP)

12:00 - 12:30 h. Coffee break.

12:30 - 13:30 h. Plenary Conference 3

13:30 - 14:00 h. Farewell and Closing of the Congress



Daniel J. Gibbs

School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham

Our group investigates how plants use protein degradation as a mechanism for regulating cellular processes and sensing their environment. We are especially interested in transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms controlling flooding stress and hypoxia signalling – in particular, how proteolytic control of chromatin modifying enzymes connects long term gene expression changes to stress perception.

We also have interests in protein acetylation and co-translational protein quality control. The general aim of our work is to increase our understanding of how plants develop and survive in dynamic environments, with the hope that our fundamental discoveries in Arabidopsis can be translated to agriculturally important crops to improve growth, productivity, and stress tolerance.

Antonio Molina

Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Our group focuses on the characterization of the molecular and genetic bases of plant resistance to necrotrophic fungi, using the interaction between Arabidopsis thaliana and the ascomycete fungus Plectosphaerella cucumerina as a patosystem model. The main objective of our group is the understanding of how plants detect these types of pathogens and activate the immune response to confer improved resistance to diseases, which involves the activation of several defensive signaling pathways.

Moreover, we are interested in the molecular mechanisms of virulence and pathogenicity of P. cucumerina, using comparative and evolutionary genomics studies. Another line of research focuses on the mechanisms by which plants determine the endophytic fungal microbiota constitution in natural habitats and how it positively regulates plant physiology and plant well-being

Agatha Agudelo

SAKATA SEEDS; vegetable and root crop breeding. 

Especial Project Manager.




Victoria Ibáñez

ANECOOP: agrifood production and marketing.

Director of ANC-biotech biotechnology




Magda Cervera

GCM CITRUS BIOTEC: citrus breeding.

Head of the laboratory.




Victoria Gómez Galdón

IVACE+I: “Grants for plant biology innovation”

Head of the Innovation Unit (Agencia Valenciana d’Innovació).




Nora Alonso

SWANLAAB: Investment fund in Agrobiotechnology.

partner, and director of investment in Agri-Food Tech Fund




Raffaella M. Balestrini

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Biologist, PhD in Fungal Biology and Biotechnology. With CNR since 1998, Raffaella is currently Research Director at CNR-IPSP. Her research has focused on studies aimed to highlight the cellular and molecular bases of mycorrhizal 





Modality Early registration (until 15/03/2024) General registration (from 16/03/2024 to 15/05/2024) Early registration + gala dinner (until 15/03/2024) General registration + gala dinner (from 16/03/2024 to 15/05/2024)
Students / Intern (on-site) 150 200 210 260
Researchers (on-site) 300 400 360 460


Registration to the Congress includes:
- Access to the Congress sessions
- Lunches and Meals
- Congress documentation
*Provide proof of student/scholarship holder status (university ID card, copy of matriculation certificate...) to jornadas@fue.uji.es


La SEBP financia 15 becas para cubrir la inscripción* de estudiantes de doctorado al XVII Plant Molecular Biology Meeting (Castelló de la Plana, 3-5 julio 2024).


Los/las solicitantes deben ser estudiantes de doctorado y socios adheridos u ordinarios de la SEBP.

Sus directores de tesis deben ser socios ordinarios de la SEBP.

Procedimiento de solicitud

• Completar el formulario de solicitud de beca.
• Obtener un documento acreditativo de ser estudiante de doctorado (copia de matrícula).

Enviar ambos documentos como adjuntos a sebp@cragenomica.es indicando “SOLICITUD BECA SEBP” en el asunto del correo.

Fecha límite: 11 de marzo de 2024

*La inscripción no incluye la cena del congreso.









  • Early registration: 07/01/2024 - 15/03/2024
  • General registration: 16/03/2024 - 01/06/2024
  • Envío de Abstracts: 07/01/2023 - 1/5/2024



The Congress will be held from November 29 to December 1, 2023 at the Universitat Jaume I, Campus Riu Sec, s/n 12071 Castellón de la Plana Spain.


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C/ Pintor Oliet, 3.
Castellón de la Plana
(Opposite station RENFE)

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Modern and functional hotel in the heart of Castellón. Just a few minutes from the city centre, with excellent transport links from Valencia and Barcelona, you will find the Hotel Luz Castellón, a modern and elegant 4-star hotel, designed to offer a perfect stay in the city. Located in the new commercial area of Castellón, between the Corte Inglés, the RENFE train station and the Jaime I University.

The Hotel has 144 spacious rooms.

We would also like to highlight the gymnasium with sauna to be able to disconnect from the working day, and a great gastronomic bet: the Aqua Restaurant, awarded with One Sun by the Respol Guide, where you can enjoy the cultural tradition of the region and the Mediterranean soul of the avant-garde cuisine.

Contact information:

Tel: +34 964 201 010 - Fax: +34 964 201011

Email: reservas@hotelluz.com - http://www.hotelluz.com 


Ronda Mijares, 86
Castellón de la Plana

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Located in the centre of Castellón and only ten minutes by car from the beach, TRYP Castellón Center is the best option to stay and get to know Castellón, thanks to its privileged location, its complete and comfortable facilities and the quality of its services.

In addition, TRYP Castellón Center has 78 modern and fully equipped rooms; high speed Internet access (WiFi); gastronomic space (Breakfast Buffet/ Restaurant/ Lobby Bar); gym with sauna, for the exclusive use of our clients; spacious and bright hall with different spaces and 9 meeting rooms with a maximum capacity for 1500 people.

Contact information:

Tel: +34964342777 - Fax: +34 964 254929

Email: reservas@civishoteles.com - https://www.melia.com


C/ Herrero, 20.
Castellón de la Plana

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Hotel Intur Castellón is located right in the centre of Castellón, 200 metres from Puerta del Sol, in the financial, commercial and cultural area of the city. Its privileged location makes it a strategic place both for those who wish to go sightseeing and for those who are in the city on business.

This 4-star hotel is characterised by its spaciousness and luminosity, thanks to the large glass dome that forms its roof. The Hotel has 120 perfectly equipped rooms, as well as 3 lounges and a very luminous covered patio, ideal for holding business meetings, conferences, weddings and other events.

Contact information:

Tel: +34 964 394 497 - Fax: +34 964 395 896

Email: reservas@intur.com - http://www.intur.com 


C/ Ronda Mijares, 67.
Castellón de la Plana

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The Hotel Jaime I is a modern and comfortable hotel in Castellón located 5 minutes' walk from the centre of the town. The establishment is well connected by road and is 60 km from Manises Airport. It has 89 rooms and its facilities are covered with free WiFi Internet connection.

At the Hotel Jaime I you will find 89 rooms equipped with everything you need to enjoy maximum comfort and convenience. The floors are parquet and the lighting is LED. In each room you will find free WiFi Internet and a flat-screen television. The bathroom is complete with hairdryer and other amenities.

Contact information:

Tel: +34 964 2250 300 - Fax: +34 964 203 779

Email: info@hoteljaimei.com 


Calle Lucena, 3
Castellón de la Plana

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The Hotel Doña Lola was completely refurbished in 2008. It is located next to Ribalta Park, the green lung of the city, opposite the EL CORTE INGLES shopping centre, just 300 metres from the Castellón train and bus station and less than 1200m from the UJI, UNIVERSIDAD JAUME I DE CASTELLON. This excellent location makes it easy to get to all the city's points of interest, museums, shops, bars, cafés, the old town and monuments. Perfectly communicated with the public transport network of Castellón.

At the Hotel Doña Lola we offer you a restaurant overlooking the largest park in the city. Where you can taste the best of Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel has special menus for events, varied menus with a Mediterranean base and a wide range of daily menus to make you feel at home.

The Hotel Doña Lola has 5 paneled rooms, fully equipped with the necessary services to celebrate your business meetings or banquets, with a capacity of up to 275 people.

The hotel also has cosy flats for long stays.

Contact information:

Tel: +34 964 214 011 - Fax: +34 964 252 235

Email: info@hoteldonalola.com - http://www.hoteldonalola.com/


C/ Moyano, 4.
Castellón de la Plana

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The NH Castellón Mindoro hotel was the first hotel to open in Castellón and is still one of the best, thanks to its recent renovation in 2015. It is just a 2-minute walk from the city's most popular attractions, such as the El Fadrí tower, the town hall and the cathedral. There are also numerous tapas bars and shops in the immediate vicinity. The beach is just a short bus ride away.

Modern, centrally located hotel close to Castellón's best tourist attractions.
Shops and restaurants within walking distance
Next to the bus stop leading to the beach.

Contact information:

Tel: +34 916 008 146 - Fax: +34 964 222 300

Email: nhmindoro@nh-hotels.com - https://nh-hoteles.es


Pintor Oliet, 9
Castellón de la Plana
(Enfrente estación RENFE)

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Located right next to Castellón Train and Bus Station, Eurohotel Castellón offers a gym, sauna, 24-hour reception and bright rooms with free Wi-Fi. It is 400 metres from Ribalta Park.

The spacious, soundproofed rooms are decorated in light colours. They all have air conditioning, satellite TV, a minibar with free bottled water, opaque windows and a modern bathroom with hairdryer.

Contact information:

Tel: +34 964 34 25 59  

Email: reservas@eurohotelcastello.com - https://eurohotelcastello.com/





The closest international airports to Castellón are València-Manises and Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport. You can also arrive from Madrid-Barajas.

Recommended routes.

From Valencia-Manises Airport:

Aeroport metro stop to Xàtiva stop. This metro stop is located 2 minutes from Estació del Nord.

From Estació del Nord train station direction Castellón.

From Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport:

Aeroport train stop to Estació Barcelona Sants. 

From Estació Barcelona Sants train direction Castellón.

From Madrid-Barajas Airport

Airport train stop to Puerta de Atocha Station.

From Estación Puerta de Atocha AVE Castellón Station

To travel from the hotels to the UJI it is recommended to use the Tram.
The timetables can be consulted at: https://www.tramcastellon.com/wp-content/uploads/UJI-GRAO.pdf



Attendees can obtain a 5% discount on their train tickets. The discount authorisation can be downloaded, once registration has been completed, in the Documentation section.

The steps to follow in order to formalise the discount on the purchase of tickets through www.renfe.com are as follows:

1.- Select the train of your choice by clicking on any of the available options (Basic, Choose, Choose Comfort and Premium).

2.- Select the Congress/Events fare from the drop-down menu.

3.- Enter the authorisation number in the box indicating authorisation number (not valid for discount code box).




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