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Sabater Award 2017: INRA hosts this year’s winner

José Manuel Torres Ruiz, a postdoc at INRA’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Bordeaux centre, is this year’s winner of the Sabater Award. This award recognises the scientific research of young Spanish researchers in plant physiology.

José Manuel Torres Ruiz, a postdoc at INRA’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Bordeaux centre © GIRARD Alain, Inra
By Julie Cheriguene, translated by Teri Jones-Villeneuve
Updated on 07/05/2017
Published on 06/20/2017

After completing his doctoral studies in biology at the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville (1), José Manuel Torres Ruiz joined INRA’s Joint Research Unit for Biodiversity, Genes and Communities (2) in March 2014 to do his postdoc work on the European Research Council (ERC) project TREEPEACE, which is coordinated by Antoine Kremer, the unit’s research director. His research examines the various anatomical and physiological traits of modern and ancient oak populations. The aim is to determine the pace of microevolution over changing time scales and environments.  By 2018, he will join the Joint Research Unit for the Integrative Physics and Physiology of the Tree in Fluctuating Environments at INRA’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Centre (3). He was recently hired as a research scientist to investigate the survival mechanisms of trees in periods of extreme drought.

(1) Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla (IRNAS-CSIC)
(2) Biogeco Joint Research Unit INRA – Université de Bordeaux
(3) PIAF Joint Research Unit INRA – Université de Clermont-Auvergne

Point of entry to the international plant research scene

The Sabater Award gives José Manuel Torres Ruiz an opportunity to present his research results at the 22nd  Meeting of the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology, which gives out the award, as well as the 15th Spanish-Portuguese Congress of Plant Physiology, held from 26 to 29 June 2017. It also makes him a contender for an award from the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology.

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