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  • Serra O., Mähönen A. P.; Hetherington A. J.; Ragni L. (2022) The Making of Plant Armor: The Periderm. Annual Review of Plant Biology.
  • Fernández-Piñán, S.; Sànchez-Guirado, C.; Figueras M.; Serra O. (2021) Gene Downregulation in Potato Roots Using Agrobacterium rhizogenes-Mediated Transformation. In: Dobnik D., Gruden K., Ramšak Ž., Coll A. (eds) Solanum tuberosum. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 2354. Humana, New York, NY. pp 353-372
  • Kashyap, A.; Capellades, M.; Zhang, W.; Srinivasan, S.; Loromaine, A.; Serra, O.; Figueras, M.; Rencoret, J.; Gutiérrez, A.; Valls, M. & Coll, N.S. (2021) Induced ligno-suberin vascular coating and tyramine-derived hydroxycinnamic acid amides restrict Ralstonia solanacearum colonization in resistant tomato roots. BioRxiv. doi: ​
  • Boher, P.; Soler, M.; Fernández-Piñán, S.; Torrent, X.; Müller, S.; Kelly, K.A.; Serra, O. Figueras, M. (2021) Silencing of StRIK in potato suggests a role in periderm related to RNA processing and stress. BMC Plant Biology: 21, 409.
  • Dastmalchi, K.; Chira, O.; Rodriguez, M.P.; Yoo, B.; Serra, O.; Figueras, M. & Stark R.E. (2021) A chemical window into the impact of RNAi silencing of the StNAC103 gene in potato tuber periderms: Soluble metabolites, suberized cell walls, and antibacterial defense. Phytochemistry 190: 112885.
  • Fernández-Piñán, S.Boher, P.; Soler, M.Figueras, M. Serra, O. (2021). Transcriptomic analysis of cork during seasonal growth highlights regulatory and developmental processes from phellogen to phellem formation. Scientific Reports 11: 12053.
  • Busta, L.; Serra, O.; Kim, O.T.; Molinas, M.; Peré-Fossoul, I.; Figueras, M. & Jetter, R. (2020). Oxidosqualene cyclases involved in the biosynthesis of triterpenoids in Quercus suber cork. Scientific Reports 10: 8011.
  • Soler, M.Verdaguer, R.Fernández-Piñan, S.Company-Arumí, D.Boher, P.; Góngora-Castillo, E.; Valls, M.; Anticó, E.; Molinas, M.Serra, O. Figueras, M. (2020). Silencing against the conserved NAC domain of the potato StNAC103 reveals new NAC candidates to repress the suberin associated waxes in phellem. Plant Science 291: 110360. DOI:10.1016/j.plantsci.2019.110360.
  • Fernández-Piñán, S.; López, J.; Armendariz, I.; Boher. P; Figueras, M.Serra, O. (2019). Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation of potato and the promoter activity of a suberin gene by GUS staining. Jove-Journal Of Visualized Experiments (145). DOI: 10.3791/59119.

  • Boher, P.; Soler, M.; Sánchez, A.; Hoede, C.; Paiva, JAP.; Serra, O. & Figueras, M. (2018). A comparative transcriptomic approach to understanding the formation of cork. Plant Molecular Biology (96): pg 103-118. DOI: 10.1007/s11103-017-0682-9.
  • Jin, L.; Cai, Q.; Huang, W.; Dastmalchi, K.; Rigau, J.; Molinas, M.; Figueras, M; Serra, O. & Stark, RE. (2018). Potato native and wound periderms are differently affected by down-regulation of FHT, a suberin feruloyl transferase. Phytochemistry (147): 30-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2017.12.011.
  • Vera R.; Fontàs C. ; Galceran J. ; Serra O. & Anticó E. (2018). Polymer inclusion membrane to access Zn speciation: comparison with root uptake. Science of the Total Environment (1): 316-324. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.316.
  • Huang, W.; Serra, O.; Dastmalchi, K.; Jin, L.; Yang, L. & Stark, RE. (2017). Comprehensive MS and solid-state NMR metabolomic profiling reveals molecular variations in native periderms from four Solanum tuberosum potato cultivars. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (65): 2258-2274. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b05179.
  • Verdaguer, R.; Soler, M.; Serra, O.; Garrote, A.; Fernández, S.; Company-Arumí, D.; Anticó, E.; Molinas, M. & Figueras, M. (2016). Silencing of the potato StNAC103 gene enhances the accumulation of suberin polyester and associated wax in tuber skin. Journal of Experimental Botany 67(18): 5415-5427. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erw305.
  • Company-Arumí, D.; Figueras, M.; Salvadó, V.; Molinas, M.; Serra, O. & Anticó, E. (2016) The identification and quantification of suberin monomers of root and tuber periderm from potato (Solanum tuberosum) as fatty acyl tert-butyldimethylsilyl derivatives. Phytochemical Analysis 27:326-335. DOI:
  • Graça, J.; Cabral, V.; Santos, S.; Lamosa, P.; Serra, O.; Molinas, M.; Schreiber, L.; Kauder, F.& Franke, R. (2015). Partial depolymerisation of genetically modified potato tuber periderm reveals intermolecular linkages in suberin polyester. Phytochemistry 117: 209-219. DOI: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2015.06.010.
  • Dastmalchi, K.; Kallash, L.; Wang, I.; Phan, Van C.; Huang, W.; Serra, O.; Stark, RE. (2015). The defensive armor of potato tubers: nonpolar metabolite profiling, antioxidant assessment, and solid-state NMR compositional analysis of suberin-enriched wound-healing tissues. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 63(60): 6810-6822. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.5b03206.
  • Serra, O.; Chatterjee, S.; Figueras, M.; Molinas, M. & Stark, R. (2014). Deconstructing a plant macromolecular assembly: chemical architecture, molecular flexibility, and mechanical performance of natural and engineered potato suberins. Biomacromolecules 15(3):799-811. DOI: 10.1021/bm401620d
  • Dastmalchi, K.; Cai, Q.; Zhou, K.; Huang, W.; Serra, O. & Stark, R. (2014). Solving the jigsaw puzzle of wound-healing potato cultivars: metabolite profiling and antioxidant activity of polar extracts. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 62(31): 7963-7975. DOI: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2012.06.013.
  • Boher, P.; Serra, O.; Soler, M.; Molinas, M. & Figueras, M. (2013). The potato suberin feruloyl transferase FHT which accumulates in the phellogen is induced by wounding and regulated by abscisic and salicylic acids. Journal of Experimental Botany 64(11):3225-3236. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ert163.
  • Soler, M.; Serra, O.; Fluch, S.; Molinas, M. & Figueras, M. (2011). Potato skin SSH library yields new candidate genes for suberin biosynthesis and periderm formation. Planta 233(5): 933-945. DOI: 10.1007/s00425-011-1350-y.
  • Serra, O.; Chatterjee, S.; Huang, W. & Stark, RE. (2012). Mini-review: What nuclear magnetic resonance can tell us about protective tissues. Plant Science 195: 120-124. DOI: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2012.06.013.
  • Soler, M.; Serra, O.; Fluch, S.; Molinas, M. & Figueras, M. (2011). Potato skin SSH library yields new candidate genes for suberin biosynthesis and periderm formation. Planta 233(5): 933-945. DOI: 10.1007/s00425-011-1350-y.
  • Serra, O.; Hohn, C.; Franke, R.; Prat, S.; Molinas, M. & Figueras, M. (2010). A feruloyl transferase involved in the biosynthesis of suberin and suberin-associated wax is required for maturation and sealing properties of potato periderm. Plant Journal 63(2):277-290. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2010.04144.x.
  • Serra, O.; Figueras, M.; Franke, R.; Prat, S.; Molinas, M. (2010). Unraveling ferulate role in suberin and periderm biology by reverse genetics. Plant Signaling and Behaviour 5(8): 953-958. DOI: 10.4161/psb.5.8.12405.
  • Serra, O.; Soler, M.; Hohn, C.; Franke, R.; Schreiber, L.; Prat, S.; Molinas, M. & Figueras, M. (2009). Silencing of StKCS6 in potato periderm leads to reduced chain lengths of suberin and wax compounds and increased peridermal transpiration. Journal of Experimental Botany 60(2): 697-707. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ern314.
  • Serra, O.; Soler, M.; Hohn, C.; Sauveplane, V.; Pinot, F.; Franke, R.; Schreiber, L.; Prat, S.; Molinas, M. & Figueras, M. (2009). CYP86A33 targeted gene silencing in potato tuber alters suberin composition, distorts suberin lamellae and impairs the periderm's water barrier function. Plant Physiology 149(2): 1050-1060. DOI: 10.1104/pp.108.127183.
  • Soler, M.; Serra, O.; Molinas, M.; García-Berthou, M.; Caritat, A. & Figueras, M. (2008). Seasonal variation in transcript abundance in cork tissue analyzed by real time RT-PCR. Tree Physiology 28(5): 743-751.
  • Soler, M.; Serra, 0.; Molinas, M.; Huguet, G.; Fluch, S. & Figueras, M. (2007). A genomic approach to suberin biosynthesis and cork differentiation. Plant Physiology 144(1): 419-431. DOI: 10.1104/pp.106.094227.
  • Domènech, J.; Orihuela, R.; Mir, G.; Molinas, M.; Atrian, S. & Capdevila, M. (2007). The CdII-binding abilities of recombinant Quercus suber metallothioneinbridging the gap between phytochelatins and metallothioneins. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry 12(6): 867-882. DOI:

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