Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados (CIEA) is a public institute,
financially supported by the Mexican federal government, whose mission is to
carry out research and to train students at the Ms.C. and Ph.D. level. The
Biotechnology Unit of CIEA was created in 1986 to carry out basic research in
plant biology and to apply molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques
for the genetci improvement of plant species of economical and/or social
importance for Mexico.
Luis Herrera-Estrella a plant molecular biologist with ample experience in the
development of plant transformation systems, the study of gene regulation in
plants and the application of plant genetic engineering techniques for plant
improvement. Dr. Herrera-Estrella has recently developed a technology to produce
aluminium-resistant transgenic plants, based on the modification of the
production of organic acids, and has published over 60 pier reviewed articles in
internationally recognised journals. Dr. Herrera-Estrella has received awards
from the New York Academy of Science, UNESCO, TWAS and the Mexican Academy of
Sciences for his achievements in plant biotechnology and was recently elected as
president of the International Society of Plant Molecular Biology.
J.L., Lopez,L., Assad-Garcia, N. Medina-Arevalo,C., Bailey, A.M.
and Herrera-Estrella, L.
An efficient particle bombardment system for the genetic transformation of
asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.
) Plant Cell Rep 16: 255-260 (1997)
La Fuente J.M., Ramirez-Rodriguez V., Cabrera-Ponce J.L. and Luis
Expression of a bacterial citrate synthase in the cytoplasm of
transgenic plants leads to aluminium tolerance. Science 276: 1566-1568.
Villegas Sepulveda, N., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Adame-Alvarez, R.M.,
Herrera-Estrella, L. and Simpson, J.: Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of
Amaranthus hypochondriacus: light- and tissue-specific expression of a pea
chlorophyll a/b-binding protein promoter. Plant Cell Reports 16: 847-852 (1997).
M., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Sudhakar, D., Herrea-Estrella,L and Christou, P.:
Transgenic Central American, West African and Asian elite rice varieties
resulting from particle bombardment of foreign DNA into mature see-derived
explants utilizing three different bombardment devices. Annals of Botany 82:
L, Folco, E, Desplats, P, Abratti, G, Limones, V, Herrera-Estrella, L, Salerno,
Sucrose-phosphate synthase from Synechocystis sp. Strain PCC 6803:
Identification of the spsA gene and characterization of the enzyme expressed in
Escherichia coli. J Bac, Vol.180,
No.24, pp.6776-6779. (1998)
la Fuente-Martinez, JM and Herrera-Estrella, L.:
Advances in the understanding of aluminium toxicity and the development of
aluminium-tolerant transgenic plants. Advances in Agronomy, 1999, Vol.66,