Javier Fuertes Aguilar
  • Editor-in-chief of "Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid"
  • Research scientist
  • Speciality:

    Molecular markers applied to plant evolution. Evolutionary development genetics (evo-devo). Malvaceae

  • Geographical region:Mediterranean region, Neotropics
  • Line of research: Plant evolutionary biology
  • Selected Publications
  • Caujapé-Castells, J.; Nebot, R.; Naranjo-Suárez, J.; Jaén Molina, R.; González Pérez, M. Ángel, Guillermes Vázquez, I.; Díaz Pérez, A.; Viera Ruiz, G.; Cabrera, N.; Gómes, I.; Barreto, Á.; Francisco Rodríguez, J.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J.; García-Verdugo, C.; Sanmartín, I.; Zurita Pérez, N.; Moreno, P.; Reyes, D.; Curbelo, A.; Romeiras, M.; Correia, M. J.; Caraballo, C. 2021. NEXTGENDEM: información genética, geoespacial y supercomputación para mejorar la gestión de especies y espacios en Macaronesia. Conservación Vegetal 25:29-33. 

  • García-Mir, L.; Ojeda, D.I.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J. 2021. The complete chloroplast genome of Malva wigandii (Alef.) M.F. Ray (Malvaceae, Malvoideae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources 6(3):1181-1182. 

  • Fernández de Castro, A.; Rozas, V.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J.; Moreno Saiz, J.C. 2020. Demographic and dendrochronological evidence reveals highly endangered status of a paleoendemic woody mallow from the Canary Islands. Biodiversity and Conservation 29:469-485. 

  • Villa-Machío, I.; Fernández de Castro, A.G.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2020. Colonization history of the Canary Islands endemic Lavatera acerifolia, (Malvaceae) unveiled with genotyping-by-sequencing data and niche modelling. Journal of Biogeography 47(4):993-1005. 

  • Cetlová, V.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J.; Iudova, S.; Španiel, S. 2019. Overlooked morphological variation and a proposal for a new taxonomic circumscription of Alyssum simplex (Brassicaceae). Phytotaxa 416(2):149-166. 

  • Salmerón-Sánchez, E.; Fuertes-Aguilar, S.; Španiel, S.; Pérez-García, F.J.; Merlo, E.; Garrido-Becerra, J.A.; Mota, J. 2018. Plant evolution in alkaline magnesium-rich soils: A phylogenetic study of the Mediterranean genus Hormathophylla (Cruciferae: Alysseae) based on nuclear and plastid sequences. PLoS ONE 13(12):e0208307. 

  • Villa-Machío, I.; Fernández de Castro, A.G.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2018. Out of North Africa by different routes: phylogeography and species distribution model of the western Mediterranean Lavatera maritima (Malvaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 187(3):441-455. 

  • Bello, M.A.; Cubas, P.; Álvarez, I.; Sanjuanbenito, G.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J. 2017. Evolution and Expression Patterns of CYC/TB1 Genes in Anacyclus: Phylogenetic Insights for Floral Symmetry Genes in Asteraceae. Frontiers in Plant Science 8:art.589.

    https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017. 00589
  • Fernández de Castro, A.G.; Moreno-Saiz, J.C.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J. 2017. Ornithophily for the non-specialist: Differential pollination efficiency of generalist passerines on the Macaronesian island paleoendemic Navaea phoenicea (Malvaceae). American Journal of Botany 104(10):1556-1568.

  • Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Villa-Machío, I. 2017. Claves moleculares de la biodiversidad vegetal. Revista de la Sociedad Española de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular 193:15-18.

  • Marques, I.; Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Martins-Louçao, M.A.; Moharrek, F.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2017. A three-genome five-gene comprehensive phylogeny of the bulbous genus Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae) challenges current classifications and reveals multiple hybridization events. Taxon 66(4):832-854.

  • Nieto Feliner, G.; Álvarez, I.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J.; Heuertz, M.; Marques, I.; Moharrek, F.; Piñeiro, R.; Riina, R.; Rosselló, J.A.; Soltis, P.S.; Villa-Machío, I. 2017. Is homoploid hybrid speciation that rare? An empiricist’s view. Heredity 118:513-516. 

  • Bello, M.A.; Martínez-Asperilla, A.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J. 2016. Floral development of Lavatera trimestris and Malva hispanica reveals the nature of the epicalyx in the Malva generic alliance. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 181:84-98.

  • Marques, I.; Jürgens, A.; Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2016. Convergent recruitment of new pollinators is triggered by independent hybridization events in Narcissus. New Phytologist 210(2): 731-742. 

  • Salmerón-Sánchez, E.; Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Spaniel, S.; Mendoza-Fernández, A.J.; Martínez-Hernández, F.; Mota, J.F. 2016. The status of Hormathophylla baetica: A new combination and lectotypification in Hormathophylla cochleata. Phytotaxa 280(1):45-54.

  • Bello, M.A.; Alvarez, I.; Torices, R.; Fuertes-Aguilar, J. 2013. Floral development and evolution of capitulum structure in Anacyclus (Anthemideae, Asteraceae). Annals of Botany. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcs301     

  • García-Fernández, A.; Iriondo, J.M.; Escudero, A.; Aguilar, J.F.; Feliner, G.N. 2013. Genetic patterns of habitat fragmentation and past climate-change effects in the Mediterranean high-mountain plant Armeria caespitosa (Plumbaginaceae). American Journal of Botany 100:1641-1650, doi:10.3732/ajb.1200653.
  • Marques, I.; Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Martins-Loução, A.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2012. Spatial-temporal patterns of flowering asynchrony and pollinator fidelity in hybridizing species of Narcissus. Evolutionary Ecology 26:1433-1450.


  • Marques, I.; Nieto Feliner, G.; Martins-Loução, A.; Fuertes Aguilar, J. 2012. Genome size and base composition variation in natural and experimental Narcissus hybrids. Annals of Botany 109: 257-264.


  • Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Gutiérrez Larena, B.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2011. Genetic and morphological diversity in Armeria (Plumbaginaceae) shaped by glacial cycles in southern Mediterranean refugia (Sierra Nevada, Spain). Anales Jard. Bot. Madrid 68: 175-197.

  • Marques, I.; Nieto Feliner, G.; Martins-Loução, A.; Fuertes Aguilar, J. 2011. Fitness in Narcissus hybrids: low fertility is overcome by early hybrid vigor, absence of exogenous selection and high bulb propagation. Journal of Ecology  99: 1508-1519

  • Escobar Garcia, P.; Schoenswetter, P.; Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Nieto Feliner, G.; Schneeweiss, G.M. 2009 Five Molecular Markers Reveal Extensive Morphological Homoplasy and Reticulate Evolution in the Malva Alliance (Malvaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50 (2): 226-239.

  • Piñeiro, R.; Costa, A.; Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2009. Overcoming paralogy and incomplete lineage sorting to detect phylogeographic signal: a GapC study of Armeria pungens. Botany 87: 164-177.

  • Piñeiro, R.; Aguilar, J.F.; Munt, D.D.; Feliner, G.N. (2007). Ecology matters: Atlantic-mediterranean disjunction in the sand-dune shrub Armeria pungens (Plumbaginaceae). Molecular Ecology, 16 (10), 2155-2171.

  • Tate, J. A.; Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Wagstaff, S.J.; La Duke, J. C.; Bodo Slotta, T. A.; Simpson, B. B. (2005). Phylogenetic relationships within the tribe Malveae (Malvaceae, subfamily Malvoideae) as inferred from ITS sequence data. American Journal of Botany 92(4): 584 - 602.

  • Nieto Feliner, G.; Gutiérrez Larena, B.; Fuertes Aguilar, J. (2004). Fine scale geographical structure, intra-individual polymorphism and recombination in nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacers in Armeria (Plumbaginaceae). Annals of Botany 93: 189-200.

  • Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2003. Additive polymorphisms and reticulation in an ITS phylogeny of thrifts (Armeria, Plumbaginaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 28(3):430-447.

  • Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Fryxell, P. A.; Jansen R K. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships and classification of the Sida generic alliance (Malvaceae) based on nrDNA ITS evidence Systematic Botany 28 (2): 352-364.

  • Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Francisco Ortega, J.; Santos-Guerra, A.; Ray, M. F.; Jansen, R.K. 2002. Chloroplast and nuclear molecular evidence for multiple colonizations of Lavatera (Malvaceae) in the Canary Islands. Systematic Botany 27: 74-83.

  • Gutiérrez Larena, B.; Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2002. Glacial-induced altitudinal migrations in Armeria (Plumbaginaceae) inferred from patterns of cpDNA haplotype sharing. Molecular Ecology 11: 1965-1974.

  • Fuertes Aguilar, J.; Rosselló, J.A.; Nieto Feliner, G. 1999. Molecular evidence for the compilospecies model of reticulate evolution in Armeria (Plumbaginaceae). Systematic Biology 48: 735-754. 

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