Inés Álvarez Fernández
  • Research scientist
  • Speciality:

    Systematics and evolution in vascular plants. Asteraceae and Gossypium (Malvaceae)

  • Geographical region:Worldwide
  • Line of research: Plant evolutionary biology
  • Professional profile

    Nowadays my research is focussed on the study of the genetic control of floral zygomorphy in Compositae from an evo-devo perspective. This is part of the project “Origin and evolution of morphological novelties in plant lineages. An evo-devo approach”. We aim to identify in Compositae the genes involved in the early development stages of inflorescence, presumably the CYC-like genes (cycloidea) orthologs, and study their expression pattern. The systems selected are the genera Anacyclus and Matricaria (Anthemideae), both including species with radiate (zygomorphic florets) as well as discoid capitula (actinomorphic florets). Besides, we pretend to produce a phylogeny for these and other related genera based on CYC-like genes. In this project, which principal investigator is Javier Fuertes Aguilar, we are collaborating with Pilar Cubas (CNB).

    In addition, I’m collaborating in other projects aimed to clarify phylogenetic relationships at different taxonomic levels within Asteraceae, these are tribal (Senecioneae), generic (Pentacalia, Andryala, and Hieracium), infrageneric (Senecio Section Crociseris), and infraspecific levels (Senecio carniolicus).

    Selected Publications
  • Álvarez, I.; Agudo, A.B.; Herrero, A.; Torices, R. 2020. The Mendelian inheritance of gynomonoecy: insights from Anacyclus hybridizing species. American Journal of Botany 107(1):116-125.
  • Ferreira, M.Z.; Álvarez Fernández ,I.; Menezes de Sequeira, M. 2020. Typification of names published by Schultz 'Bipontinus' in the Andryala pinnatifida complex (Cichorieae, Asteraceae), from the Canary Islands. Anales del 77(1):e093.
  • Gefaell, J.; Prieto, T.; Abdelaziz, M.; Álvarez, I.; Antón, J.; Arroyo, J.; Bella, J.L.; Botella, M.; Bugallo, A.; Claramonte, V.; Gijón, J.; Lizarte, E.; Maroto, R.M.; Megías, M.; Milá, B.; Ramón, C.; Vila, M.; Rolán-Alvarez, E. 2020. Acceptance and knowledge of evolutionary theory among third-year university students in Spain. PLoS ONE 15(9):e0238345.
  • Vitales, D.; Álvarez, I.; Garcia, S.; Hidalgo, O.; Nieto Feliner, G.; Pellicer, J.; Vallès, J.; Garnatje, T. 2020. Genome size variation at constant chromosome number is not correlated with repetitive DNA dynamism in Anacyclus (Asteraceae). Annals of Botany 125(4):611-623.
  • Agudo, A.B.; Torices, R.; Loureiro, J.; Castro, S.; Castro,M.; Álvarez, I. 2019. Genome size variation in a hybridizing diploid species complex in anacyclus (Asteraceae: Anthemideae). International Journal of Plant Sciences [in press].
  • Álvarez, I. 2019. Anacyclus L. In: C. Benedi, A. Buira, E. Rico, M.B. Crespo, A. Quintanar & C. Aedo (eds.). Flora Ibérica vol. XVI (III). Compositae (partim). Editorial CSIC. pp. 1777-1788

  • Álvarez, I. 2019. Doronicum L. In: C. Benedi, A. Buira, E. Rico, M.B. Crespo, A. Quintanar & C. Aedo (eds.). Flora Ibérica vol. XVI (III). Compositae (partim). Editorial CSIC. pp. 1473-1486

  • Cerca, J.; Agudo, A.B.; Castro, S.; Afonso, A.; Álvarez, I.; Torices, R. 2019. Fitness benefits and costs of floral advertising traits: insights from rayed and rayless phenotypes of Anacyclus (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany 106(2):231-243.
  • Ferreira, M.Z.; Álvarez, I.; de Sequeira, M.M. 2019. Nomenclature and Typification of Names in the Ibero-North African Andryala arenaria (Asteraceae) and Taxonomic Implications. Novon 27(3):196-200.
  • Skof, S.; Álvarez, I.; Pachschwöll, C.; Schneeweiss, G.M. 2019. Phylogeny and biogeography of the narrowly endemic Doronicum cataractarum (Asteraceae) from the eastern European Alps: Pleistocene origin from Alpine ancestors rather than Tertiary relic with southwest Asian affinity. Plant Systematics and Evolution 305(2):139-149.
  • Rosato, M.; Álvarez, I.; Nieto Feliner, G.; Rosselló, J.A. 2018. Inter-and intraspecific hypervariability in interstitial telomeric-like repeats (TTTAGGG) n in Anacyclus (Asteraceae). Annals of Botany 122(3):387-395.
  • Vitales, D.; Nieto Feliner, G.; Vallès, J.; Garnatje, T.; Firat, M.; Álvarez, I. 2018. A new circumscription of the Mediterranean genus Anacyclus (Anthemideae, Asteraceae) based on plastid and nuclear DNA markers. Phytotaxa 349(1):1-17.
  • 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. 00589
  • Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Gutiérrez, L.; Álvarez, I.; Vargas, P. 2017. Narrow endemics in Mediterranean scrublands: high gene flow buffers genetic impoverishment in the annual monospecific Castrilanthemum (Asteraceae). Biodiversity and Conservation 26(11):2607-2626. -1374-0
  • 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.
  • Rosato, M.; Álvarez, I.; Nieto Feliner, G.; Rosselló, J.A. 2017. High and uneven levels of 45S rDNA site-number variation across wild populations of a diploid plant genus (Anacyclus, Asteraceae). PLoS ONE. 12(10):e0187131.
  • Calvo, J.; Ávarez, I.; Aedo, C. 2015. Systematics of Senecio section Crociseris (Compositae, Senecioneae). Phytotaxa 211:1-105.
  • Calvo, J.; Álvarez, I.; Aedo, C. 2014.Three New Combinations and a Replacement Name in Eurasian Senecio (Compositae, Senecioneae). Novon 23(2):139-142.

  • Ferreira, M.Z.; Álvarez,I.; Jardim, R.; Sequeira, M.M. 2014. Andryala perezii (Asteraceae), a new species from the Canary Islands. Novon 23 (2):147-156.

  • 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     

  • Agudo, A; Picó,F.X.; Álvarez,I. 2013. Microsatellite primers in the weedy annual herb, Anacyclus clavatus (Asteraceae), and four closely related species. Applications in Plant Sciences, doi:10.3732/apps.1300043.
  • Calvo, J.; Álvarez, I.; Aedo, C.; Pelser, P.B. 2013. A phylogenetic analysis and new delimitation of Senecio sect. Crociseris (Compositae: Senecioneae), with evidence of intergeneric hybridization. Taxon 62:127-140.
  • Torices, R.; Agudo, A.; Alvarez, I. 2013. Not only size matters: Achene morphology affects time of seedling emergence in three heterocarpic species of Anacyclus (Anthemideae, Asteraceae). Anales del Jardin Botanico de Madrid 70:48-55, doi:10.3989/ajbm.2351.
  • Calvo, J.; Álvarez, I.; Aedo, C. 2011. Lectotypification of two Linnaean names in Compositae. Nordic J. Bot. 29.

  • Calvo, J.; Álvarez, I.; Aedo, C. 2011. Proposal to conserve the name Senecio gerardi against Inula provincialis (S. provincialis) (Compositae). Taxon 60: 602-603.

  • Calvo, J.; Álvarez, I.; Aedo, C. 2011. Proposal to conserve the name Senecio paucifolius (Compositae) with a conserved type. Taxon 60: 1217.

  • Alvarez, I.; Costa, A.; Nieto Feliner, G. 2008. Selecting low-copy Nuclear Genes for Plant Phylogenies: A Preliminary Analysis for the Senecioneae (Asteraceae). Journal of Molecular Evolution 66: 276-291.

  • Alvarez, I.; Wendel, J.F. 2006. Cryptic interspecific introgression and genetic differentiation within Gossypium aridum (Malvaceae) and its relatives. Evolution 60 (3): 505-517.

  • Alvarez Fernández, I. 2003. Systematics of the Eurasian and North-African genus Doronicum (Asteraceae, Senecioneae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 90: 319-389.

  • Alvarez Fernández, I.; Wendel, J.F. 2003. Ribosomal ITS sequences and plant phylogenetic inference. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 29: 417-434.

  • Alvarez Fernández, I.; Herrero, A.; Pajarón, S. 1995. Notas pteridológicas del Padrón de Bienservida. Acta Bot. Malacitana 20: 291-292.

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