Luis Antonio Cañas
  • Research scientist, Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (CSIC-UPV), Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación Edf. 8E. C/ Ingeniero Fausto Elio s.n. 46011 Valencia, Spain, Spain,
Research focus
  • Plant science
Personal information


Doctor in Biology, Univ. Complutense, 1982

Lab information

Luis Cañas lab

Research focus

Floral development, legumes, tomato, MADS-box genes, cadastral genes, male sterile crops, parthenocarpic fruits


Hamza R., Pérez-Hedo M., Urbaneja A., Rambla J.L., Granell A., Gaddour K., Beltrán J.P. & Cañas L.A. 2018. Expression of two barley proteinase inhibitors in tomato promotes endogenous defensive response and enhances resistance to Tuta absoluta. BMC Plant Biology 18:24. DOI 10.1186/s12870-018-1240-6

Fresquet-Corrales S., Roque E., Sarrión-Perdigones A., Rochina M.C., López-Gresa M.P., Díaz-Mula H.M., Bellés J.M., Tomás-Barberán F., Beltrán J.P. and Cañas L.A. 2017. Metabolic engineering to simultaneously activate anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin biosynthetic pathways in Nicotiana spp. PLoS One 12(9):e0184839.

Rojas-Gracia P., Roque E., Medina M., Rochina M., Hamza R., Angarita-Díaz P., Moremo V., Pérez-Martín F., Lozano R., Cañas L.A., Beltrán J.P. & Gómez-Mena C. 2017. The parthenocarpic hydra mutant reveals a new function for a SPOROCYTELESS-like gene in the control of fruit set in tomato. New Phytologist 214: 1198-1212.

Roque E., Fares M., Yenush L., Rochina M.C., Wen J., Mysore K.S., Gómez-Mena C., Beltrán J.P., Cañas L.A. 2016. Evolution by gene duplication of Medicago truncatula PISTILLATA-like transcription factors. Journal of Experimental Botany 67 (6): 1805-1817.

Serwatowska J., Roque E., Gómez-Mena C., Constantin G., Wen J., Mysore K.S., Lund O., Johansen E., Beltrán J.P., Cañas L.A. 2014. Two euAGAMOUS genes control C-function in Medicago truncatula. PLoS One 9 (e103770).

Roque E., Serwatowska J., Rochina M.C., Wen J., Mysore K.S., Yenush L., Beltrán J.P., Cañas L.A. 2013. Functional specialization of duplicated AP3-like genes in Medicago truncatula. The Plant Journal 73: 663-675.

Medina M., Roque E., Pineda B., Cañas L.A., Rodríguez-Concepción M., Beltrán J.P., Gómez-Mena, C. 2013. Early anther ablation triggers parthenocarpic fruit development in tomato plants. Plant Biotechnology Journal 11: 770-779.

Gómez M.D., Renau-Morata B., Roque E., Polaina J., Beltrán J.P., Cañas L.A. 2013. PsPMEP, a pollen-specific pectin mathylesterase of pea (Pisum sativum L.). Plant Reproduction 26: 245-254.

García-Sogo B., Pineda B., Roque E., Atarés A., Antón T., Beltrán J.P., Moreno V., Cañas L.A. 2012. Production of engineered long-life and male sterile Pelargonium plants. BMC Plant Biology 12: 156-162.

Benlloch R., Roque E., Ferrándiz C., Cosson V., Caballero T., Penmetsa V., Beltrán J. P., Cañas L. A., Ratet P., Madueño F. 2009. Analysis of B-function in legumes: PISTILLATA proteins do not require the PI motif for floral organ development in Medicago truncatula. The Plant Journal 60: 102-111.

Gómez MD, Beltrán JP, Cañas LA. 2004. The pea END1 promoter drives anther-specific gene expression in different plant species. Planta 219: 967-981.

Pérez-Clemente R.M., Pérez-Sanjuán A., García-Férriz L., Beltrán J.P., Cañas L.A. 2004. Transformation and regeneration of peach plants (Prunus persica L.) from embryo sections using the green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a vital marker. Molecular Breeding 14: 419-427.

Cañas L.A., Busscher M., Angenet G.C., Beltrán J.P., van Tunen A.J. 1994. Nuclear localization of the petunia MADS-box protein FBP1. The Plant Journal 6: 597-604.
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