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Ana Laura Furlan

Posted by | February 28, 2021


Ana Laura Furlan

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Researcher-Assistant professor


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I graduated in Biology (2009) and as a Doctor in Biological Sciences (2014) in Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (UNRC) . Currently, I am a member of a researcher career of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) in Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (UNRC), Córdoba, Argentina since 2016. I am also an assistant professor in UNRC. I had always work in the field of agricultural sciences, in the past I studied the physiological, biochemical and molecular variables in the symbiotic association peanut-Bradyrhizobium sp. exposed to drought stress and rehydration. Then, the carbon and nitrogen metabolism in peanut cultivars with differential tolerance to drought. Currently, my goal is to elucidate strategies to improve the development of the peanut-Bradyrhizobium sp. interaction in arid regions by biostimulants and osmoprotectants. I have knowledge of techniques of: microbiology, plant physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and metabolomics. These achievements were possible by collaborations with research groups from South Africa, Germany and Argentina. I completed internships and projects supported by national and international organizations such as the Department of Science and Technology (DST) from South Africa, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the MInistry of Education (ME) from Argentina.

Research Areas:

  • Legume-rhizobia interaction
  • Abiotic stress
  • Antioxidant system
  • Osmoprotectants
  • Tolerance

Current N-related Projects:

  • “Impact of water stress on peanut crops: antioxidant metabolites involved in tolerance mechanisms and their application in agro-industry” PICT-FONCYT. 2016-2018.
  • “Impact of arsenic on the rhizobium-peanut interaction: implication of inoculation with rhizobia tolerant to the metalloid in the accumulation and production of grains” PICT-FONCYT. 2015-2017.
  • “Strategies of defense of crops of agricultural interest to different adverse environmental conditions” CONICET. 2015-2017.
  • “Morpho-physiological and molecular responses of peanut cultivation to different adverse environmental conditions: the role of proline as an antioxidant molecule” SECyT-UNRC. 2016-2018.
  • “Effect of arsenic on the interaction bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) – rhizobia: biochemical and physiological mechanisms involved in the defense strategy of the plant” SECyT-UNViMe. 2016-2018.


Tonelli ML, Furlan A, Taurian T, Castro S, Fabra A. 2011. Peanut priming induced by biocontrol agents. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 75: 100-105.

Furlan A, Llanes A, Luna V, Castro S. 2012. Physiological and biochemical responses to drought stress and subsequent rehydration in the symbiotic association peanut-Bradyrhizobium sp. ISRN Agronomy. DOI:10.5402/2012/318083.

Furlan A, Llanes A, Luna V, Castro S. 2013. Abscisic acid mediates hydrogen peroxide production in peanut induced by water stress. Biologia Plantarum. 57 (3): 555-558.

Bianucci E, Fullana C, Furlan A, Castro S. 2013. Antioxidant defense system responses and role of nitrate reductase in the redox balance maintenance in Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains exposed to cadmium. Enzyme and Microbial Technology. 53: 345-350.

Bianucci E, Furlan A, Rivadeneira J, Sobrino-Plata J, Carpena-Ruiz RO, Tordable MC, Fabra A, Hernández LE, Castro S. 2013. Influence of cadmium on the symbiotic interaction established between peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) and sensitive or tolerant bradyrhizobial strains. Journal of Environmental Management. 130: 126-134.

Furlan A, Bianucci E, Tordable MC, Castro S, Dietz KJ. 2014. Antioxidant enzyme activities and gene expression patterns in peanut nodules during a drought and rehydration cycle. Functional Plant Biology. 41: 704–713.

Furlan A, Bianucci E, Tordable MC, Kleinert A, Valentine A, Castro S. 2016. Dynamic responses of photosynthesis and antioxidant system during a drought and rehydration cycle in peanut plants. Functional Plant Biology. 43(4) 337-345.

Bianucci E, Furlan A, Tordable MC, Hernández LE, Carpena RO, Castro S. 2017. Antioxidant responses of peanut roots exposed to realistic groundwater doses of arsenate: identification of glutathione S-transferase as a suitable biomarker for metalloid toxicity. Chemosphere. 181: 551-561.

Furlan A, Bianucci E, Castro S, Dietz KJ. 2017. Metabolic features involved in drought stress tolerance mechanisms in peanut nodules and their contribution to biological nitrogen fixation. Plant Science. 263: 12-22.

Bianucci E, Godoy A, Furlan A, Peralta JM, Hernández LE, Carpena RO, Castro S. 2017. Arsenic toxicity in soybean alleviated by a symbiotic species of Bradyrhizobium. Symbiosis. DOI 10.1007/s13199-017-0499-y.