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Miguel Nemesio-Gorriz

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Research Interests

I study resistance in European ash trees against the ash dieback pathogen. The research objectives of my work are to identify tolerant ash genotypes in in Irish forests, to study the genetic mechanisms conferring tolerance to individual ash genotypes and to develop efficient in vitro propagation methods for ash material.

Current Projects

Identification and propagation of Fraxinus excelsior genotypes tolerant to ash dieback disease.



  • Dec 2011–Jan 2016: 
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 
    PhD in Biology
    Uppsala, Sweden
  • Sep 2009–Sep 2011: 
    Polytechnic University of valencia 
    MsC in Plant Genetics and Breeding
    Valencia, Spain
  • Sep 2004–Sep 2009: 
    University of Valencia 
    Bachelor of Pharmacy
    Valencia, Spain

Nemesio-Gorriz, M., Blair, P. B., Dalman, K., Hammerbacher, A., Arnerup, J., Stenlid, J. & Elfstrand, M. (2017). Identification of Norway Spruce MYB-bHLH-WDR Transcription Factor Complex Members Linked to Regulation of the Flavonoid Pathway. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8.

Arnerup, J., Nemesio-Gorriz, M., Lundén, K., Asiegbu, F. O., Stenlid, J. & Elfstrand, M. (2013). The primary module in Norway spruce defence signalling against H. annosum sl seems to be jasmonate-mediated signalling without antagonism of salicylate-mediated signalling. Planta, 237(4), 1037-1045.

Oliva, J., Rommel, S., Fossdal, C. G., Hietala, A. M., Nemesio-Gorriz, M., Solheim, H. & Elfstrand, M. (2015). Transcriptional responses of Norway spruce (Picea abies) inner sapwood against Heterobasidion parviporum. Tree Physiol, 35(9), 1007-15.

de Vries, S., Nemesio-Gorriz, M., Blair, P. B., Karlsson, M., Mukhtar, M. S., & Elfstrand, M. (2015). Heterotrimeric G–proteins in Picea abies and their regulation in response to Heterobasidion annosum sl infection. BMC plant biology, 15(1), 287.

Lundén, K., Danielsson, M., Durling, M. B., Ihrmark, K., Nemesio-Gorriz, M., Stenlid, J. & Elfstrand, M. (2015). Transcriptional Responses Associated with Virulence and Defence in the Interaction between Heterobasidion annosum s. s. and Norway Spruce. PloS one, 10(7), e0131182.

Nemesio-Gorriz, M. (2015). Molecular responses to Heterobasidion annosum sl in Picea abies. Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae 2015:114.

Nemesio-Gorriz, M., Hammerbacher, A., Ihrmark, K., Källman, T., Olson, Å., Lascoux, M. & Elfstrand, M. (2016). Different alleles of a gene encoding leucoanthocyanidin reductase (PaLAR3) influence resistance against the fungus Heterobasidion parviporum in Picea abies. Plant Physiology, 171(4), 2671-2681.

Dalman, K., Wind, J. J., Nemesio-Gorriz, M., Hammerbacher, A., Lundén, K., Ezcurra, I. & Elfstrand, M. (2017). Overexpression of PaNAC03, a stress induced NAC gene family transcription factor in Norway spruce leads to reduced flavonol biosynthesis and aberrant embryo development. BMC Plant Biology, 17(1), 6.