Profile – Francisco Pérez-Montaño

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Francisco Pérez-Montaño

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Dr. Francisco Pérez-Montaño Associate professor at Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Sevilla (Spain) PhD in Biology. University of Seville (2012).

Predoctoral stays at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) (2008) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) (2010).

Postdoctoral stays at the Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo (Spain) (2013) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) (2017-2018).

Domains of expertise: rhizobial-legume symbiosis, bacterial genomics, quorum sensing, rhizobial molecular signals, protein secretion sistems.

Training of 1 PhD students.

Bibliometry (web of science): 19 peer-reviewed publications, h-index: 11. External citations: 185. Average citations per item: 15.


Research Areas:

  • Biological nitrogen fixation
  • Sinorhizobium fredii/Glycine max symbiosis
  • Rhizobium fredii/Phaseolus vulgaris symbiosis
  • Quorum Sensing
  • Rhizobial genomics
  • Rhizobial molecular signals
  • Protein Secretion Systems

Current N-related Projects:

  • The Sinorhizobum fredii symbiotic regulon: identification of key genes involved in the symbiotic interaction with soybean and with the model legume Lotus


1 Scientific paper. Del Cerro P; et al. (7/2). 2017. The Rhizobium tropici CIAT 899 NodD2 protein regulates the production of Nod factors under salt stress in a flavonoid-independent manner.SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 10-46712. ISSN 2045-2322.

2 Scientific paper. Jiménez-Guerrero I; et al. (5/2). 2017. The Sinorhizobium (Ensifer) fredii

HH103 nodulation outer protein NopI is a determinant for efficient nodulation of soybean and cowpea.APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY. AEM.02770-16-83(5). ISSN 0099-2240.

3 Scientific paper. Irene Jiménez Guerrero; et al. (8/8). 2017. Transcriptomic Studies of the Effect of nod Gene-Inducing Molecules in Rhizobia: Different Weapons, One Purpose GENES. MDPI AG. 9-1, pp.—. ISSN 2073-4425.

4 Scientific paper. Pérez-Montaño F; et al. (8/1). 2016. A transcriptomic analysis of the effect of genistein on Sinorhizobium fredii HH103 reveals novel rhizobial genes putatively involved in symbiosis.SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 6-31592. ISSN 2045-2322.

5 Scientific paper. Del Cerro P; et al. (10/7). 2016. NrcR, a New Transcriptional Regulator of Rhizobium tropici CIAT 899 Involved in the Legume Root-Nodule Symbiosis.PLOS ONE. 11-4. ISSN 1932-6203.

6 Scientific paper. Pérez-Montaño F; et al. (8/1). 2016. RNA-seq analysis of the Rhizobium tropici CIAT 899 transcriptome shows similarities in the activation patterns of symbiotic genes in the presence of apigenin and salt.BMC GENOMICS. 17-198. ISSN 1471-2164.

7 Scientific paper. del Castillo, I.; et al. (11/6). 2015. Isolation of endophytic, epiphytic and rhizosphere plant growth-promoting bacteria from cultivated rice paddy soils of the Guadalquivir river marshes.GLOBAL ADVANCED RESEARCH JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE. 4-2, pp.127-136. ISSN 2315-5094.

8 Scientific paper. Jiménez-Guerrero I; et al. (5/2). 2015. NopC Is a Rhizobium-Specific Type 3 Secretion System Effector Secreted by Sinorhizobium (Ensifer) fredii HH103.PLOS ONE. 10-11. ISSN 1932-6203.

9 Scientific paper. del Cerro P; et al. (11/5). 2015. Regulatory nodD1 and nodD2 genes of Rhizobium tropici strain CIAT 899 and their roles in the early stages of molecular signaling and host-legume nodulation.BMC GENOMICS. 16-251. ISSN 1471-2164.

10 Scientific paper. Jiménez-Guerrero I; et al. (8/2). 2015. The Sinorhizobium (Ensifer) fredii

HH103 Type 3 Secretion System Suppresses Early Defense Responses to Effectively Nodulate Soybean.MPMI. 28-7, pp.790-799. ISSN 0894-0282.

11 Scientific paper. Vinardell JM; et al. (23/14). 2015. The Sinorhizobium fredii HH103

Genome: A Comparative Analysis With S. fredii Strains Differing in Their Symbiotic Behavior With Soybean.MPMI. 28-7, pp.811-824. ISSN 0894-0282.

12 Scientific paper. Pérez-Montaño F; et al. (9/1). 2014. Plant growth promotion in cereal and leguminous agricultural important plants: from microorganism capacities to crop production.MICROBIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. 169-5-6, pp.325-336. ISSN 0944-5013.

13 Scientific paper. Perez-Montano, Francisco; et al. (9/1). 2014. The Symbiotic Biofilm of Sinorhizobium fredii SMH12, Necessary for Successful Colonization and Symbiosis of Glycine max cv Osumi, Is Regulated by Quorum Sensing Systems and Inducing Flavonoids via NodD1.PLOS ONE. 9-8. ISSN 1932-6203.

14 Scientific paper. Monreal JA; et al. (6/3). 2013. Factors involved in the rise of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase-kinase activity caused by salinity in sorghum leaves.PLANTA. 237-5, pp.1401-1413. ISSN 0032-0935.

15 Scientific paper. Pérez-Montaño F; et al. (8/1). 2013. Rice and bean AHL-mimic quorum-sensing signals specifically interfere with the capacity to form biofilms by plant-associated bacteria.RESEARCH IN MICROBIOLOGY. 164-7, pp.749-760. ISSN 0923-2508.

16 Scientific paper. Pérez-Montaño F; et al. (10/1). 2011. Nodulation-gene-inducing flavonoids increase overall production of autoinducers and expression of N-acyl homoserine lactone synthesis genes in rhizobia.RESEARCH IN MICROBIOLOGY. 162-7, pp.715-723. ISSN 0923-2508.

17 Scientific paper. López-Baena FJ; et al. (7/3). 2009. The absence of Nops secretion in Sinorhizobium fredii HH103 increases GmPR1 expression in Williams soybean.MPMI. 22-11, pp.1445-1454. ISSN 0894-0282.

18 Scientific paper. López-Baena FJ; et al. (7/3). 2008. Regulation and symbiotic significance of nodulation outer proteins secretion in Sinorhizobium fredii HH103.MICROBIOLOGY-SGM. 154, pp.1825-1836. ISSN 1350-0872.

19 Scientific paper. Crespo-Rivas JC; et al. (9/3). 2007. A pyrF auxotrophic mutant of Sinorhizobium fredii HH103 impaired in its symbiotic interactions with soybean and other legumes.INTERNATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY. 10-3, pp.169-176. ISSN 1139-6709.

20 Book chapter. Jiménez-Guerrero I.; et al. (7/3). 2013. Protein Secretion Systems in Bacterial-Plant Host Associations Beneficial plant-microbial interactions: ecology and applications. CRC Press. ISBN 978-1-46-658717-5.

21 Book chapter. López-Baena F.J.; et al. (9/2). 2011. El Sistema de Secreción de Tipo III de Rizobacterias Fundamentos y aplicaciones agroambiantales de las interacciones beneficiosas plantas-microorganismos. Sociedad Española de Fijación de Nitrógeno. pp.215-226. ISBN 978-84-614-7364-9.

22 Scientific book or monograph. Pérez-Montaño F.; Espuny M.R.; Bellogín R.A.(3/ 1). 2012. Comunicación Entre Bacterias: “Quorum Sensing”.Editorial Académica Española.. ISBN 978-36-590-3556-2.