ICREA Academia
Jose Luis Araus Ortega

Jose Luis Araus Ortega

ICREA Acadèmia 2013 & 2018

Universitat de Barcelona · Life & Medical Sciences

Jose Luis Araus Ortega

Full Professor of Plant Physiology, at the University of Barcelona (1993) and Professor ICREA Academia (in 2013 and 2018). Research stages at the University of Georgia (US), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (Syria), the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (UAE), the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT, Mexico), etc. He was a National Seconded Expert at the Directorate-General for Research of the EU (Brussels), Principal Scientist at the Global Maize CIMMYT. He is and has been PI of several international projects and co-author on near 300 publications in SCI and SSCI journals, with an h-index (Google Scholar) of 79, and the recipient (2008) of the Friendship Award (China). Responsibilities in international and national research evaluation agencies.

Research interests

  • Research on ecophysiological traits and phenotypic tools to use in crop breeding and agronomy, with special emphasis on remote sensing and stable isotopes.
  • Photosynthetic C and N metabolism, abiotic stresses and productivity in crops, cereals
  • Paleoreconstruction of the agricultural conditions in the antiquity


Photosynthesis, crop breeding, ecophysiology, global change