ICREA Academia
Jose Luis Araus Ortega

Jose Luis Araus Ortega

ICREA Academia 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 National Seconded Expert at the Directorate General for Research of the EU (Brussels), Principal Scientist at the Global Maize CIMMYT  and currently coordinator for Agriculture, Research Evaluation Agency of the Andalusian Government (Spain). He is and has been PI of several international projects and co-author on near 250 publications in SCI and SSCI Journals, with h-index (Google Scholar) of 69, and recipient (2008) of the Friendship Award (China). Responsibilities in international and national research evaluation agencies.

Research interests

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


Photosynthesis, crop breeding, ecophysiology, global change