Jeroni Galmés Galmés

Universitat de les Illes Balears – Departament de Biologia
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Degree in Biology (2001) and Master's degree in Quality Management and Environment (2001) from the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).
In 2006, he defended his doctoral thesis entitled 'Ecophysiological traits and their responses to drought in species from the Balearic Islands with different growth forms'. In 2007, he received a postdoctoral fellowship to carry out the 'Molecular and physiological approximations for crop performance improvement under drought' project in Rothamsted Research (UK) and the National University of Australia.
He is currently Associate Professor of Biology at the UIB, with teaching responsibilities in Agricultural Engineering and Rural Environment (GEAM) and Biology, as well as in the Master's Degree in Applied Biotechnology. He has organized and participated in several doctoral and post-doctoral courses at the UIB and abroad. He was part of the commission for the development and design of the current GEAM curriculum. He is currently a member of the Biosafety Committee at the UIB and a member of GEAM's Quality Assessment and Credit Transfer and Recognition committees.
He has participated as PI or part of the research team in projects financed by autonomous public, state and international agencies, as well as companies in the sector. He has authored more than 70 articles in international journals, books and book chapters, and has participated in more than 80 state and international congresses. As a result of his research, he has received several awards, including the Spanish Research Prize on Water Relations (2008), and the 'Sabater Prize' (2011, Spanish Society of Plant Physiology).
He regularly acts as a reviewer for several international magazines and funding agencies. He is part of the Scientific Council for the Man and Biosphere Program (UNESCO) representing the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands.

Research Lines

  • Physiology of natural vegetation and crops, with emphasis on their response to abiotic stresses
  • Photosynthetic process with emphasis on the enzyme Rubisco, and the potential improvement of the photosynthetic capacity of the crops


  • Characterization and improvement of horticultural varieties
  • Improvement of the photosynthetic capacity of crops and resistance to abiotic stresses


  • 2016. Ten-year review of the Biosphere Reserve of Menorca (2006-2015). Autonomous Organism of National Parks - Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Amount: 9995 €.
  • 2016. Coexistence between organic, conventional and transgenic crops in the Balearic Islands. Technical draft of autonomic regulation. Department of Agriculture, Environment and Territory - Government of the Balearic Islands. Amount: 20473.20 €
  • 2016. Optimization and regeneration of the seed bank of Ramillet tomato from the Balearic Islands. Department of Agriculture, Environment and Territory - Government of the Balearic Islands. Amount: 24561.96 €.
  • 2014-2015. Ecophysiology of Antarctic Plants. CONICYT Chile. Importe: 12638 €.
  • 2014-2017. Tomatoes for drought: new insights from landraces and wild relatives. Economy and Competitiveness Ministry (MINECO). Importe: 130000 €.
  • 2012-2013. Scientific evaluation of the Biosphere Reserves in the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands. Autonomous Organism of National Parks - Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Amount: 6779.66 €
  • 2011-2012. Characterization of by-pass photorespiratory mutants. Importe: 15000 €. Contrato con BayerCrop Science
  • 2010-2012. Improving the efficiency of photosynthesis by the exploration of the natural variability of Rubisco. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO). Importe: 181500 €.


  • Hermida-Carrera, C; Kapralov M.V.; Galmés, J. (2016) Rubisco catalytic properties and temperature response in crops. Plant Physiology 171, 1-13
  • Galmés, J.; Hermida-Carrera, C.; Laanisto, L.; Niinemets, Ü. (2016) A compendium of temperature responses of Rubisco kinetic traits: variability among and within photosyntheticgroups and impact on photosynthesis modelling. Journal of Experimental Botany (in press).
  • Fullana-Pericàs, M.; Conesa, M.À.; Soler, S.; Ribas-Carbó, M.; Granell, A.; Galmés, J. (2016) Variations of leaf morphology, photosynthetic traits and water-use efficiency in Western-Mediterranean tomatolandraces. Photosynthetica (in press).
  • Muir, C.D.; Conesa, M.À.; Roldán, E.J.; Molins, A.; Galmés, J. (2016) Weak coordination between leaf structure and function amongclosely related tomato species. New Phytologist (in press).
  • Perdomo, J.A.; Conesa, M.À.; Medrano, H.; Ribas-Carbó, M.; Galmés, J. (2014) Effects of long-term individual and combined water and temperature stress on the growth of rice, wheat andmaize: relationship with morphological and physiological acclimation. Physiologia plantarum 155, 149-165
  • Galmes, J.; Kapralov, M.; Andralojc, P.J.; Conesa, M.A.; Keys, A.J.; Parry,M.A.J.; Flexas, J. (2014) Expanding knowledge of the Rubisco kinetics variability in plant species:environmental and evolutionary trends. Plant Cell and Environment 37, 1989-2001
  • Galmés, J.; Andralojc, P.J.; Kapralov M.V.; Flexas, J.; Keys, A.J.; Molins, A.; Parry,M.A.J.; Conesa, M.À. (2014) Environmentally driven evolution of Rubisco and improvedphotosynthesis and growth within the C-3 genus Limonium (Plumbaginaceae). New Phytologist 203, 989-999.
  • Conesa, M.À.; Galmés, J.; Ochogavía, J.M.; March, J.; Jaume, J.; Martorell, A.; Francis,D.M.; Medrano, H.; Rose, J.K.C.; Cifre, J. (2014) The postharvest tomato fruit quality of long shelf-life Mediterranean landraces is substantially influenced byirrigation regimes. Postharvest Biology and Technology 93, 114-121.
  • Galmés, J.; Ochogavia, J.M.; Gago, J.; Roldán, E.J.; Cifre, J.; Conesa, M.A. (2013) Leaf responses to drought stress in Mediterranean accessions of Solanum lycopersicum: anatomicaladaptations in relation to gas-exchange parameters. Plant Cell and Environment 36, 920-935.
  • Whitney, S.M.; Sharwood, R.E.; Orr, D.; White, S.J.; Alonso, H.; Galmés, J. (2011) Isoleucine 309 acts as a C4 catalytic switch that increases ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase(rubisco) carboxylation rate in Flaveria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108, 14688-14693.