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Conxita Royo

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Informació professional:


  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Agricultural Sciences, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) (1981)
  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) (1987)
  • Head of Cereal Breeding Program (IRTA) (1998-2008)
  • Head of the Field Crops Program (IRTA) (2008-to date)
  • Director of the Center IRTA in Lleida (2009-2013)
  • Assistant manager to the Scientific Direction of IRTA (2013-to date)
  • Expertise in small grain cereals (wheat and triticale): breeding, drought resistance, growth and development, quality, genetic resources


Publicacions destacades


  • Araus JL, Slafer GA, Reynolds M, Royo C. 2002. Plant Breeding and drought in C3 cereals: What should we to breed for? Annals of Botany 89: 925-940.
  • Royo C, Villegas D, García del Moral LF, El Hani S, Aparicio N, Rharrabti Y, Araus JL. 2002. Comparative performance of carbon isotope discrimination and canopy temperature depression as predictors of genotype differences in durum wheat yield in Spain. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 53: 561-570.
  • García del Moral LF, Rharrabti Y, Villegas D, Royo C. 2003. Evaluation of grain yield and its components in durum wheat under Mediterranean conditions: An ontogenic approach. Agronomy Journal 95: 266-274.
  • Araus JL, Bort J, Steduto P, Villegas D, Royo C. 2003. Breeding cereals for Mediterranean conditions: Ecophysiological clues for biotechnology application. Annals of Applied Biology 142: 129-141.
  • Royo C, Aparicio N, Villegas D, Casadesus J, Monneveux P, Araus JL. 2003. Usefulness of spectral reflectance indices as durum wheat yield predictors under contrasting Mediterranean environments. International Journal of Remote Sensing 24: 4403-4419.
  • Royo C, Aparicio N, Blanco R, Villegas D. 2004. Leaf and green area development of durum wheat genotypes grown under Mediterranean conditions. European Journal of Agronomy 20: 419-430.
  • Royo C, Nachit MN, Di Fonzo N, Araus JL, Pfeiffer WH, Slafer G.A. (eds). 2005. Durum Wheat Breeding: Current Approaches and Future Strategies. Food Product Press (New York, USA), an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc., New York, 35 chapters, 1084 pp. ISBNtapa dura 1-56022-966-7, ISBNtapa blanda 1-56022-967-5.
  • García del Moral LF, Rharrabti,Y, Martos V, Sliman EH, Royo C. 2005. Yield formation in Mediterranean durum wheats under two contrasting water regimes based on path-coefficient analysis. Euphytica 146: 203-212.
  • Royo C, Álvaro F, Martos V, Ramdani A, Isidro J, Villegas D, García del Moral LF. 2007. Genetic changes in durum wheat yield components and associated traits in Italy and Spain during the 20th century. Euphytica 155: 259-270.
  • Sanguineti MC, Maccaferri M, Natoli V, Araus JL, Ben Salem M, Bort J, DeAmbrogio E, Garcia del Moral LF, Demontis A, El-Hamed A, Elouafi I, Maalouf F, Martos V, Nachit MM, Nserallah N, Ouabbou H, Rharrabti Y, Rhouma S, Royo C, Slama A, Villegas D, Tuberosa R. 2007. Mapping QTLs for yield stability in durum wheat grown under different water regimes. 2007. Molecular Plant Breeding 5: 223.
  • Maccaferri M, Sanguineti MC, Corneti S, Araus JL, Ben Salem M, Bort J, DeAmbrogio E, Garcia del Moral LF, DeMontis A, El-Ahmed A, Maalouf F, Machlab H, Martos V, Moragues M, Motawaj J, Nachit MM, Nserallah N, Ouabbou H, Royo C, Slama A, Tuberosa R. 2008. Quantitative trait loci for grain yield and adaptation of durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) across a wide range of water availability. Genetics 178: 489-511.
  • Royo C, Martos V, Ramdani A, Villegas D, Rharrabti Y, García del Moral LF. 2008. Changes in yield and carbon isotope discrimination of Italian and Spanish durum wheat during the 20th century. Agronomy Journal 100: 352-360.
  • Araus JL, Slafer GA, Royo C, Serret. M. 2008. Breeding for yield potential and stress adaptation in cereals. Critical Reviews in Plant Science 27: 377-412.
  • Royo C, Elias EM, Manthey FA. 2009. Durum Wheat Breeding. En: M.J. Carena (Ed.) Handbook of Plant Breeding: Cereals. Springer Science + Business Media. Pp. 199-226.
  • Royo C, Maccaferri M, Álvaro F, Moragues M, Sanguineti MC, Tuberosa R, Maalouf F, García del Moral LF, Demontis A, Rhouma S, Nachit M, Nserallah N, Villegas D. 2010. Understanding the relationships between genetic and phenotypic structures of a collection of elite durum wheat accessions. Field Crops Research 119: 91-105.
  • Maccaferri M, Sanguineti MC, Demontis A, El-Ahmed A, Garcia del Moral L, Maalouf F, Nachit, M, Nserallah N, Ouabbou H, Rhouma S, Royo C, Villegas D, Tuberosa R. 2011. Association mapping in durum wheat grown across a broad range of water regimes. Journal of Experimental Botany, 62 (2): 409–438.
  • Royo C, Briceño-Félix G.A. 2011. Spanish Wheat Pool. En: The World Wheat Book. A History of Wheat Breeding. Vol 2. (Bojean A.P.; Angus, W.J.; van Ginkel, M. (eds). Ed. Lavoisier. Pp. 121-154. ISBN: 978-2-7430-1102-4.
  • Royo C, Villegas D. 2011. Field measurements of canopy spectra for biomass assessment of small-grain cereals. En Biomass detection, production and usage. Matovic, D. (ed.). Ed. Intech. Croatia. Pp. 27-52. ISBN 978-953-307-492-4. Available from:
  • Nazco R, Villegas D, Ammar K, Peña RJ, Moragues M, Royo C. 2012. Can Mediterranean durum wheat landraces contribute to improved grain quality attributes in modern cultivars? Euphytica. 185 (1): 1-17.
  • Sanchez-Garcia M, Álvaro F, Martín-Sánchez JA, Sillero J, Escribano J, Royo C. 2012. Breeding effects on the genotype × environment interaction for yield of bread wheat grown in Spain during the 20th century. Field Crops Research 126: 79–86.
  • Ruiz M, Giraldo P, Royo C, Carrillo JM. 2013. Creation and validation of the Spanish durum wheat core collection. Crop Sci. 53:1–8.
  • Sanchez-Garcia M, Royo C, Aparicio N, Martín-Sánchez JA, Álvaro F. 2013. Genetic improvement of bread wheat yield and associated traits in Spain during the 20th century. Journal of Agricultural Science. 151, 105-118.
  • Nazco R, Peña RJ, Ammar K, Villegas D, Crossa J, Moragues M, Royo, C. 2014. Variability in glutenin subunit composition of Mediterranean durum wheat germplasm and its relationship with gluten strength. J Agric Sci Cambridge. (en prensa). doi:10.1017/S0021859613000117.
  • Peremarti A, Marè C, Aprile A, Roncaglia E, Cattivelli L, Villegas D, Royo C. 2014. Transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of a pale-green durum wheat mutant shows variations in photosystem components and metabolic deficiencies under drought stress. BCM genomics (en premsa).
  • Subirà J, Peña RJ, Álvaro F, Ammar K, Ramdani A, Royo, C. 2014. Breeding progress in the pasta-making quality of durum wheat cultivars released in Italy and Spain during the 20th century. Crop & Pasture Science.(en premsa)
  • Graziani M, Maccaferri M, Royo C, Tuberosa R. 2014. QTL dissection of yield components and morpho-physiological traits in a durum wheat elite population tested in contrasting thermo-pluviometric conditions Crop & Pasture Science. (en premsa).