Montserrat Martí, Gabriel

Montserrat Martí, Gabriel 

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Scientific Research






My research activity focus on the study of the ecological strategies of plants in Mediterranean landscapes by using the “functional analysis of plant pheno-morphological patterns”, an approach we are developing in our group. This methodology is based on the study of the developmental cycles of perennial plant species from the perspective of the growth of each plant structure in relation with the season it is produced and its interaction with the growth of other structures. We are currently applying this approach to assess the relationships between primary and secondary growth in several Mediterranean woody species, to understand seed masting cycles in Quercus, and to decipher the ecological strategies of chamaephytes and the adaptations of plant species to gypsum.


Research Interest


- Phenology, pheno-morphology and development of Mediterranean plants.
- Plant functional strategies in relation to erosive processes.
- Plant adaptations to climate
- Plants living in gypsum soils





  • Milla, R., Castro-Díez, P., Maestro-Martínez, M. & Montserrat-Martí, G. 2005. Relationships between phenology and the remobilization of nitrogen, phosphorous and potasium in branches of eight Mediterranean evergreens. New Phytologist 168: 167-178.

  • Milla, R., Castro-Díez, P., Maestro-Martínez, M. & Montserrat-Martí, G. 2005. Does the gradualness of leaf shedding govern nutrient resorption from senescing leaves in Mediterranean woody plants? Plant and Soil 278: 303-313.

  • Guerrero-Campo J., Palacio S., Pérez-Rontomé C. & Montserrat-Martí G. 2006. Effect of root system morphology on root-sprouting and shoot-rooting abilities in plant species from eroded lands in NE Spain. Annals of Botany 98:439-447.

  • Palacio, S., Escudero A., Montserrat-Martí G., Maestro M., Milla R., & Albert M. J. 2007. Plants living on gypsum: Beyond the specialist model. Annals of Botany 99: 333-343.

  • Palacio S. & Montserrat-Martí G. 2007. Above and belowground phenology of six Mediterranean sub-shrubs growing along an altitude gradient in NE Spain. Journal of Arid Environments 68: 522-533.

  • Palacio S., Maestro M., & Montserrat-Martí G. 2007. Relationship between shoot-rooting and root-sprouting abilities and the carbohydrate and nitrogen reserves of Mediterranean dwarf shrubs. Annals of Botany 100: 865-874.

  • Guerrero-Campo J., Palacio S. & Montserrat-Martí G. 2008. Plant traits enabling survival to soil erosion in Mediterranean badlands. Journal of Vegetation Science 19: 457-464.

  • Palacio S., Maestro M., Milla R., Camarero J. J., Albuixech J., Pérez-Rontomé C. & Montserrat-Martí G. 2008. Seasonal variability of dry matter content and its relationship to shoot growth and non-structural carbohydrates. New Phytologist, 180: 133-142.

  • Montserrat-Martí G., Palacio S., Milla R. & Giménez-Benavides L. 2011. Meristem growth, phenology, and architecture in chamaephytes of the Iberian Peninsula: insights into a negelected life form. Folia Geobotanica 46: 117-136.

  • Alla, A.Q., J.J. Camarero, M. Maestro-Martínez & G. Montserrat-Martí. 2012. Acorn production is linked to secondary growth but not to declining carbohidrate concentrations in current-year shoots of two oak species. Trees DOI: 10.1007/s00468-011-0658-3.





  •  Los caracteres funcionales como herramienta para la conservación de las comunidades vegetales y la predicción de sus cambios: Aplicación a un gradiente altitudinal hotspot de biodiversidad mediterránea (FUNVEG)
    Plan Nacional. CGL2010-16880 BOS
    IP: Teresa Navarro del Águila

  • Caracterización funcional de especies leñosas en relación con sus atributos de xilema e implicaciones para las respuestas de la xilogénesis al calentamiento climático (XILVA)
    Plan Nacional. CGL2011-26654
    IP: Jesús Julio Camarero