Research lines

•           Restoration of degraded soils assisted by plants and microorganisms

•           Ecology of beneficial interactions, plant-bacteria, and microalgae-bacteria

•           Rock bioweathering

•           Plant-microbe as indicators of conservation and habitat restoration

•           Microbial inoculants

Selected List of Publications

  • Lopez, B.R., Bacilio, M. 2020. Weathering and soil formation in hot, dry environments: weathering mediated by plant-microbe interactions in the Sonoran Desert. Biology and Fertility of Soils.
  • Lopez, B.R., Palacios, O.A., Bashan, Y., Hernandez-Sandoval, F.E., de-Bashan, L.E. 2019. Riboflavin and lumichrome exuded by the bacterium Azospirillum brasilense promote growth and changes in metabolites in Chlorella sorokiniana under autotrophic conditions. Algal Research 44:101396.
  • Palacios O.A., Lopez B.R., Bashan Y., de-Bashan L.E. 2018. Early Changes in Nutritional Conditions Affect Formation of Synthetic Mutualism Between Chlorella sorokiniana and the Bacterium Azospirillum brasilense. Microbial Ecology.
  • Garcia, E., Lopez B. R., de-Bashan, L.E., Hirsch, A.M., Maymon, M., Bashan, Y. 2017. Functional metabolic diversity of the bacterial community in undisturbed resource island soils in the southern Sonoran Desert. Land Degradation & Development.
  • Galaviz C., Lopez BR., de-Bashan LE., Hirsch AM., Maymon M., Bashan Y. 2017. Root growth improvement of mesquite seedlings, bacterial rhizosphere, and soil community changes are induced by inoculation with plant growth-promoting bacteria and promote restoration of eroded desert soil. Land Degradation & Development.
  • Moreno, M., de-Bashan, L. E., Hernandez, J. P., Lopez, B. R., Bashan, Y. 2017. Success of long-term restoration of degraded arid land using native trees planted 11 years earlier. Plant and Soil, 421(1-2), 83-92.
  • Lopez, B.R., Hernandez, J.P., Bashan, Y., and de-Bashan, L.E. 2017. Immobilization of microalgae cells in alginate facilitates isolation of DNA and RNA. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 135: 96-104.
  • Franklin, K. A., Sommers, P. N., Aslan, C. E., Lopez, B. R., Bronstein, J. L., Bustamante, E., … Marazzi, B. 2016. Plant Biotic Interactions in the Sonoran Desert: Current Knowledge and Future Research Perspectives. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 177: 217-234.
  • Marazzi B., Franklin K., Sommers P.N., Aslan C., Lopez B.R., Bronstein J L., Bustamante O. E., Montijo-Burquez A. Medellín R. A. 2015. Plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert: Current research, conservation, and future directions. Journal of the Southwest.
  • Bashan, Y., Lopez B.R, Huss, V. A. R., Amavizca, E., de-Bashan, L.E. 2016. Chlorella sorokiniana (formerly C. vulgaris) UTEX 2714, a non-thermotolerant microalga useful for biotechnological applications and as a reference strain. Journal of Applied Phycology 28:113-121.
  • Lopez, B.R., Bashan, Y., Trejo, A., de-Bashan, L.E. 2013. Amendment of degraded desert soil with wastewater debris containing immobilized Chlorella sorokiniana and Azospirillum brasilense significantly modifies soil bacterial community structure, diversity, and richness. Biology and Fertility of Soils 49: 1053-1063.
  • Lopez, B.R., Tinoco-Ojanguren, C., Bacilio, M., Mendoza, A., Bashan, Y., 2012. Endophytic bacteria of the rock-dwelling cactus Mammillaria fraileana affect plant growth and mobilization of elements from rocks. Environmental and Experimental Botany 81: 26-36.
  • Bashan, Y., Salazar, B. G., Moreno M., Lopez, B. R. Linderman, R. G. 2012. Restoration of eroded soil in the Sonoran Desert with native leguminous trees using plant growth-promoting microorganisms and limited amounts of compost and water. Journal of Environmental Management 102: 26-36.
  • Lopez, B.R., Bashan, Y., Bacilio, M., 2011. Endophytic bacteria of Mammillaria fraileana, an endemic rock-colonizing cactus of the Southern Sonoran Desert. Archives of Microbiology 193: 527-541.
  • Lopez. B.R, Bashan Y., Bacilio M. De la Cruz-Aguero G. 2009. Rock-colonizing plants: abundance of the endemic cactus Mammillaria fraileana related to rock type in the southern Sonoran Desert. Plant Ecology 201:575-588.