Gemma Molero is a wheat physiologist and researches adaptive traits that enhance yield under different environments, especially traits related to photosynthesis.
In wheat physiology, bottlenecks to improving yield are identified through experimentation under drought, heat-stressed and favorable environments. In order to identify traits of interest, Molero and colleagues screen genetic resources through field phenotyping and use genetic tools to identify the genetic basis of the traits. Once the lines have been identified, they conduct strategic crosses in order to ensure that complementary traits will be incorporated in new wheat plants generated.
Molero is also in charge of coordinating activities from visitors and doctorate students to CIMMYT’s experimental station in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, and is involved in project management and funding activities.