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AL 11 - Biometrics

Laboratory Activities - PlantStress Biotech INCT
  • Integrate transcriptome data from monocotyledons (rice, maize, wheat, musa and sorghum) submitted to water deficit, generated by mass sequencing (Illumina-HiSeq) in previous projects.

  • To identify in silico promoters responsive to biotic and abiotic stress.

  • Assemble a vector bank with promoters driven the expression of reporter genes (GUS/GFP) in monocotyledons and dicotyledons.

  • Validate the function of plant genes potentially involved in drought tolerance mechanisms in Arabidopsis, rice or Setaria plants through strategies of gene overexpression or silencing.

  • Organize, maintain and share an in vivo bank of innovation actives obtained in the project shared by INCT members.

Laboratory Description​

The Plant Genomic and Breading Center was created in 2000 as a joint effort of the Plant Breeding and the Genomics Groups at FAEM UFPel. This effort has been working aiming for the balanced training of the next generation of plant breeders with molecular biology skills. The research group at PGBC is connected to the graduate Programs in Agronomy/Plant Breeding, Biotechnology and Seed Science and Technology.

Research Lines
  • Plant Breeding: grasses, legumes, solanaceous, liliaceae.

  • Genetics resources, genome and plant biotechnology.


Our Team

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Antonio Costa de Oliveira

Team Leader

Graduate in Agronomy from Universidade Federal de Pelotas (1986), MSc in Agronomy/Genetics and Plant Breeding from Universidade de São Paulo (1988), PhD in Genetics from Purdue University (1996) and Post-doctoral studies at University of Georgia/Department of Genetics (2007). Professor at UFPEl and CNPq Research Fellow level 1A. Has experience in Agronomy, focusing on Plant Improvement, acting on the following subjects: cereal genomics, rice, oats quantitative traits, breeding and variability. Has many scientific collaborative research works with USA, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, England and Mexico.

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Camila Pegoraro

Graduated in Agronomy from the Federal University of Pelotas (2008), Master in Food Science and Technology from the Federal University of Pelotas (2010) and PhD in Agronomy - area of concentration in Plant Genetic Improvement - from the Federal University of Pelotas, with period sandwich at the Università degli Studi di Padova (2012). She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Pelotas, an area of expertise in Plant Genetic Improvement.

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Luciano Carlos da Maia

Agronomist with a PhD in Agronomy-Plant Breeding from FAEM/UFPel, where he currently works in the Department of Plant Science as Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding. He is a member of the Graduate Programs in Agronomy UFPel and Graduate Studies in Science and Technology of UFPel Seeds and collaborates with Research on Abiotic stress in rice in the Graduate Program in Plant Physiology - UFPel. Collaborates in the White Oat and Black Oat Breeding Program at the Genomics and Breeading Center - FAEM/UFPel. Develops studies of conventional breeding and quantitative genetics (rice and corn) and also studies in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, for the characterization of the genetic networks involved in abiotic stress (stress by salinity, by cold and iron in rice) and grain quality in rice . With corn, he has been carrying out studies for the phenotypic and molecular characterization of populations of Creole varieties from the southern half of RS, including studies with different genetic designs such as Full Brothers, Half Brothers and NC. He has experience in Bioinformatics (programming, databases and Linux OS) and Agricultural Experimentation. He was coordinator of PPG-Agronomia-UFPel between 2015-2017. Research Productivity Scholarship (PQ-2) in the notice 12/2017. Post-doctorate at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

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Antônio Costa de Oliveira

Universidade Federal de Pelotas - Genomic and Breeding Center

Campus UFPel - P.O. Box 354 - Postal Code 96160-000 - Capão do Leão, RS - Brazil


Phone:+55 53 3275-7263

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