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Marcio Alves-Ferreira

Professor Marcio Alves-Ferreira

Research Fellow


University of Oxford

Research summary

The main objective of this project is to make a genome-wide analysis of expression patterns in leaf primordia and developing leaf samples of Setaria viridis, in order to identify candidate regulators of Kranz anatomy development. Candidate genes will be functionally tested by forward and reverse genetics in S. viridis. These objectives pursue two final goals: (1) to find genes involved in the development of the C4 syndrome that can be used both for improving C3 and C4 crop plants, and 2) to contribute transcriptomic and anatomical data to the emerging Setaria research community to support the advance of C4 research. Besides this project, our research group focus on the molecular responses to abiotic stresses in plants. The molecular responses to drought stress and drought stress combined with high atmospheric CO2 have been evaluated in crops of social-economic importance to Brazil, such as coffee (Coffea ssp) and soybean (Glycine max). The identification and the functional characterization of these genes will provide important information for breeder to allow the development of new cultivars adapted to the global climate changes expected in the next decades.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Towards crop improvement: manipulation of C4 photosynthesis

Scheme: Newton Advanced Fellowship

Dates: Mar 2015 - Feb 2017

Value: £74,000

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