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Center for Plant Molecular Breeding

Grant number: 22/04006-2
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Research Centers in Engineering Program
Duration: December 01, 2022 - November 30, 2032
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Crop Science
Principal Investigator:Anete Pereira de Souza
Grantee:Anete Pereira de Souza
Host Institution: Centro de Biologia Molecular e Engenharia Genética (CBMEG). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
City: CampinasBrasília
Partner institutions: Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (Brasil). Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA). Embrapa Sede
Pesquisadores principais:
Antonio Augusto Franco Garcia ; Fernando Augusto de Almeida Hashimoto ; Luciana Rossini Pinto Machado da Silva ; Marcelo Menossi Teixeira ; Maria Imaculada Zucchi ; Michel Georges Albert Vincentz ; Renato Vicentini dos Santos
Associated researchers:Alessandra Pereira Fávero ; Ana Carolina Lorena ; Ana Luisa Sousa Azevedo ; Andréa Raposo ; Beatriz Castro Dias Cuyabano ; Benilton de Sá Carvalho ; Bianca Baccili Zanotto Vigna ; Camila Caldana ; Eduardo Caruso Machado ; Eva S. K. Rosenqvist ; Fernando César Bachiega Zambrosi ; Frederico de Pina Matta ; Gabriel Rodrigues Alves Margarido ; Giselle Mariano Lessa de Assis ; Gregor Gorjanc ; Guilherme Vieira Nunes Ludwig ; Hélio Pedrini ; Hermann Paulo Hoffmann ; Ian James Mackay ; Ivan Antônio dos Anjos ; Jorge Fernando Pereira ; Karem Guimarães Xavier Meireles ; Liana Jank ; Lucas Rios do Amaral ; Luciana Aparecida Carlini Garcia ; Luciana Oliveira Souza Anjos ; Marcelo Mattos Cavallari ; Marco Aurélio Caldas de Pinho Pessoa Filho ; Marcos Cesar Gonçalves ; Marcos Guimarães de Andrade Landell ; Marcos Rafael Gusmão ; Mariana Rodrigues Motta ; Mariane de Mendonça Vilela ; Mateus Figueiredo Santos ; Mauro Alexandre Xavier ; Monalisa Sampaio Carneiro ; Patricia Menezes Santos ; Rafael Pimentel Maia ; Rafael Vasconcelos Ribeiro ; Reginaldo Massanobu Kuroshu ; Ricardo da Silva Torres ; Roberto Fritsche Neto ; Rodrigo Gazaffi ; Rosangela Maria Simeão ; Samara Flamini Kiihl ; Samira Domingues Carlin Cavallari ; Sanzio Carvalho Lima Barrios ; Tatiana Andrea Benaglia Carvalho ; Tatiana de Campos ; Thiago Willian Almeida Balsalobre ; Zanoni Dias
Associated scholarship(s):23/14813-5 - Potencial target genes prospecting for RNAi-mediated control of Mahanarva spp. spittlebugs in sugarcane and forage, BP.DR
24/01328-4 - Development of sugarcane synthetic promoters responsive to water deficit stress, BP.DD
23/06910-0 - Unraveling molecular mechanisms of quantitative traits in Megathyrsus maximus using digital phenotypes and computer vision, BP.DR


Pastures and sugarcane are economically important crops, with genetic complexities that restrict the availability of genomic resources and make the selection process slower and more complicated than in other important agricultural species. Food production and also bio-based resources face constant abiotic and biotic challenges, and sustainable practices and environmentally-friendly solutions are mandatory to attend the world demand of healthier food with less environmental impact. In such a scenario, the Center for Plant Molecular Breeding (CPMB) is a research network with focus on the selection and development of tropical forage grasses and sugarcane cultivars based on modern molecular tools, statistical methods, and efficient computational resources. With the general aim of developing genetic resources for increasing agricultural production, the CPMB is organized into four complementary Joint Research Actions (JRA): (i) Molecular Omics; (ii) High-Throughput Phenotyping; (iii) Modeling; and (iv) Data Science, which will be supported by a multidisciplinary research team involving scientists from the most prominent Brazilian teaching and research institutions (Unicamp, USP, IAC, Instituto Biológico, Embrapa and UFSCar/RIDESA) and also from renowned international institutions. Through a joint effort, we expect to provide disruptive advances and innovation in Brazilian agriculture, with unprecedented benefits to the sugarcane and cattle industries through increases in sugar and biomass production for feeding an increasing and well-known bioeconomy. Based on research excellence, state-of-the-art facilities and synergy among all areas of expertise, the CPMB will produce not only new methods and techniques but also new varieties with greater productive potential and capable of meeting the demands of contemporary societies, in a sustainable and multidisciplinary way. (AU)

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