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Can we control how plants produce their biomass?

Grant number: 16/50189-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2017 - August 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany
Cooperation agreement: University of Melbourne
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Igor Cesarino
Grantee:Igor Cesarino
Principal investigator abroad: Steffan Persson
Institution abroad: University of Melbourne, Australia
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/19561-0 - Regulation of plant growth by the target of rapamycin (TOR) pathway, AP.BIOEN.JP


Plants ability to grow tall and slender depends on how well they produce secondary cell wall structures. These structures are largely made of sugar-based polymers, and also constitute the bulk of a plant's biomass and are thus also essential for many industrial applications, including fuel, construction and biomaterials. We will investigate how a central carbon-coordinator, the TOR complex, regulates the carbon partitioning into secondary walls in Arabidopsis and the important C4 crop model plant Setaria viridis. The results will lay a foundation to an important research collaboration that include student exchange and that will strengthen the alignments between FAPESP and the University of Melbourne. (AU)

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