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Saccharum spontaneum genome for development of energy cane

Grant number: 12/05890-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 03, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Plant Genetics
Principal Investigator:Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães Pereira
Grantee:Karina Yanagui de Almeida
Host Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/17045-2 - Unraveling cell wall architecture of Saccharum spontaneum and its hybrids: insights to better understand the lignocellulosic biomass formation, BE.EP.DR


Bioethanol is a prominent renewable and green energy source e present an consistent alternative to the use of fossil fuels. This biofuel can be obtained from three biomass sources: starch, sugar and cellulose. Presently, the bioethanol production is based on starch and sugar biomass (first generation bioethanol). The polysaccharides sources (cellulose and hemicellulose) presents higher biomass and energetic yeld and can be obtained from many organic residue sources. Several studies aim to develop new technologies to enable cellulosic bioethanol production (second generation) in commercial scale at low costs and reducted environmental damage. One possibility is the development of S. espontaneum cultivar that can accumulate high fiber and biomass contents, known as energy cane. The structural and organizational elucidation of complete genomes, as well the identification of genes and methabolic pathways, constitute an important source for understanding biology and molecular bases that characterize this species with high cellulosic and hemicellulosic contents, providing efficient tools in biotechnology for energy cane development. (AU)

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Scientific publications
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NASCIMENTO, LEANDRO COSTA; YANAGUI, KARINA; JOSE, JULIANA; CAMARGO, EDUARDO L. O.; GRASSI, MARIA CAROLINA B.; CUNHA, CAMILA P.; BRESSIANI, JOSE PRIME ANTONIO; CARVALHO, GUILHERME M. A.; CARVALHO, CARLOS ROBERTO; PRADO, PAULA F.; et al. Unraveling the complex genome of Saccharum spontaneum using Polyploid Gene Assembler. DNA Research, v. 26, n. 3, p. 205-216, . (13/08293-7, 14/09638-0, 12/05890-1)
YANAGUI, KARINA; CAMARGO, EDUARDO L. O.; DE ABREU, LUIS GUILHERME F.; NAGAMATSU, SHEILA T.; FIAMENGHI, MATEUS B.; SILVA, NICHOLAS, V; CARAZZOLLE, MARCELO F.; NASCIMENTO, LEANDRO C.; FRANCO, SULAMITA F.; BRESSIANI, JOSE A.; et al. Internode elongation in energy cane shows remarkable clues on lignocellulosic biomass biosynthesis in Saccharum hybrids. Gene, v. 828, p. 14-pg., . (18/10315-2, 12/05890-1, 13/08293-7, 14/26905-2)
Academic Publications
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ALMEIDA, Karina Yanagui de. Genomics and transcriptomics of Saccharum spontaneum and its hybrids: insights to better understand the lignocellullosic biomass formation. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Biologia Campinas, SP.

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Filed patent(s) as a result of this research project

MÉTODO PARA A MONTAGEM DE REGIÕES DE GENES COMPLETOS DE GENOMAS COMPLEXOS, E USO DO MESMO BR1020160195055 - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) . Solicitação Em Análise E Dentro Do Prazo Legal De Sigilo Previsto Na Legislação - August 2016, 24