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Overexpression of genes related to polyols synthesis in Setaria

Grant number: 19/16226-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2019
Effective date (End): September 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Principal Investigator:Danilo da Cruz Centeno
Grantee:Karoline Estefani Duarte
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/15576-9 - Carbon metabolism in plants under different perspectives: searching alternatives for crop yield enhancement, AP.JP2


In this Project the post-doc fellow will transform Setaria italica and Setaria viridis overexpressing polyols genes in order to increase the concentration of osmoprotectants molecules. Polyols are described as potential osmoprotectants and might also act on the non-enzymatic antioxidant system. Therefore, polyols might be interesting target molecules to improve productivity in crops, especially considering hostile environments subjected to drought, for example. This is of particular importance when considered the future scenarios described by the International Panel of Climate Changes (IPCC). Another relevant hypothesis is that the overexpression of polyols might improve the sink strength, increasing carbon demand on sink organs. In this case, photosynthesis could be stimulated resulting in higher biomass accumulation.