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Genetic transformation of maize and Arabidopsis thaliana for functional evaluation of genes aiming at tolerance to abiotic stresses

Grant number: 21/08486-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2021
Effective date (End): August 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biochemistry - Molecular Biology
Principal researcher:Paulo Arruda
Grantee:Alessandra Koltun
Home Institution: Centro de Biologia Molecular e Engenharia Genética (CBMEG). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/23218-0 - The Genomics for Climate Change Research Center, AP.PCPE


Global climate change poses a major threat to agricultural production and food security around the world, especially in the tropics. This proposal for a postdoctoral fellowship project aims to genetically transform maize and Arabidopsis thaliana to interrogate the function of abiotic-stress-related genes. The project involves the cultivation, optimization of transformation protocols, and evaluation of the role played by genes discovered in the GCCRC pipeline, mainly the ones related to mitochondrial metabolism. As for maize transformation, the grantee will work in collaboration with the transformation team to optimize the process. (AU)

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