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Ribeiro A.P.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Ribeiro A.P.,Federal University of Lavras | de Souza W.R.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Martins P.K.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | And 13 more authors.
Frontiers in Plant Science | Year: 2017

Acidic soils are distributed worldwide, predominantly in tropical and subtropical areas, reaching around 50% of the arable soil. This type of soil strongly reduces crop production, mainly because of the presence of aluminum, which has its solubility increased at low pH levels. A well-known physiological mechanism used by plants to cope with Al stress involves activation of membrane transporters responsible for organic acid anions secretion from the root apex to the rhizosphere, which chelate Al, preventing its absorption by roots. In sorghum, a membrane transporter gene belonging to multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) family was identified and characterized as an aluminum-activated citrate transporter gene responsible for Al tolerance in this crop. Setaria viridis is an emerging model for C4 species and it is an important model to validate some genes for further C4 crops transformation, such as sugarcane, maize, and wheat. In the present work, Setaria viridis was used as a model plant to overexpress a newly identified MATE gene from Brachypodium distachyon (BdMATE), closely related to SbMATE, for aluminum tolerance assays. Transgenic S. viridis plants overexpressing a BdMATE presented an improved Al tolerance phenotype, characterized by sustained root growth and exclusion of aluminum from the root apex in transgenic plants, as confirmed by hematoxylin assay. In addition, transgenic plants showed higher root citrate exudation into the rhizosphere, suggesting that Al tolerance improvement in these plants could be related to the chelation of the metal by the organic acid anion. These results suggest that BdMATE gene can be used to transform C4 crops of economic importance with improved aluminum tolerance. © 2017 Ribeiro, de Souza, Martins, Vinecky, Duarte, Basso, da Cunha, Campanha, de Oliveira, Centeno, Cançado, de Magalhães, de Sousa, Andrade, Kobayashi and Molinari.


Kobayashi A.K.,Instituto Agronomico do Parana IAPAR | Kobayashi A.K.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Vieira L.G.E.,Instituto Agronomico do Parana IAPAR | Vieira L.G.E.,Biotechnology Laboratory | And 8 more authors.
European Journal of Plant Pathology | Year: 2017

Citrus canker, caused by the bacterial pathogen Xanthomonas citri subp. Citri (Xcc), is a serious disease reported in most citrus-producing areas around the world. Although different levels of field resistance to citrus canker have been reported in sweet oranges, they are usually not sufficient to provide adequate control of the disease. Ectopic over-expression of antibacterial genes is one of the potential strategies to increase plant resistance to bacterial diseases. Previous in vitro results showed that sarcotoxin IA, an antimicrobial peptide isolated from the flesh fly (Sarcophaga peregrina), can be efficient to control different plant pathogenic bacteria, including Xcc. Transgenic “Pera” sweet orange (Citrus sinensis [L.] Osbeck) plants constitutively expressing the sarcotoxin IA peptide fused to the PR1a signal peptide from Nicotiana tabacum for secretion in the intercellular space were obtained by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation using thin sections of mature explants. Citrus canker resistance evaluation in leaves of transgenic and non-transgenic plants was performed through inoculations with Xcc by infiltration and spraying. The Xcc population was up to 2 log unit lower in leaves of the transgenic plants compared to those of non-transgenic controls. Incidence of canker lesions was significantly higher in non-transformed controls (>10 lesions/cm2) than in the transgenic plants (<5 lesions/cm2) after injection infiltration or spraying with Xcc inoculum. Accumulation of sarcotoxin IA peptide in sweet orange tissue did not cause any deleterious effects on the growth and development of the transgenic plants, indicating this approach is suitable to provide resistance to citrus canker. © 2017 Koninklijke Nederlandse Planteziektenkundige Vereniging


Lelu-Walter M.-A.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research | Thompson D.,Coillte Teoranta The Irish Forestry Board | Harvengt L.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Sanchez L.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research | And 2 more authors.
Tree Genetics and Genomes | Year: 2013

Vegetative propagation of forest trees offers advantages to both tree breeders and the forest industry. This review will describe benefits, type of vegetative propagation, and its integration into breeding programmes. Of all of the different methods for vegetative propagation, only rooted cuttings and somatic embryogenesis (and the combined use of both) offer any practical methods for large-scale commercial use. However, it is very difficult to fully appreciate the overall level of activity of the research and application of somatic embryogenesis of forest trees. Publications and reports only highlight a small fraction of the ongoing work. To this end, a survey was conducted across Europe (under EU Research Infrastructure Concerted Action "Treebreedex") to document the species involved, the state-of-the-art of somatic embryogenesis, its stage of development and its application in tree improvement programmes and to commercial forestry. The results of this survey are presented and discussed. In addition, this review presents the challenges (biological, economic, public acceptance and regulatory) and their relationships to European forestry. Finally, a strategy to promote the use of this technology is proposed. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Rodrigues F.A.,Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa Soybean | Fuganti-Pagliarini R.,Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa Soybean | Marcolino-Gomes J.,Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa Soybean | Marcolino-Gomes J.,State University Londrina | And 9 more authors.
BMC Genomics | Year: 2015

Background: Since drought can seriously affect plant growth and development and little is known about how the oscillations of gene expression during the drought stress-acclimation response in soybean is affected, we applied Illumina technology to sequence 36 cDNA libraries synthesized from control and drought-stressed soybean plants to verify the dynamic changes in gene expression during a 24-h time course. Cycling variables were measured from the expression data to determine the putative circadian rhythm regulation of gene expression. Results: We identified 4866 genes differentially expressed in soybean plants in response to water deficit. Of these genes, 3715 were differentially expressed during the light period, from which approximately 9.55 % were observed in both light and darkness. We found 887 genes that were either up- or down-regulated in different periods of the day. Of 54,175 predicted soybean genes, 35.52 % exhibited expression oscillations in a 24 h period. This number increased to 39.23 % when plants were submitted to water deficit. Major differences in gene expression were observed in the control plants from late day (ZT16) until predawn (ZT20) periods, indicating that gene expression oscillates during the course of 24 h in normal development. Under water deficit, dissimilarity increased in all time-periods, indicating that the applied stress influenced gene expression. Such differences in plants under stress were primarily observed in ZT0 (early morning) to ZT8 (late day) and also from ZT4 to ZT12. Stress-related pathways were triggered in response to water deficit primarily during midday, when more genes were up-regulated compared to early morning. Additionally, genes known to be involved in secondary metabolism and hormone signaling were also expressed in the dark period. Conclusions: Gene expression networks can be dynamically shaped to acclimate plant metabolism under environmental stressful conditions. We have identified putative cycling genes that are expressed in soybean leaves under normal developmental conditions and genes whose expression oscillates under conditions of water deficit. These results suggest that time of day, as well as light and temperature oscillations that occur considerably affect the regulation of water deficit stress response in soybean plants. © 2015 Rodrigues et al.


Reis R.R.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Reis R.R.,Federal University of Lavras | Andrade Dias Brito da Cunha B.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Martins P.K.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | And 16 more authors.
Plant Science | Year: 2014

Drought is one of the most challenging agricultural issues limiting sustainable sugarcane production and, in some cases, yield losses caused by drought are nearly 50%. DREB proteins play vital regulatory roles in abiotic stress responses in plants. The transcription factor DREB2A interacts with a cis-acting DRE sequence to activate the expression of downstream genes that are involved in drought-, salt- and heat-stress response in Arabidopsis thaliana. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of stress-inducible over-expression of AtDREB2A CA on gene expression, leaf water potential (ΨL), relative water content (RWC), sucrose content and gas exchanges of sugarcane plants submitted to a four-days water deficit treatment in a rhizotron-grown root system. The plants were also phenotyped by scanning the roots and measuring morphological parameters of the shoot. The stress-inducible expression of AtDREB2A CA in transgenic sugarcane led to the up-regulation of genes involved in plant response to drought stress. The transgenic plants maintained higher RWC and ΨL over 4 days after withholding water and had higher photosynthetic rates until the 3rd day of water-deficit. Induced expression of AtDREB2A CA in sugarcane increased sucrose levels and improved bud sprouting of the transgenic plants. Our results indicate that induced expression of AtDREB2A CA in sugarcane enhanced its drought tolerance without biomass penalty. © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.


Alves A.A.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Laviola B.G.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Formighieri E.F.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Carels N.,Center for Technological Development in Health
Biotechnology Journal | Year: 2015

Genomics provides the opportunity to explore the relationships of genes and phenotypes: its operational use in the context of breeding programs through strategies such as genomic selection, promises to foster the development of perennial crops dedicated to biodiesel production by increasing the efficiency of breeding programs and by shortening the length of the breeding cycles. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


Martins P.K.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Ribeiro A.P.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Cunha B.A.D.B.D.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Kobayashi A.K.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory | Molinari H.B.C.,Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory
Biotechnology Reports | Year: 2015

The production and use of sugarcane in Brazil is very important for bioenergy production and is recognized as one of the most efficient in the world. In our laboratory, Setaria viridis is being tested as a model plant for sugarcane. S. viridis has biological attributes (rapid life cycle, small genome, diploid, short stature and simple growth requirements) that make it suitable for use as a model system. We report a highly efficient protocol for Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of S. viridis. The optimization of several steps in tissue culture allowed the rapid regeneration of plants and increased the rate of transformation up to 29%. This protocol could become a powerful tool for functional genomics in sugarcane. © 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.


Catao E.C.P.,University of Brasilia | Lopes F.A.C.,University of Brasilia | Araujo J.F.,University of Brasilia | De Castro A.P.,University of Brasilia | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Microbiology | Year: 2014

16S rRNA sequences from the phylum Acidobacteria have been commonly reported from soil microbial communities, including those from the Brazilian Savanna (Cerrado) and the Atlantic Forest biomes, two biomes that present contrasting characteristics of soil and vegetation. Using 16S rRNA sequences, the present work aimed to study acidobacterial diversity and distribution in soils of Cerrado savanna and two Atlantic forest sites. PCA and phylogenetic reconstruction showed that the acidobacterial communities found in "Mata de galeria" forest soil samples from the Cerrado biome have a tendency to separate from the other Cerrado vegetation microbial communities in the direction of those found in the Atlantic Forest, which is correlated with a high abundance of Acidobacteria subgroup 2 (GP2). Environmental conditions seem to promote a negative correlation between GP2 and subgroup 1 (GP1) abundance. Also GP2 is negatively correlated to pH, but positively correlated to high Al3+ concentrations. The Cerrado soil showed the lowest Acidobacteria richness and diversity indexes of OTUs at the species and subgroups levels when compared to Atlantic Forest soils. These results suggest specificity of acidobacterial subgroups to soils of different biomes and are a starting point to understand their ecological roles, a topic that needs to be further explored. © 2014 Elisa C. P. Catão et al.


PubMed | CTBE - Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory and Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory
Type: | Journal: Scientific reports | Year: 2016

Real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) expression analysis is a powerful analytical technique, but reliable results depend on the use of stable reference genes for proper normalization. This study proposed to test the expression stability of 13 candidate reference genes in Setaria viridis, a monocot species recently proposed as a new C4 model plant. Gene expression stability of these genes was assayed across different tissues and developmental stages of Setaria and under drought or aluminum stress. In general, our results showed Protein Kinase, RNA Binding Protein and SDH as the most stable genes. Moreover, pairwise analysis showed that two reference genes were sufficient to normalize the gene expression data under each condition. By contrast, GAPDH and ACT were the least stably expressed genes tested. Validation of suitable reference genes was carried out to profile the expression of P5CS and GolS during abiotic stress. In addition, normalization of gene expression of SuSy, involved in sugar metabolism, was assayed in the developmental dataset. This study provides a list of reliable reference genes for transcript normalization in S. viridis in different tissues and stages of development and under abiotic stresses, which will facilitate genetic studies in this monocot model plant.


PubMed | Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Biotechnology journal | Year: 2015

Development of dedicated perennial crops has been indicated as a strategic action to meet the growing demand for biofuels. Breeding of perennial crops,however, is often time- and resource-consuming. As genomics offers a platform from which to learn more about the relationships of genes and phenotypes,its operational use in the context of breeding programs through strategies such as genomic selection promises to foster the development of perennial crops dedicated to biodiesel production by increasing the efficiency of breeding programs and by shortening the length of the breeding cycles.

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