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GENETICS | Plant Breeding & Genetic Resources

Biotic stress and accumulation of antioxidant metabolites in Solanaceae

Investigation of how secondary metabolite contents change in different genotypes of tomato and pepper and analysis of the relationship between synthesis and accumulation of the metabolites and virus stress. The expression of key genes involved in the synthesis of antioxidants is analyzed in response to the pathogen.

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Computational and molecular platform for analysis and idenfication of R genes

Computational-and-molecular-platform-for-analysis-and-idenfication-of-R-genes A dedicated repository of the R-gene family, specific prediction tools  and a molecular platform are developed to discover new resistance genes for diagnostic purposes and to elucidate mechanisms of interaction between plants and pathogens.

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Consequences of polyploidization

Consequences-of-polyploidization Analysis of genetic, epigenetic and transcriptomic changes following chromosome doubling in potato and alfalfa species

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Exploring a tomato germplasm collection and identification and transfer of key-genes for increasing antioxidants in tomato fruit

Exploring-a-tomato-germplasm-collection Use of an association mapping approach in a cultivated tomato collection for  detection of new genotypes and new alleles/markers for molecular-assisted breeding approaches.  Genomics and transcriptomics are used to study  molecular mechanisms that trigger biosynthesis and accumulation of antioxidant metabolites in tomato fruit.

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Fingerprinting and genetic diversity

Fingerprinting-and-genetic-diversity Molecular fingerprinting of various crops (i.e. potato, grape, onion, bean, etc) for traceability and marker-assisted selection.

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Genetic and ionomic characterization of Mediterranean plant species used in polluted-urban environment green spaces

Studies on the effects on ionome and genome stability of plants to be used in polluted-urban environments.

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Improvement of cellulose quality in fiber plants

Identification of gene expression related to cellulose biosynthesis in fibre plants.

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Marker-assisted selection for pyramiding genes/QTLs in precision breeding approaches

Identification and transfer of markers/allels targeting favourable traits aimed at improving tomato varieties/ecotypes.

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New Petunia x hybrida male-sterile and short day lines

Selection of new lines of Petunia x hybrida both male-sterile and short day among several breeding lines; research of molecular markers for breeder's right protection.

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Studies of bioactive compounds and nutritional quality

Studies of bioactive compounds with known beneficial effects including antioxidants, vitamins, anti-cancer substances and antimicrobial peptides. The research includes  studies on allergens present in crop plants.

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