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Genetica

Miglioramento genetico delle piante agrarie e forestali


Department: Dipartimento di Agraria
Location and Contacts: Dipartimento Agraria, Feo di Vito, Livello 2, lato mare
Area (mq): 50
Rooms: 1
Director: Francesco Sunseri
Mail: Mail
Associate Professors: Francesco Sunseri (AGR/07)
PhD graduates: Lupini Antonio
PhD students: Mauceri Antonio

Principal aims

In the Laboratory of Genetics, research activities are developed to implement strategies and methodologies of conventional and advanced breeding to improve agricultural and forestry production. In particular, the lab activities focused on horticultural species (eggplant, tomato and garden asparagus), grain legumes (lentil and bean) and fruit (grapevine and olive). The skills are related to genetics and plant breeding methods, the recent development of new technologies (molecular markers, genomics and proteomics) has allowed to develop integrated methods to speed up the time of conventional genetic improvement.


Research activities

The research activities can be summarized as follows:
- development of technologies to develop improved genotypes using plant regeneration and transformation techniques in different herbaceous plants to introduce genes of interest also thanks to somatic hybridization and interspecific hybridization;
- development of molecular markers to support plant breeding: development of classes of molecular markers on different horticultural species for the development of assisted breeding programs; in particular, AFLP, SSR and SNP markers were used for the selection of progeny tolerant to fungal pathogens in eggplant and asparagus;
- use of molecular markers for the genetic characterization of germplasm collections of species of interest in the Mediterranean area; enhancement of the native germplasm in plant breeding programs;
- sequencing and isolation of new classes of molecular markers (eg SNP in asparagus) and a line of research focused on gene expression studies on specific biosynthetic pathways (in collaboration with the plant physiology group of the Department a research was developed on mineral nutritional, with particular reference to nitrogen).


International relationships

The Laboratory also developed research collaborations with other Italian research Institution (University, CNR and Ente CREA - Ministry of Agriculture) and international (University of Georgia - USA, Bejing Genomic Institut - China, John Innes, Norwich - UK; Universidad Politecnica of Valencia - Spain; INRA Montepellier - France).


Horizon 2020 topics

- Agriculture & Forestry
- Bio-based Industries
- Environment & Climate Action


Smart Specialisation Strategy Calabria (S3 Calabria)

- Agroalimentare
- Ambiente e rischi naturali
- Scienze della vita


Research fields

Responsible Keywords ERC Domain
Francesco Sunseri Genetic maps, introgression and phylogeny, gene expression LS2_1 - Genomics, comparative genomics, functional genomics
Francesco Sunseri Study of quantitative traits, Molecular Markers and QTL, Association Mapping LS2_7 - Quantitative genetics
Francesco Sunseri Exploitation of plant genetic resources, Germplasm bank database, Core collection LS8_4 - Biodiversity, comparative biology
Francesco Sunseri Molecular Assisted Selection LS9_5 - Agriculture related to crop production, soil biology and cultivation, applied plant biology

Great equipment

Attrezzatura: Sequenziatore Automatico DNA ABI3500
Tipologia: Ad uso esclusivo
Responsabili Lupini Antonio

Fondi: Fondi APQ Regione Calabria – Lab Agribiotech
Anno attivazione: 2010
Utenza: Interna
Applicazioni: Progetti di Ricerca

Attrezzatura: Cappa a flusso laminare
Tipologia: Ad uso esclusivo
Responsabili Lupini Antonio

Fondi: Fondi PON infrastrutturali
Anno attivazione: 2010
Utenza: Interna
Applicazioni: Progetti di Ricerca

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