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Macawbest: a comprehensive transcriptome of macaúba (Acrocomia aculeata)

Grant number: 14/07265-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2014
Effective date (End): May 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Plant Genetics
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães Pereira
Grantee:Bárbara Regina Bazzo
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The use of different raw materials for the production of biodiesel is very welcome in the country since the large expanse of arable land and diverse climate to provide opportunities to different regions of the country participate in the production of raw grease required. The macaúba (macaw palm) is a palm native to higher occurrence in Brazil, present in all regions and even in areas with water deficit, whose high fruit yield with high oil content in the pulp and seed to qualify it as one of main alternatives for the supply of raw material for biodiesel. The first commercial plantings were made about four years from seedlings seeds of native plants. Thus, characterization studies of genetic diversity and pre-breeding, the basis for a breeding program of the species only began in the last decade, with the selection of donnor trees and assessment of their progeny. In this context the objective of the project is to produce the transcriptomic atlas, through the methodology of RNA sequencing from Illumina platform, identify different genes expressed in different tissues, perform functional annotation and establishing genetic relationship between macaúba (Acrocomia aculeata) and oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.). For this, the cDNA will be synthesized from RNA extracted from tissues of root, stem, leaf, flower and fruit at different stages of development. The proposal aims to find candidate genes for use in macaúba breeding program and the development of molecular markers for characterization studies of genetic diversity, marker assisted selection and mapping populations. (AU)

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BAZZO, BARBARA REGINA; DE CARVALHO, LUCAS MIGUEL; CARAZZOLLE, MARCELO FALSARELLA; GUIMARAES PEREIRA, GONCALO AMARANTE; COLOMBO, CARLOS AUGUSTO. Development of novel EST-SSR markers in the macauba palm (Acrocomia aculeata) using transcriptome sequencing and cross-species transferability in Arecaceae species. BMC PLANT BIOLOGY, v. 18, NOV 12 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
Academic Publications
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BAZZO, Bárbara Regina. Macaubest: atlas transcriptômico da macaúba (Acrocomia aculeata). 2018. 163 f. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Faculdade de Engenharia de Alimentos.

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Solicitação em análise e dentro do prazo legal de sigilo previsto na legislação BR1020180148893 - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) . Solicitação em análise e dentro do prazo legal de sigilo previsto na legislação - July 2018, 20