Development of biotechnological tools for sugarcane

Sugarcane current production worldwide is in the range of 75 tons/ha. We have calculated its theoretical potential to be 380 tons/ha.

We believe that biotechnology can help increase yield in this grass but biotechnological tools adequate for sugarcane are unavailable. Our group, together with other groups in the BIOEN Program is sequencing the sugarcane genome, annotating the genome and producing gene catalogues, developing methods for sugarcane transformation and phenotyping and developing an integrated database with datamining tools for this crop that we believe may help the community that works on sugarcane improvement.

Begcy, Kevin ; Mariano, Eduardo D ; Lembke, Carolina G ; Zingaretti, Sonia Marli ; Souza, Glaucia M ; Araújo, Pedro ; Menossi, Marcelo . Overexpression of an evolutionarily conserved drought-responsive sugarcane gene enhances salinity and drought resilience. Annals of Botany, v. 124, p. 691-700, 2019.

Diniz, Augusto L. ; Ferreira, Sávio S. ; Ten-Caten, Felipe ; Margarido, Gabriel R.A. ; Dos Santos, João M. ; Barbosa, Geraldo V. De S. ; Carneiro, Monalisa S. ; Souza, Glaucia M. . Genomic resources for energy cane breeding in the post genomics era. Computational And Structural Biotechnology Journal, v. 17, p. 1404-1414, 2019.

Nishiyama Jr, M. Y., Ferreira S. S., Tang P-Z, Becker S., Pörtner-Taliana A., Souza G. M. (2014). Full-length enriched cDNA libraries and ORFeome analysis of Sugarcane Hybrid and Ancestor Genotypes. PLOS ONE 9(9): e107351.

Garcia, A. A., Mollinari, M., Marconi, T. G., Serang, O. R., Silva, R. R., Vieira, M. L., Vicentini, R., Costa, E. A., Mancini, M. C., Garcia, M. O., Pastina, M. M., Gazaffi, R., Martins, E. R., Dahmer, N., Sforça, D. A., Silva, C . B., Bundock, P., Henry, R. J., Souza, G. M., Van Sluys, M. A., Landell, M. G., Carneiro, M. S., Vincentz, M. A., Pinto, L. R., Vencovsky, R., Souza, A. P. (2013). SNP genotyping allows an in-depth characterisation of the genome of sugarcane and other complex autopolyploids. Sci Rep. Dec 2;3:3399.

Costa, M. D-B. L, Hotta, C. T., Carneiro, M. S., Chapola, R. G., Hoffmann, H. P., Garcia, A. A. F., Souza, G. M.  (2011). Sugarcane Improvement: How far can we go? Current Opinion in Biotechnology 23:1–6.

Waclawovsky, A. J., Sato, P. M., Lembke, C. G., Moore, P. H and Souza, G. M. (2010). Sugarcane for Bioenergy Production: an assessment of yield and regulation of sucrose content. Plant Biotechnology Journal 8, 1-14. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2009.00491.x

Hotta, C. T., Lembke, C. G., Ochoa, E. A., Cruz, G. M. Q., Domingues, D. S., Hoshino, A. A., Santos, W. D., Souza, A. P., Crivellari, A., Marconi, T. G., Santos, M. O., Melotto-Passarin, D. M., Mollinari, M., Margarido, G. R. A., Carrer, H., Souza, A. P., Garcia, A. A. F., Buckeridge, M. S., Menossi, M., Van Sluys, M-A. and Souza, G. M. (2010). The biotechnology roadmap for sugarcane improvement. Tropical Plant Biology. 10.1007/s12042-010-9050-5