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Transcription Factors and Regulatory Networks

We intend to implement the ChIP-Seq technology in sugarcane, to identify TF targets and gene promoters.

The results will have multiple direct consequences on breeding programs that frequently select for CREs and TF changes in search for genotypes better adapted to the environment and with increased agronomical performance.

We also participate in the development of the GRASSIUS database to establish sugarcane, rice, maize and sorghum regulatory networks.


Ferreira, S. S., Hotta, C. T., Poelking, V. G. C., Leite, D. C. C., Buckeridge, M. S., Loureiro, M. E., Barbosa, M. H. P., Carneiro, M. S., Souza, G. M. (2016). Co-expression network analysis reveals transcription factors associated to cell wall biosynthesis in sugarcane. Plant Molecular Biology 1-21. 10.1007/s11103-016-0434-2.

Moraes, I., Yuan, Z. F., Liu, S., Souza, G. M., Garcia, B. A., Casas-Mollano, J. A. (2015). Analysis of Histones H3 and H4 Reveals Novel and Conserved Post-Translational Modifications in Sugarcane. Plus One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134586

Yilmaz, A., Nishiyama-Jr, M. Y., Garcia-Fuentes, B., Souza, G. M., Janies, D., Gray, J. and Grotewold, E. (2008). GRASSIUS: A Platform for Comparative Regulatory Genomics Across the Grasses. Plant Physiol. 149, 171–180.

Gray, J., Bevan, M., Brutnell, T., Buell, R., Cone, K., Hake, S., Jackson, D., Kellogg, E., Lawrence, C., McCouch, S., Mockler, T., Moose, S., Paterson, A., Peterson, T., Rokshar, D., Souza, G. M., Springer, N., Stein, N., Timmermans, M., Wang, G.-L., Grotewold, E. (2009). Naming Transcription Factors. Plant Physiol. 149, 4-6.

Milton Yutaka Nishiyama-Jr, Fabio Vicente, Paloma Mieko Sato, Savio Siqueira Ferreira, Frank Alex Feltus and Glaucia M Souza. (2011). The Saccharinae transcriptome. In Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, Vol. 11: Genetics and Genomics of the Saccharinae. Paterson, Andrew H. (Ed). Springer, New York. ISBN: 978-1-4419-5946-1.

D'Hont, A.; Souza, G.M.; Menossi, M.; Vincentz, M.; Van Sluys M-A ; Glaszmann JC ; Ulian, E. C. (2008). Sugarcane: a Major Source of Sweetness, Alcohol, and Bio-energy. In: Paul Moore; Ray Ming. (Org.). Genomics of Tropical Crop Plants. 

Casu,  R. E., Hotta, C. T., Souza, G. M. Functional Genomics: Transcriptomics of Sugarcane – Current Status and Future Prospects. In: Sugarcane volume of “Genomics of Industrial Crop Plants”. Robert Henry (Org).


Dr. Glaucia Souza conducts research in biotechnology and sugarcane genomics and coordinates the State of São Paulo Research Foundation Bioenergy Program. BIOEN aims at articulating public and private R&D, in academic and industrial laboratories, to advance and apply knowledge in fields related to bioenergy. Research ranges from biomass production and processing to biofuel technologies, biorefineries and sustainability. Dr. Souza is the Chairperson of the SCOPE Bioenergy & Sustainability project, a global assessment of current status and latest developments on bioenergy production and use to produce policy recommendations for the sustainable expansion of bioenergy in the world. The project involves contributions from 137 experts from 24 countries.


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