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The Sugarcane Transcriptome

We study signaling and regulatory networks in sugarcane and develop tools for a systems biology approach in this grass. As a starting point we intend to characterize three agronomical traits of interest: drought, brix and lignin content.

We are doing an integrated analysis of the sugarcane transcriptome and physiological changes associated to sucrose content, stress responses and fiber quality and content. We would like to be able to alter carbon partition in this crop to generate an energy grass. As a starting point sugarcane metabolic pathways are being mapped in conjunction with the transcriptome data.

We are focusing on the study of gene categories with a well known regulatory role (Transcription Factors, Protein Kinases and Phosphatases), producing transgenics and developing a database and computacional tools to integrate the several levels of information.


Souza, G. M., Simoes, A. C. Q. Oliveira, K. C., Garay, H. M.,  Fiorini, L. C., Gomes, F. S.,  Nishiyama-Junior, M. Y. and da Silva, A. M. (2001). The sugarcane signal transduction (SUCAST) catalogue: prospecting signal transduction in sugarcane. Genet. Mol. Biol. 24, 25-34.

Papini-Terzi, F. S., Rocha, F. R., Vêncio, R. Z. N., Oliveira, K. C., Felix, J. M., Vicentini, R., Rocha, C. S., Simões, A. C. Q., Ulian, E. C., di Mauro, S. M. Z., da Silva, A. M., Pereira, C. A. B., Menossi, M. and Souza, G. M. (2005). Transcription profiling of signal transduction-related genes in sugarcane tissues. DNA Research 12, 27-38.

Rocha, F. R., Papini-Terzi, F. S., Nishiyama-Jr, M. Y., Vêncio, R. Z. N., Vicentini, R., Duarte, R. D. C., Rosa-Jr, V. E., Vinagre, F., Barsalobres, C., Medeiros, A. H., Rodrigues, F. A., Ulian, E. C., Zingaretti, S. M., Galbiatti, J. A., Almeida, R. S., Figueira, A. V. O., Hemerly, A. S., Silva-Filho, M. C., Menossi, M. and Souza, G. M. Signal transduction-related responses to phytohormones and environmental challenges in sugarcane. (2007). BMC Genomics 8, 71.

Menossi, M., Silva-Filho, M. C., Vincentz, M. Van-Sluys, M. A. e Souza, G. M.  (2008). Sugarcane Functional Genomics: gene discovery for agronomic trait development. Int. J. Plant Genomics (eprint 2008:458732).

Souza, A. P., Gaspar, A., Silva, E. A., Ulian, E., Waclawovsky, A. J., Nishiyama-JR., M. Y., Vicentini, R., Menossi, M., Souza, G. M., and Buckeridge, M. (2008). Elevated CO2 induces increases in photosynthesis, biomass, productivity and modifies gene expression in sugarcane. Plant Cell & Environment 31, 1116-27.

Papini-Terzi, F. S., Rocha, F. R., Vêncio, R. Z. N., Felix, J. M., Branco, D., Waclawovsky, A. J., Del-Bem, L. E. V., Lembke, C. G., Costa, M. D-B. L., Nishiyama-Jr, M. Y., Vicentini, R., Vincentz, M., Ulian, E. C., Menossi, M., Souza, G. M. (2009). Genes associated with sucrose content. BMC Genomics 10, 120. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-120

Felix, J. M., Papini-Terzi, F. S., Rocha, F. R., Vêncio, R. Z. N., Vicentini, R., Nishiyama-Jr, M. Y., Ulian, E. C., Souza, G. M. and Menossi, M. (2009). Expression profile of signal transduction components in a sugarcane population segregating for sugar content. Tropical Plant Biology. DOI 10.1007/s12042-009-9031-8

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

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.

Lembke, C. G., Nishiyama-Jr, M. Y., Sato, P. M., Andrade, R. F., Souza, G. M. Identification of sense and antisense transcripts regulated by drought in sugarcane. Plant Molecular Biology. 79, 461.

Begcy, K., Mariano, E. D., Gentile, A., Lembke, C. G., Souza, G. M., Menossi, M. A novel stress-induced sugarcane gene confers tolerance to drought, salt and oxidative stress in transgenic tobacco plants. PLoS ONE.



Dr. Glaucia Souza holds a degree from the Biosciences Institute of University of São Paulo  (1988), PhD in Biochemistry at the Institute of Chemistry  (1993), post-doctorate in molecular genetics at La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation  (1994) and post-doctorate in molecular genetics at Baylor College of Medicine  (1996).

Post-doctoral position for two years at University of São Paulo, Brazil