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Improvement of the production of fruits and tubers by manipulation of branching patterns in Solanaceae

Improvement of the production of fruits and tubers by manipulation of branching patterns in Solanaceae

Lead Researcher:
Pilar Cubas Domínguez
Research Centre: 
National Biotechnology Centre. CSIC. Madrid. (Spain).

Synopsis:

Pilar CubasThe overall objective of this project is to improve the branching patterns of potato and tomato plants, by alterations in the genes controlling this process, in order to improve the performance of the plants per unit of area. The specific objectives are: 1. To confirm the productive potential of the lines involving a lack of function in the BRANCHED1 gene (BRC1) in potatoes and tomatoes, in conditions of actual intensive growth. 2. To identify point mutants (non-GM) for BRC1a and BRC1b tomato genes causing the same phenotypes as RNAi lines. 3. To identify, using directed mutagenesis, altered versions of the BRC1 protein that have dominant or dominant negative activity, for use in manipulating the architecture of other species of agronomic interest.

SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION

3 articles published in Journals
1 paper at national conferences
2 papers at international conferences 
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Pilar Cubas Domínguez 
Born on 2nd January 1964, she is a Research Scientist with the National Science Research Council.

Past professional scientific activities
- Contract researcher (Ramón y Cajal Plan) at the National Centre for Biotechnology (Madrid). 2001-2002.
- Contract researcher INIA (Madrid). 1998-2000.
- Postdoctoral Scholarship, (Community of Madrid), INIA (Madrid). 1998
- Contract researcher at John Innes Institute (Norwich, GB). 1997
- Postdoctoral Scholarship (European Union) at John Innes Institute (Norwich, GB). 1995-1997.
- Postdoctoral Scholarship (EMBO) at John Innes Institute (Norwich, GB). 1994
- Postdoctoral Scholarship (Rich Foundation), Molecular Biology Centre (CSIC/UAM). 1993
- Predoctoral Scholarship (Community of Madrid), Molecular Biology Centre (CSIC/UAM) 1987-1992

Research lines
Molecular genetics of plants, development of axillary meristems, branching patterns, Arabidopsis, transcription factors, TCP genes. Principal Investigator in R&D projects since 2002.

Education
Degree in Biological Sciences, Autonomous University of Madrid. July 1988 Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. Special Prize, Autonomous University of Madrid. July 1992   
  
Otros méritos
- Associate Editor, Plant Molecular Biology (2007- present)
- Evaluation of projects for the National Science Foundation (USA), Human Frontiers Science Programme (Japan), Marie Curie Programme (EU), Council for the Earth and Life Sciences (ALW) (Netherlands)
- Evaluation of articles for numerous journals
-Special Doctorate Prize. Autonomous University of Madrid (1993)
- Ph.D. Thesis Prize from Caja de Madrid Foundation (1993)
- Member of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
- Member of the Spanish Society of Developmental Biology

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