Programa Ciência Aberta - Bioenergia
Book: Global Bioethanol
Evolution, Risks, and Uncertainties
Book: Sugarcane Bioenergy for Sustainable Development
Expanding Production in Latin America and Africa
Policy Brief Sustainable Bioenergy
Latin America and Africa

Program Coordinator

Glaucia Mendes Souza - Instituto de Química - Universidade de São Paulo

Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes 748, B9S, sala 954

São Paulo - SP 05508-900

Tel: 55-11-3091-8511/3091-3815 x 215 or 216

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Sugarcane Signaling and Regulatory Networks

Focus on signaling and regulatory networks in sugarcane and the development of tools for a systems biology approach in this grass. As a starting point the group is characterizing three agronomical traits of interest: drought, brix and lignin content. Several projects are underway to study gene categories such as Transcription Factors, Protein Kinases, Phosphatases, Carbohydrate and Cell Wall Metabolism, continue studies on the Transcriptome, identify gene promoters, produce transgenics, develop a database and computacional tools to integrate the several levels of information and initiate the whole genome sequencing of a brazilian sugarcane cultivar. The results will have multiple direct consequences on breeding programs that develop genotypes better adapted to the environment and with increased agronomical performance.



BIOEN Provisional Committee

Marie-Anne Van-Sluys - Instituto de Biociências - Universidade de São Paulo

Graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ (1983) and PhD from the University of Paris XI (Paris-Sud) (1989). Currently, Head of the Botany Department, she is Full Professor at the University of São Paulo – USP and coordinates the group on Genomes and Transposable Elements (GaTE Lab). The central focus is to study the impact of transposable elements in the structure, function and diversification of bacteria and plant genomes resulting in speciation. Her expertise is in Genetics & Molecular Biology of Plants and Bacteria, with current projects on bioenergy, genomics & evolution of bacteria and plants and DNA repair.

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André Nassar - ICONE

André Meloni Nassar has served as the director-general of the Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE) since 2007, organization where he was the general manager from 2003 until 2007. He has served as a leading agricultural economist or coordinator on various projects, including those sponsored by international organizations such as The World Bank (three projects), Inter-American Development Bank (one project), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (two projects), International Agriculture and Trade Policy Council (one project), International Food and Policy Research Institute (one project), International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (four projects), and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office/ Global Opportunities Fund (one project).




Rubens Maciel Filho - Faculdade de Engenharia Química - UNICAMP

Professor Rubens Maciel Filho, B.S. Chemical Engineering São Carlos Federal University - 1981, Nuclear Engineering, M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, State University of Campinas - 1985, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK - 1989. Full Professor at Chemical Engineering School - Department of Chemical Process and Coordinator of the Laboratory of Optimization, Design and Advanced Process Control (LOPCA) since 1989, and recently, 2007, Head of the Laboratory of Innovation in Biofuels - UNICAMP (LIB).





Heitor Cantarella - Instituto Agronômico de Campinas - IAC

Heitor Cantarella, BS in Agronomy (State University of São Paulo at Botucatu, 1974), MS and Ph.D in soil fertility (Iowa State University, 1983). He is researcher at the Soils and Environmental Research Center of Instituto Agronomico, in Campinas, Brazil, working on soil fertility, soil testing, fertilizer efficiency, and plant nutrition with crops such as sugarcane, maize, oranges, and others. He is coordinator of the Proficiency Test for Laboratories of Soil Analysis for Agricultural Purposes and member of the editorial board of the Lime and Fertilizer Recommendations for the State of São Paulo. His present research projects involve sugarcane fertilization with mineral fertilizers and biological nitrogen fixation, the consequent impact on soil C and N stocks, and green house gases emission in sugarcane fields as a function of fertilizer and residue application.





André Nassar - ICONE