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Roberto Tuberosa

Professor

Department of Agricultural Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/07 Agricultural Genetics

Curriculum vitae

Roberto Tuberosa

 Dept of Agroenvironmental Science and Technology, University of Bologna

Viale G Fanin 44

40127 Bologna, Italy

Email: roberto.tuberosa@unibo.it

 

Academic Qualifications

1976    Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Bologna, Italy

1985    M.S.. in Plant Breeding, University of Minnesota, USA

1997    Ph.D. in Plant Breeding, University of Minnesota, USA

 

Employment

2002 – present          Full Professor in Plant Biotechnology and Breeding, Univ. of Bologna

1992 – 2002             Associate Professor in Plant Biotechnology and Breeding, Univ. of Bologna

1977 – 1992             Research Associate in Plant Breeding, Univ. of Bologna

Courses assigned:

 

  • Biotechnology applied to plant breeding
  • Plant genetics.

 

Research topics:

 

  • Marker-based techniques (RFLP, AFLP, SSR, STS and SNP) for:

·         Analysis of genetic relationships in durum wheat and maize

·         Mapping (via linkage and/or association mapping) Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) for drought tolerance and yield in maize, barley and durum wheat with particular emphasis on root traits

·         QTL mapping and marker-assisted selection for disease resistance in durum wheat

·         Positional cloning of QTL in maize

  • Genetic engineering of maize for tolerance to cold and drought
  • Recurrent selection to improve regeneration capacity of maize callus cultures
  • TILLING in barley and EcoTILLING in durum wheat.


From January 1994 to March 2002, R. Tuberosa was the Director of the Central library of the Faculty of Agriculture.

During the years spent at the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, and through the research programs carried out in collaboration with colleagues from developing countries (China, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon), R. Tuberosa has acquired a multicultural and international vision of research and its applications, particularly for topics related to cereal genomics and tolerance to drought.

R. Tuberosa has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, volumes and conference proceedings; he is an active member of many national and international scientific societies, e.g. SIGA, ASA, ASPB, ESA, EUCARPIA,

 

Presently, R. Tuberosa is member of the Editorial Board of Springer (Publisher), Acta Agronomica Sinica, Journal of Plant Genomics, Maydica, Molecular Breeding , Plant Biotechnology Journal, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetic Resources.

 

Additionally, R. Tuberosa is the Italian Scientific representative in the Generation Challenge Program; the Italian representative in the ERA-PG (European Research Area in Plant Genomics) platform; honorary scientist of the Rural Development Administration of the Republic of South Korea; Member of the Steering committee and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Italian platform “Plants for the Future”, managed by the University of Bologna; Member of the scientific commission for the bilateral agreement between Italy and China, etc.

He is involved in many National and International Projects:

·          “Improving drought tolerance and Nitrogen-use efficiency of durum wheat in the Mediterranean basin” (TRITIMED; 2004-2009). EU (INCO-DC) project in collaboration with 5 partners from the United Kingdom, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia and Syria  to detect QTLs for drought tolerance and NUE in a mapping population and a collection of accessions.

·         “BIOEXPLOIT” (2005-2009).EU  project in collaboration with 43 EU partners to identify genes/QTLs conferring tolerance to pathogens and able to improve the sustainability of agriculture in the EU.

·         “Map-based cloning of root-ABA1, a QTL controlling root architecture in maize” (2005-2009). Grant awarded by Pioneer-DuPont for completing the fine mapping and positional cloning of a QTL controlling root architecture in maize.

·         “Non-GM approaches to improve the sustainability of cereal production” (2005-2009) awarded by the Region Emilia-Romagna to identify QTLs controlling tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress in durum wheat.

·         “Improving yield and quality of cereals” (2006-2008) awarded by MIUR to identify QTLs controlling tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress in durum wheat.

·         “OPTIWHEAT” (2006-2009) EU (INCO-DC) project in collaboration with United Kingdom, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan. QTLs for drought tolerance and NUE in bread and durum wheat will be identified deploying association mapping.

·         “Mapping QTLs for root traits in maize” (2006-2009). Grant awarded by KWS for using an introgression library (B73 x Gaspé Flint) to identify QTLs controlling root architecture in maize.

·         “High-throughput TILLING in barley” (2006-2009). Grant of ca. US$ 280,000 awarded by MURST to develop a high-throughput TILLING platform in barley.

·         “TriticeaeGenome” (2008-2011).  EU (FP7) project in collaboration with 15 partners from the EU and 1 partner (ACPFG) from Australia. A major QTL on chromosome 3BS for grain yield and related traits will be fine-mapped; additionally, positional cloning of the same QTLwill also be attempted.

 




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