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Roberto Tuberosa

Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/07 Agricultural Genetics

Curriculum vitae

Roberto Tuberosa

 Dept of Agricultural Sciences, 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 (i) Analysis of genetic relationships in durum wheat and maize; (ii) Mapping (via linkage and/or association mapping) of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) for drought tolerance and yield in maize, barley and durum wheat with particular emphasis on root traits; (iii) QTL mapping and marker-assisted selection for disease resistance in durum wheat; (iv) Positional cloning of QTL in maize
  • 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,

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.

R. Tuberosa is 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”; 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.

  ·      “TRITIGEN: Genomics for Triticeae improvement” (2008-2011). National representative of a grant awarded by the EU (FP7) for a network action on Triticeae in collaboration with 45 partners from EU countries.

·        “Map-based cloning of root-ABA1, a QTL controlling root architecture in maize” (2010-2013). Grant awarded by Pioneer-DuPont for the positional cloning of a maize QTL on bin 2.04 controlling root architecture.


·      “AGER” (2010-2013). Grant of awarded by the CARIPLO Foundation for the creation of a SNP platform in durum wheat for high-throughput profiling and the identification of genes/QTLs governing grain quality and resistance to fungal pathogens.

·      “Mapping novel sources of resistance to stem rust in durum wheat“ (2010-2013). Grant awarded by the Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholar Initiative for the identification of genes/QTLs for stem rust resistance in durum wheat. The project is in collaboration with partners from Ethiopia, CIMMYT and University of Minnesota. A graduate student from Ethiopia (Tesfaye Letta Dugo) has been trained in molecular techniques towards his Ph.D. in Crop Science.




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