IBBR - UOS Palermo
The Palermo division of IBBR was founded in 1970 as Center for Genetic Improvement of Citrus (CMGA). In 1999 it was renamed Research Institute of Citrus Genetics (IRGA). From 2001-2002 it was part of the CNR Institute of Plant Genetics (IGV) first, and since 2013 of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioresource (IBBR).
The Division is deeply connected to the regional productive system, and especially with the grapevine, citrus and olive industry, in order to promote the technological innovation.
The research activity of the Division is currently oriented on the following topics:
- Genome analysis for crops and wild species, aimed to the identification of genes associated to interest traits
- Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics for de novo assembly of genomes and transcriptomes, aimed to the identification of new molecular markers and to differential expression studies
- Genetic improvement by traditional and biotechnological approaches
- Molecular analysis of senescence and apoptosis
- Characterization and conservation of plant genetic diversity
- Development and use of genetically encoded sensors for in vivo metabolite quantification
- Tissue culture for sanitation from virus and bacteria through somatic embryogenesis
- Pathogen diagnosis of crops and wild species by traditional and innovative methodologies
- Development of new Citrus rootstocks, varieties and genotypes for agricultural and ornamental purposes
- Molecular analysis of plant response to heavy metals
- Role of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS and RNS) in biotic and abiotic stress
- Management of germplasm banks for grapevine, olive and Citrus spp.