APPLIED AND EVOLUTIONARY GENOBOTANY
Our laboratory is focused in the study of the evolution of the plants, from wild species and populations to crops, using genomic tools. Our main goal is to advance the understanding of how the phenotypic diversity and the species adaptation is linked to the evolution of the genomic information, specially during the domestication and/or polyploidization processes. Our main models are florist’s gloxinias (Sinningia speciosa), petunias (Petunia hybrida), wild Australian tobaccos (Suaveolentes) and American pawpaw (Asimina triloba). Our secondary goal is to develop bioinformatic and genomic tools to support our research, from pipelines to assemble organelle genomes to programs to re-analyze repeats in a population context.
We are collaborating with different communities of scientists such as phytopathologists, plant breeders, taxonomists, molecular biologists and geneticists in a wide range of wild plant species (e.g. Begonia conchifolia, Nicotiana benthamiana, Petunia axillaris, Sinapis alba…) and crops (avocado, cherimoya, guava, olive, tomato, vanilla…).