Systems biology of the response of plant species to climate change: models for the development of biotechnology and agro-forestry applications for biomass production

Climate Changes will determine, among other effects, a reduction in the availability of water or its different distribution at seasonal level, hence the need to develop new strategies in the short term in a sustainable development and land management perspective. In this context, it is important to understand the physiological bases that determine the response of the plant under stress and use the integrated output from studies into breeding programs and/or new strategies for regional land use (land sparing/and sharing).The project aims to study the complex interactions at molecular level working in biological systems through the application of an approach of "systems biology" of plants of agro-forestry importance. This strategy, innovative in the case of perennial woody species, is based on the integration of experimental of biochemical, anatomical, eco- physiological and molecular data in the context of a computational biology approach with the goal to investigate and contribute to define relationships between the molecular components (genes, proteins, metabolites) in biological systems and between these and environmental factors.

Partner: Laboratorio di Evoluzione Microbica e Molecolare, Dipartimento di Biologia-University of Florence (LEMM-UNIFI)


Alessio Giovannelli (man in charge)
Giovanni Emiliani



[Last updated on: 02-11-2015]
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