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HDT-Coffee - Unraveling Timor hybrid resistance to coffee rust by genomic approaches

Coffee is the most important agricultural product in international trade, with coffee leaf rust being the most economically impacting disease in the world. Portugal was instrumental in the preservation and dissemination of the natural sources of rust resistance found in a spontaneous hybrid called “Híbrido de Timor” (HDT), which was ultimately used during the production of most of the world-wide modern improved varieties. However, breakdown of rust resistance is emerging again, due to increased rust virulence associated to resistance genetic erosion during breeding. This project will apply the unprecedented power of next generation sequencing to generate an in depth characterization of coffee rust resistance. HDT-Coffee will deliver key tools for the smart management of coffee crop resistance-status and breeding programs towards improved rust resistance, thus avoiding massive antifungical treatments and lowering economical costs and environmental contamination. Upmost, HDT-Coffee should re-launch the central position of Portugal in the roadmap of coffee, as a provider of services and germplasm vital to the coffee industry.

Team
Principal Investigator
Antonio Jesús Muñoz Pajares

Antonio Jesús Muñoz Pajares

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
PLANTBIO
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Researchers
Ana Campilho

Ana Campilho

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
PLANTBIO
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Herlander Anselmo Queirós Pereira Azevedo

Herlander Anselmo Queirós Pereira Azevedo

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
PLANTBIO
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Mariana Sottomayor

Mariana Sottomayor

Position: Assistant Professor
Group:
PLANTBIO
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Other members
CIFC Team: Vitor Várzea; Maria do Céu Silva; Dora Castro; Leonor Guimarães; Helena Azinheira; Ana Pereira; Diogo Silva; Ana Vieira
State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO) + ISA (CIFC)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2018 (Duration: 2 years)
Participant Institutions
CIBIO-InBIO, CIFC
Reference
POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032429
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