The research projects carried out at the Horticulture Biotechnology Lab are related to the development of biotechnological tools for in vitro Citrus breeding. The production of Citrus somatic hybrids by protoplast chemical fusion has been conducted in cooperation with the Plant Biotechnology Lab at CENA (Dr. Beatriz Madalena Januzzi Mendes) since 1996. Investigations on genetic transformation of Citrus rootstocks and scions, started in 1999, were conducted for the optimization of protocols.
The images analysis constitutes in a very useful technique for research that can use objects images (seeds, seedlings, fruits, roots, leaves, etc.) for fort evaluations (mensuration, exams of external and internal structures, etc.) with high precision eliminating, most of the time, mistakes that could be committed whether such evaluations had been done manually or visually.
Created in 2012, the Ornamental Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory (LCTPO) of the Department of Crop Science, has as main objective to establish protocols of vegetables (ornamental, medicinal and fruit) and develop new technologies in the system of in vitro propagation.In the study of new technologies, the effect of different light spectra on in vitro plant development, the use of this technique in the minimum growth aimed at in vitro conservation is highlighted.The development of tropical ornamental species specific protocols such as heliconias and costus, as well as Amazonian plants such as
The laboratory began to be structured in 1999 and has nowadays equipped rooms for experiments and fruits and vegetables analyses. It has six refrigerated chambers equipped with humidity and temperature control, managed by a computer system. Basic instruments for physical and chemical analyses, such as: colorimeter, digital firmness analyzer, weighting machines, centrifuges, and other accessories; equipments for minimal processing of fruit and vegetables and for active and passive modified atmosphere, such as: processors, sealing machines and utensils.
The Weed Biology laboratory was built in 2002 in order to support academic, research and extension activities in the Weed Biology and Managementat area. The projects developed in the laboratory are related to biology and ecology of weed matching these information with weed population dynamics and interference on crops.