Aim 3. Genomics for conservation, sustainable food production and biotechnology

Conservation action plans and assessments are often considered at the species-level. Through genomics, we can provide a more accurate estimation of biodiversity and detect SNPs involved in local adaptation to specific environmental conditions, which can be incorporated into models for species distribution range under scenarios of climate change. 

Genetic and genomic tools can elucidate the mechanisms that control commercially important characteristics of fruit crops by integrating omics and phenotyping data. We will further integrate the phenotype and the information gathered at different omic levels under controlled conditions for crops and plants grown in extreme environments to understand the metabolic pathways involved and their regulatory networks.