Marcio Gilberto Cardoso Costa
Fellow Research Productivity of CNPq – Level 2

Full Professor

Campus Soane Nazaré de Andrade, Rodovia Jorge Amado, Km 16, Bairro Salobrinho CEP 45662-900. - Ilhéus/BA

(+55 73) 3680 5196 / 5226 (fax)



Academic Background

Holds a B.S. degree in Agronomy at the Federal University of Santa Maria (1996), M.S. in Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Federal University of Viçosa (1998), and Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Federal University of Viçosa/University of Florida (2002). Post-doctoral (2015) studies at the Cornell University (USA).

 

Teaching experience

Teaches in undergraduate and graduate courses of Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Plant Biotechnology and Plant Tissue Culture.

Interest in Research

Research interests

 

The focus of research is molecular and genetic analysis of drought response and tolerance in plants, particularly in fruit crops like citrus. I am also interested in the use of plant tissue culture and genetic transformation as tools applied to genetic and functional studies and crop improvement.

The studies aim to elucidate the genetic and molecular basis of drought tolerance, as well as to generate strategies for the acceleration of breeding programs.

Experimental approaches include (1) the use of emerging new generation sequencing (NGS) technologies for transcriptome and methylome analysis, (2) use of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry for proteome analysis, (3) heterologous expression of enzymes and proteins of interest for in vitro functional studies, (4) gene function and regulation studies in transgenic plants, (5) development of plant cell and tissue culture genetic transformation methods, and (6) plant genetic transformation plants with genes of agronomic importance.

 

Student supervision

 

Advisor at M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels in the graduate programs in (i) Genetics and Molecular Biology and (ii) Crop Production. Supervision of postdocs.

Most Relevant Articles

1: Pedrosa AM, Cidade LC, Martins CP, Macedo AF, Neves DM, Gomes FP, Floh EI, Costa MGC. Effect of overexpression of citrus 9-cis-epoxycarotenoid dioxygenase 3 (CsNCED3) on the physiological response to drought stress in transgenic tobacco. Genetics and Molecular Research. 2017 Mar 30;16(1). doi: 10.4238/gmr16019292. PubMed PMID: 28362996.

 

2: Martins CP, Neves DM, Cidade LC, Mendes AF, Silva DC, Almeida AF, Coelho-Filho MA, Gesteira AS, Soares-Filho WS, Costa MGC. Expression of the citrus CsTIP2;1 gene improves tobacco plant growth, antioxidant capacity and physiological adaptation under stress conditions. Planta. 2017 May;245(5):951-963. doi:10.1007/s00425-017-2653-4. Epub 2017 Jan 21. PubMed PMID: 28110414.

 

3: Gonçalves LP, Alves TF, Martins CP, Sousa AO, Santos IC, Pirovani CP, Almeida AA, Coelho Filho MA, Gesteira AS, Soares Filho WD, Girardi EA. Rootstock-induced physiological and biochemical mechanisms of drought tolerance in sweet orange. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. 2016 Jul 1;38(7):1-2. doi:10.1007/s11738-016-2198-3.

 

4: Pedrosa AM, Martins Cde P, Gonçalves LP, Costa MGC. Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) Constitutes a Large and Diverse Family of Proteins Involved in Development and Abiotic Stress Responses in Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis L. Osb.). PLoS One. 2015 Dec 23;10(12):e0145785. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145785. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26700652; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4689376.

 

5: Martins CP, Pedrosa AM, Du D, Gonçalves LP, Yu Q, Gmitter FG Jr, Costa MGC. Genome-Wide Characterization and Expression Analysis of Major Intrinsic Proteins during Abiotic and Biotic Stresses in Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis L. Osb.). PLoS One. 2015 Sep 23;10(9):e0138786. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138786. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26397813; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4580632.

 

Campus Soane Nazaré de Andrade, Rodovia Jorge Amado, Km 16, Bairro Salobrinho CEP 45662-900. - Ilhéus/BA