Alvaro Cabrera

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Striking increases in fruit size distinguish cultivated descendants from small-fruited wild progenitors for fleshy fruited species such as Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) and Prunus spp. (peach, cherry, plum, and apricot). The first fruit weight gene identified as a result of domestication and selection was the tomato FW2.2 gene. Members of the FW2.2 gene(More)
River plumes deliver large quantities of nutrients to oligotrophic oceans, often resulting in significant CO2 drawdown. To determine the relationship between expression of the major gene in carbon fixation (large subunit of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase, RuBisCO) and CO2 dynamics, we evaluated rbcL mRNA abundance using novel quantitative(More)
This research addresses the hypothesis that environmental conditions affect temporal connectivity between daily transcription of ribulose-1,5 bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) genes and photosynthetic capacity among phytoplankton. From surface samples collected in the Mississippi River plume (MRP) and Orinoco River plume (ORP), we made(More)
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