Rosa Maria Brito

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One of the major environmental factors limiting plant productivity is lack of water. This is especially true for the major cereals maize, rice, and wheat, which demonstrate a range of susceptibility to moisture deficit. Although conventional breeding and marker-assisted selection are being used to develop varieties more tolerant to water stress, these(More)
The efficiency of wheat biolistic transformation systems strongly depends on the bombardment parameters, the condition of the donor plant, and the plant genotype chosen for the transformation process. This paper analyzes the transformation efficiency of the 129 wheat sister lines generically called 'Bobwhite', originally obtained from the cross(More)
Stingless bees of the genus Partamona are distributed from southern Mexico to southern Brazil. This genus has been subject to different approaches to solve questions concerning general biology, taxonomy, systematics and biogeography, but population studies applying molecular techniques are inexistent. We analyzed the genetic structure of P. helleri across(More)
An enriched genomic library was constructed from Tetragonisca angustula, a stingless bee species widely distributed in Brazil. The library was screened using two simple-repeat oligonucleotide probes and 21 microsatellite primer pairs were designed flanking a selection of repeat sequences within positive clones. The polymorphism of the microsatellite loci(More)
It has been proposed that a honey bee (Apis mellifera) worker's preference for foraging for pollen or nectar is modulated by a gene network that was originally involved in regulating the reproductive cycles of an ancestral solitary species. We used carbon dioxide to induce narcosis in queens and workers. This treatment is known to initiate oogenesis in(More)
The destruction of Brazilian natural habitats has reduced bee populations and negative impacts of native flora pollination have been noticed. This work describes the isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci and evaluates them as molecular markers to study genetic variability of the stingless bee Plebeia remota. A microsatellite enriched genomic(More)
The fluorescence quantum yield of N-phenyl-1-naphthylamine (NPN) increases about 10-fold and the wavelength of maximum fluorescence emission is blue-shifted when this molecule partitions into the apolar core of micellar structures from the aqueous phase. This property allowed the utilization of NPN as a fluorescent indicator of micelle formation by 14(More)
Optimal callus induction and plant regeneration were obtained in bread and durum wheat by manipulating the NaCl concentration in the induction medium. Immature embryos from a high regeneration line of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), 'MPB-Bobwhite 26', and an elite durum wheat (Triticum turgidum var. durum L.), 'Mexicali', were cultured in E3 induction(More)
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