Camilo López-Cristoffanini, a Chilean researcher member of the consortium of the NEURICE project and a scholarship holder of the CONICYT BecasChile, defended his thesis last Monday, March 11, at the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona with the title : “Variety improvement in rice (Oryza sativa L.): proteomic, hormonal and in vitro studies”.

The thesis has been based on three major studies, all of them focused on the development of new varieties of rice to deal with the growing world population, climate change and the increase in salinity in the crops, and consisted in:

  1. Detailed analysis of the proteins of the tolerant salinity variety FL478.
  2. Development of a quantification protocol that allows, for the first time, to analyze 13 gibelines simultaneously in the same sample of rice.
  3. Optimization of a culture of anthers by means of antibiotics and growth regulators with an emphasis on the generation of double haploids for the commercialization of new varieties.

This thesis contributes remarkably to the collective knowledge that we have of the rice with emphasis on the improvement of the varieties and the necessary techniques to find new features and to be able to generate new varieties with improved features.