Dr Melissa de Oliveira Santos Garcia

Melissa de Oliveira Santos Garcia
Research Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

I'm a plant geneticist interested in plant breeding and the use of new genetic diversity. After completing my BSc in Biological Sciences, I did a MSc on Genetics and Plant Breeding where I looked at the genetic diversity in a genus of Brazilian orchids. During my PhD, I continued to work on genetic diversity and its use in plant breeding by studying a legume forage. This project was a collaboration between the University of Campinas and the Brazilian Agricultural Corporation (Embrapa) to assist their breeding programs. Following my PhD, I got a postdoc position to study sugarcane as part of a large program aiming at improving sugarcane for ethanol production.
In 2011, I moved to Australia to work at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG). At ACPFG, I was involved in several projects such as the introgression of yield QTL into different backgrounds, the development and use of new molecular markers and marker technologies, QTL mapping and genome wide association studies. I was also involved in a collaboration with DuPont Pioneer to study hybrid wheat.
Since 2015, I have been working on the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate (IH130200027) where I lead a program that looks at germplasm development for genetic diversity, mostly through the use of a nested association mapping population.

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Dr Melissa de Oliveira Santos Garcia

I'm a plant geneticist interested in plant breeding and the use of new genetic diversity. After completing my BSc in Biological Sciences, I did a MSc on Genetics and Plant Breeding where I looked at the genetic diversity in a genus of Brazilian orchids. During my PhD, I continued to work on genetic diversity and its use in plant breeding by studying a legume forage. This project was a collaboration between the University of Campinas and the Brazilian Agricultural Corporation (Embrapa) to assist their breeding programs. Following my PhD, I got a postdoc position to study sugarcane as part of a large program aiming at improving sugarcane for ethanol production.
In 2011, I moved to Australia to work at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG). At ACPFG, I was involved in several projects such as the introgression of yield QTL into different backgrounds, the development and use of new molecular markers and marker technologies, QTL mapping and genome wide association studies. I was also involved in a collaboration with DuPont Pioneer to study hybrid wheat.
Since 2015, I have been working on the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate (IH130200027) where I lead a program that looks at germplasm development for genetic diversity, mostly through the use of a nested association mapping population.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2014 - 2011 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Campinas
2011 Research Fellow University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Portuguese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2005 - 2009 The University of Campinas Brazil PhD
2002 - 2004 The University of Londrina Brazil MSc

Keywords

Genetics, Quantitative Genetics

Journals

Date Citation
2015 Jayatilake,DV, Tucker,EJ, Brueggemann,J, Lewis,J, Garcia,M, Dreisigacker,S, Hayden,MJ, Chalmers,K, Mather,DE, 2015, Genetic mapping of the Cre8 locus for resistance against cereal cyst nematode (Heterodera avenae Woll.) in wheat, Molecular Breeding, 35, 2, 66-1-66-12 10.1007/s11032-015-0235-3
2015 Hayes,J, Pallotta,M, Garcia,M, Öz,M, Rongala,J, Sutton,T, 2015, Diversity in boron toxicity tolerance of Australian barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) genotypes, BMC Plant Biology, 15, 1, 231-1-231-14 10.1186/s12870-015-0607-1
2014 Garcia,M, Mather,D, 2014, From genes to markers: Exploiting gene sequence information to develop tools for plant breeding, Methods in Molecular Biology, 1145, 21-36 10.1007/978-1-4939-0446-4_2
2013 Whitford,R, Fleury,D, Reif,J, Garcia,M, Okada,T, Korzun,V, Langridge,P, 2013, Hybrid breeding in wheat: technologies to improve hybrid wheat seed production, Journal of Experimental Botany, 64, 18, 5411-5428 10.1093/jxb/ert333
2013 Garcia,AAF, Mollinari,M, Marconi,TG, Serang,OR, Silva,RR, Vieira,MLC, Vicentini,R, Costa,EA, Mancini,MC, Garcia,MOS et al, 2013, SNP genotyping allows an in-depth characterisation of the genome of sugarcane and other complex autopolyploids, Scientific Reports, 3, 3399-1-3399-10 10.1038/srep03399
2012 Santos-Garcia,M, de Toledo-Silva,G, Sassaki,R, Ferreira,T, Simeão Resende,R, Chiari,L, Karia,C, Carvalho,M, Faleiro,F, Zucchi,M et al, 2012, Using genetic diversity information to establish core collections of Stylosanthes capitata and Stylosanthes macrocephala, Genetics and Molecular Biology, 35, 4, 847-861 10.1590/s1415-47572012005000076
2012 Santos-Garcia,M, Karia,C, Resende,R, Chiari,L, Vieira,M, Zucchi,M, Souza,A, 2012, Identification of Stylosanthes guianensis varieties using molecular genetic analysis, AoB Plants, 2012, 1, pls001-1-pls001-14 10.1093/aobpla/pls001
2011 de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, 2011, Mating systems in tropical forages: Stylosanthes capitata Vog. and Stylosanthes guianensis (Aubl.) Sw., Euphytica, 178, 2, 185-193 10.1007/s10681-010-0293-x
2010 Aurelle,D, de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, 2010, Permanent genetic resources added to the Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 February 2010-31 March 2010, Molecular Ecology Resources, 10, 4, 751-754 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2010.02871.x
2010 Hotta,CT, Lembke,CG, Domingues,DS, Ochoa,EA, Cruz,GMQ, Melotto-Passarin,DM, Marconi,TG, Santos,MO, Mollinari,M, Margarido,GRA et al, 2010, The Biotechnology Roadmap for Sugarcane Improvement, Tropical Plant Biology, 3, 2, 75-87 10.1007/s12042-010-9050-5
2010 Rego Oliveira,L, de Faria,R, de Fatima Ruas,C, Ruas,P, de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, Carvalho,V, 2010, Genetic analysis of species in the Genus Catasetum (ORCHIDACEAE) using RAPD markers, Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology: an international journal, 53, 2, 375-387 10.1590/S1516-89132010000200017
2009 de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, Karia,C, Resende,M, Chiari,L, Jungmann,L, Zucchi,M, Souza,A, 2009, Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the tropical forage legume Stylosanthes guianensis (Aubl.) Sw., Conservation Genetics Resources, 1, 1, 43-46 10.1007/s12686-009-9010-2
2009 Ruas,C, Nakayama,T, Ortiz,M, Kuroki,M, Stuessy,T, Ruas,E, de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, Talavera,S, Ruas,P, 2009, Isolation and characterization of eight microsatellite loci from the endangered plant species Hypochaeris salzmanniana (Asteraceae), Conservation Genetics, 10, 5, 1413-1416 10.1007/s10592-008-9749-0
2009 VARELA,EDUARDOSOUSA, GONÇALVES,EVONNILDODACOSTA, SANTOS,MELISSADEOLIVEIRA, SAMPAIO,IRACILDA, SCHNEIDER,HORACIO, 2009, Isolation and characterization of 11 microsatellite loci in the mangrove crab,
(Ocypodidae: Ucidinae), Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 5, 1395-1397 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02674.x
2009 de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, Sassaki,R, Ferreira,T, Resende,M, Chiari,L, Karia,C, Faleiro,F, Jungmann,L, Zucchi,M, Souza,A et al, 2009, Polymorphic microsatellite loci for Stylosanthes macrocephala Ferr. et Costa, a tropical forage legume, Conservation Genetics Resources, 1, 1, 481-485 10.1007/s12686-009-9112-x
2009 Santos,M, Sassaki,R, Chiari,L, Resende,R, De Souza,A, 2009, Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in tropical forage Stylosanthes capitata Vogel, Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1, 192-194 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02308.x
2009 Souza,L, Mantello,C, de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, de Souza Goncalves,P, Souza,A, 2009, Microsatellites from rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) for genetic diversity analysis and cross-amplification in six Hevea wild species, Conservation Genetics Resources, 1, 1, 75-79 10.1007/s12686-009-9018-7
2008 Santos,K, Santos,M, Laborda,P, Souza,A, Peroni,N, Nodari,R, 2008, Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers in Acca sellowiana (Berg) Burret, Molecular Ecology Resources, 8, 6, 1417-1419 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02213.x
2008 Pinheiro,F, Santos,MO, Barros,F, Meyer,D, Salatino,A, Souza,AP, Cozzolino,S, 2008, Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the Brazilian orchid Epidendrum fulgens, Conservation Genetics, 9, 6, 1661-1663 10.1007/s10592-008-9514-4
2008 Pinheiro,F, de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, Palma-Silva,C, Barros,F, Meyer,D, Salatino,A, Souza,A, Cozzolino,S, 2008, Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Epidendrum puniceoluteum, an endemic orchid from the Atlantic Rainforest, Molecular Ecology Resources, 8, 5, 1114-1116 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02175.x
2007 Ferreirs-Ramos,R, Laborda,P, de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, Mayor,M, Mestriner,M, Souza,A, Alzate-Marin,A, 2007, Genetic analysis of forest species Eugenia uniflora L. through of newly developed SSR markers, Conservation Genetics, 9, 5, 1281-1285 10.1007/s10592-007-9458-0
2005 Cardamoni Diniz,L, de Fatima Ruas,C, de Paula Carvalho,V, Torres,F, Ruas,E, de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, Sera,T, Ruas,P, 2005, Genetic diversity among forty coffee varieties assessed by RAPD markers associated with restriction digestion, Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, 48, 4, 511-521 10.1590/S1516-89132005000500002
2005 de Fatima Ruas,C, Vanzela,A, de Oliveira Santos Garcia,M, Fregonezi,J, Ruas,E, Matzenbacher,N, de Aguiar-Perecin,M, 2005, Chromosomal organization and phylogenetic relationships in Hypochaeris species (Asteraceae) from Brazil, Genetics and Molecular Biology, 28, 1, 129-139 10.1590/S1415-47572005000100023

I am currently a co-supervisor of two PhD students, Habtamu Tura and Jessica Schmidt.

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2017 Member Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group on Wheat Breeding Methods and Strategies
Position
Research Fellow
Phone
83139809
Campus
Waite
Building
Plant Genomics Centre
Room Number
2 17
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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