Short affiliation: University of São Paulo, Brasil
Biosketch: Dr. Lázaro E. P. Peres is a Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. His main research interest is plant development and its interaction with the environment. Dr. Peres has established and curates a large collection of induced mutants, natural genetic variation and transgenic plants in the model system tomato cv. Micro-Tom. Some of the genes studied in the Dr. Peres´s lab have alleles exclusive from tomato wild species, representing genetic resources for fundamental studies on plant adaptation, domestication and breeding for stress resistance and nutrient-rich food.
Talk title: Crop improvement for healthy diet. Tomato as model
Synopsis: Plant pigments are also nutrients! Recent knowledge about the metabolic pathways of pigments such as carotenoids and flavonoids can be integrated and extended to plant breeding to create nutrient-rich foods.