Solanaceae Source

A global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family

Nov 27th, 2020 - Federico Roda

Next SOL Seminar Online will be presented by Federico Roda on Can omics uncover the mysteries of Angel's Trumpets?

Abstract. For millennia members of the Solanaceae family have been used for curing and divination in traditional medicines around the world. These uses are often associated to the presence of secondary metabolites known as Tropane Alkaloids (TAs), which today are the basis of a multi-million-dollar pharmacological industry. In my lab we study an underexploited source of TAs with a mysterious history, the flamboyant Angel´s Trumpets (Brugmansia spp.). These plants were sacred for numerous indigenous communities in South America and their use led to the domestication of medicinal cultivars. The phenotypic diversity of these cultivars as well as their cultural importance called the attention of the “fathers” of chemical ethnobotany, who started their study in the 1950s. These plants constitute an excellent model to search for the genetic basis of TA production but unfortunately their conservation is threatened by socio-economic changes. In this talk will summarize our knowledge of the evolution of Brugmansia and its intricate relationship with humans. I will articulate that the combination of genomics and metabolomics can help revealing unknown aspects of this relationship while providing biotechnological tools for TA production.

When? Friday 27th November 3 pm (GMT+1)

The zoom link to join the meeting is Meeting ID: 943 3314 6166, password: Solanaceae

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Friday, November 27, 2020 - 15:00
Thu, 2020-11-26 11:23 -- rocio

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