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Jurandir Vieira De Magalhaes

Embrapa Maize and Sorghum

Adjunct Professor
Federal University of Minas Gerais - Brazil  and University of Saskatchewan - Canada

Dr. Jurandir Magalhaes is a molecular geneticist at Embrapa Maize and Sorghum in Brazil. Dr. Magalhaes´ research program is focused on the molecular and quantitative genetics of abiotic stress tolerance primarily in sorghum and maize, and includes comparative genomics with other crop species.

More specifically, his research addresses the role of root biology in crop adaptation to soil-based stresses including drought, insufficient mineral nutrients, and toxic metals such as aluminum toxicity on acid soils. Dr. Magalhaes´ research played a major role in the isolation by positional cloning of one of the first plant aluminum tolerance genes, SbMATE, which encodes an aluminum-activated root citrate efflux transporter that confers sorghum Al tolerance.

Research Interests
Molecular biology, genetics and epigenetics of crop abiotic stress tolerance with a focus on crop adaptation to marginal soils. Research program also focuses on plant mineral nutrition and root biology, including the role of root system architecture in efficient acquisition of water and essential mineral nutrients

Professional and Societal Memberships

  • Brazilian Society of Genetics
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Overseas Honorable Researcher Program for the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea, 2010 - 2012
  • International Sorghum Genomics Executive Committee