Course: Nitro-oxidative stress fundamentals for development of agro-biotechnology.

November 21st-29th, 2011

Facultad de Ciencias - UDELAR

Montevideo - Uruguay


Objectives of the Training:


This course aims to provide updated information about basic mechanisms of oxidative stress, with emphasis on nitro-oxidative stress,  and its relationship to plant biology. It will introduce students to the use of methods for detection and quantification of oxidant agents and antioxidant factors.

Course Description.


Oxidative stress explains several of the developmental phenomena and plant responses to stress. In the last thirty years there has been considerable progress on the identification of causes and consequences of oxidative stress. In plants, oxidative stress is a common element to several other types of stress, such as drought, extreme temperatures and pathogen attack.  Understanding the mechanisms that trigger of oxidative stress, as well  as how plants deal with it, will contribute to the development of future applications in agro-biotechnology.  

The audience of this course involves postgraduate students and researchers linked to plant biotechnology. Postgraduate students in biochemistry, interested to deepen their knowledge in the relevance of oxidant and antioxidant agents in plants, are also welcome. Final evaluation of the course will be via e-mail.




Dr. Lorenzo Lamattina (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata , Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales)

Dr. Ana María Laxalt (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata , Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales)

Dr. Juan B. Arellano (Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Salamanca)

Dr. Ana Denicola (Biological Physical Chemistry, Facultad de Ciencias)

Dr. Homero Rubbo (Center for Free Radical and Biomedical Research at   Facultad de Medicina)

Dr. Andrés Trostchansky (UdelaR, Center for Free Radical and Biomedical Research)

Dr. Marcelo Comini (Institut Pasteur de Montevideo)

Dr. Omar Borsani (Plant Biochemistry, Facultad de Agronomía)

Dr. Sabina Vidal (Plant Molecular Biology, Facultad de Ciencias) Coordinator


Laboratory assistants:

MSc. Marcel Bentancor (Plant Molecular Biology, Facultad de Ciencias)

MSc. Alexandra Castro (Plant Molecular Biology, Facultad de Ciencias)

MSc. Cecilia Ruibal (Plant Molecular Biology, Facultad de Ciencias)

MSc. Soledad Astrada (Institut Pasteur de Montevideo)



Language of Instruction: English and Spanish


The selection of students will be done by the organizers teachers, according to the following criteria:

1)     Researchers working or planning to work in near future in plant oxidative stress.

2)     Posgraduate students form biology, chemistry, and biotechnology areas.

3)    Local postgraduate students.

Students from all Latin America are encouraged to apply, financial support is available to pay transportation and stipend. The deadline to apply is July 31st, 2011.

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