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Lab. nameBotany and in vitro cultures  
Principal Investigator Elisabetta Sgarbi 
ComponentsElisabetta Sgarbi  (Principal Investigator )
DescriptionPlant biodiversity conservation -Ex situ conservation by means of in vitro culture: dormancy breaking and seed germination, plant propagation, with particular reference to terrestrial orchids, in research projects for their reintroduction; clonal propagation, also by somatic embryogenesis, and collections of selected genotypes of woody plants. -Cryopreservation (orchid seeds, meristems). -Seed banking: Triticum aestivum L. – ancient and current varieties; Orchidaceae -In situ conservation and valorization of rare and threatened wetlands, i.e. water springs (In Italian: Fontanili, Fontanazzi) inside SICs (Sites of Community Importance) in Province of Reggio Emilia (Po Plain). Plant biodiversity characterization -Characterization of grapevine cultivars within a research project for exploitation and valorization of regional genotypes: morpho-functional characterization of flowers and pollen, study of micro-morphological characters in leaves and berries. -Studies concerning secondary metabolites production in wheat cultivars, with particular reference to phenolic compounds.  
Addressvia Giuseppe Campi, 287 - 41125 Modena 
Keywordsplant biology, biodiversity, in vitro cultures, seeds bank, micromorphology 
ERC Sectors LS9_4 Plant sciences (including crop production, plant breeding, agroecology, soil biology)  
Instrumentationlaminar air flow cabinet, autoclave, climatic chambers, dewar and transfer line for liquid N use. 
Research Lines Agrifood and Environment

Methodologies Plant biotechnology and in vitro culture: micropropagation and use of bioreactors, organogenesis, somatic embryogenesis, synthetic seed technology, cryopreservation. Seed conservation techniques. Electronic Microscopy, Fluorescent Microscopy, Light Microscopy.