EVO-CODE had a very important socio-economic impact for all the people involved, both for the early stage and experienced researchers. The early stage researchers got the opportunity to go to oversea labs and to work in high quality labs of active researchers. They all improved their scientific skills, their language skills, and they had the opportunity to do networking and attend conferences.

Several of the ESR fellow involved had completed their PhD studies during the project. Some of them obtained a fellowship to do a postdoc in the lab of one of the other partners, some in their own country and a few got a position in private sector. All of them had a great benefit of being involved in EVO-CODE project for improving their CV with achieved technical and non technical skills such as communication, networking, experience in foreign countries.

Similar benefits have been got by ERs. Some of the post doc has got positions in one of the network laboratories, some have got positions in others universities or research centres. All of them have improved their CV and their position. Furthermore the network that has been created in the frame of the project has allowed applying for new project national or international proposal, a few of which has been successful.


.Antonio Costa de Oliveira   
Plant Genomics and Breeding Center (CGF) - UFPel -Brazil

.Cristina Ferrandiz       
Instituto de Biologia Molecular y Celular de Plantas - Spain

.Marcio Alves Ferreira       
Laboartorio de Genetica Molecular Vegetal (LGMV)-UFRJ- Brazil

.Martin Kate           
Dipartamento di Biologia,  UNIMI - Italy

.Lucia Colombo           
Dipartamento di Biologia, UNIMI -Italy

.Stefan de Folter       

Complete groups:

P1 (University of Milano- UNIMI)

Lucia Colombo, Martin Kater, Paolo Pesaresi and Simona Masiero - PI

Francesca Resentini, got a position as post doc (University of Padoa- from 3/2015)

Virginia Borrelli, got a position as Ph.D student (University of Piacenza)

Bianca Galliani got a position as Ph.D student (University of Milano)

Eva Zanchetti got a position as Ph.D student (Max Planck- Berlin-Germany)

Ludovico Dreni, got a position as PI at the University of Shanghai

Beatrice Castelnovo, (position in private sector- Italy)

Chiara Mizzotti, Post doc (University of Milano)

Sergi Ferrero Torrero, (University of Milano)

Nahel Schain Gonzalez, (University of Milano) (PI position Rosario, Argentina from  4/2015)

Marta Mendes Post doc (University of Milano)

Veronica Battagliola (position private sector - Italy)

Mara Cuccinotta Ph.D student (University of Milano)

Francesca Galbiati got a post doc (University of Milano)

Rosalinda Guerra got a position as post doc UK

Matia Linder (position private sector – CH)


P2 (CSIC- Valencia)

Cristina Ferrandiz and Francisco Madueno - PI

Marina Silvestre (PhD student, CSIC-IBMCP)

Irene Martinez Fernandez (PhD student, CSIC-IBMCP)

Patricia Ballester (PhD student, CSIC-IBMCP)

Africa Gomariz (PhD student, CSIC-IBMCP)

Vicente Balanza, got a post doc position (University of Milano)

Chloe Fourquin, (Post-Doc position, ENS Lyon, France)

Jose Alfredo Zambrano Rodrigues (Post-doc position, Ümea Plant Science Centre, Sweden)

Jose Moya (PhD student, CSIC-IBMCP)


P3 (CINVESTAV- Mexico)

Stefan de Folter and Nayelli Marsch Martinez - PI

Gregorio Orozco Arroyo, got post doc position CNR - Milano

Victor Zuniga Mayo, got post-doc position (CSIC - Valencia)

Carlos Espinosa Soto, got PI position (Instituto de Física, San Louis Potosí)

Mariana Sotelo Silveira, got PI position (Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay)

Paulina Lozano Sotomayor, got position as microscopist (University of Guanajuato)

Ricardo Chavez Montes, got post doc position (Cinvestav, Irapuato)

Daniela Ramos Cruz, got research assistant position (Cinvestav, Irapuato)


P4 (UF Pel- Brasil)

Antonio Costa de Oliveira and Luciano Carlos da Maia - PI

Glacy Silva, Ph.D UFPeL (got a position as a post-doc at University of Nottingham)

Naciele Marini Ph.D UFPeL (got a position as a post-doc at Embrapa)

Mariana Madruga Kruger PhD student, UFPel

Vivian Ebeling Viana, Ph.D student UFPeL

Solange Ferreira da Silveira Silveira, Ph.D student UFPeL

Railson Schreinert dos Santos, Ph.D student UFPeL


P5 (UFRJ- Brasil)

Marcio Alves Ferreira (PI)

Bruno Flausinio, MS UFRJ (Got a technician position in UFRJ)

Sarah Nardeli

Stefanie Moura, Ph. D student at UFRJ

Priscilla Rossetto, (got a post-dos position at UFRJ)

Silvia Marinque got a post doc position (University of Milano) (from 02/2015)

Julia Lambret (Ph.D at Danforth Center, USA)

Francisco Scaglia (got a post-dos position at UFRJ)

Objectives of the EVO-CODE:

 - Reinforce the Collaboration among six research groups in 3 different continents (North America, South America and Europe). The exchange of researchers between Italy, Spain, Mexico and Brazil has implemented a strong collaboration between the research groups that led to the transfer of knowledge between the different laboratories. In particular it has allowed the creation of a new generation of young scientists with international connections that will contribute to develop the research in this field across the continents. Bilateral proposals have been submitted and some of them were granted during the four years of the project. This project facilitated a durable network between these countries from which researchers will benefit now and in the future.

 - Improve the knowledge about seed and fruit development, taking advantage of genomics and post-genomics tools. Detailed analysis of the network of regulatory genes controlling reproductive development in Arabidopsis and transfer of knowledge to strategic crops, represents the biological theme around which our research and training programme was built.

 - Implement and improve the technical and non-technical skills of ER and ERS in an international frame to have impact on their carriers. The program has provided optimal training opportunities for starting and more experienced scientists. The ER and ERS fellows involved had great benefit from being involved in the EVO-CODE project. All of them improved their CV for technical and non-technical skills and they build or improved their international connections.


Conferences to dissemination of results:

• Workshop on Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Flower Development, Maratea, Italy, 14-17 June 2011. • Plant & Animal Genome Conference XIX, San Diego, USA, 9-13 Jan 2010.

• Mechanisms in Plant Development, FASEB meeting, Vermont, USA, 15-20 Aug 2010.

• International symposium `Regulatory Networks in Flower Development`, EVO CODE kick-off meeting, LANGEBIO-CINVESTAV, Irapuato, Mexico, 2 Sept 2010.

• 8th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics, Bento Gonçalves, Brazil, 18-20 Oct, 2010.

• Plant & Animal Genome Conference XX, San Diego, USA, 15-19 Jan 2011.

• X Congreso de la Sociedad Mexicana de Biología del Desarrollo, San Miguel Regla, Hidalgo, México, 2-5 Oct 2011.

• 9th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics, Taipei, Taiwan, 7 - 9 Nov, 2011

• XIV National Congress of Biochemistry and plant molecular biology & 7th. Symposium Mexico-USA, Campeche, México, 29 Nov - 2 Dec 2011.

• Plant & Animal Genome Conference XXI, San Diego, USA, 14-18 Jan 2012.

• VI International Meeting of the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology (LASDB), Montevideo, Uruguay, 26 - 29 April 2012.

• 77th Cold Spring Harbor Symposium: The Biology of Plants, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA, 30 May- 4 June 2012.

• 5th International PhD school in Plant Development, Pontignano (Siena), Italy, 25th-28th Sept. 2012.

• XXIX Congreso de Bioquimica (SMB), Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico, 11-17 Nov. 2012.

• International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 26-29 Nov, 2012

• Plant & Animal Genome Conference XXII, San Diego, USA, 12-16 Jan 2013.

• 17th International Congress of Developmental Biology, Cancún, Quintana Roo, México, 16-20 June 2013

• Workshop on Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Flower Development, Presque`ile de Giens, Cote D`Azur, France, 8-12 June 2013.

• Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting 2013. Valencia, Spain, July 2013.

• XV National Congress of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & VIII Symposium Mexico/USA, Xcaret Quintana Roo, Mexico, 21-25 Oct 2013.

• International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics, New Delhi, India, 20 23 Nov, 2013.

• Plant & Animal Genome Conference XXIII, San Diego, USA, 11-15 Jan 2014.

• International symposium, EVO-CODE meeting, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15 April 2014.

• ICREA Workshop: From model systems to crops, challenges for a new era in planta biology. Barcelona, Spain, May 2014

• XII Reunión de Biología Molecular de Plantas, Cartagena, Spain, June 2014

• International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics, Tucson, Arizona, 16 19 Nov, 2014.


Patricia Ballester, Marisa Navarrete-Gómez, Pilar Carbonero, Luis Oñate-Sánchez, Cristina Ferrándiz (2015) Leaf expansion in Arabidopsis is controlled by a TCP-NGA regulatory module likely conserved in distantly related species. Physiologia Plantarum doi:10.1111/ppl.12329


Nayelli Marsch-Martínez, Víctor M Zúñiga-Mayo, Humberto Herrera-Ubaldo, Pieter B. F Ouwerkerk, Jeanneth Pablo-Villa, Paulina Lozano-Sotomayor, Raffaella Greco, Patricia Ballester, Vicente Balanzá, Suzanne J. H Kuijt, Annemarie H Meijer, Andy Pereira, Cristina Ferrándiz , Stefan de Folter (2014) The NTT transcription fator promotes replum development in Arabidopsis fruits. Plant Journal . doi: 10.1111/tpj.12617


Irene Martínez-Fernández, Sofía Sanchís, Naciele Marini, Vicente Balanzá, Patricia Ballester, Marisa Navarrete-Gómez, Antonio C. Oliveira, Lucia Colombo, Cristina Ferrándiz (2014) The effect of NGATHA altered activity on auxin signaling pathways within the Arabidopsis gynoecium. Frontiers in Plant Science 5:210. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00210.


Cristina Ferrándiz, Chloe Fourquin (2014) The role of the FUL-SHP network in the evolution of fruit morphology and function. Journal of Experimental Botany doi: 10.1093/jxb/ert479


Chloé Fourquin, Carolina del Cerro, Filipe C. Victoria, Aurélie Vialette-Guiraud, Antonio C. de Oliveira and Cristina Ferrándiz . (2013) A change in SHATTERPROOF protein lies at the origin of a fruit morphological novelty and a new strategy for seed dispersal in Medicago genus. Plant Physiology 192:907-917.


Sotelo-Silveira, M., Cucinotta, M., Chauvin, A-L, Chávez Montes, R.A., Colombo, L., Marsch-Martínez, N., de Folter, S. (2013) Cytochrome P450 CYP78A9 is involved in Arabidopsis reproductive development. Plant Physiology, 162:779-799.  


Herrera-Ubaldo, H., Zanchettia, E., Colombo, L., de Folter, S. (2014) Protein interactions guiding carpel and fruit development in Arabidopsis. Plant Biosystems, 148:169-175.


Sotelo-Silveira, M., Cucinotta, M., Colombo, L., Marsch-Martínez, N., de Folter, S. (2013) Towards understanding the role of CYP78A9 during Arabidopsis reproduction. Plant Signaling & Behaviour, 8 (8): e25160.