Universidade Nova de Lisboa


The Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB) is a leading Portuguese life sciences public research institute, integrated in the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (UNL), which was recently converted into a private foundation of public law. ITQB’s mission is to carry out scientific research and postgraduate teaching in life sciences, chemistry and associated disciplines for the benefit of human health and the environment.  

Role in Photoboost

ITQB will contribute to three work packages in the PhotoBoost project. The team will provide expertise in the transformation of rice plants, the physiological, molecular and biochemical analysis of transgenic lines in the greenhouse, and the detailed characterisation of transgenic rice plants in.  


Nelson Saibo

Selected publications

Bovdilova A, Alexandre BM, Höppner A, Luís IM, Alvarez CE, Bickel D, Gohlke H, Decker C, Nagel-Steger L, Alseekh S, Fernie AR, Drincovich MF, Abreu IA, Maurino VG (2019) Posttranslational modification of the NADP-malic enzyme involved in C4 photosynthesis modulates the enzymatic activity during the day. The Plant Cell (online ahead of print). https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00406

Borba AR, Serra TS, Górska A, Gouveia P, Cordeiro A, Reyna-Llorens I, Knerová J, Barros PM, Abreu IA, Oliveira MM, Hibberd JM, Saibo NJM (2018) Synergistic binding of bHLH transcription factors to the promoter of the maize NADP-ME gene used in C4 photosynthesis is based on an ancient code found in the ancestral C3 state. Molecular Biology and Evolution 35, 1690–1705. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msy060

Chander S, Almeida MD, Serra TS, Jardim‐Messeder D, Barros PM, Lourenço TF, Figueiredo DD, Margis-Pinheiro M, Costa JM, Oliveira MM, Saibo NJM. (2018) OsICE1 transcription factor improves photosynthetic performance and reduces grain losses in rice plants subjected to drought. Environmental and Experimental Botany 150, 88–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/ j.envexpbot.2018.02.004 5. Luís IM, Alexandre BM, Oliveira MM, Abreu IA (2016) Selection of an appropriate protein extraction method to study the phosphoproteome of maize photosynthetic tissue. PLoS One 11, e0164387. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164387

Rodrigues J., Inzé D, Nelissen H, Saibo NJM (2019) Source–sink regulation in crops under water deficit. Trends in Plant Science 24, 652–663. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2019.04.005

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