Rubens Nodari

Membership:  2019/2020

Member Bio

Rubens Onofre Nodari is a geneticist who teaches and carries out research in the interface of between agronomy and biology, toward a more
sustainable landscape management. He was awarded with a BS in agronomy by the University of Passo Fundo (1977), a master's degree in agronomy (crop sciences) by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1980) and PhD in genetics by University of California at Davis (1992). From August 2016 to February 2017 held a senior internship at the University of California at Berkeley, under the supervision of Prof. Miguel Altieri. In 1979 he was selected for a position as assistant professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). Later he became a full professor. Currently, he teaches courses of plant breeding and biotechnology for agronomy students and conservation of genetic resources, analysis of genetic diversity and population genetics to the graduate program in plant genetic resources. For the past 20 years, he have been conducting studies and guiding undergraduate and graduate students in studying (i) domestication of Acca sellowiana, also known as
feijoa or guava-serrana; (ii) genetics and plant breeding; (iii) phylogeny and phylogeography of indigenous plants; and (iv) biosafety and biohazards of GMOs. Since 2012, he has been part of the vine and wine research network formed by UFSC, Epagri, Julius Kühn Institut. JKI (Germany), and the Edmunch Mach Foundation (Italy) to develop new varieties that combine disease resistance and wine quality. At UFSC he held the following positions: head of the department of crop science, from 1980 to 1983; member of the university council from 1985 to 1986; and coordinator of the graduate program in plant genetic resources from 2010 to 2015. He was also regional secretary (SC) of the Brazilian Society of Genetics (SBG) in the period 1998-2000, and regional secretary (SC) of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC) in the period 2002-2004. He was manager of plant genetic resources of the Brazilian Ministry of Environment from 2003 to 2008. He
was a member of the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) from 2003 to 2007 and from 2015 to 2016, and a member of the Agrobiodiversity Study Group (GEA) at the Ministry of Agrarian Development from 2012 to 2016. From 2013 to 2016 he was professor and advisor at Agostinho Neto University, Angola, in the masters course in conservation and use of plant genetic resources.


  • with Valdir Marcos Stefenon, Gustavo Klabunde, Rafael Plá Matielo Lemos, and Marcelo Rogalski. "Phylogeography
    of plastid DNA sequences suggests post-glacial southward demographic expansion and the existence of several glacial refugia for Araucaria angustifolia
    ." Scientific Reports 9 (2019): 1–13.
  • with Márcia Regina Faita, Eliana de Medeiros Oliveira, Valter Vieira Alves, and Afonso Inácio Orth. "Changes
    in hypopharyngeal glands of nurse bees (Apis mellifera) induced by pollen-containing sublethal doses of the herbicide Roundup®
    ." Chemosphere 211 (2018): 566–572.
  • with Lido José Borsuk, Luciano Saifert, Juan Manuel Otalora-Villamil, and Fernando David Sánchez-Mora. "Phenotypic
    Variability In Feijoa Fruits [Acca Sellowiana (O. Berg.) Burret] on Indigenous Lands, Quilombolas Communities and Protected Areas in the South of Brazil
    ." Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura 39, no. 1 (2017).
  • with Miguel Mundstock Xavier Carvalho, and Eunice Sueli Nodari. “'Defensives'
    or 'pesticides'? A history of the use and perception of pesticides in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 1950-2002
    ." História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos 24, no. 1 (2017).
  • with Robin Mesnage, Sarah Agapito-Tenfen, Vinicius Vilperte, George Renney, Malcolm Ward, Gilles-Eric Séralini, and Michael Antoniou. "An
    integrated multi-omics analysis of the NK603 Roundup-tolerant GM maize reveals metabolism disturbances caused by the transformation process
    ." Scientific Reports 6 (2016).
  • with Valdir Marcos Stefenon, Neusa Steiner, and Miguel Pedro Guerra. "Integrating approaches towards the conservation of forest genetic resources: a case study of Araucaria angustifolia." Biodiversity and Conservation 18, no. 9 (2009): 2433–2448.