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Sarah Zanon Agapito

Research Professor

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Siva Innovasjonssenter, Sykehusvn 21, 9019 Tromsø

Sarah Agapito completed a PhD (2011-2014) in plant genetics with the CropScience Department at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil.

Sarah has been appointed to the UN Roster of Biosafety Experts in 2013 by the Brazilian Government and in 2018 by Norway. She has been actively participating in the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms that is hosted by the Biosafety Clearing House Portal as part of the Clearing-House Mechanism of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

In addition, Sarah has been a consultant to multiple government and non-governmental agencies in Brazil and Norway, and has organized two international biosafety courses. More recently, she has been actively engaged in UNEP/GEF and FAO/GEF projects for the implementation of UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in Swaziland and in The Kyrgyz Republic.

Her research experience includes plant breeding, plant genetic diversity and conservation, and risk assessment of genetically modified organisms. Specific expertise are: biochemical and genetic characterization of transgenic crop plants and transgene flow to wild relatives (particularly as it relates to environmental safety), and transcriptomics (particular dsRNA) and proteomics. The main goal of her current research is to uncover the roles of transgenes in gene regulation in plant systems and to apply that knowledge to assessing their safe use in food and the environment.

Sarah Zanon Agapito


Climate & Environment

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Gene technology, environment and society

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Establishment of targeted mutagenesis in soybean protoplasts using CRISPR/Cas9 RNP delivery via electro−transfection – Frontiers in Plant Science 2023
Integration of omics analyses into GMO risk assessment in Europe: a case study from soybean field trials – Environmental Sciences Europe 2023
Are null segregants new combinations of heritable material and should they be regulated? – Frontiers in Genome Editing 2023
Unintended Genomic Outcomes in Current and Next Generation GM Techniques: A Systematic Review – Plants 2022
A DNA-Free Editing Platform for Genetic Screens in Soybean via CRISPR/Cas9 Ribonucleoprotein Delivery – Frontiers in Plant Science 2022
Alterations in genetically modified crops assessed by omics studies: Systematic review and meta-analysis – Trends in Food Science & Technology 2022
Proteomic Profile of Glyphosate-Resistant Soybean under Combined Herbicide and Drought Stress Conditions – Plants 2021
Untargeted Proteomics-Based Approach to Investigate Unintended Changes in Genetically Modified Maize for Environmental Risk Assessment Purpose – Frontiers in Toxicology 2021
PEG-Delivered CRISPR-Cas9 Ribonucleoproteins System for Gene-Editing Screening of Maize Protoplasts – Genes 2020
Stacked genetically modified soybean harboring herbicide resistance and insecticide rCry1Ac shows strong defense and redox homeostasis disturbance after glyphosate-based herbicide application – Environmental Sciences Europe 2020
Analysis of transcriptomic differences between NK603 maize and near-isogenic varieties using RNA sequencing and RT-qPCR – Environmental Sciences Europe 2020
Genetic and epigenetic characterization of the cry1Ab coding region and its 3′ flanking genomic region in MON810 maize using next-generation sequencing – European Food Research and Technology 2018
Challenges for transgene detection in landraces and wild relatives: learning from 15 years of debate over GM maize in Mexico – Biodiversity and Conservation 2018
Systematic miRNome profiling reveals differential microRNAs in transgenic maize metabolism – Environmental Sciences Europe 2018
Reply to 'Comments on two recent publications on GM maize and Roundup' – Scientific Reports 2018
Revisiting Risk Governance of GM Plants: The Need to Consider New and Emerging Gene-Editing Techniques – Frontiers in Plant Science 2018
Transgene flow in Mexican maize revisited: Socio-biological analysis across two contrasting farmer communities and seed management systems – Ecology and Evolution 2017
roteome of Plasmopara viticola-infected Vitis vinifera provides insights into grapevine Rpv1/Rpv3 pyramided resistance to downy mildew – Journal of Proteomics 2017
Molecular responses of genetically modified maize to abiotic stresses as determined through proteomic and metabolomic analyses – PLOS ONE 2017
An integrated multi-omics analysis of the NK603 Roundup-tolerant GM maize reveals metabolism disturbances caused by the transformation process – Scientific Reports 2016
Genetic diversity and apple leaf spot disease resistance characterization assessed by SSR markers – Crop Breeding and Applied Biotechnology (CBAB) 2016
Levels of DNA methylation and transcript accumulation in leaves of transgenic maize varieties – Environmental Sciences Europe 2016
Response to "A 28-day oral toxicity evaluation of small interfering RNAs and a long double-stranded RNA targeting vacuolar ATPase in mice – Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (RTP) 2015
Identification of the Er1 resistence gene and RNase S-alleles in Malus prunifolia var. ringo rootstock – Scientia Agricola 2015
Sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest – International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 2014
Reply to comment on sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest – International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 2014
Effect of stacking insecticidal cry and herbicide tolerance epsps transgenes on transgenic maize proteome – BMC Plant Biology 2014
Comparative proteomic analysis of off-type and normal phenotype somatic plantlets derived from somatic embryos of Feijoa (Acca sellowiana (O. Berg) Burret) – Plant Science 2013
A comparative evaluation of the regulation of GM crops or products containing dsRNA and suggested improvements to risk assessments – Environment International 2013
Comparative proteomic analysis of genetically modified maize grown under different agroecosystems conditions in Brazil – Proteome Science 2013
Patterns of polyembryony and frequency of surviving multiple embryos of the Brazilian pine Araucaria angustifolia – Australian Journal of Botany 2011
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