Researcher: Natalia de Leon Gatti

Areas of Research Expertise
  • Plant genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Plant physiology
  • Climate
  • Cropping systems
  • Environment
  • Plant breeding and quantitative genetics
  • Population enhancement for biomass increase and cell wall composition
  • Interface of plant breeding and quantitative and molecular genetics
  • Combination of different sources of genetic information such as phenotypic, genotypic and expression data
  • Genetic analysis of developmental traits in maize
Web Site Natalia de Leon Gatti's Department of Agronomy Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Current/Active Funding
  • University of Delaware, 2011-2017, Analysis of clinal variation in maize: implementation of an experimental framework for studying crop adaptation
  • USDA, Natl Institute Food and Agriculture, 2012-2017, Optimizing the conversion of breeding programs from phenotypic to genomic selection: A case study in maize silage quality
  • Hatch Multi-state Research Formula Fund, 2012-2016, Exploitation of plant genetic resources for the identification of important genetic factors affecting silage composition in maize
  • North Central Regional Coord Committee, 2014-2017, NCCC167 Officership Account
  • Wisconsin Cord Promotion Board, 2015-2016, Genomes to fields initiative
  • USDA, Natl Institute Food and Agriculture, 2015-2019, Understanding the effect of long-term selection on the genetic control and modulation of genotype-by-environment interaction
  • WARF, 2015-2016, The corn silage and biofeedstock breeding program: Varieties with enhanced forage yield and quality
Issued Patent(s)
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20140366213 - Modifying flowering time in maize, published December 2014.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Evidence for maternal control of seed size in maize from phenotypic and transcriptional analysis. Zhang X, Hirsch CN, Sekhon RS, de Leon N, Kaeppler SM. J Exp Bot. 2016 Apr;67(6):1907-17. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erw006. Epub 2016 Jan 29.

  • Genetic and Quantitative Trait Locus Analysis for Bio-Oil Compounds after Fast Pyrolysis in Maize Cobs. Jeffrey B, Kuzhiyil N, de Leon N, Lübberstedt T. PLoS One. 2016 Jan 8;11(1):e0145845. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145845. eCollection 2016.

  • Using the variability of linkage disequilibrium between subpopulations to infer sweeps and epistatic selection in a diverse panel of chickens. Beissinger TM, Gholami M, Erbe M, Weigend S, Weigend A, de Leon N, Gianola D, Simianer H. Heredity (Edinb). 2016 Feb;116(2):158-66. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2015.81. Epub 2015 Sep 9.

  • Shared Genomic Regions Between Derivatives of a Large Segregating Population of Maize Identified Using Bulked Segregant Analysis Sequencing and Traditional Linkage Analysis. Haase NJ, Beissinger T, Hirsch CN, Vaillancourt B, Deshpande S, Barry K, Buell CR, Kaeppler SM, de Leon N. G3 (Bethesda). 2015 Jun 1;5(8):1593-602. doi: 10.1534/g3.115.017665.
Recent Artistic Works
  • University of Minnesota, Plant Biology
  • Iowa State University Center Plant Genomics
  • Roche NimbelGen
Research Tools
Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-262-0193
Current University UW–Madison
Department Agronomy
Title Associate Professor
Other Appointments
Project Leader, UW Silage Breeding and Biofeedstock Breeding Program
Faculty Trainer, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics Program
Address Line 1 455 Moore Hall - Agronomy
Address Line 2 1575 Linden Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., Argentinean Catholic University, Agronomy, 1997
Master's Degree M.S., UW–Madison, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, 2000
PhD Ph.D., UW–Madison, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, 2002
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Corn Breeding Population for New Silage Hybrids

New Inbred Corn Line “W613S” Could Boost Milk Production

New Inbred Corn Line “W614S” Could Boost Milk Production

New Inbred Corn Line “W616S” Could Boost Milk Production

Breeding Population of Corn for Enhanced Silage Production

Inbred Corn Lines for Developing Silage Hybrids

Gene Controls Flowering Time in Corn

Extending Juvenile Stage of Plants for Biofuels and Feedstock