By Gilberto Silber Schmidt
Labex Korea – Undertake a pilot project that establishes bioinformatics analyses for the de novo sequencing dataset and genomic selection process for genetic improvement of production traits in cattle. This work will be included an establishment of a pipeline for big genome dataset such as de novo sequencing dataset and its application for looking at genetic diversity such as signature of selection. Finally both parties will collaborate to develop genomic selection pipeline for their research herd to estimate genomic breeding values.
By Gilberto Silber Schmidt
Labex Korea – Rural Development Administration (RDA) seems to meet required knowledge and constitutes a potential partner to integrate the Applied Biotechnology area for human and animal feed additives, health and welfare.
The bio prospection of Brazilian resources for new metabolites (enzymes) for food and feed application is relevant because Brazil is one of the main animal protein producer and investments in this area could work in favor of a less expensive production and/or more sustainable production systems associated to a healthier and tastier food.
By Gilberto Schmidt
Labex Korea – Brazil is the largest tropical country in the world and, as such, there is a great climatic and soil variability along its territory. Although protected horticultural production is practiced from southern subtropical Rio Grande do Sul to northern tropical Amazonia, the reasons why protected agriculture practices are adopted differ widely. A growing interest in producing vegetables under protection is associated with the increasing income and urbanization of Brazilian population and the general concern with more secure food, the need to decrease the use of chemical pesticides and increase the efficiency of water and fertilizer use.
By Elton Alisson
Agência FAPESP – On June 14, FAPESP was visited by a delegation from the United Kingdom’s Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC). The objective of the visit was to discuss possible program partnerships and combining research and strategies to promote innovation and excellence in research.
One of the seven member bodies of Research Councils United Kingdom (RCUK), the BBSRC invests approximately 400 million pounds sterling (R$ 1.36 billion) in funding for biotechnology and bioscience research throughout the United Kingdom each year.
By Manoel Teixeira Souza Jr.
Embrapa Agroenergy – In 2050, according to various estimates, our planet will have a population slightly more than nine billion people. The challenge for all of us over the coming decades is to ensure the means for producing food and energy in sufficient quantity and quality to meet the demand from a population with two billion more people than today. Demand this already suffering and will continue to suffer, more changes in its nature than its volume, which results in significant increase of input of water and soil, to name only two of the most used features. These resources need to be sustainable, both economically, as the social and the environmental.
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FAPESP – Consumers are never going to notice that in March and April the ethanol found in some fuel pumps at service stations is not the ethanol traditionally produced from sugarcane. The ethanol will have come from sorghum, a plant of the grass family that sugarcane also belongs to. This situation is predicted by researcher André May, from the Corn and Sorghum Unit of Embrapa (the Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research), who is monitoring various experiments related to introducing sorghum into the country’s energy matrix. Since 2007, Embrapa has been working toward developing sorghum crops during the sugarcane off-season. Embrapa plans to launch three new varieties of this grass this year for the production of ethanol.
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Tagged Bioenergy, Bioethanol, Embrapa, Environment, Renewable Energy, Sorghum
By Marcos de Oliveira
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Source and Photo: FAPESP, February, 2012
FAPESP – The future of ethanol production seems to be more promising than all the forecasts made so far. According to a study by researchers from the University of São Paulo (USP), in 20 years’ time it will be possible to supply the whole of the world’s automobile fleet with ethanol and electricity produced in sugarcane mills. “This can be done by using the ethanol and electricity more efficiently, with more economical vehicles,” says Sergio Pacca, a professor from the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities at USP Leste, in São Paulo, who is responsible for the study, along with Professor José Roberto Moreira, from USP’s Institute of Electronics and Engineering, both authors of the paper “A biorefinery for mobility?,” published in October 2011 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
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Tagged Bioethanol, Biorefineries, Environment, Renewable Energy, Sugarcane