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Brazilian Agriculture

AG_BrasilBy Gilberto Schmidt

Labex Korea – Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world, with an extensive surface of continuous land, a large supply of fresh water, abundant solar energy, and a rich biodiversity. In the past five decades the country has used its abundance and diversity of resources to successfully become a world leader in agricultural production, including food, feed, fiber and renewable energy.

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Brazil Cotton and Products Update

Brazil_FlagsThe Crop Site – The short 2012/13 cotton crop is constraining Brazil’s 2013/14 cotton exports, estimated at 2.1 million bales. The 2013/14 cotton production area estimate is maintained at 1.1 million hectares. With superior seed technology and improved pesticide controls, producers and analysts are expecting robust yields but will also incur significantly higher production costs, due to the additional pesticide applications to combat the Helicoverpa corn earworm.

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Brazilian universities make scientific production available on the internet

2By Elton Alisson
Agência FAPESP – The scientific production of the São Paulo universities USP, Unicamp and Unesp can be found and accessed freely through a single portal on the internet. This portal is the Council of São Paulo University Dean’s Scientific Production Repository, launched during the opening session of the 4th Annual Luso-Brazilian Conference on Open Access (Confoa) on October 6.
Created and funded by FAPESP, several of the portal’s objectives are to collect, preserve and allow open, public and integrated access to the scientific production of researchers from the three São Paulo state universities. These universities lead the publication of scientific articles in the country according to the latest edition of SIR World Report, released in July by Scimago Lab… Continue Reading
Source and Photo: Agência FAPESP, November 27, 2013
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Effects of Slaughtering Methods on Protein Denaturation of Frozen Pacu Fillets

Pacu_sheddViegas et al, October 2013

Summary – Pacu is an omnivorous, freshwater fish typical of the wetlands located in South Mato Grosso, Brazil, which can also be found in the rivers of the Amazon and Prata basins. It is a species widely cultivated in Brazil due to its fast growth, hardiness and good acceptance by the consumers (MPA, 2010).

The freshwater fish cultivated in Brazil are most commonly stunned and slaughtered by thermal shock (1:1 water and ice); a method that is proven stressful since it does not kill immediately and can affect meat quality.

Due to pacu importance to Brazilian Aquaculture, it is necessary to determine the best slaughtering method in order to improve meat quality. The objective of this study is to evaluate how the usual methods used to slaughter pacu (electrical stunning, thermal shock and CO2 narcosis) influence protein denaturation of frozen fillets stored for 180 days.

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Brazil Needs to Reduce Transport Costs to be Competitive

Brazil_FlagsBy Chris Harris
The Poultry Site – Speaking at the HGCA Grain Market Outlook conference in London last week, Chris Gadd, grain analyst with Macquarie Securities said that in the 2013/14 season Brazil will have increased production to more than 87 million tonnes of soybeans – a rise from 81.6 million tonnes last year.

Globally, this year the markets have been recovering from poor soy, sun flower seed and rape production in 2012 and in the US there is a predicted shortfall in production, although there is an improvement in ending stocks in the US as yields are improving.

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Flightpath to Aviation Biofuels in Brazil: Action Plan

Mini 019FAPESP – The aviation industry is committed to reducing its environmental impact and has established ambitious goals to reach carbon neutral growth by 2020 and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50% (from 2005 levels) by 2050. Currently, the aviation industry generates approximately 2% of man-caused carbon dioxide emissions; it is a small but growing share that is projected to reach 3% by 2030.

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Brazilian Research on Bioenergy

Mini 020FAPESP – Brazil is outstanding as the world’s most intensive user of bioethanol as an alternative to gasoline for powering transport. Total bioethanol production for 2012/13 is projected at 23.9 billion liters in 437 plants, 168 of which are dedicated exclusively to ethanol. In 2012/13 around 51 per cent of the 602 million tons of sugarcane will be used for ethanol and 49 per cent for sugar production. The total sugarcane planted area in Brazil is around 8 million hectares (ha). This accounts for only around 2-3 per cent of total area devoted to agriculture.

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