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Center for Excellence in Biological Control

Grant number: 18/02317-5
Support type:Research Grants - Research Centers in Engineering Program
Duration: October 01, 2019 - September 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Cooperation agreement: Koppert Brasil
Principal researcher:José Roberto Postali Parra
Grantee:José Roberto Postali Parra
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Company: Koppert do Brasil Sistemas Biológicos Ltda
Partner institutions: Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (Brasil). Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA). Embrapa Meio-Ambiente; EMBRAPA CLIMA TEMPERADO/EMBRAPA
Pesquisadores principais:
Italo Delalibera Júnior ; Joao Roberto Spotti Lopes ; José Maurício Simões Bento ; Pedro Takao Yamamoto ; Renata Rossin Garone Morelli ; Wesley Augusto Conde Godoy
Assoc. researchers:Alberto Soares Corrêa ; Annette Bruun Jensen ; Carolina Reigada Montoya ; Celso Omoto ; Cláudia Pio Ferreira ; Dirceu Pratissoli ; Dori Edson Nava ; Eduardo Jorge Pilau ; Gabriel Moura Mascarin ; Geraldo Andrade Carvalho ; Gilberto José de Moraes ; Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto ; Lessando Moreira Gontijo ; Luís Amilton Foerster ; Marcoandre Savaris ; Maria Izabel Souza Camargo ; Regiane Cristina de Oliveira ; Sérgio Florentino Pascholati ; Simone Possedente de Lira
Associated scholarship(s):21/08126-0 - Center for Excellence in Biological Control, BP.TT
21/02722-0 - Spatio-temporal modeling of Rhopalosiphum padi (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and Aphidius platensis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in susceptible and Aphid-resistant wheat genotypes, BP.DR
20/06147-7 - Predicting pest outbreaks: comparing machine learning methods and alert zone procedure, BP.IC
+ associated scholarships 20/13164-5 - Center for excellence in biological control, BP.TT
20/12994-4 - Sustainable management of the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis, with sex pheromone, BP.PD
20/09495-6 - Movement ecology and functional relationships in natural enemies of Spodoptera frugiperda, BP.DR
20/06828-4 - Prospection of microorganisms with potential for soybean pest control / linked to the Center for Excellence in Biological Control (Fapesp-Koppert), BP.TT
20/06648-6 - Thermal and hygrometric requirements of Telenomus podisi (Ashmead, 1893) (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), BP.TT
20/01328-3 - Prospecting, production and formulation of microorganisms with potential for soybean pest control / linked to the Center for Excellence in Biological Control, BP.PD
19/26071-8 - Computational modeling of tritrophic interactions in biological pest control, BP.PD
19/26145-1 - Monitoring insect pests in soybean fields using remote sensing, BP.DR
19/10736-0 - Decision making for the release of Telenomus podisi (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) for the control of Euschistus heros (Fabricius) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in soybean, BP.IC - associated scholarships
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The mission of the Center for Excellence in Biological Control (Fapesp-Koppert) is to develop research projects, products and technologies that result in the use and strengthening of biological pest control for sustainable agriculture in Brazil. This proposal envisages the creation of an international-level research center, focusing on the development of innovations and the dissemination of knowledge of biological pest control. The Center will rely on a team of highly qualified researchers who will conduct inter- and multidisciplinary activities involving projects in five lines of research: (I) Prospecting for new biocontrol agents; (II) Processes for production and automation of beneficial macro- and microorganisms; (III) New formulations of microorganisms (fungi, bacteria and secondary metabolites); (IV) Evaluation of the risks and benefits of Biological Control; and (V) Strategies for using Biological Control in IPM. The headquarters Institution of the Center will be at USP-ESALQ, which has a tradition of solving problems in the area of Biological Control and alternative control methods for agricultural pests, replacing conventional chemicals. The organization of the Center envisages the participation of a Director and Vice-Director, an Executive Committee and Managers for Education and for Technology Transfer, in addition to an International Advisory Board (IAB), which, together with the Koppert Company, a world leader in biological control, will follow the route to achieve the proposed objectives. (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
CAMAROZANO, CAROLINA TIEPPO; COELHO JR, ALOISIO; QUERINO DA SILVA, RANYSE BARBOSA; POSTALI PARRA, JOSE ROBERTO. Can Trichogramma atopovirilia Oatman & Platner replaces Trichogramma galloi Zucchi for Diatraea saccharalis (Fabricius) control?. Scientia Agricola, v. 79, n. 3 2022. Web of Science Citations: 0.
WENGRAT, ANA P. G. S.; COELHO JUNIOR, ALOISIO; PARRA, JOSE R. P.; TAKAHASHI, TAMARA A.; FOERSTER, LUIS A.; CORREA, ALBERTO S.; POLASZEK, ANDREW; JOHNSON, NORMAN F.; COSTA, VALMIR A.; ZUCCHI, ROBERTO A. Integrative taxonomy and phylogeography of Telenomus remus (Scelionidae), with the first record of natural parasitism of Spodoptera spp. in Brazil. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 11, n. 1 JUL 8 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PARRA, JOSE ROBERTO POSTALI; COELHO, JR., ALOISIO; CUERVO-RUGNO, JOHANNA BAJONERO; GARCIA, ADRIANO GOMES; DE ANDRADE MORAL, RAFAEL; SPECHT, ALEXANDRE; NETO, DURVAL DOURADO. Important pest species of the Spodoptera complex: Biology, thermal requirements and ecological zoning. JOURNAL OF PEST SCIENCE, APR 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BERTANHA, LAISY ALBERTI; DINIZ, ALEXANDRE JOSE FERREIRA; GARCIA, ADRIANO GOMES; PARRA, JOSE ROBERTO POSTALI. Determining the Minimum Temperature for Storage of Tamarixia radiata (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) Adults for Biological Control of Asian Citrus Psyllid. Neotropical Entomology, v. 50, n. 1 JAN 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ALVES, G. R.; DINIZ, A. J. F.; VIEIRA, J. M.; SILVEIRA, C. H.; PARRA, J. R. P. Practical and Simple Systems for Food Intake Studies on Phloem-Sucking Insects. Neotropical Entomology, v. 50, n. 1 JUL 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
CORREA, BIANCA; DA SILVEIRA DUARTE, VANESSA; SILVA, DANIELA MILANEZ; MASCARIN, GABRIEL MOURA; DELALIBERA JUNIOR, ITALO. Comparative analysis of blastospore production and virulence of Beauveria bassiana and Cordyceps fumosorosea against soybean pests. BIOCONTROL, v. 65, n. 3 FEB 2020. Web of Science Citations: 2.
NANINI, F.; MAGGIO, D. H.; FERRONATO, P.; RUGNO, G.; YAMAMOTO, P. T.; CORREA, A. S. Molecular Marker to Identify Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae) DNA in Gut Content of Predators. Neotropical Entomology, NOV 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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