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SMARTHEALTH: chemical composition and bioactive potential of native fruits and edible fungi

Grant number: 14/50235-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: August 01, 2014 - July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology
Cooperation agreement: Universidad de la Frontera
Principal Investigator:Severino Matias de Alencar
Grantee:Severino Matias de Alencar
Principal investigator abroad: Erick Sigisfredo S. Salina
Institution abroad: Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO), Chile
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/13190-2 - Phenolic composition and biological potential, in vitro and in vivo, from native fruits of Brazil, AP.R


SMARTHEAL TH will provide the Brazilian and Chilean efficient use of natural resources that add-value and minimize waste. Considering the Brazilian and Chile biodiversity, their potential use and the necessity of a model of sustainable economic development, research involving products truly national take significant importance. This is very important because the native fruits are mostly restricted to communities where the spread occurs spontaneously. The development of bilateral projects, such as the one proposed here, might bring improvements to this field and generate knowledge and experience exchange between the two countries. The proposed project will allow a range of synergistic activities and added value between the both teams and newly funded projects and other international activities involving the applicant groups. SMARTHEALTH will combine expertise within chemistry, biological activities and drug discovery to ensure the achievement of the overall objectives. Complementary expertise in the Brazilian and Chile teams, joint supervision of PhD students, courses and workshops will guarantee close collaboration and maximize synergy. The research will further integrate and strengthen the Brazilian and Chile public and private research sectors to achieve one common objective: efficient use of natural resources that add-value and minimize waste. The expected results are: a) Identification of new bioactive compounds with promising antioxidant effects; b) Polyphenols with promising anti- inflammatory potential identified; c) Polyphenols from native fruits and edible fungi with promising antimicrobial and fertility control potential effects identified; d) Technology and processing conditions defined for preservation of the polyphenols antioxidant of the native fruits and edible fungi e) institutional links among project partners strengthened and further consolidation of the work on natural bioactive compounds from native fruits and edible fungi in both Brazil and Chile. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant
Little-known fruits contain powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agents 

Scientific publications (4)
(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)
AUGUSTO-OBARA, THALITA RIQUELME; DE OLIVEIRA, JACQUELINE; DA GLORIA, EDUARDO MICOTTI; FILLET SPOTO, MARTA HELENA; GODOY, KARINA; FERREIRA DE SOUZA VIEIRA, THAIS MARIA; SCHEUERMANN, ERICK. Benefits of superfine grinding method on antioxidant and antifungal characteristic of Brazilian green propolis extract. Scientia Agricola, v. 76, n. 5, p. 398-404, SEP-OCT 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
AUGUSTO-OBARA, T. R.; PIRCE, F.; SCHEUERMANN, E.; SPOTO, M. H. F.; VIEIRA, T. M. F. S. Antioxidant activity and sensory analysis of murtilla (Ugni molinae Turcz.) fruit extracts in an oil model system. GRASAS Y ACEITES, v. 68, n. 1 JAN-MAR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.
INFANTE, JULIANA; ROSALEN, PEDRO LUIZ; LAZARINI, JOSY GOLDONI; FRANCHIN, MARCELO; DE ALENCAR, SEVERINO MATIAS. Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Unexplored Brazilian Native Fruits. PLoS One, v. 11, n. 4 APR 6 2016. Web of Science Citations: 18.
JOFRE, IGNACIO; PEZOA, CESAR; CUEVAS, MAGDALENA; SCHEUERMANN, ERICK; FREIRES, IRLAN ALMEIDA; ROSALEN, PEDRO LUIZ; DE ALENCAR, SEVERINO MATIAS; ROMERO, FERNANDO. Antioxidant and Vasodilator Activity of Ugni molinae Turcz. (Murtilla) and Its Modulatory Mechanism in Hypotensive Response. OXIDATIVE MEDICINE AND CELLULAR LONGEVITY, 2016. Web of Science Citations: 4.

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