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Marine and Antarctic Mycology: diversity and environmental application

Grant number: 16/07957-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: October 01, 2016 - February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Microbiology
Principal Investigator:Lara Durães Sette
Grantee:Lara Durães Sette
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Adalberto Pessoa Junior ; André Rodrigues ; Daniela Barretto Barbosa Trivella ; Fábio Márcio Squina ; Marta Hiromi Taniwaki ; Mauricio Bacci Junior ; Milene Ferro
Associated scholarship(s):18/17216-0 - Organization and informatization of the marine fungi from the Brazilian coast and marine and terrestrial Antarctic fungi from the CRM-UNESP, BP.TT
18/03372-0 - Organization, informatization and curation of the marine and Antarctic fungal collection from CRM-UNESP that are being holding in the LAMAI laboratory, BP.TT


Extreme environments such as the Antarctic (marine and terrestrial) and the marine tropical ecosystems are reservoir of microbial diversity. However, little is known of the microbial diversity and genetic resources that inhabit these environments. Microbial communities in marine environments are ecologically relevant and play an important role in nutrient regeneration cycles. The adaptability of marine-derived fungi to oceanic conditions is a point of interest in the field of marine biotechnology. Marine conditions (e.g., salinity, pressure, temperature, and light) contribute to the differences between biomolecules produced by these microorganisms and by their terrestrial counterparts. In this context, we will focus on the: i) to improve the knowledge of the diversity of marine fungi from the Brazilian coast and marine and terrestrial fungi from Antarctica using culture-dependent and independent methods. The isolates will be identified by using polyphasic approach, including conventional and molecular techniques and other recent techniques applied to the microbial taxonomy (chemodiversity and proteomic); and ii) to continue the previous studies (supported by Fapesp) related to the exploration, characterization and application of enzymes from environmental interest produced by the fungi from tropical (Brazil) and polar (Antarctica) regions. We also intend to study the differences (kinetics and structural parameters) between marine and terrestrial enzymes and between enzymes from tropical and polar regions. The conduction of this project can result in the generation of knowledge of fungi that inhabit marine tropical and marine and terrestrial polar environments, as well as in the description of new fungal species, creating stronger bonds between our research group and international specialists that have been working on the field of fungal taxonomy/ecology. Additionally, we intend to advance in the studies related to the application of these genetic resources (and their enzymes) in face of detoxification, degradation and discoloration of environmental pollutants. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant
Antarctic fungi found to be effective against citrus canker 

Scientific publications (9)
(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)
GIOVANELLA, PATRICIA; VIEIRA, GABRIELA A. L.; RAMOS OTERO, IGOR V.; PELLIZZER, ELISA PAIS; FONTES, BRUNO DE JESUS; SETTE, LARA D. Metal and organic pollutants bioremediation by extremophile microorganisms. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, v. 382, JAN 15 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
VASCONCELOS, MARIA R. S.; VIEIRA, GABRIELA A. L.; OTERO, IGOR V. R.; BONUGLI-SANTOS, RAFAELLA C.; RODRIGUES, MARILI V. N.; REHDER, VERA L. G.; FERRO, MILENE; BOAVENTURA, SINESIO; BACCI, JR., MAURICIO; SETTE, LARA D. Pyrene degradation by marine-derived ascomycete: process optimization, toxicity, and metabolic analyses. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, v. 26, n. 12, SI, p. 12412-12424, APR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 2.
WENTZEL, LIA COSTA PINTO; INFORSATO, FABIO JOSE; MONTOYA, QUIMI VIDAURRE; ROSSIN, BRUNA GOMES; NASCIMENTO, NADIA REGINA; RODRIGUES, ANDRE; SETTE, LARA DURAES. Fungi from Admiralty Bay (King George Island, Antarctica) Soils and Marine Sediments. MICROBIAL ECOLOGY, v. 77, n. 1, p. 12-24, JAN 2019. Web of Science Citations: 3.
FERNANDES DUARTE, ALYSSON WAGNER; BARATO, MARIANA BLANCO; NOBRE, FERNANDO SUZIGAN; POLEZEL, DANILO AUGUSTO; DE OLIVEIRA, TASSIO BRITO; DOS SANTOS, JULIANA APARECIDA; RODRIGUES, ANDRE; SETTE, LARA DURAES. Production of cold-adapted enzymes by filamentous fungi from King George Island, Antarctica. POLAR BIOLOGY, v. 41, n. 12, p. 2511-2521, DEC 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
VIEIRA, GABRIELA A. L.; MAGRINI, MARIANA JUVENTINA; BONUGLI-SANTOS, RAFAELLA C.; RODRIGUES, MARILI V. N.; SETTE, LARA D. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons degradation by marine-derived basidiomycetes: optimization of the degradation process. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, v. 49, n. 4, p. 749-756, OCT-DEC 2018. Web of Science Citations: 11.
VIEIRA, G.; PURIC, J.; MORAO, L. G.; DOS SANTOS, J. A.; INFORSATO, F. J.; SETTE, L. D.; FERREIRA, H.; SASS, D. C. Terrestrial and marine Antarctic fungi extracts active against Xanthomonas citri subsp citri. Letters in Applied Microbiology, v. 67, n. 1, p. 64-71, JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
PURIC, J.; VIEIRA, G.; CAVALCA, L. B.; SETTE, L. D.; FERREIRA, H.; VIEIRA, M. L. C.; SASS, D. C. Activity of Antarctic fungi extracts against phytopathogenic bacteria. Letters in Applied Microbiology, v. 66, n. 6, p. 530-536, JUN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
MAINARDI, PEDRO H.; FEITOSA, VALKER A.; BRENELLI DE PAIVA, LIVIA B.; BONUGLI-SANTOS, RAFAELLA C.; SQUINA, FABIO M.; PESSOA, JR., ADALBERTO; SETTE, LARA D. Laccase production in bioreactor scale under saline condition by the marine-derived basidiomycete Peniophora sp CBMAI 1063. FUNGAL BIOLOGY, v. 122, n. 5, p. 302-309, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 8.
RAMOS OTERO, IGOR VINICIUS; FERRO, MILENE; BACCI, JR., MAURICIO; FERREIRA, HENRIQUE; SETTE, LARA DURAES. De novo transcriptome assembly: a new laccase multigene family from the marine-derived basidiomycete Peniophora sp CBMAI 1063. AMB EXPRESS, v. 7, DEC 20 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.

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