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Fruits of the Atlantic Forest potentially functional potential: characterization, plant propagation and postharvest conservation

Grant number: 14/12606-3
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: April 01, 2017 - March 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Principal Investigator:Angelo Pedro Jacomino
Grantee:Angelo Pedro Jacomino
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Antonio Vargas de Oliveira Figueira ; Claire Isabel Grígoli de Luca Sarantópoulos ; Eduardo Purgatto ; Francisco de Assis Alves Mourão Filho ; Hilton Thadeu Zarate Do Couto ; João Alexio Scarpare Filho ; Luiz Alberto Colnago ; Marise Cagnin Martins Parisi ; Marta Helena Fillet Spoto ; Neuza Mariko Aymoto Hassimotto ; Pedro Esteves Duarte Augusto ; Ricardo Alfredo Kluge ; Severino Matias de Alencar ; Simone Rodrigues da Silva ; Solange Guidolin Canniatti Brazaca
Associated grant(s):17/27113-0 - Multi-user equipment approved in grant 2014/12606-3: fruits of the Atlantic Forest potentially functional potential: characterization, plant propagation and postharvest conservation. Its a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), AP.EMU
Associated scholarship(s):19/13853-8 - Bioactive compounds in cambuci (Campomanesia phaea o. Berg Landrum) and uvaia (Eugenia pyriformis Cambess) - native fruits of the Atlantic Forest, BP.MS
19/04706-1 - Characterization of accessions and ripening stages of Rio-Grande cherry (Eugenia involucrata DC.), BP.MS
19/05015-2 - Characterization of post-harvest quality of cambucis using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), BP.TT
+ associated scholarships 18/21986-5 - Characterization of volatile compounds and their precursors in cereja do Rio Grande (Eugenia involucrata DC.) and grumixama (Eugenia brasiliensis LAM.), native fruits from Atlantic Forest, BP.MS
18/26192-7 - Effect of packaging on astringency removal of cambuci fruit (Campomanesia phaea), BP.IC
18/00927-0 - Quality of fruits from selected plants of cambuci, uvaia, grumixama and cherry-of-Rio grande, BP.PD - associated scholarships


The Atlantic Forest biome in Brazil has great biodiversity; despite of a considerable part has been lost by its occupation by agricultural areas (pastures and crops). The native fruits of this biome are economically underexploited, mainly by extrativism by local communities, and not adequately commercialized. The lack of scientific information about such species, associated with the lack of appropriate fresh conservation and processing technologies significantly affect their potential for commercialization and consumption. Native fruits from the Atlantic Forest such as cambuci (Campomanesia phaea O. Berg), uvaia (Eugenia pyriformis Cambess.), cereja-do-rio grande (Eugenia involucrata DC.) and grumixama (Eugenia brasiliensis Lam.), although poorly studied, have great functional and sensory potential that can be exploited, especially in small properties related to family farming, where diversification of their production is very important. Fruit characterization if the first step in order to access information regarding postharvest response and their potential for fresh fruit market and industrialization. On the other hand, investigations related to population genetics are important to learn about the genetic diversity of this species and to create strategies for exploitation and in situ conservation of this germplasm. Finally, the development of conservation technologies is the key to minimize losses and to provide high quality product that meets consumer expectations. This study aims to characterize the fruits of the Atlantic Forest (cambuci, uvaia, cereja-do-rio grande and grumixama) as far as their genetic diversity, functional value and the physical, chemical and sensorial characteristics of the fruits, as well as to optimize multiplication techniques (nursery tree production) and conservation technologies for fresh and/or processed forms in order to enable the commercial exploitation of these fruits. (AU)

Scientific publications (5)
(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)
GOMES DA SILVA, ALINE PRISCILLA; SPRICIGO, POLIANA CRISTINA; PURGATTO, EDUARDO; DE ALENCAR, SEVERINO MATIAS; SARTORI, SERGIO FERNANDO; JACOMINO, ANGELO PEDRO. Chemical composition, nutritional value and bioactive compounds in six uvaia accessions. Food Chemistry, v. 294, p. 547-556, OCT 1 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
FREITAS, THAIS PADUA; SPRICIGO, POLIANA CRISTINA; PURGATTO, EDUARDO; JACOMINO, ANGELO PEDRO. Aroma and soluble solid contents of the uvaia-a native Atlantic rainforest fruit-are negatively affected by early harvest. JOURNAL OF FOOD BIOCHEMISTRY, v. 43, n. 7 JUL 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SOARES, JACKELINE CINTRA; ROSALEN, PEDRO LUIZ; LAZARINI, JOSY GOLDONI; MASSARIOLI, ADNA PRADO; DA SILVA, CAMILA FORTUNATO; NANI, BRUNO DIAS; FRANCHIN, MARCELO; DE ALENCAR, SEVERINO MATIAS. Comprehensive characterization of bioactive phenols from new Brazilian superfruits by LC-ESI-QTOF-MS, and their ROS and RNS scavenging effects and anti-inflammatory activity. Food Chemistry, v. 281, p. 178-188, MAY 30 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
GOMES DA SILVA, ALINE PRISCILLA; TOKAIRINI, TATIANE DE OLIVEIRA; DE ALENCAR, SEVERINO MATIAS; JACOMINO, ANGELO PEDRO. Characteristics of the fruits of two uvaia populations grown in Salesopolis, SP, Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura, v. 40, n. 2, p. -, 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
TOKAIRIN, TATIANE DE OLIVEIRA; GOMES DA SILVA, MINE PRISCILLA; SPRICIGO, POLIANA CRISTINA; DE ALENCAR, SEVERINO MATIAS; JACOMINO, ANGELO PEDRO. Cambuci: a native fruit from the Brazilian Atlantic forest showed nutraceutical characteristics. Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura, v. 40, n. 5 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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