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INCT 2014: National Institute of Science and Technology of Semiochemicals in Agriculture

Grant number: 14/50871-0
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: July 01, 2017 - June 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Cooperation agreement: CNPq - INCTs
Principal Investigator: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
Co-Principal Investigators:José Maurício Simões Bento
Associated scholarship(s):18/09841-1 - Counting and identification technique of sensilla on the antennae of agricultural interest insects, BP.TT
17/26657-7 - INCT (NIST) Semiochemicals in Agriculture, BP.PD


According to the final report of the CNPq Advisory Committee, the INCT semiochemicals in Agriculture has been a considered model for the last four years (2009-2013). This INCT develops scientific research and technological innovation in a strategic area for national development, Agriculture, and through this new call, is expected to further contribute to the consolidation of the country in this area in the short, intermediate and long term. Contemplating cutting-edge research of high quality, highly trained human resources, transfer of knowledge to society and businesses, and strong internationalization of activities, this new proposal aims to strengthen the current INCT semiochemicals in Agriculture. Based on the network structure composed today and that already consolidated, laboratories and skills established in the states of São Paulo (Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture-Esalq/USP, Piracicaba, Institution Headquarters), Minas Gerais (Federal University of Viçosa - UFV, Viçosa), Paraná (Federal University of Paraná - UFPR, Curitiba) and Alagoas (Federal University of Alagoas - UFAL, Maceíó), this new phase for INCT semiochemicals in Agriculture will expand to other locations in Brazil, aiming at a greater balance and the formation of new research groups in new university campuses and developing regions, as recommended by the Edital. To the current group, we will add laboratories represented by the states of Sergipe (Federal University of Sergipe - UFS, Aracaju), Bahia (State University of Santa Cruz - UESC, Ilhéus), Rio de Janeiro (Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRRJ, Three Rivers), Mato Grosso (State University of Mato Grosso - UNEMAT, Tangara da Serra), Mato Grosso do Sul (State University of Mato Grosso do Sul - UEMS, Cassilândia), Santa Catarina (Community University of the Region of Chapecó – Unochape, Chapecó), and two other institutions in Paraná (State University of the Central West - UNICENTRO, Guarapuava, and State University West Paraná - UNIOESTE, Cascavel). Taking into account the objectives and clear goals, INCT semiochemicals in Agriculture has, established a strategic foundation for the country with five general lines of research, namely: (i) semiochemicals in insect-insect and insect-plant interactions; (ii) semiochemicals in the context of biological control; (iii) Identification and synthesis of semiochemicals; (iv) semiochemical formulation and release technology; and (v) use of semiochemicals in Agriculture. Ali research subprojects proposed by the current INCT fit harmoniously into one or more of these general research lines, and are suitable for addressing problems with the main crops and crop pests of economic importance in current Brazilian Agriculture. This proposal thus creates new possibilities for pest control and monitoring by generating new knowledge, possibly providing new sustainable technologies for farmers without the use of chemicals, making the country more self-sufficient. Because it is a well-structured network of educational and research institutions, the INCT semiochemicals in Agriculture will continue contributing to human resources training at the highest level, expanding and disseminating innovations for many different Brazilian regions. Bolstered by leading international institutions in this area, such as the University of California-Davis, the University of California-Riverside, Penn State University, Wageningen University, University of Neuchâtel, Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology, Universität Hamburg, and the University of Western Ontario, among others, the INCT semiochemicals in Agriculture will maintain constant exchange of students and researchers, promoting an increase in scientific production and improving production quality. Numerous opportunities exist for national companies to generate new products and technologies that support the agrobusiness growth, as is already being done by the pioneers Combined with these efforts will be the constant pursuit of initiatives that transfer knowledge to society, and science education materials for the general population have been implemented and made available by participating members and institutions. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant
Insect produces foam to protect itself from heat 
Sex pheromone from insect that transmits citrus greening (HLB) is identified 

Scientific publications (15)
(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)
ROMERO-FRIAS, ALICIA A.; SINUCO, DIANA C.; BENTO, JOSE MAURICIO S. Male-Specific Volatiles Released by the Big Avocado Seed Weevil Heilipus lauri Boheman (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society, v. 30, n. 1, p. 158-163, JAN 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
RODRIGUES, SERGIO ROBERTO; FUHRMANN, JUARES; AMARO, RICARDO APARECIDO. Aspects of mating behavior and antennal sensilla in Anomala inconstans Burmeister, 1844 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Biota Neotropica, v. 19, n. 3 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SILVA, WELITON D.; BENTO, JOSE MAURICIO S.; HANKS, LAWRENCE M.; MILLAR, JOCELYN G. (Z)-7-Hexadecene is an Aggregation-Sex Pheromone Produced by Males of the South American Cerambycid Beetle Susuacanga octoguttata. Journal of Chemical Ecology, v. 44, n. 12, p. 1115-1119, DEC 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
FONSECA, MORGANA MARIA; PALLINI, ANGELO; LIMA, ERALDO; JANSSEN, ARNE. Ontogenetic stage-specific reciprocal intraguild predation. Oecologia, v. 188, n. 3, p. 743-751, NOV 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PINTO ZEVALLOS, DELIA M.; QUEROL, MARCO PEREIRA; AMBROGI, BIANCA G. Cassava wastewater as a natural pesticide: Current knowledge and challenges for broader utilisation. Annals of Applied Biology, v. 173, n. 3, p. 191-201, NOV 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SILVEIRA, T. A.; SANCHES, P. A.; ZAZYCKI, L. C. F.; COSTA-LIMA, T. C.; CABEZAS-GUERRERO, M. F.; FAVARIS, A. P.; GOULART, H. F.; BENTO, J. M. S.; SANTANA, A. E. G. Phloem-feeding herbivory on flowering melon plants enhances attraction of parasitoids by shifting floral to defensive volatiles. ARTHROPOD-PLANT INTERACTIONS, v. 12, n. 5, p. 751-760, OCT 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
IX-BALAM, MANUEL A.; OLIVEIRA, MARIA G. A.; LOUZADA, JULIO; MCNEIL, JEREMY N.; LIMA, ERALDO. The Rolling of Food by Dung Beetles Affects the Oviposition of Competing Flies. INSECTS, v. 9, n. 3 SEP 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE OLIVEIRA, JOAO R. F.; DE RESENDE, JULIANO T. V.; MALUF, WILSON R.; LUCINI, TIAGO; DE LIMA FILHO, RENATO B.; DE LIMA, ISABELA P.; NARDI, CRISTIANE. Trichomes and Allelochemicals in Tomato Genotypes Have Antagonistic Effects Upon Behavior and Biology of Tetranychus urticae. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, v. 9, AUG 14 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
TONELLI, MATEUS; GOMES, GUILHERME; SILVA, WELITON D.; MAGRI, NATHALIA T. C.; VIEIRA, DURVAL M.; AGUIAR, CLAUDIO L.; BENTO, JOSE MAURICIO S. Spittlebugs produce foam as a thermoregulatory adaptation. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 8, MAR 16 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PINTO-ZEVALLOS, DELIA M.; BEZERRA, RANNA H. S.; SOUZA, SILVIA R.; AMBROGI, BIANCA G. Species- and density-dependent induction of volatile organic compounds by three mite species in cassava and their role in the attraction of a natural enemy. Experimental and Applied Acarology, v. 74, n. 3, p. 261-274, MAR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
SILVA, WELITON D.; MILLAR, JOCELYN G.; HANKS, LAWRENCE M.; COSTA, CAMILA M.; LEITE, MARIANA O. G.; TONELLI, MATEUS; BENTO, JOSE MAURICIO S. Interspecific Cross-Attraction between the South American Cerambycid Beetles Cotyclytus curvatus and Megacyllene acuta is Averted by Minor Pheromone Components. Journal of Chemical Ecology, v. 44, n. 3, p. 268-275, MAR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
ZANARDI, ODIMAR Z.; VOLPE, HAROLDO X. L.; FAVARIS, ARODI P.; SILVA, WELITON D.; LUVIZOTTO, REJANE A. G.; MAGNANI, RODRIGO F.; ESPERANCA, VICTORIA; DELFINO, JENNIFER Y.; DE FREITAS, RENATO; MIRANDA, MARCELO P.; PARRA, JOSE ROBERTO P.; BENTO, JOSE MAURICIO S.; LEAL, WALTER S. Putative sex pheromone of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, breaks down into an attractant. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 8, JAN 11 2018. Web of Science Citations: 7.
MAYARA DE CARLI; CAROLINE RECH; JOSÉ MAURÍCIO SIMÕES BENTO; CRISTIANE NARDI. Sexual dimorphism in Diabrotica speciosa and Diabrotica viridula (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 62, n. 3, p. -, Set. 2018.
SÉRGIO ROBERTO RODRIGUES; CARLOS APARECIDO FERREIRA BARBOSA; JUARES FUHRMANN; RICARDO APARECIDO AMARO. Mating behavior and description of immature stages of Cyclocephala melanocephala (Fabricius, 1775) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae), identification key and remarks on known immatures of Cyclocephalini species. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 62, n. 3, p. -, Set. 2018.

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